Almost making it 20 years on the Strip, Smith & Wollensky has moved up its closing date, from a planned June shutter, to a confirmed final day of service on Saturday, May 27.
Reservations are still being taken up to 8 p.m., but after that, the New York-based steakhouse chain is informing guests to "please think of this as a brief hiatus while we create our new home for you to enjoy" and repeatedly confirming Smith & Wollensky "is NOT ‘leaving Las Vegas.’"
Local rumor has the brand considering a couple of high-profile potential locations for its next move, while the official word "will be announced in the coming months."
Wherever they land, the steakhouse will not be preserving any momentos or nostalgia for the past two decades. On June 1 and 2, GA Global Partners will be auctioning off the "entire contents" inside the 635 seat, three floor restaurant.
Much of the memorabilia and art on the walls will be sold, plus thousands of items, including all the chairs, tables, silverware, dishes, televisions, ovens, fryers, bars and furnishings.
Anyone looking to buy the actual building is already out of luck. The Las Vegas Review-Journal has reported the owners of the neighboring Showcase Mall have paid $59.5 million to take ownership of the 29,406-square-foot restaurant and 1.82 acres of prime real estate.