Jose Andres to Open Two New Restaurants on Las Vegas Strip

The awesome chef and human being Jose Andres (technically, José Andrés) is set to bring two new restaurant concepts to The Strip.

He’s also bringing one to Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, but that’s not Las Vegas, so who cares?

The chef’s Zaytinya restaurant is planned for the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, and another concept (no name yet) is set for The Shops at Crystals. We told you about Caesars Palace getting a Jose Andres restaurant (the name hadn’t been decided yet, but we’ll still take the “W”) back in 2021.

The new restaurants should open in 2023 and/or 2024. Given the current financial climate, it’s probably wise not to be too specific about such things.

Chef Jose Andres invented small plates dining and possibly smirks.

Three things all these restaurants will have in common: 1) They will involve Jose Andres. 2) They will be awesome. 3) They will be in shopping malls.

That’s because the new restaurants are in partnership with Simon, a “real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations.” So, malls.

There aren’t too many details available about the new Las Vegas restaurants yet, but Zaytinya is described thusly, “an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines, built on Jose Andres’ deep knowledge of Mediterranean cooking and years of research and travel.”

There are Zaytina locations in New York City and Washington, D.C. See more.

If you aren’t familiar with Jose Andres, it’s time to stop living in a cave. Tick-borne relapsing fever can be contracted from underground fauna. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Andres has several Las Vegas restaurants: The excellent Jaleo, the meh China Poblano and the one we can never find, é by Jose Andres, at Cosmopolitan. Oh, and Bazaar Meat, fantastic despite its terrible location.

There were rumors Andres was trying to bring Bazaar Meat to Caesars Palace, but we haven’t heard anything about that recently.

The chef’s humanitarian efforts may eclipse his food. His World Central Kitchen has served 300 million meals to communities impacted by natural disasters.

With so many “celebrity” chefs with slimy reputations having a presence Las Vegas (looking at you, Todd English and David Chang, among others), it’s great to see someone with Chef Andres’ character and generous spirit expanding his footprint.

You’ll know more about these two new ventures when we do!