Get ready for presumably more restaurants from Wynn. Chairman Steve Wynn announced in a conference call with investors that the company acquired the 38-acre former Alon site where the New Frontier once sat next to Fashion Show for $336 million on Dec. 13 and now plans to build a hotel with 2,000 to 3,000 rooms. Dubbed Wynn West, the resort is currently in the design stages, but Wynn teased that the hotel will be connected to Encore Beach Club by a 100-foot “air conditioned umbilical hallway” that crosses Las Vegas Boulevard.
Wynn already started work on the new $1.5 billion Wynn Paradise Park, taking over the golf course. The Country Club at the rear of the resort closed on Jan. 14 to make way for a 47-story, 1,500-room hotel that sits between the Wynn and Encore towers. A boardwalk, white sand beaches, restaurants, and a convention center are all part of the plans that surround a 1,600-foot-long lagoon.
This summer, Wynn Plaza at the front of the resort opens with a 72,851-square-foot retail addition. Los Angeles-based Urth Caffé brings a European-style coffee shop and casual breakfast and lunch menus on the second level. Urth will fill 5,493 square feet with enough room for a maximum occupancy of 168 inside. Cipriani Las Vegas will open a 6,316-square-foot space across two levels. An estimated construction budget of $2 million has been allocated for the work that includes an employee-only section of the basement.