It had been promising a winter debut, but Siegel's 1941 at the El Cortez is now working toward a spring debut for its "Morning. Noon. Night" re-imagining of a 24-hour casino restaurant.
May is now marked on the calendar for opening night of the "homage to the history of El Cortez and Vegas." The name references mobster Bugsy Siegel, who co-purchased the resort in 1945 for $600,000. El Cortez was originally built in 1941.
The venerable Downtown hotel and casino shuttered The Flame Steakhouse in August to make way for the remodel. A local's favorite, The Flame was best known for its prime rib and seasonal stone crab dishes. Both have been consistently promised to return on the Siegel's menu.
The makeover will include a complete upgrade, adding vintage decor touches and "archival artwork" to create a concept described as a "step back in time, when steaks were steaks and wine was wine." The restaurant is also currently soliciting future menu suggestions from guests via their official Facebook page.