The “rock star chef,” Kerry Simon, has, as they say on Top Chef, packed his knives and left the CatHouse restaurant at Luxor—but he didn’t go far. The chef still has a full plate with Simon at Palms Place, and a second namesake eatery in L.A. He also recently served as a consultant to Nu Sanctuary at Town Square, and is now gearing up to open a new venture on the Strip, KGB Burger Bar, in Harrah’s. (KGB stands for Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers, not the old Soviet security agency.) Oh, and he’s about to debut a new Prime Steakhouse in Atlantic City.
When it opened in December 2007, CatHouse’s plan was to fuse a sultry, lounge-like atmosphere with modern cuisine. The thinking, at the time, was once the pretty people were fed they’d stick around to be entertained. But the economy tanked and CatHouse became a slow, up-market restaurant in a slow, mid-market casino. The fact that the booze was bringing home the bacon didn’t help the restaurant’s fate.
With the kitchen closed, the bar takes over: The 7,000 square-foot venue remains open as an ultra lounge.