The Flamingo closed its seven-year-old Center Cut Steakhouse back in September and now the new steakhouse, dubbed Steaks & Alibis on early paperwork, has a name and big details on its expanded 11,242 square feet.
Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse plans to open in early 2020 with a vintage look, speakeasy entrance, and homage to the mobsters who opened the Flamingo in 1946. Parent company Caesars Entertainment named the restaurant for Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and his business partner Meyer Lansky, who opened the Flamingo, the first resort-style hotel on the Strip. The resort worked with the Lansky family on the new steakhouse that will have its own line of merchandise.
The idea is to take diners back to the 1940s Flamingo with its Hollywood glam and vintage touches, where Flamingo regional president Eileen Moore-Johnson says “you may need to ‘know a guy’ to order.”
Diners enter through a front that looks like a bakery, walking past the kitchen and meat cooler where steaks are dry-aged. Think Goodfellas, when Ray Liotta’s Henry Hill leads Lorraine Bracco’s Karen through the Copacabana nightclub.
Chicago’s Studio K Creative and designer Jonathan Adler created the look of the restaurant that features an oval bar, patio dining, a raw bar, and three private dining rooms. The Count Room inside brings a speakeasy bar with its own cocktail and food menus and vintage images from the Flamingo’s early days.
The menu in the main dining room includes a mix of classic dishes, table-side service, and dry-aged steaks, such as a 60-day Chicago cut bone-in ribeye. The raw bar brings a roster of seafood dishes include towers, crudo, poke, and tataki. Other teased entrees include short ribs, lamb saddle, and steak Diane, and desserts such as a baked Alaska, mille-feuille with bourbon mousseline, and strawberries Romanoff.
The bar features rum cocktails and a table-side Old Fashioned cart.