Mercadito Hospitality is bringing its New York, Miami and Chicago-based Mexican restaurant Mercadito to Red Rock Resort. A design rendering from Celano Design Studio and Klai Juba Architects shows a seamless fit into the resort's landscape, but a 2011 video pitching the idea to the resort indicates this natural fit was a long time coming.
In the video, Alfredo Sandoval, co-owner of Mercadito Hospitality, describes the concept as "a natural fit for Las Vegas," citing "great food, great ambiance, great design, great drinks, high energy."
The aggressively expanding company also includes fellow brands Tavernita, Barcito, Little Market in addition to the five existing Mercadito locales. The company has plans to move into Chicago's O'Hare airport and pop-up in nationwide shopping malls.
Red Rock has been without a dedicated Mexican-style restaurant since Cabo Mexican Restaurant shuttered in August 2012 to make way for the newly opened Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. Despite this switcheroo being long in gestation, Mercadito Red Rock LLC was only recently registered in July.
In March, Sandoval hoped for a 2013 completion date for his Las Vegas incursion, but during an August interview, he points to 2014 debut for the Red Rock venture.
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