Brian Malarkey's Herringbone doesn't officially open until Dec. 28, but all appearances indicate the front entrance lounge is ready to start serving right away.
Taking over the the former Gold Boutique Nightclub & Lounge at Aria, the 10,488-square-foot space has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, adding an exterior patio, a new restaurant interior and the wide open lounge that fills all of Gold Lounge's former seating and small dance floor footprint.
Inside, Herringbone's large bar also changes the direction of the Gold Lounge set-up and now faces towards the public walkaways, where pedestrians can peer inside over the short, movable barriers. The plentiful, low, warm wood seating includes light caramel coverings and a random mixture of eye-catching plaid fabric seat covers.
The bar is already fully stocked and HDTVs are all in place and functional, currently tuned to sports coverage.
Unlike Gold Lounge's closed gilded exterior, the new open plan design will aim to entice guests as they immediately step off the casino floor escalators, on their way to the convention center, the resort's' restaurant row and the Zarkana theater. Smartly, to catch that foot traffic, the lounge will be open from 11 a.m. to late.
Once the dining debuts, Malarkey promises "California Coastal Cuisine and "Fish Meats Field" creations" overseen by executive chef Geno Bernardo formerly of Nove Italiano.