Once current resident Hard Rock Hotel hands over the resort's keys to Virgin Hotels on Feb. 2, 2020, the new operators will race to overhaul the entire resort in an ambitious 278 days. Slowly, Virgin starts to share details of the dining, bar and nightlife scene headed to the corner of Harmon and Paradise roads.
Richard “Boz” Bosworth, president and CEO of JC Hospitality, updated Las Vegas Weekly that MB Steak, Pizza Forte, plus 20-year Hard Rock veteran Nobu are all scheduled to return when the Virgin-branded resort debuts. The Nobu bar area will reopen at twice its current size and the steakhouse will add to the dining room and its own bar footprint.
Elsewhere on property, Virgin paperwork now confirms the Commons Club lounge and restaurant as a prominent tenant, moving into an open-plan space, close to the main entrance.
With new renderings suggesting a retro, space-age cocktail lounge influence, previous Commons Club venues in the Virgin Hotels portfolio have served a globally inspired menu, “combining unexpected ingredients with bold flavors,” plus “a relaxed, yet elegant experience.”
Among other the “world-class restaurants, lounges, and bars” still to be specified, another rendering hints at a plush, opulent, and more intimate lounge.
Also on the way, the Funny Library Coffee Shop, a “communal work space” stocked with “an assortment of whimsical yet inspirational books.” Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 novel Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas is already promised to be stacked on its shelves, plus customers will be able to order grab-and-go bites and coffee blends sourced from actor Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man company.
The overhaul will ultimately transform 1,504 rooms, five acres of outdoor space, and pools and remodel the 60,000-square-foot casino floor. Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is officially pushing for a Nov. 6, 2020, debut.
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