It’s the Las Vegas dining rumor that just won’t die: that Daniel Boulud’s second Las Vegas foray, DB Brasserie in the Venetian, will shutter. This latest edition casts 50 Eggs, the owners of neighboring Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, as the space’s next inhabitants.
We are told from sources close to the ‘Bird that high-level talks are supposedly under way for 50 Eggs to take over the lease from the Dinex Group, parent company to DB Brasserie. None of this is news to Dinex reps, who say they’ve been confronted with this rumor since before Yardbird even opened its doors.
But the rumor isn’t true, says Brett Traussi, chief operating office for Dinex. “We continue to operate DB Brasserie and have no plans to move or change our lease agreement. Las Vegas is an incredible culinary town that we’re very proud to be a part of. We’ll continue giving our guests the best possible dining experience and look forward to continuing to do so at the Venetian.”
Joining in on the attempt to silence the chatter is Keith Salwoski, executive director of public relations, on behalf of the Venetian, which owns the space. “There’s a special place in our hearts for chef Daniel Boulud and his restaurant, DB Brasserie. There are no current plans to close DB Brasserie at the Venetian.”
Miami-based 50 Eggs is lauded for its riffs on classic Southern cuisine, and owns two more concepts, Swine and the forthcoming Spring Chicken. Given DB’s proximity to Yardbird, however, we will concede that if the rumors were true, it would seem logical for 50 Eggs to open an entirely new concept, and up-scale Mexican cuisine would fill an empty niche within that property.
So in addition to “Gossip,” we’ll file this one under “Wait & See.”