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Jose Andres heads to Vegas to open Jaleo ... and a Chexican restaurant

May 3, 2010 | 12:38 pm


Jose Andres joins the list of chefs set to open restaurants at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The Deutsche Bank-owned hotel on the Strip is expected to finish construction in December (likely the last major casino-resort to open there for a few years).

Andres' ThinkFoodGroup plans to open the fourth outpost of his Spanish tapas bar Jaleo, as well as a restaurant that will feature his take on Chinese and Mexican cuisine. No details on the Chexican restaurant yet.

In March Cosmopolitan announced a lineup of planned restaurants that include modern brasserie Comme Ca by Los Angeles chef David Myers; New York City restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg's Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill; Scarpetta and a new casual wine bar by Scott Conant; Estiatorio Milos from Costas Spiliadis; and steakhouse STK from the One Group. Cosmopolitan Chief Executive John Unwin recently told the Associated Press that there would be 13 restaurants in the hotel-casino.

Myers of L.A. says that the Vegas Comme Ca will, fittingly, look onto the Paris hotel and will be designed by Adam D. Tihany (who has designed restaurants such as Per Se and Daniel in New York).

Andres, besides being chef-partner in several Washington, D.C.-area restaurants including Jaleo and Minibar, opened the Bazaar at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles in 2008.

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Jose Andres. Credit: Joshua Reynolds / For the Los Angeles Times