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Alex (The Wynn) is closing on 1/15/11

ellenost Jan 6, 2011 01:35 PM

I am really depressed. I just called The Wynn to ask when they would be accepting dinner reservations for Alex, and the reservationist told me that Alex is closing on the 15th of this month (next weekend). For those of you who may have read my previous LV posts, Alex has long (for the past 3 years) been my favorite LV restaurant. Yes, I know there are other wonderful restaurants (and I already have dinner resys set for Joel Robuchon, CUT and Sage), but I was saving my last night in LV for Alex. So sad. For those of you who are in LV in the next week, don't miss dinner at Alex; it's truly a wonderful restaurant.

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    LVI Jan 10, 2011 11:42 AM

    It is certainly a sad day. But not surprising. Most of the "elite" restaurants have been slow to adapt to the "new norm". Look at what happened to Bar Charlie/Charlie Trotter. The Vegas traveler of 2010 is much different than that of pre-2000. Everybody's disposable incomes have either gone poof or have been scaled back tremendously. And the other thing I will contend is that people are no longer willing to spend 3+ hours in a restaurant. Personally, I would much rather spend 3+ hours dining on exceptional food than sitting at a lounge or in the casino for that matter. But I am certainly not the norm. And let's not mention operating expense. I am afraid this will be the way of many of the opulent restaurants in the casinos and that they are in danger of going down the same path. I guess I better get to Bartolotta this March when I am down there!!!

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      sockster Jan 10, 2011 06:26 AM

      Actually celebrated Valentines Day here last year. Incredibly expensive for what was, imho, unremarkable food. No surprise they're closing.

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        lipgloss Jan 10, 2011 05:44 AM

        Ugh, really sad news.

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          Michelle Jan 7, 2011 02:09 PM

          Alex has been on my list for years - I never made it there and I'll never get the chance to now! I'm sorely disappointed!

          1. Beach Chick Jan 6, 2011 07:43 PM

            That is so sad...
            Alex will sorely be missed.

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              nuclearali Jan 6, 2011 07:11 PM

              That's too bad. I was looking forward to eating there.

              Sage it is, I guess!

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                Johnny West Jan 6, 2011 07:26 PM

                We went to eat at Fleur di lis and it was closed down and turned into
                a small plates foo-foo joint. We were really looking forward to eating there.
                We then went to RM Seafood and was sorely disappointed.

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                  uhockey Jan 7, 2011 02:22 AM

                  Not sure about the "foo foo" part - it was actually quite good.

                  http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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                    invinotheresverde Jan 7, 2011 06:58 AM

                    I dined at Fleur de Lys last year (review someplace on here). The best part of the meal was actually the smaller plates. I'm pumped about the change; I think it'll be for the better.

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                      Johnny West Jan 7, 2011 04:30 PM

                      I guess I'm one for a regular meal.

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                        invinotheresverde Jan 8, 2011 05:20 PM

                        What's a "regular" meal, though? ;)

                        You should try it out sometime, especially if they have the creamy onion soup still. Best. Thing. Ever.

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                  nextguy Jan 6, 2011 04:00 PM

                  Wow that is really too bad. I didn't have a chance to eat there when I was in LV last year but was planning on it for my next visit.

                  So in the last 12 months, Wing Lei loses its head chef, Daniel Boulud closes, and now Alex too. It is too bad that the Wynn hotels, which in my opinion are the nicest on the strip, lag so far behind the other luxury hotels for dining.

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                    BubblyOne Jan 7, 2011 09:02 AM

                    I don't understand all the complexities, but some hotels own their restaurants (like Wynn) and others like The Venetian just lease out space. That might have something to do with it.

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                      atdleft Jan 7, 2011 12:43 PM

                      Yep, it's tragic to see Wynn's culinary reputation collapse in this last year & a half. It was sad enough that Encore's restaurant lineup wasn't too exciting (save Sinatra & Society IMHO), then Wynn lost Daniel Boulud really hit me hard (it was my fave brasserie at the time), and now Alex will be shuttered. Wynncore really is losing its culinary street cred.

                    2. SDGourmand Jan 6, 2011 03:43 PM

                      Very sad to hear this.. Never good when one of the best restaurants in the country has to close it's doors.. Alex will be missed..

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                        namor Jan 6, 2011 02:58 PM

                        Apparently Alex is closing because “high-end French dining is not what people want these days.”

                        http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/news/20...

                        Sad to hear about this as I was hoping to visit in April.

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                          uhockey Jan 6, 2011 05:50 PM

                          First Bar Charlie, now Alex. Perhaps "foodies" don't want it, but the gourmand sect sure seems to love it still. :-(

                          Too bad.

                          http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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                            ellenost Jan 6, 2011 06:42 PM

                            I really liked Bar Charlie, but unfortunately the night I had dinner there, I was one of two guests the entire meal. Charlie Trotter is still planning a new restaurant in NYC. I'm looking forward to it since I enjoyed both Bar Charlie and his restaurant in Chicago.

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                              climberdoc Jan 8, 2011 05:12 PM

                              What's the distinction between "foodie" and "gourmand"? I wonder what I am?

                              Boy is this bad news! Like ellenost, Alex has been my go-to special occasion restaurant. We celebrated our first pregnancy there. I became vegan last year and was really looking forward to his take on Vegan Cuisine.

                              What saddens me most is that Alex is the proud king of the Wynn/Encore's unmatched lineup of fine dining venues. It is also a "Vegas" fine dining experience and one of the few "local" chefs to compete with the big-name French chef outlets.

                              I wonder what really motivated this surprising decision. Alex was always busy on all three weeknights that I dined there.

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                                uhockey Jan 8, 2011 05:37 PM

                                "foodie" = person who fancies celebrity chefs, taco trucks, perhaps also some fine dining.

                                "gourmand" = persons who know their way around a kitchen and can/do cook for themselves, care about the quality of ingredients, prefer their meals to be experiences.

                                Obviously there are grey zones. :-)

                                http://uhockey.blogspot.com

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                                  JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jan 9, 2011 02:04 AM

                                  It's an irregular conjugation.
                                  First person: Gourmand
                                  Second person: Foodie
                                  Third person: Has both feet in the trough.

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                                    Dave Feldman Jan 9, 2011 02:07 PM

                                    I think the Wikipedia entry on "gourmand" is excellent and reflects the way I would use the term: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gourmand

                                    As JK indicates, "foodie" tends to be a pejorative term among many here. I dislike the word primarily because it sounds so ugly. The founder of Chowhound, Jim Leff, associates "foodies" with trend followers, who are usually not intrepid enough to discover things on their own. I tend to think of them as hobbyists who are interested in many aspects of the food world, but do, as Jim indicates, tend to be inordinately preoccupied with what is new or "hot."

                                    I remember in high school, we we were taught the distinction between "gourmet" and "gourmand" and the former was associated with discernment and the latter with gluttony. I hate the term "gourmet" even more than "foodie." It theoretically refers to someone with higher power of discernment, but in practice seems to refer to someone who likes "fine dining."

                                    Has anyone ever encountered someone who refers to himself or herself as a "gourmet"?

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                                  foodiemahoodie Jan 10, 2011 11:44 AM

                                  Funny, I ate there (very good) - and thought it was high-end Italian.

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                                  QAW Jan 6, 2011 02:16 PM

                                  We are hearing that the space is being turned into a "Special Events Center", which makes us want to shed a tear. Such a great restaurant and setting. Reportedly "Stratta" will remain open, so maybe we can hope for a tweaking of that concept a bit. But there was a world of difference between what came from that kitchen, and what came from Alex. We hope that the latter has not been lost.

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