Restaurateur Charles Phan is taking The Slanted Door to The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where it’s expected to debut in 2018. An 8,200 square-foot space will play host to the first location of The Slanted Door outside California. Meanwhile, Phan is in the (delayed) process of expanding his signature modern Vietnamese restaurant to Downtown LA, a move announced in 2015.
Opened on Valencia Street in 1995, The Slanted Door now occupies a prime space in the Ferry Building and has grown into a towering figure in the culinary world. With a James Beard Outstanding Restaurant Award to its name, it’s spawned two spinoffs called Out the Door, and last year, Phan floated a plan for an expansion to UC Berkeley’s campus. It’s also quite a high roller: For several years, The Slanted Door reigned among California’s top-grossing independent restaurants, raking in almost $17 million in sales in 2014.
Other ventures from Phan have been less successful. Several high-profile restaurants he launched in San Francisco, like the British-inspired The Coachman, South at SF JAZZ, and Wo Hing General Store in the original Slanted Door space, have shuttered in short order. But in the major big-spender market of Vegas, and surrounded by other marquee-name businesses, Phan and Caesars are taking the bet.