No need to panic, Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand has not vanished or shuttered despite first glance appearances. In front of an enormous wall of plywood and a very active construction scene greeting visitors walking toward the restaurant, an informal chalk board sign informs puzzled guests the famed chef Emeril Lagasse's Creole-inspired dishes are still being served inside.
Emeril's New Orleans Fish House [Photo: Bradley Martin]
The wall-to-ceiling plywood, now almost hiding the front entrance, covers the 1,950-square-foot of upgrades. The sprucing will include "glass walls replaced with metal rails and drywall. Some terrazzo flooring to be replaced." The estimated construction budget is quoted as $300,000. No timetable for completion has been published.
Approaching its 20th anniversary, the Fish House debuted in 1995, the first Las Vegas location for the rapidly rising celebrity chef. From its inception the interior has featured "an imaginative sea-inspired design by New York's Rockwell Group."
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