Baltimore City’s lone casino plans to replace its current steakhouse with another one carrying some celebrity culinary star power in its name.
Professional angry chef Gordon Ramsay is opening a new one of his eponymous steakhouses, Gordon Ramsay Steak, at Horseshoe Casino sometime before the end of this year. The location will be the first one on the East Coast and the second in the United States, supplementing the one at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, which by no coincidence is also operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
Ramsay has a proliferating partnership with Caesars that includes two Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill locations at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and Caesars Atlantic City. He’s also opening an eatery named after his enduring Fox TV show, “Hell’s Kitchen,” at the Las Vegas casino.
More broadly, Ramsay’s own firm operates 31 restaurants around the world, making him an international celebrity chef mogul of sorts.
In a promo video from Caesars, Ramsay said he “know[s] what a foodie city Baltimore is.” He also slaps a replica Baltimore Ravens helmet before uttering, “I love Baltimore.”
“I’m thrilled to be coming to Baltimore, a really exciting and emerging culinary city,” he added in a statement. “Our exceptional team is developing a menu that will combine the best dry-aged beef, finest seafood and freshest locally-sourced ingredients to create a unique Charm City dining experience.”
The restaurant will replace Jack Binion’s Steak, which has occupied its ground floor spot at Horseshoe since the South Baltimore casino first opened in August 2014.
Ramsay’s Baltimore venture will have a “modern steakhouse menu,” according to a release, with cuts like dry-aged prime beef, a gargantuan 32-ounce royal long-bone chop and American Kobe, and some of his signature dishes, including beef Wellington and sticky toffee pudding. It’ll also carry a wide array of wines and serve “barrel-aged cocktail classics with a twist.”
Ramsay isn’t lying about Baltimore’s emerging culinary prowess. Foreman Wolf Restaurant Group has helped to raise the bar for restaurants around the city since it first opened Charleston in 1997 in what’s now Harbor East. The city also has Woodberry Kitchen and Parts and Labor, both co-owned by James Beard Award-winning chef Spike Gjerde, and gems like Aggio, Cosima, Birroteca, among countless others.
Perhaps the arrival of Ramsay’s restaurant will bring increased traffic to the casino, which has posted some serious year-over revenue losses in recent months.
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