More recently: I never got a chance to see chef Tim Doolittle in his last Kansas City gig, heading up the kitchen at The Café at Briarcliff Village. Doolittle — a veteran of some of Kansas City's best dining spots, including EBT, Joe D's Wine Bar, Café Allegro and the Stolen Grill — decided to leave The Café in February. But he was conflicted about his next move.
"I was sitting at the bar at Le Fou Frog, telling people that I had had my fill of Kansas City and, half-seriously, that I just might pack up and move to Vegas," Doolittle tells me. "And one of the waiters there turned to me and said that he had a friend who was an executive with Wolfgang Puck's company, overseeing the Vegas restaurants."
Before he could say Viva Las Vegas, Doolittle was on a plane to Sin City for a job interview, and when I spoke to him last week, he had accepted a position with Puck's successful Postrio Restaurant in The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on the Strip. He'll begin work in the Postrio kitchen on May 1.
"It's a strange place, Vegas," Doolittle says, "but I'm looking forward to living there. I hadn't been in 16 years, and it's changed a lot."
He says he'll miss many of the people in Kansas City. "I had a lot of customers follow me from restaurant to restaurant, and they were very supportive. I hope they'll come and dine with me in Las Vegas."
After all, heading to The Venetian Resort is a lot more convenient than going to the real Venice.