So how does Daniel Boulud feel about opening a French brasserie in the same resort as Thomas Keller's Bouchon?
"Thomas is my best friend; he's my longest friend. I'm not trying to compete with Thomas or copy Thomas. Bouchon is certainly a very elegant restaurant. He has an outdoor feeling. My menu here is a little bit more French and eclectic with some Asian and Mediterranean dishes and some American dishes. I enjoy doing casual American dishes like the burgers."
Boulud, who just opened DB Brasserie, says the Venetian and Palazzo "have more people … than a small city in America, so we could have 12 or 15 restaurants without competing with one another. There's room for both of us."