Jose Garces - to the desert!

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Jose Garces, who's been on a tear lately with forthcoming restaurants at the Revel in Atlantic City and new restaurants in Arizona, is headed also to Palm Springs, Calif.

In a long-rumored deal announced today, the Iron Chef wiill carry the executive chef's title at The Saguaro, a new luxury property in the Mojave Desert owned by the Sydell Group and Joie de Vivre.

Garces will oversee room service and poolside food and will run a Wild West-themed modern Mexican frontier bar-restaurant called El Jefe (complete with biker gang memorabilia) and an outpost of his more refined Rittenhouse Square hit, the Spanish tapas bar Tinto.

In Scottsdale, Ariz., Garces and the Sydell Group/Joie de Vivre recently opened a branch of Distrito, a frontier bar called Old Town Whiskey, and Garces Trading Company Coffee To-Go.

With Palm Springs, Garces wiill have 14 restaurants in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Scottsdale.

This spring, he will open Amada, Village Whiskey, and a stand version of Guapos Tacos at the Revel and Frohman’s Wursthaus, a beer-and-brats bar in Washington Square West.

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