Star chef Charlie Trotter closing his Palazzo restaurant

It’s the first star chef restaurant closing brought on by the recession. Charlie Trotter has decided to close his award-winning fine-dining palace Restaurant Charlie and its C Bar in the Palazzo.

Newlyweds Charlie and his bride Rochelle sent me the sad email verdict this morning, but they promise to try it again when the economy bounces back. Their decision comes just three weeks after their marriage on an island near the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.

“It breaks our heart,” they told me in a personal note. “After many months of consideration, we — along with our business partners — have decided to close Restaurant Charlie.

“We can only be happy and proud of the success of this project over the past two years. The restaurant opened with rave reviews, including obtaining the top ranking as Best New Restaurant in Las Vegas, and we also won the first Michelin Star in less than one year.

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