The Palms gears up for phase two of its renovations with a banner lineup of new chefs and nightlife experiences headed to the resort. Parent company Red Rock Resorts announced in its third quarter earnings report that celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Marc Vetri are bringing new restaurants to the off-Strip resort in 2018.
Flay already has Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace and Bobby’s Burger Palace at the Shops at Crystals. At the Palms, he plans a seafood restaurant.
Symon, who co-hosts The Chew, has Lola, Mabel's BBQ, and burger franchise The B Spot in the Cleveland area, along with Michael Symon's Roast in Detroit and Angeline at the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He’ll bring barbecue to the Palms.
“Vegas won’t know what hit it when the Palms debuts their new look,” Symon says. “I truly feel it will become the premier dining and nightlife spot in all of Vegas. The team at Red Rock Resorts is top notch, and we’re so psyched to be part of this project. Look out Vegas, here we come!”
Marc Vetri, out of Philadelphia, who sold the bulk of his eateries to Urban Outfitters in 2015 but kept his flagship Vetri Cucina, plans another Italian restaurant at the Palms.
New nightlife venues come from the Tao Group — which already has Tao at the Venetian, Lavo at the Palazzo, and Marquee and Beauty & Essex at the Cosmopolitan — and Clique Hospitality, operates venues at Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch as well as the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Tao plans to open what it’s dubbing the “largest dance music venue in Las Vegas.” Tao Group partner Noah Tepperberg says the plus 100,000-square-foot will provide a “one-stop shop” with a dayclub, nightclub, and restaurants.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Tao plans a 29,000-square-foot nightclub and a 73,000-square-foot pool club that will stay open year-round and can accommodate 5,000 revelers.
Tao also brings Vandal, its New York City restaurant from Chris Santos of Beauty & Essex fame, to the Palms.
Clique Hospitality’s Andy Masi, along with nightlife partners Ryan Labbe and Jason “JRoc” Craig, bring a rooftop social club, while a new center bar should open in early 2018.
“Opening in The Palms Casino Resort, the epicenter of Las Vegas pop culture, marks a true milestone in our expansion into the world’s most exciting and vibrant destinations,” Masi says in a press statement. “When you think about Las Vegas, few places are more iconic than the Palms. We are excited to continue to partnership with Red Rock Resorts and add to our portfolio with the Palms project. My team and I are looking forward to add to the history and the lore while still offering guests incredible experiences and the opportunity to make some new memories.”
“A lot of people miss the heyday of Vegas when it was about the room and the energy and not just the talent,” Labbe says. “We're bringing those days back.”
The company says that “phase one of the redevelopment plan is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2018. Phase two of the redevelopment plan is expected to be completed in late fourth quarter of 2018 or early first quarter of 2019.”
Both projects combined have a total budget of approximately $485 million.
Earlier this year, N9NE Steakhouse and Ghostbar closed at the Palms. The former Bistro Buffet should re-open by the end of the year with a complete overhaul that will change the entire dining area with new furniture, walls, ceiling finishes and electrical and lighting fixtures.
The RJ reports that a steakhouse should open by the end of the year, along with a noodle bar. Earlier, the Palms indicated that former N9NE Steakhouse chef Barry Dakake would head up the steakhouse.
The Noodle Bar occupies 960 square foot space, with a maximum occupancy of 49.
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