Excitement practically energizes the air at Resorts World just before it opens to the public. Construction workers put finishing touches on a water fountain here, a fixture there. But when the clock strikes 11 p.m. on June 24, Resorts World lets the public in to see the $4.3 billion resort filled with 40 food and beverage options. Starting at 9 p.m., Resorts World will host a celebratory, public pre-party for the first 2,000 people waiting to enter the resort.
And there’s a lot to explore at this resort sitting on 88 acres at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, the first casino built from the ground up on Las Vegas Boulevard since December 2010, when the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas opened. Genting Group bought the site of the former Stardust for $350 million from Boyd Gaming, which demolished the resort in 2007 to develop Echelon Place. Boyd stopped construction on Echelon in 2008 during the economic downturn, and sold the land and partially constructed resort in 2013 to Genting.
Resorts World features a 117,000-square-foot casino at the heart of the resort with a 17,000-square-foot Entertainment Zone for the race and sports book, live entertainment, and high-limit gaming areas.
The 59-story tower houses three Hilton hotels: the Hilton with 1,774 rooms; Conrad with 1,496 rooms; and Crockfords with 236 rooms. Each has its own lobby on the north side of the resort, with Crockfords planning an afternoon tea in the lobby with two seatings.
Once the resort opens, customers can find restaurants featuring cuisines including dim sum and Chinese fine dining at Genting Palace; sushi and teppan dishes at Kusa Nori; burgers, lobster, and decadent desserts at Marigold; vegan ice cream at Craig’s Vegan; and comfort food favorites at Sun’s Out Bun’s Out with its chairs that resemble cracked eggs. The Kitchen at Resorts World offers international cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with a small buffet that rotates cuisines.
In the District, the shopping esplanade that stretches along Las Vegas Boulevard, diners can find Brezza with modern coastal Italian fare and Bar Zazu with European tapas, both from former Carnevino chef Nicole Brisson, on the north end. L.A. chef Ray Garcia serves his Mexican cuisine at ¡Viva!, while L.A.’s Wally’s Wine & Spirits brings a restaurant, wine bar, and specialty gourmet market. On the south end of the District sits Fuhu with contemporary Asian cuisine from Zouk Group. The 70,000-square-foot District also features a 6,000-square-foot globe surrounded by motion-activated LED screens constantly changing with 20 million pixels featuring custom designs and images, an Instagram moment if there ever was one.
Still to come on the south end of the District, Zouk Nightclub, opening in September; Ayu Dayclub, opening July 4 weekend; and RedTail, a social gaming bar by Zouk Group.
On the gaming floor sits Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge from Clique Hospitality with cocktails, wines, and rare Champagnes. Up on the 66th floor, Starlight on 66 offers a luxury cocktail lounge with views of the Strip. Near the south entrance to the resort sits DawgHouse Saloon & Sportsbook, a Nashville sports bar.
Perhaps most exciting, Famous Foods Street Eats, which spans from the south entrance almost to the District with 16 food stalls from around the world. Ah Chun Shandong Dumpling offers traditional Shandong dumplings and hand-pulled noodle dishes. Boon Tong Kee serves Hainanese chicken rice cooked in chicken broth. Fuhu Shack brings Peking duck burritos. Geylang Claypot Rice features traditional Southeast Asian rice dishes. Pepita’s Kitchen offers lechon staples from Dedet de la Fuente. Springleaf Prata Place serves South Indian cuisine. Ten Suns Braised Beef brings Thai beef noodle dishes. Tiger Sugar offers Taiwanese bubble tea shop. Streetbird Las Vegas serves fried chicken dishes by chef Marcus Samuelsson. Kuru Kuru Pa Yakitori brings yakitori, kishiyaki, and yaki ongiri by Steve Aoki and Kevin Aoki. Mozz Bar serves Italian food by chef James Trees. Blood Bros. Barbecue offers classic Texas barbecue by way of Houston. And Nori Bar features sushi dishes.
The food hall also has Sweet Eats with treats from around the world and Mamak with merchandise and international snacks. Famous Foods Center Bar brings a self-pour beer system to the center of the food hall while Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den offers a speakeasy.
Diners can order from touchscreens in the food hall, or use Grubhub to order room service from any restaurant at the resort, billed to the hotel room or a credit card.
The resort also offers a 5.5-acre pool complex, the largest elevated pool deck in Las Vegas, with five pool experiences over nine bodies of water including an 1,800-square-foot infinity pool with views of the Las Vegas Strip. On the pool deck, diners can visit the snack bar Bites or order from the Grubhub app.
Also still to come, Carversteak, opening in the District in December.
Resorts World, an independent casino operator in Vegas, hired around 5,000 employees as part of its opening and so far, workers at the 40 restaurant and beverage outlets have not voted to join Culinary Workers Union Local 226, which the 60,000-strong union says it hopes will happen soon.
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