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Mike Jordan, left, is planning to open Rosemary's Cafe at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center
Mike Jordan, left, is planning to open Rosemary's Cafe at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center
Photo: Mike Jordan, Courtesy; Reed Whipple Cultural Center, Susan Stapleton

One of the best off-Strip restaurants that caused huge sadness when it closed is about to make a comeback. Chef Mike Jordan plans to reopen his much-beloved Rosemary's Restaurant as Rosemary's Café, dubbed "a re-imagined twist on their storied Las Vegas restaurant," within the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company's proposed $45 million renovation of the Reed Whipple Cultural Center in Downtown Las Vegas.

Jordan, along with his wife Wendy, are going with an upscale eatery and bar with an outdoor terrace facing the mountains in the 35,000-square-foot center that plans to break ground next year and debut in 2014.

Rosemary's Restaurant, known for its never-changing menu that included andouille-crusted duck confit and Hugo's Texas BBQ Shrimp, shut down suddenly last July. Jordan, who left as executive chef of Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand in 2007 to open the restaurant, named it for his mother.

"I couldn't be happier to be working with the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company to bring a taste of Rosemary's back to the city that embraced us so much," Jordan said in a press release. "We look forward to bringing back some old favorites and creating new ones."

Also included in the $45 million complex, the Bard Lounge, a cocktail lounge, a 499-seat theater and rehearsal space and Gallery OV, Opportunity Village Fine Art, a retail art gallery featuring works created by the nonprofit's clients. 
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Rosemary's Cafe

821 Las Vegas Blvd. N., Las Vegas, NV