Finally confirmed by the legendary New York brand itself, Papaya King is well on its way to Harmon Square, located across from the Hard Rock Hotel, at the corner of Harmon and Paradise.
First revealed by Eater Vegas back in August, the 1,558-square-foot space takes over the prominent end spot on the former site of the demolished KISS Monster Mini Golf attraction.
For five years Papaya King have been hoping for a chance to invade Las Vegas with their tropical fruit drinks and all-American hot dogs and a current rendering of the east-side project appears to give an over-the-top Vegas upgrade to their already distinctive yellow design palette and neon signage.
An estimated $250,000 construction budget has been allocated to create this homage to a "veritable institution and landmark," as they like to describe themselves. Born in 1932 on the Upper East Side corner of 86th Street and Third Avenue, Papaya King’s simple menu has been frequently copied but never bettered, according to vocal celebrity fans such as Julia Child and Anthony Bourdain.
On the menu, drinks like banana daiquiri, coconut champagne, papaya and piña colada, franks with topping choices of onions, mushrooms, pickle chips, sauerkraut and even pastrami, plus corn dogs, chicken sandwiches or tenders, knish, onion rings, nachos and their version of downtown Fremont Street favorites, fried Oreos and Twinkies.
Papaya King is officially promising a "fall" debut.