Mario Batali: Vegas, Baby

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What the frack? Photo: Patrick McMullan

"Maybe New York and LA pretend to be more sophisticated, but when you look at the international and local and American clientele that's here on daily basis, you just can't match it. This is such a hot spot. We are bullish on Las Vegas right now." —Of course the chef and fracking opponent Mario Batali, who just announced the opening of his fourth Vegas restaurant, claims that city is the best place to be right now. [Las Vegas Weekly, Earlier]