After 15 years of operation, Pinot Brasserie in The Venetian has closed its doors. The restaurant’s last day of service was Saturday, May 31, according to a spokesperson for the casino resort.
Operated by James Beard Award-winning chef Joachim Splichal’s Patina Restaurant Group—which has restaurants in California, New York, New Jersey and Florida—Pinot had been serving French cuisine in the Venetian since the resort’s opening in 1999.
Despite a prime location, the restaurant generated little attention over the years, and barely registered on my radar during my first decade or so of writing about the Las Vegas food scene. That changed early last year, thanks in no small part to executive chef Eric Lhuillier and sous chef John Courtney, both of whom have strong followings in the local food press. Despite a flurry of media interest last spring and summer, the restaurant never seemed to catch on, and rumors began to circulate earlier this year that its days were numbered. The recent opening of Daniel Boulud’s DB Brasserie may have been the final nail in Pinot’s coffin.
At this point, there’s no word on what will become of the space.