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New Treasure Island restaurant to feature Phil Ruffin’s jade collection
Hotel mogul Phil Ruffin has set an Aug. 10 official opening date for his new Asian-themed restaurant Khotan at Treasure Island, which he acquired from MGM this year in a $750 million purchase. Khotan takes the place of the recently departed celebrity hotspot Social House.
Since Khotan translates to “city of Jade,” Phil has decided -- exactly as Vegas DeLuxe first reported -- to decorate the restaurant with his own large collection of exquisite jade sculptures and ivory antiquities. I’m told the loaned collection is worth more than $30 million and is the largest private one of its kind in America.
Included in the more than 20 rare and valuable pieces are two 5-foot, hand-carved jade jars and a 35,000-year-old ivory tusk adorned with an intricately designed Asian village.
The Pan-Asian restaurant’s executive chef will be Craig Taylor, with Apiruk “Lou” Hansrisuk as chef de cuisine.
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