Vegas might be getting hit hard with the lack of recession-era travelers, but we started seeing television ads for the new Encore at the Wynn (with Steve Wynn sitting on top of the surprisingly windless new resort tower), so it's probably a good time to check in with the restaurants set to debut. And because it's Steve Wynn, expect nothing but a full media spectacle---really, he's opening a new resort during an economic tail-spin; that alone is news. No inside peeks of any of these places yet (Curtas, are you listening?), but we do have the roster of what's to come. Remember, every Vegas resort has to have one of everything---generally Italian, sushi and/or Asian, steakhouse, seafood, something "American"---and the Encore is no different. The resort opens December 22 (and by the way, rates are cheap).
1) former Patina exec chef Theo Schoenegger's Italian-Cali bistro is no longer called Theo's; now we're looking at Sinatra. Schoenegger is still in charge, it just now has theme and some of Sinatra's Oscar, Emmy and Grammy awards. Come on, it's Vegas.
2) Also hailing from LA, Jet Tila---whose family owns Thai Town's Bangkok Market, and who also teaches cooking classes, gives food tours, and appears on "Good Food" regularly---will helm Wazuzu, which features various cuisines of Southeast Asia and sushi.
3) Then we have Switch, which "physically transforms each night as chandeliers and walls move to create a dramatic and theatrical dining experience." See, switch. Chef is Marc Poidevin, formerly Wynn’s executive chef of catering and special events, food is French steakhouse.
4) The other steakhouse, Botero, is inside the resort's XS nightclub and overlooks the pool. Mark LoRusso, who helmed Tableau in the Wynn's Tower Suites, oversees this one. (Tableau will become Larry Forgione's An American Place.)
5) And lastly, Kim Canteenwalla heads up the Society Café Encore, the three-square, late-night cafe.
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