WHAT’S YOUR PASSION?
Steve Wynn likes to surround himself with people who are as passionate as they are talented, Wooden says, noting that it’s a dynamic that works well for both the man and his resorts. “Steve appreciates passionate people who are passionate about what they do, especially when they can frame an idea for him and help him understand that the passion isn’t just a dream—it can be a reality and an opportunity. In Paul Bartolotta’s case, that passion led to a very successful restaurant.” Wooden mentions Bartolotta and his eponymous fine-dining space because he is indeed a well-known example of how passion won out over practicality. Back in the months before Wynn’s 2005 opening, Bartolotta had pitched his idea of a restaurant that showcased seafood,
The Spa at Encore Lobby.