They're some of the hottest names on the social circuit -- celebrity chefs. They probably didn't get where they are by sitting back and relaxing, so why not open a new restaurant? Here are some of the most exciting new restaurants being opened by celebrity chefs.
Carnevino -- Las VegasThought The Venetian Las Vegas was big enough? Here comes the latest expansion, Palazzo Resort and Hotel, with a new lineup of celebrity chefs and restaurants to prevent guests from ever wanting to leave the premises. While Charlie Trotter and Wolfgang Puck set up franchises of existing Trotter and CUT steakhouses, it's Mario Batali and winemaker Joe Bastianich that are making the biggest headlines these days, with the all-new
PaperFish -- Beverly HillsIf Hollywood had a cafeteria, this would be it. Located on the former Maple Drive,
Maison d' Azur -- MiamiLocated at the new Angler's Hotel, this
Social -- AspenLocated on Aspen's restaurant row, this
Bar Boulud -- New YorkLocated across from Lincoln Center, this casual wine bar and bistro by Daniel Boulud looks to mix fine cuisine in a dressed-up gastropub environment. The space is conceived around a central cave a vin adjoining three private dining rooms available for private parties and events. A separate patio area along Broadway is available for outdoor dining and weekend brunch. A lunch and dinner menu begins with what Boulud hopes are the greatest charcuterie plates ever assembled. They include a delicate selection of terrines and pates assembled at a wrap-around charcuterie bar with communal seating. The full menu includes Parisian bistro specialties like soupe de poisson, braised lamb, classic fillets and lapin chasseur.
Frontera Fresco -- San FranciscoOnce a staple of every great department store, the in-store restaurant is quickly becoming an endangered species. San Francisco, however, has remained steadfast, with enduring eateries atop Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom's ( JWN) at San Francisco Center. Macy's ( M) Union Square is once again joining the gourmet scene with a basement outpost Frontera Fresco.
|Photo: Rick Bayless/Frontera Fresco|
Bourbon Steak -- ScottsdaleWe love him in New York, flock to him in Vegas, and even planned a summer weekend around his outpost in Orange County. Now Michael Mina sets up his famed kitchen in the newly renovated
|At the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess|
|Photo: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess|