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Emeril Lagasse to Open 1st Northeast Restaurant

From Ron Ruggless of Nation's Restaurant News ( BETHLEHEM, Pa. (April  13, 2009) -  Emeril Lagasse said he would open a restaurant May 22 in the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem here, marking the celebrity chef's 11th restaurant and his first in the Northeast.

Emeril's Chop House will serve prime dry-aged beef, a selection of regional and local ingredients including seasonal produce, artisan cheeses and dairy products and some “New New Orleans” dishes. The restaurant will have 200 seats and feature a chef's food bar that will seat nine and semi-private dining areas for 20 to 80 people.

The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, which opens next month, is being developed by Las Vegas Sands Corp. on the site of the former Bethlehem Steel plant. Lagasse said he sees his new restaurant as “a small step in the revitalization of this important site in the community.”

Lagasse already has restaurants in two other Las Vegas Sands properties: Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and Table 10 at The Palazzo Las Vegas. He also has restaurants in New Orleans; Orlando, Fla.; Miami; and Gulfport, Miss. The restaurants are operated by Emeril's Homebase in New Orleans. 
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