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What Mario Cooks in Vegas, Stays in Vegas
Tuesday, August 08, 2006 | posted by Mike

Las Vegas Sands Corp., which runs a number of hotels and resorts in Nevada as well as in other locations around the world, announced their second quarter earnings a few days ago. Included in the call, and reported today online, was an update on news that the company is partnering with Mario Batali to open two new restaurants in their Venetian restaurant. All signs are pointing towards a 2006 opening for Mario’s two locations.

From the earnings call transcript:

Mario Batali, the award winning chef, will open two new restaurants at the Venetian this year. The restaurants will be modeled on its highly successful New York creations of Babbo and Lupo…

Batali’s places are just the latest in the growing trend of celebrity chefs opening restaurants in Las Vegas. Of course, this is all part of Vegas’ move from gambling destination to family resort town. For a good rundown of the celeb chef landscape there, check out this USA Today article with info on the spots owned and operated by folks like Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck.



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