Long rumored and repeatedly promised by restaurateur Nusret Gökçe, the controversial and polarizing chef is finally headed to Las Vegas, importing his Salt Bae alter ego and premium priced steaks to a stand-out location on the Strip.
Filing initial paperwork earlier this month, the salt-sprinkling viral sensation has yet to alert his more than 21 million Instagram followers a two-story Nusr-Et Steakhouse will move into vacant space D5 at The Park.
Situated next door to Sake Rok, a short distance from the T-Mobile Arena and the Bliss Dance sculpture, the steakhouse’s building has been empty since the outdoor dining and retail district debuted in 2016.
Early plans have already allocated $4.5 million in construction costs alone, installing kitchens on both floors, two dining rooms, plus patio and balcony seating. A potential 2021 debut date, or hints of the interior design are yet to be revealed. Also to be announced, if Gökçe plans to bring his casual Nusr-Et Burger spin-off to Las Vegas Boulevard. Nusret Las Vegas was formed as an LLC back in July 2019.
Over the last decade, the steakhouse has become a magnet for celebrities, social media influencers, and the barbs of food critics. Now open in Miami, New York, and Boston, with a Dallas branch on the way, and a possible L.A. expansion in the works, dramatic presentations and servings by the Salt Bae himself are never guaranteed.
The current, unrepentantly pricey New York menu includes the $100, 10.5-ounce Istanbul steak, a $250 rack of lamb, and the $275, 20-ounce Salt Bae bone-in tomahawk, plus optional sides ranging from $12 to $15.
Prior to opening, MGM resorts had officially planned for a Robert Mondavi Jr. Wine Experience, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, and Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar to join The Park’s dining portfolio. All three have yet to make the move to Las Vegas.
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