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 Vegas
Thought 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 Carnevino.
The name combines two essential ingredients -- top-notch American beef and a much-touted international wine list. The space, located next to Batali's B&B Ristorante, is decorated in classic Italian style with 16-foot ceilings, polished wood veneers and generous use of imported marble. Look for a menu of steakhouse fare mixed with Italian touches like shaved Alba truffles, homemade pastas and intricate vegetable sides.
PaperFish -- Beverly Hills
If Hollywood had a cafeteria, this would be it. Located on the former Maple Drive, PaperFish has been hallowed lunch ground for the likes of Michael Ovitz. Attached to a midrise office building, the restaurant's exterior looks more like an overgrown office park than a hip L.A. eatery. Inside, however, restaurateur Joachim Splichal of Patina and Pinot fame debuts a brand-new concept restaurant that's more chic than anyone imagined.
The interior space is bright and bold, featuring several separate dining areas, each offering a different design aesthetic. The largest dining room features a long bar area with an interwoven metal wine rack surrounded by glass windows and orange-upholstered walls. Pod-like chairs offer a Jetsons-inflected seating experience for those not lucky enough to land one of the circular red booths. It's a seafood restaurant, and the house specialty is a snapper cooked in parchment -- hence the restaurant's name -- served tableside.