Chef Gordon Ramsay Invades the Las Vegas Strip with The Opening of Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill and Gordon Ramsay BurGR
By Elaine and Scott Harris, Las Vegas City Editors
We see Chef Gordon Ramsay all over our TVs with numerous shows and his fiery expectation of excellence. This celebrated Chef recently opened Gordon Ramsay Steak in the Paris Resort on the famed Las Vegas strip and that is only the beginning. Las Vegas is a culinary Meca and this celebrity Chef is taking the city by storm by opening two new venues almost simultaneously in a city known for its long list of Michelin Stars. Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill will open at Caesars Palace Dec. 18, and that Gordon Ramsay BurGR will open at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Dec 22. Two restaurants from the same chef opening within one week of each other in two different casino resorts is a monumental feat never experienced on the famed Las Vegas Strip. The opening of Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace® and Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino marks three Gordon Ramsay restaurants to open in Las Vegas in less than a year, expanding his relationship with Caesars Entertainment Corp.
“It’s been incredible the positive reception Gordon Ramsay Steak has received since opening at Paris in May,” said Gordon Ramsay. “We’ve been developing these different concepts for quite a while to deliver three distinct, unique dining experiences with the variety, originality, and high quality that we believe people want and appreciate.”
The Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, the neighborhood restaurant conceptualized by the award-winning chef, will open for dinner Dec. 18 and lunch in mid-Jan. 2013. The 290 seat restaurant will be the most authentic English pub experience in Las Vegas, as only this native UK chef can provide.
Chef Jeremy Berlin has been selected as executive chef and will oversee the kitchen operations. Berlin moved to Las Vegas from Los Angeles where he served as executive chef of Church and State. Berlin was previously a member of Ramsay’s brigade as Executive Sous Chef of Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood and sous chef of Gordon Ramsay at the London NYC.
The restaurants feature a relaxed and friendly setting with dishes including New Zealand Red Snapper, lamb T-bone, whole brick pressed Cornish chicken, dry aged 30 oz. bone-in beef rib eye and spotted dog. The pub features elevated British pub food in a comfortable and lively setting showing sporting events from across the world on state of the art entertainment systems. The pub includes 36 beers served on tap plus 24 bottled beers. With an eye towards dishes that pair well with beer the pub menu includes English ale onion soup, shepherd’s pie, and a selection of sausages, fried egg sandwiches and the classic pub fish and chips.
The center piece of the restaurant is its bar with an array of beer taps and a backdrop reminiscent of iconic British telephone booths. A patio area will extend the restaurant towards the casino floor where guests can be part of the action. Tabletops are comprised of rustic, pottery inspired dishes layered with unprocessed woods and rugged serving vessels. The uniforms are inspired by the English punk scene and will feature a number of multi-media pieces designed by Allison Leach, a trend with Gordon Ramsay’s Las Vegas restaurants.
Four days after the opening of Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, he will open his first burger experience restaurant, Gordon Ramsay BurGR, at the center-Strip Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. BurGR, a name that plays on the celebrity chef’s initials, will be located steps from the famous Las Vegas Strip at the entrance of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino adjacent to the Extra! Lounge.
The BurGR menu will take the traditional burger, fries and milkshake comfort food combination to an entirely new level with selections like pork belly bao buns, sweet potato fries with vanilla powdered sugar and pudding shakes which is a combination of thick milkshake and silky pudding.
Whether traditional or unique burger preparations they will be crafted using the freshest, quality ingredients. Paying special attention to not only the ingredients but the method, beef patties are cooked over an open flame fueled by hard woods, BurGR will be the only gourmet burger restaurant on the Strip to use this technique, creating a more complex and powerful flavor.
The beverage program features an extensive beer list and robust cocktail program. Focusing primarily on small and large format American craft beers, BurGR will serve 30 beers all from a stunning frozen tap wall with a selection of bottled beer. The cocktail program will feature a selection of traditionally made cocktails, crafted with fresh ingredients with made-from scratch syrups.
With a location that draws on the energy of both the casino and the nearby Miracle Mile shops, the room is designed in a stylish and modern ambience. The vividly colored room will seats 200 and is accented by an undulated ceiling, steel and concrete floor, keg display, open kitchen and 30 foot fire feature. The uniforms, also designed by Allison Leach, contrast the bright colors of the restaurant with their muted tones. Allison Leach, known for her costume design for the hit shows Glee and Mad Men, helped to set the industry trend for restaurant uniform design with Gordon Ramsay Steak and continues her visionary work at BurGR
“With numerous hit TV shows entertaining viewers all over the world, I can’t think of a better chef to welcome to Planet Hollywood, a resort with a spotlight on fame, than Gordon Ramsay,” said Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino president David Hoenemeyer. “BurGR will cater to both guests who are fans of Gordon Ramsay and who are in search of a perfect burger and shake.”
“Gordon Ramsay might be the only chef ambitious and talented enough to open two restaurants within days of each other without a second thought,” said Planet Hollywood vice president of food and beverage Jeffrey Frederick. “We are thrilled to bring this new restaurant to our guests and look forward to another successful collaboration.”
Who else but Chef Gordon Ramsay could pull this off in Las Vegas known for its multitude as gastronomic delights from all-star Chefs. We have no doubt that his latest venues will be a smash success as his first.