The year of major upgrades to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas are already starting to reveal themselves. First up, the addition of a new Starbucks, which takes over the former temporary event space right on the Strip. Now serving next to the resort's equally new sports book, the coffee shop is accessible via the casino floor or from outside on Las Vegas Boulevard.
This location adds interest by becoming home to the first permanent installation by French artist and photographer Georges Rousse. Seen from one angle the work appears a jumble of color, but walk around and the artist's circular intention is slowly revealed.
One floor above, three new and separate construction sites are readying for a new wave of dining options. Va Bene Caffè Due has shuttered their coffee outpost next door to Holsteins, leaving a space covered in plain plywood. Va Benne are still operating a smaller location on the casino floor. Across from China Poblano, signage over the original Cosmopolitan sports book now promotes the spring arrival of L.A.'s Eggslut. And retailer All Saints has finally moved one space over, leaving another under construction area, home to impressive corner views of the Strip.
By the very end of the year, this level will add chef David Chang's Momofuku to the Strip and Christina Tosi's Milk Bar, a bakery for sweet and savory treats.
One more floor up, Beauty & Essex has announced it will debut on May 16, featuring a working pawn shop, bar, lounge and an expanded patio once owned by Comme Ça. They sit not far from London import Zuma, the Japanese sushi and robata grill restaurant aiming for a fall opening. Around the same time and a few short steps away, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill from Eric and Bruce Bromberg will temporarily close and remodel into a new, non-competing concept.