The Rainforest Cafe is confirmed for Harmon Corner, replacing the shuttered Goretorium year-round horror themed attraction that didn't last a second Halloween in this prime location.
New temporary signage promises the family friendly, forest-themed concept will debut in 2015. Legal paperwork posted to the exterior of the 3,002-square-foot main entrance also shows a lease was signed on Aug 21., barely two weeks before Eater Vegas spoiled the surprise.
The next question is who will take over the current Rainforest Cafe space at MGM Grand and when will it close? Buzzing rumors from the resort indicate strong interest in hosting a project from the Hakkasan Group. Elsewhere on property, the shuttering of Beacher's Madhouse's nightclub by the end of the year is still heavily gossiped, despite owner Jeff Beacher's public protestation.
Over at Harmon Corner, The Rainforest Cafe will take full advantage of two mezzanines and the 11,493-square-foot, third floor, main dining space with outdoor balcony seating. Located next door to the main entrance, retail tenants Magnet Max, Millennium Photo and Gaya are all shuttered, with a posted noted explaining remodeling is in progress. But all three adjacent spaces could be added to the Rainforest footprint.
The cafe's concept of mechanical wild animals, fake forest decor, fountains and casual American fare, is owned by Landry's Inc., who already operate the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant across the hallway and will share the same balcony patio. Both ventures are heavily committed to front of house retail sales.