File this away in the rumor mill. Gossip columnist Robin Leach picks up on Vital Vegas’ earlier report that the Monte Carlo would get a brand new name and four new restaurants to go along with the 5,000-seat theater announced last year.
Among the possibilities? Leach says New York’s chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara will "bring their hit, over-the-top restaurants NoMad and 11 Madison Park to the new-look Monte Carlo.”
That coup would slot what Eater NY’s restaurant critic Ryan Sutton called “two of America's most guest-oriented restaurateurs” at the resort that got a makeover to its front two years ago that brought Yusho, Double Barrel Roadhouse, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, Sambalatte and Blvd Creamery to the plaza. Sutton says, “A wine-paired lunch for two at Eleven Madison Park can cost just shy of $1,000, while an evening date at sister spot The NoMad, serving chickens for two at $82, can easily hit $275.” Cross your fingers that anything with the NoMad name on it includes the bar, which won a James Beard Foundation award in 2014 for outstanding bar program.
Leach also says Monte Carlo is also chasing “one other major celebrity chef.”
Last year, the Monte Carlo started work on the 106,933-square-foot concert hall expansion with room for 5,300 guests and a prominent, centerpiece restaurant.
The hyper shiny exterior will create yet another a beacon to lead Strip visitors to the outdoor dining and retail promenade called The Park, an eight-acre connection to the unmissable 20,000-seat arena set to open in April.
At the time, a single restaurant with a bonus patio facing The Park was part of the paperwork filed with the city. Located next to the hall, the restaurant's entrance, like the theater lobby, will only be accessible from the Monte Carlo's casino floor.