Sunday, May 18, 2008

Bye Bye Vegas

Ready for one last shot of Vegas? Here's a dandy picture showing that no matter how built up you think the strip is, there is always
room to add more. This new construction is the CityCenter, the most expensive privately funded construction project in U.S. History.
The first phase of MGM/ MIRAGE's CityCenter, a gargantuan, $9.2-billion, 68-acre project, is under construction on the Las Vegas Strip between Bellagio and Monte Carlo. Phase two will eventually occupy the space behind and between Monte Carlo and New York New York. The Boardwalk Hotel was demolished along with a few local businesses to make room for this immense project. CityCenter will be an ultra modern, urban environment with nicely hidden parking structures. The project will be a mini-city with its own Fire Station, an on-site power plant, and lots of pedestrian space.
There is a lot of construction traffic around this area. I only went that way on the strip once, seeing as how it's a couple miles away and I was only in Vegas for two days.

Micky and I ventured a little closer to our digs and went to check out the new Palazzo, which opened last year and is the Venetian's counterpart.
It is very grand and very empty. Actually all of Vegas was pretty quiet. The time of the week , the time of year added to the economy make less visitors. You can really tell in the airport and walking on the strip. You can easily get a place at a gaming table or a restaurant too.
Check out the check in at the Palazzo. Now, with that goblet, I would get myself a mighty fine pour.. Speaking of restaurants and pours, here is the latest of Emeril's restaurants. It is named after a famous table at Lagasse's New Orleans flagship restaurant Emeril's.
There is this display of all the various chef coats at all the restaurants he worked at or owned. I love stuff
like this. I don't know if they are for sale or not. This next one is actually for Table 10. We asked if Emeril comes in often and was very surprised to hear that he had only come in the first week it opened. Not real
hands on, I guess. They have an open kitchen which I have always liked.
The place wasn't opened as yet when we visited but there was a lot of prep work going on but no expediter as yet.
Micky pointed out the cool way that they place the knives on the tables; point down. I should have checked out this table a little better.

I noticed this wonderful light sculpture and as I was shooting the picture this guy in a suit asked if we wanted to see the kitchen table. I guess this is like Charlie Trotters where you sit in the kitchen while you eat and watch, but unlike Trotters, this table isn't actually in the kitchen. Close but not in. Because I didn't realize what was behind the screen, it was cut off in the pic. He showed us that by flipping a wall switch, the glass partitions could remain cloudy, for privacy, or clear. I have seen that window 'treatment' in a zoomy house I toured in Chicago, way back when. End of Vegas tour - at least until next time.


dee said...

thanks for the tour-watcha up to next? said...

Thanks for the great post! Palazzo's restaurants seem like they had one chef from every Food Network show open a place.

Although some have said that Emerl is a "hands on" chef, the reality is (from what I have heard) he only visits each of his restaurants every few weeks. He lets the executive chef and on-site management run the places.

Despite having more restaurants, Wolfgang Puck seems more noted for being at his eateries.

We took a ton of photos of Palazzo the week it opened:

Enjoyed your Las Vegas posts!

Ted Newkirk
Managing Editor