Oh, how the puzzle pieces come together. Late, late, late this afternoon comes news that Bradley Ogden at Caesars Palace is officially shuttering its doors after 10 years on Aug. 5, laying the groundwork for Gordon Ramsay’s gastropub concept to take over the space. Caesars Entertainment taunted that official plans for the space will be announced at a later date.
In a way, it comes as sad news, since Ogden won Best New Restaurant from the James Beard Foundation in 2004. Currently he’s working on his own TV show, Real Food With Chef Bradley Ogden.
So roll in before the closing date to pick up what Alan Richman of GQ Magazine dubbed the best burger of the year in 2009, as well as the twice-baked Maytag blue cheese soufflé, the seared diver scallops, the butterscotch pudding and the bananas Foster cake.
AWARD-WINNING BRADLEY OGDEN RESTAURANT TERM TO EXPIRE
(Las Vegas—June 22, 2012) – Bradley Ogden restaurant at Caesars Palace will end its 10-year run after dinner service on Sunday, August 5, 2012, it was jointly announced by Caesars Palace, Chef Bradley Ogden and the Lark Creek Restaurant Group today.
“We are grateful for our 10-year association with the team at Caesars Palace,” said Chef Bradley Ogden.
“From the planning and design phase, to honors and awards from the nation’s top critics, the restaurant has been a true labor of love for Jody Ogden, our son Chef Bryan Ogden, and me.”
Chef Ogden earned national acclaim at the American Restaurant in Kansas City, Campton Place in San Francisco and with the opening of The Lark Creek Inn in Larkspur, Calif. in 1989. Among his more recent honors, he was named 2009 Chef of the Year by California Travel Industry Association and Restaurateur of the Year in 2010 by the Nevada Restaurant Association. He has completed a new cookbook, Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden, which was released in autumn 2011.
“We thank Bradley, the Ogden family, and the Lark Creek Restaurant Group from the bottom of our hearts,” said Gary Selesner, regional president of Caesars Palace. “It is impossible to underestimate the impact Bradley Ogden restaurant has had on the dining landscape at Caesars Palace. It has won countless awards and has served our guests and Caesars Palace well for all these years and launched many culinary careers.”
“Caesars Palace provided us with a wonderful opportunity to enter the Las Vegas dining arena,” noted Michael Dellar, co-founder, president and CEO of the 14 restaurant San Francisco-based Lark Creek Restaurant Group (www.larkcreek.com). “While our exclusive relationship with Caesars is coming to an end, we continue to be enthusiastic about the Las Vegas market and are reviewing other opportunities to develop a new Bradley Ogden-culinary influenced restaurant in the area.
Fans of Bradley Ogden are encouraged to visit the restaurant for a final tasting of many of the most popular dishes including the twice baked Maytag blue cheese soufflé, the seared diver scallops and the butterscotch pudding. Also not to be missed, the signature burger and fries named “Best Burger of the Year” in 2009 by Alan Richman of GQ Magazine.
Since its opening on March 17, 2003, Bradley Ogden restaurant has operated in partnership in Caesars Palace across from the Colosseum and has been a popular dining destination for fans and performers alike, including Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Jerry Seinfeld, Cher and Janet Jackson. Honored in 2004 as the Best New Restaurant in the nation by the James Beard Foundation, Bradley Ogden Restaurant won critics’ nods for its seasonal, farm-fresh cuisine, earning Michelin Star recognition. Plans for development of the restaurant space will be announced by Caesars Palace at a future date.
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