Rainforest Cafe is confirming they are headed to Harmon Corner, but it will take until summer 2015 to arrive. And by then, they might have a new neighbor across the hall.
New banners advertise the Rainforest Cafe will take over the former Goretorium horror themed attraction next year, filling the 3,002-square-foot main entrance, plus two mezzanines and the 11,493-square-foot, third floor, main dining space with outdoor balcony seating. Views include the Las Vegas Strip, The Shops at Crystals and CityCenter.
With a fake forest ambiance, fountains and casual American fare, the Rainforest concept is owned by Landry's Inc., operators of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant located just a few steps away on the second floor.
Rainforest already operates a location at the MGM Grand. Local speculation doubts both cafes will stay in business, leaving a prime MGM Grand restaurant footprint in play. But if Landry's keeps the original Rainforest open until the Harmon Corner branch is operational, MGM's Hakkasan probably wouldn't see a new restaurant neighbor until winter 2015.
Real estate brokerage RKF, who leases the Harmon Corner building, are also actively trying to find a replacement for the Rockin' Taco Mexican Grill that sits across from the forthcoming cafe. Opened in 2012, the 3,018-square-foot fast casual restaurant is proposed to be split up for potential tenants. The space is listed as available to be taken over immediately, even while Rockin' Taco continues to serve tacos, burritos and nachos.