The 82-year-old owner of Pamplemousse le Restaurant passed away after a battle with cancer. Georges LaForge opened the French restaurant in 1976.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip, Pamplemousse sits on Sahara Avenue just east of the SLS Las Vegas.
Georges LaForge passed away on March 17 after battling different illnesses, including cancer.
His wife, Diana LaForge, shared old photographs of her husband over the years. She says he came to Las Vegas from Paris in 1962. He didn’t speak English at the time and landed a job as a busboy. Just a decade later, he opened the French restaurant frequented by locals for decades.
Described as the ultimate French chef, LaForge impressed food critics like John Courtas throughout his 44 years with the restaurant.
“He was setting the standard for hospitality in Las Vegas literally for 20 years. Before all the celebrity chefs, before Wolfgang and all of that it was people like George LaForge and André Rochat that were setting the standard of good food in Las Vegas,“ Courtas said.
Translated into English, Pamplemousse simply means grapefruit, now it means so much more.
His wife Diana said “Georges is Pamplemousse and Pamplemousse is Georges.“
In his restaurant’s quaint ambiance, authentic French cuisine, and loyal friends… the spirit of Georges LaForge will carry on.
Diana LaForge will continue to run the restaurant and has no plans of closing Pamplemousse.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Georges LaForge on May 5th at Pamplemousse at 3pm.
All are welcome to attend. Address: 400 E Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89104