Looks like the rumors are true; Gansevoort Las Vegas has announced that pint-sized celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis will be opening her first restaurant in their hotel, slated to open early 2014.
The rumors first started when VegasTripping.com ran across a leak on the Gansevoort website, with an announcement that the Emmy Award-winner will be opening a restaurant, simply called Giada's.
Since the media buzz, Gansevoort has made the preview page public. The text below:
"Emmy Award-winning, globally renowned celebrity chef, television personality and New York Times best-selling author, Giada De Laurentiis brings her extensive culinary background to Gansevoort Las Vegas. De Laurentiis cultivated her staple Italian cuisine in the kitchen of her grandfather's restaurant and later commenced her culinary career at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Since her debut in 2002, De Laurentiis has become one of the Food Network's most recognizable faces, starring in four primetime TV shows, Everyday Italian, Giada's Weekend Getaways, Giada in Paradise: Capri, Santorini, Monaco and Thailand, and the highly popular series, Food Network Star. She is also a correspondent on NBC's TODAY, where she highlights current trends in travel, cuisine and lifestyle. De Laurentiis is also the author of six cookbooks, five that have charted on the New York Times best-seller list. Her culinary empire continues to expand with the opening of her first restaurant at Gansevoort Las Vegas, slated to open in early 2014."
Eater reports that an unnamed source claims the restaurant will have 300 seats total (150 dining, 100 bar and lounge, plus a chef's table and a private dining room). This will be De Laurentiis' first restaurant, despite her four prime-time television shows with Food Network and six cookbooks.