The two-year transformation of the Monte Carlo into the Park MGM and The NoMad Las Vegas has a starting date, with official news of the fate of the west side of the resort and some details yet to be released by the hotel.
Beginning Oct. 3, the Monte Carlo's pools will close, as will all the retailers and snack vendors on their Street of Dreams shopping promenade. Plus, right in the center of this makeover, October will see the end of the five-year-old beer hub, The Pub, formerly known as the Monte Carlo Brew Pub.
The shutter will also take away Yogurt In & Crepes, candy purveyor Lick and the resort's most prominent retailer, the Las Vegas Harley-Davidson store. The northern end of the promenade leads as a pedestrian shortcut to Aria and a Starbucks, but it has not been announced if this thoroughfare will be blocked off.
The upgrade is the result of a partnership with New York-based Sydell Group, which will completely rebrand the 20-year-old resort into the Park MGM and bring their Manhattan NoMad Hotel concept to the top three floors of the Monte Carlo's hotel tower, currently occupied by Hotel 32.
Featuring its own pool and dining options, plus a separate lobby and check-in, already planned for their arrival, Nomad, a "contemporary American restaurant" from chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara.
Previously announced for this section of the hotel, an "indoor-outdoor" restaurant located off the Park MGM’s revamped lobby. Yet to be revealed, the current plan to build a new 66,831-square-foot low rise building, featuring a roof-top pool and its own dining venue with outdoor seating. Separate from this building, Park MGM will restructure the remaining pools areas and add even more "food & beverage" options.
Closer to the Strip, MGM Resorts chairman and CEO Jim Murren explained to the Las Vegas Sun, the Monte Carlo’s current sports book will make way for the Library, a three-level, restaurant and lounge version of a NoMad original concept. In New York, the Library features a book-lined oasis, stocked with an eclectic range of books and a menu of "light fare and finger foods which are served alongside coffee, tea, wine, and cocktails."
Also to come, a "full-scale Eataly marketplace," the latest expansion of the famed Italian marketplace created by founder Oscar Farinetti and to be run in partnership with Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and Joe Bastianich. Expect to discover a "vibrant marketplace with cafes, to-go counters, and sit-down restaurants interspersed with high-quality products from sustainable Italian and local producers."
Until the final handover the resort will remain in operation as the Monte Carlo and continue to function normally. There are no plans to alter the gaming footprint before or after the handover and guests wishing to use the pool will have access to facilities at "MGM Resorts International sister properties."
A grand relaunch is tentatively expected for late 2018.