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Sad news for foodies: Alex restaurant to close

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Chef Alex Stratta will close his self-named fine-dining French restaurant at the Wynn on Jan. 15.

Foodies, get a tissue.

Alex Stratta’s beacon of French cuisine at Wynn Las Vegas is closing. The nearly six-year-old Alex restaurant will close its doors after service on Saturday, January 15, giving diners just seven days (Alex is open Wednesday-Saturday) to stop by and pay homage to the Michelin two-star restaurant.

The beautiful space will remain intact for special events.

“I’m really bummed out,” chef Stratta said Thursday afternoon. “It was a good run. I guess it was just time.”

The lavish restaurant has been one of the jewels of the Wynn’s dining program, winning Forbes (formerly Mobil) Travel Five Star Awards and AAA Five Diamond Awards for the last five years straight, along with the highly coveted Michelin two-star rating in 2008 and 2009.

A Wynn representative pointed to the strains of the economy as the reason for the restaurant’s closing, adding that “high-end French dining is not what people want these days.” Stratta will stay on with the resort to continue running his more casual, Italian-influenced restaurant, Stratta, and perhaps to work on yet-to-be-determined projects.

For Las Vegans with a love of fine cooking, the next week and a half offers the last chance to descend Alex’s elegant stairs and sample chef Stratta’s impeccable French fare. It’s an opportunity worth seizing, at any price.

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