Those who didn’t get a chance to eat chef Barry Dakake’s steaks and campfire S’mores at N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms now won’t have a chance. The restaurant, along with one of the best views of the city at Ghostbar closed abruptly on Wednesday. An Eater Vegas tipster reports that staff at N9NE found out about the shutter when they reported for work on Wednesday. Staffers also believe the less-heralded China House has quietly shut its doors, a few steps off the casino floor.
A spokesperson for the resort tells the Review-Journal that the restaurant “has closed to make way for a new restaurant concept” and reports that a sign in the entrance reads, “You’ll like where this is going / We’re taking things to the next level.”
Both venues debuted at the Palms in 2001 when the resort opened. Dakake took over the reigns three months in and became known in Las Vegas to celebrities, sports figures and VIPs for his Celebrity Shakedown Door signed by the who’s who of the red carpet. N9NE went through a makeover in 2014.
Ghostbar underwent a renovation in 2013, revealing a more feminine look.
Back in 2014, Ghostbar landed in the No. 48 spot on the Nightclub & Bar list of top bars with revenues estimated at $10 million to $15 million per year.
China House, which served contemporary Sichuan cuisine, converted from former Mayor of Chicago’s Chinatown Tony Hu’s Lao Sze Chuan in 2015 after Hu went to prison for income tax evasion.
Also closed, Social, the lobby bar of the resort that opened in 2013.
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