Charlie Trotter I'm glad I didn't have a reservation at Restaurant Charlie when I was in town last weekend. As I retweeted a post from Las Vegas Food Critic John Curtas, Charlie Trotter (pictured) decided to close his eponymous restaurant at the Palazzo Thursday night, after just two years of operation.
"We just no longer had the traffic to justify the offering in the Palazzo property," Rochelle Smith Trotter, Mr. Trotter's wife and publicist told Crain's ChicagoBusiness. "It was really a function of, can we sustain it and how long can we sustain it for?"
It didn't help to go into Vegas at the beginning of a recession, but the restaurant's location beneath an escalator in a fancy shopping mall didn't help either. Oddly enough, David Burke closed his namesake restaurant on the same day in the adjacent Venetian. "There were just too many high-end restaurants opening in Vegas at the same time," Curtas said. "This closing is no surprise to me."