A cool $450 million will buy anyone a lot of changes and the ongoing transformation of the Monte Carlo into next year’s combination Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas resorts keeps on getting bigger. Early paperwork reveals, when all is finished, very little of the existing Monte Carlo design will be left intact.
On its way before Clark County, plans call for yet another makeover of the pedestrian plaza in front of the Strip entrance and the demolition "of existing food & beverage venues" to be replaced by new dining with outdoor seating. The plaza will feature landscaping and “kiosks,” but no mention is made of the current water features.
This front section of the resort is dubbed the “Market” on official documents. Chef Matthias Merges recently explained his Strip-facing Yusho Japanese grill was specifically closed to make way for the officially announced 40,000-square-foot Eataly, long promised to include a “vibrant marketplace with cafes, to-go counters, and sit-down restaurants interspersed with high-quality products from sustainable Italian and local producers.”
No announcement has been made suggesting which other restaurants will be shuttered to make way for the changes.
Also planned for this Las Vegas Boulevard footprint, an area set aside for a future “pedestrian bridge” to link both sides of the Strip. Details and a possible timetable for this major infrastructure project will be proposed to the county at a later date.
Heading west into the property, the existing porte cochere will be demolished, creating its own pedestrian plaza, plus an "outdoor garden area" for al fresco dining connected to an interior restaurant.
And to create an overall new look, a partial demolition of existing hotel tower facades will be followed by the creation of a replacement exterior design on the upper levels. The entire building will be painted in a new shade and feature updated lighting and signage.
Unconnected to this application, an “executive meeting center” is already in the works, filling a hefty 15,004 square feet and working with an estimated construction budget of $3,967,202.
Previously uncovered, three new bars are coming to the casino floor, including a 12,101-square-foot “Sports Bar,” which has been allocated an estimated $3,872,835 for construction costs alone.
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