The phone is shut off, the Website down and Tivoli Village have erased the latest restaurant reinvention from chef Alex Stratta off their tenant list. Salt & Pepper had debuted on Nov. 14, as a twist on a "Southern comfort bar and grill." The chef's earlier concept in the same spot, Tapas by Alex Stratta, never caught the attention of visitors to the retail center and had only been in business since April 8 of last year.
Pending a formal announcement, it is unclear if Stratta intends to move the Salt & Pepper brand elsewhere. In October, the chef told Eater Vegas he was moving the tapas restaurant out of Las Vegas. A new destination has yet to be revealed.
Believing that Salt & Pepper would offer "something more approachable to the surrounding demographic," Tivoli Village has proven a difficult site for Stratta. He had originally planned to debut in the former Pizza Lounge space, with backing from investors Preferred Restaurant Brands. That partnership folded, taking with it ambitions for an Alex Stratta Italian Steakhouse as a dining anchor at The Gramercy.
Going alone, Stratta then attempted to relaunch the steakhouse and a "more casual eatery concept" at the residential center, but "coming soon" notices have since been scrubbed from The Gramercy's Website.
The chef is best known for his two Michelin-starred Alex at Wynn Las Vegas, which shuttered in 2011.