It was only a matter of time before Szechuan restaurant Lao Sze Chuan departed the Palms resort. Last month, restaurateur and chef Tony Hu pled guilty to multiple charges including wire fraud and not reporting $9.8 million in taxable revenue and is now facing a possible 41 to 51 month prison sentence as part of his plea deal. Yet to be announced by the resort, Lao Sze Chuan will become China House, with a smaller menu, new Cantonese dishes and hot pot specials.
Once known as "Mayor of Chicago's Chinatown" for his ubiquitous presence, portfolio of restaurants and earned respect for promoting the neighborhood, Hu arrived at the Palms in September 2014, serving a vast menu offering more than 110 dishes.
China House is yet to be featured on the Palms own home page, but a stand-by web page has already been built, indicating the restaurant's opening hours and interior will remain exactly the same as Lao Sze Chuan. The newly abbreviated menu will be highlighted by a $29.95 "all you can eat" hot pot special.