So is Michael White coming to Vegas or not? Last year, a piece in the New York Times said that his Altamarea Group had plans to target Sin City. Then came a rumor last Friday in Vegas Seven that he had signed a lease at Crystals.
The chef, who has been compared to empire builders Mario Batali and Daniel Boulud, is a protege of Paul Bartolotta at Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas and has two Michelin starred Marea on Central Park South and Ai Fiori in the Setai Fifth Avenue.
"I can wholeheartedly 100% tell you that this is untrue," says a spokeswoman for White's company Altamarea Group. "Altamarea Group has many plans on the horizon and as of now, Vegas is not in the cards! But I never say never however there hasn't been any talk or plans including Vegas in the near future."