Very early word comes in for a plan to bring a famed New York and downtown Las Vegas cabaret bar to the Palazzo, backed via a pricey investment to bring more live music to the resort.
Don’t Tell Mama has operated a Manhattan-style piano bar on Fremont East since 2009, a rare local space to welcome brave souls to its open-mic nights, accompanied by its talented staff.
The move to the Strip appears to be following the New York model and also adds a restaurant. The initial estimated construction budget is an impressive $3,060,000 and the current assigned tenant number also suggests the venue will not be built on the casino floor.
The East Coast original has been a haven for professional and amateur performers since 1982 and hosts two separate cabaret showrooms, in addition to its bar and a restaurant serving “New American Cuisine” and a “seasonally changing menu.”
Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, Bette Midler, Rosie O’Donnell, Chita Rivera, Kathy Griffin, and Kristin Chenoweth previously headlined at the New York location.
An LLC for the Palazzo project was created last June. While the expansion has yet to be announced or confirmed by the resort or the Grand Canal Shoppes, paperwork was recently submitted for local approval.
Eater called and emailed Don’t Tell Mama in New York to find out if it is associated with this new Don’t Tell Mama in Las Vegas, but the business has not responded. A publicist for the Grand Canal Shoppes and the Palazzo also did not respond.