Fans of Michael Mina's Nobhill Tavern should make their reservations fast. Now comes word that the MGM Grand is moving up the closing date of the 12-year-old restaurant to March 30, when the restaurant shutters to make way for a new concept from Michael Morton.
Nobhill Tavern not only has the iconic lobster pot pie, reassembled table side, but one of the best happy hours in town and a killer cocktail program with specials tweeted out to followers on Twitter.
The switcheroo is just one of many changes coming to the MGM Grand, including the massive five-story Hakkasan, the nightclub, lounge and restaurant that plans to open in April. The nightclub already announced that Calvin Harris will be on the roster of resident deejays. The original Hakkasan in London features modern Chinese fare from Tong Chee Hwee and earned one Michelin star in 2003, an honor it retains now.
Mina's Seablue closed in August to make way for his new Pub 1842, which previews at Vegas Uncork'd. Other changes are afoot, including a new sports bar taking over the former Lion's Den and a possible change to Rainforest Cafe next to Hakkasan.
Morton, who co-founded the N9NE Group and already has La Cave Food & Wine Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas, is working on revamping a former laundry for El Cortez into La Comida in Downtown Las Vegas. That restaurant, which should open in April, will feature an entrance through the alley, dining from a 25-foot cocktail bar, church windows and a window overlooking Sixth Street with bar stools for seating. The menu will include dishes such as street corn, tacos and fresh avocados.
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