The big changes at the Palazzo shift into gear with the closing of Laguna Champagne Bar, sitting in the middle of the casino floor.
Back in August, the resort submitted paperwork for an estimated $11.8 million in construction costs alone to remodel the 60,000 square foot gaming floor at the Palazzo. Refreshes include new carpet, paint, refreshed lighting and stone walkways. Every slot machine gets a refresh and relocation.
The resort plans to complete the renovation in phases. For example, the escalators on the casino floor heading up to the Grand Canal Shops in front of chef Emeril Lagasse's Table 10 restaurant already disappeared, moved to the front desk.
Behind them, the seven-year vacant Restaurant Charlie space still remains behind plywood, once planned to host a pan-Asian Shi Fang Market fast-casual concept, constructed with a $4 million budget and never opened. That 9,000-square-foot project planned to bring five fast Asian food options spanning dim sum, noodles, Korean barbecue, wok-cooked fare and roasted dishes.
As far at the bars at the resort go, the Corner Bar plans to have space for 84 customers in 1,100 square feet. An estimated construction budget of $1,383,000 has been allocated for the yet to be announced project.
Another new casino floor bar is described as a “remodel,” overhauling 1,450-square-foot with its own estimated construction budget of $1,485,000, presumably the former Laguna Champagne Bar. The 24-hour lounge opened in 2009.