Restaurant ends historic run after 25 years on Las Vegas Strip

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A restaurant known for its fine dining experience on the Las Vegas Strip will close its doors after more than 20 years at the Bellagio.

Award-winning chef and restaurateur Julian Serrano announced that he will move toward retirement by stepping away from the kitchen of Lago and, this August will close Picasso at Bellagio Resort and Casino, according to MGM Resorts.

Chef Serrano helped usher in the evolution of Las Vegas as a fine dining destination with the opening of Picasso in 1998.

<em>Chef Julian Serrano at Picasso (Credit: Robert John Kley)</em>
Chef Julian Serrano at Picasso (Credit: Robert John Kley)

“I want to thank the team at MGM Resorts, who I have collaborated with over these 25 years to create something truly special at Picasso,” Chef Serrano said.

During its 25-year tenure, Picasso earned some of the industry’s top culinary honors, including the first Las Vegas restaurant to receive a James Beard Award nomination for Best New Restaurant, one of the first two Nevada restaurants to receive the Forbes Five-Star Award, and one of only two restaurants in the city to receive two Michelin stars.

Though Chef Serrano has stepped away from oversight of Lago’s kitchen, the restaurant remains open to guests. He remains at the helm of Julian Serrano Tapas at ARIA Resort & Casino.

Additional details on a new addition at the Bellagio are expected in the coming months, according to MGM Resorts International.

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