Vacant since May 2013, long-shuttered Hyakumi Japanese restaurant and sushi bar is now hidden behind substantial plywood at Caesars Palace as the space is transformed into a new cigar lounge and retail concept.
While local sources point to Casa Fuente as the probable next tenant, the project is confirmed to become a 3,761-square-foot lounge, bar, store and humidor. A current estimate places the ongoing construction costs at $1,980,000.
Located across the hallway from the Cleopatra's Barge lounge and bar, it would mark Casa Fuente's second venture within the building. The company celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Forum Shops at Caesars last April. In 2014 they remodeled their humidor and added improvements to the cocktail lounge area.
No official announcement of the project or timetable for an arrival has been revealed.
Hyakumi shuttered when Nobu Restaurant & Lounge debuted its 12,775-square-foot space, the largest of Nobu Matsuhisa's restaurants, in 2013 with room for 327 guests. The restaurant is the first Nobu to include teppanyaki tables where chefs cook right in front of guests. It's all part of the very first Nobu Hotel inside Caesars Palace.