Eating Las Vegas has confirmed that the Daniel Boulud Brasserie at Wynn will close when its five year operating agreement is up in April, 2010.
Its staff was notified in a memo on September 29th, and even though no public announcement has yet been made, Wynn is seeking another operator/chef to lend their name and talents to this site.
ELV thinks when an iconic, multi-starred, influential, titan of culinaria like Daniel Boulud pulls up stakes, it is not a good thing for our humble burg. The brain trust at Wynn/Encore (whose brains we haven’t trusted ever since Encore opened), will have to work overtime to find a replacement with anything (or anyone) close to DB’s star power.
Boulud is a passionate, charming guy, but for some time now, his Las Vegas outpost has possessed little of either.
We should’ve figured something was in the wind, after experiencing an overcooked, tired chicken breast during Restaurant Week — something that would be inexcusable in any closely-run Boulud operation.
But when the bosses cease to care, so do the employees.
If things hold true to form around Wynn/Encore, expect another steakhouse. Not a steakhouse per se, but a steakhouse disguised as some BOLD, NEW, EXCITING, CONCEPT! restaurant….serving a lot of beef.
Let’s hope not.