Seems Deathwatched Johnny Smalls quietly closed its doors last week over at the Hard Rock Hotel. No mention has come from the peeps at Hard Rock, but the restaurant is no longer on the resort’s website. Eater Vegas tipsters says a Chinese concept will take over the space.
Johnny Smalls opened in April 2010 with small plates from around the world.
Nobu Matsuhisa himself says he has no plans to close his original Nobu restaurant at the Hard Rock. This fall, he opens the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace, complete with a namesake restaurant and in-room dining from the chef.
As reported before, the Johnny Smalls changeover to a Chinese restaurant for makes sense considering the Hard Rock wants to attract more Asian customers, even planning to renovate the high-limit gaming area on that side of the resort to include baccarat and Pai-Gow as well as Asian dishes that can be delivered to the table. Resort officials say that 10 percent of their clients are Asian and they make up 90 percent of the baccarat players.
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