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Pierre Gagnaire to open outlet in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS Celebrated French chef Pierre Gagnaire is scheduled to open his first restaurant in the United States at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel planned for the $8.5 billion CityCenter project on the Las Vegas strip, which is set to open in December.

To be named Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, the 74-seat restaurant on the 23rd floor of the hotel is being designed by Adam D. Tihany and will feature a glass staircase leading to a suspended wine loft. All tables will offer a view of the glittering strip below, officials said.

The menu will feature Gagnaire’s whimsical fusion-focused style of classic French dishes juxtaposed with more modern flavors and textures. Details were not yet available, but officials said the venue would be very high end.

Gagnaire, who has won three Michelin stars for his restaurant in Paris, also has concepts in London, Tokyo, Seoul, Dubai and Hong Kong — the latter also in a Mandarin Oriental Hotel there. He joins several other highly respected French chefs who have opened outlets in Las Vegas, including Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy and Alain Ducasse.

He also joins a star-studded line up of restaurant operators planning dining spots within the massive CityCenter complex, including Masayoshi Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Sirio Maccioni, Wolfgang Puck and Todd English.

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