In less than a month, Todd English will no longer helm a restaurant on the Strip, but it is possible Las Vegas has not yet seen the last of the celebrity chef.
The Todd English P.U.B. shuttered at Aria last week and was immediately given a speedy makeover as The Pub, keeping the spirit of a traditional British watering hole alive.
While the handover was expected, but not publicly announced, it follows weeks of mysterious official job postings for a new “Todd English Pub” concept to be located at MGM’s The Park.
While any new location has yet to be revealed, the job description hints “this job posting is designed to create a pool of qualified candidates for current and future opportunities.”
Launched in March 2010 and located in a shared footprint between Aria and The Shops at Crystals, English’s “Public Urban Bar Experience” made good use of its outdoor patio and provided a cheaper, casual alternative to many of the dining choices at either venue. The switcheroo has yet to be formally promoted by the resort and the Crystals retail center has yet to upgrade its own tenant listings.
English was also once behind the menu for Beso, the Las Vegas restaurant and nightclub fronted by actress Eva Longoria that shuttered in 2011, just a few steps away from his pub.
His most most enduring venture, Olives, debuted with the Bellagio resort in October 1998. Previously announced to be closing back in 2013, before a very surprising reprieve, the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant will shutter for good after final service on Saturday, Jan. 13.
The Olives space, will in turn be filled by Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, following a makeover funded by an estimated construction budget of $2.5 million. The original Spago inside the Forum Shops will itself shutter on January 29, after 25 successful years.
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