Two of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s signature Wind Creek Bethlehem restaurants have changed their names and rebranded their menus.
Emeril’s Chop House and Burgers and More by Emeril will now be known as “Chop House at Wind Creek” and “Urban Table”, respectively.
“The rebranding will provide guests with the opportunity to experience two new menus prepared by the property’s in-house culinary team,” a press release read.
Chop House’s new vibe at Wind Creek will include a modern, upscale twist of a classic American steakhouse. The menu should feature steaks, seafood and signature creations, as well as craft cocktails. The vibe at Urban Table will focus on various culinary regions. Menu offerings are expected to include premium beef burgers, cauliflower steak, gumbo, truffle honey-glazed fried chicken, and premium chops.
Chop House at Wind Creek is open 5-10 p.m. daily except Mondays. La Table Urbaine is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Reservations can be made online here.
It’s unclear what led celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse to remove the two restaurants from the casino, but a third restaurant, Emeril’s Fish House, closed at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The fish shop closed in September 2020 after Buddy V’s Ristorante, which never reopened after the March 2020 closure.
Emeril’s Fish House was later occupied by Burgers and More (BAM) by Emeril, which opened in February 2021 on this site. The burger joint has moved from its original location near the northeast corner of the casino to the former Fish House space.
Then Sands Bethlehem President and COO Brian Carr in 2019 said all of Emeril’s restaurants would remain after Sands Casino changed hands to Wind Creek. Carr, who had run the Bethlehem Casino since mid-2017 and when it was sold to Wind Creek, left the organization in February 2020.
Julia Corwin, a spokeswoman for Wind Creek, did not immediately return several requests for additional information about the renamed sites Wednesday afternoon. A media spokesperson running Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants also did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.
Emeril’s Burgers and more and Emeril’s Chop House both opened in 2009. Emeril’s Chop House, however, re-entered in December 2017 after undergoing two months of renovations. It then reopened to the public with dark, rich tones and the main dining room received a more open layout. A private space that can accommodate up to 40 people has also been added.
Lagasse has forged close ties with Northampton Community College, participating in its annual Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival and offering culinary students the opportunity to intern at its New Orleans restaurants.
The neighboring Southside Bethlehem casino Outlets at Wind Creek Bethlehem, 77 Wind Creek Boulevard, has been ravaged by business closures amid the coronavirus pandemic. Last March, there were at least 10 empty storefronts, about a third of the mall’s spaces.
The mall hosted the “Escape the Trap” room in the fall. The 10,000 square foot attraction has since filled the space vacated by three liberated companies – Christopher & Banks; Corningware Corelle and more; and go! Calendars and games — downstairs.
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Pamela Sroka-Holzmann can be contacted at [email protected].