Always popular, but rarely acknowledged by its landlord, the food court at the Monte Carlo shuttered over the weekend, leaving only five dining options left on property.
A victim of the resort's massive and ongoing $450 million transformation in the combination Park MGM and boutique NoMad Las Vegas oasis, the food court hosted Starbucks, Manchu Wok, Subway, Rubio's, Sbarro's, Johnny Rockets and Original Chicken Tender.
The latter two were operated by Strip fast casual specialists the Fifth Avenue Restaurant Group. Outside the Monte Carlo’s main casino entrance on the BLVD Plaza, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria will eventually downsize and relocate to New York-New York to replace another Fifth Avenue venture, NYP-Pizzeria. In turn, NYP is moving across Las Vegas Boulevard and will take over the shuttered 2,424-square-foot Starbucks in the west wing of the MGM Grand.
Currently, customers and visitors only have one dining option left inside the Monte Carlo resort, at the newly arrived Primrose, serving “garden-inspired dishes and cocktails” for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
In addition to 800 Degrees, the remaining four hold-outs on the BLVD Plaza, Double Barrel Roadhouse, Diablo’s Cantina and Sambalatte are still operating on a footprint earmarked for Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s giant Eataly project launching next year.