Two very pricey upgrades will transform the Flamingo resort dining scene next year offer visitors the choice of an upscale, modern, and chic steakhouse or a sample of a new spin on fast-casual dining.
Work continues on the remodeling the shuttered, seven-year-old Center Cut Steakhouse, which closed back in September. The new steakhouse, dubbed Steaks & Alibis on early paperwork, fills an expanded 11,242 square feet. Initial permits estimated the construction budget for the project will reach $5.5 million.
Yet to confirm its name, or if it will opt for a tribute to original Flamingo boss Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, new plywood confirms the designers do have a gangster-inspired vision in mind.
Officially promising “to pay homage to the resort’s iconic history of more than 70 years,” the temporary signage playfully invites future customers to “dinner with the family,” to order a “dish you can’t refuse,” and warns looky-loos there’s “nothing under constitution back here,” paired with an image of a bootleg distillery.
The enlarged steakhouse space also takes over the former Laurel Lounge and neighboring Café To Go, now relocated close to the entrance to The Linq Promenade and back in action serving beverages, salads, sandwiches, desserts, chicken wings, and pizza slices.
A few steps away and vacant for more than four years, the Tropical Breeze Cafe will soon be demolished to make way for the resort’s second huge project.
Tentatively named the Flamingo Food Hall, the makeover has been allocated its own estimated construction budget of $7 million. Possible tenants or an opening date have not been revealed.
The Flamingo is still home to a 24-hour food court hosting Johnny Rockets, Bonanno’s Pizzeria, Pan Asian Express, and L.A. Subs & Salads, all owned and overseen by the Strip’s ubiquitous Fifth Avenue Restaurant Group.
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