Gordon Ramsay made a bold entry to the Las Vegas dining scene in May with the opening of Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas. The new restau¬rant, with interiors by EDG Interior Architecture Design, uses strong, lively gestures to evoke Ramsay’s personality and to playfully transport guests from Paris to London.
Inspired by the Eurotunnel—the undersea, high-speed rail tunnel linking Paris and London—EDG created an eye-catching, tunnel-like entry portal that juts from the resort into the restau¬rant, terminating in the bar. This substantial, 10-foot-diameter tube is made from aluminum ribs clad in shiny, red, perforated metal panels. The bar tucked within it opens on one side to the lounge and on the other side to the dining room.
To accommodate the tunnel, the designers removed the existing, Parisian-themed building façade, replacing it with an ultra-modern, two-story, red glass storefront that suggests a train station. Within the context of the resort, the modern restaurant sits between two old-world chateaux.
“We have tried to interpret and capture Chef Ramsay’s vivacious personality, and the super-strong gesture of the tunnel running through the Parisian facade is just one example,” says senior designer Catharine Tarver.
Inside, the massive, 30-foot domed ceiling has been painted with an image inspired by the Union Jack with a commissioned neon sculpture suspended from it. SWON design of Toronto created the hand-blown, red neon piece, which conceptually interprets the motion of Ram¬say’s hands cooking and represents his high-octane energy. Passersby in the casino can catch glimpses of both these highly graphic elements through the transparent, glass facade.