Las Vegas: One of Strip’s most famous restaurants closing after nearly 26 years

Las Vegas: One of Strip’s most famous restaurants closing after nearly 26 years

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  • Johnathan L. Wright , Las Vegas Review-Journal
May 16, 2024 2:39 PM
  • Johnathan L. Wright , Las Vegas Review-Journal

A restaurant named for a master artist, one with a master chef at the helm, is closing after a masterful 26-year run at Bellagio.

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The restaurant is Picasso, of course. And the chef, naturally, is Julian Serrano. Picasso will send out its last quail salads, its final scallops with potato mousseline, in August. The restaurant opened with Bellagio in October 1998, with Serrano one of several celebrated chefs who launched signature restaurants in the new megaresorts of the late 1990s.

These chefs joined their celebrated predecessors in Vegas — among them, André Rochat, Wolfgang Puck and Jean-Louis Palladin — in lifting the culinary reputation of the city and laying the groundwork for Vegas becoming the world-class dining destination it is today.