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Everything You Need to Know About the New Durango Casino — November 2023

The brand-new resort opens in just three months with 15 restaurants, a 24-hour lounge, and a party-ready patio

Janna Karel is the Editor for Eater Vegas.

The long-awaited Durango Casino and Resort in Las Vegas is nearing its opening. Set to open on December 5, 2023, the brand-new property from Station Casinos will introduce yet another offering to the booming southwest part of the valley. Upon opening, the Durango Casino (6915 S Durango Drive) will boast more than 200 hotel rooms, convention and meeting spaces, a pool, and — an increasing rarity these days — free parking. It will also feature 15 restaurants. Here is everything we know so far.

Check back for updates as the new casino nears its opening.

November 2023

The Durango shared more details about its restaurants and cocktail menus. Nicco’s Prime Cuts & Fresh Meats, the Durango Casino’s signature steakhouse, will have 12 drinks like the Nicco’s Martini is an amped-up martini, with fat-washed extra virgin olive oil and dill vodka and a brine used to cook side vegetables. It comes with charred marinated olives. The Wax Rabbit speakeasy will have cocktails like the Candy Jar, a drink for two served in a glass vessel of the same name, is delightfully pink, with gin, aloe vera, acai, blueberry Red Bull, and vanilla flavor.

October 2023

Inside the Bel-Aire Lounge, bartenders will shake and stir cocktails like the Orange Sherbert, a blend of vodka, cantaloupe syrup, coconut water, turmeric, cinnamon orange tea, and topped with a papaya lemon zest foam. The Blue Blossom combines gin, violet syrup, lemon and yuzu juice, rose water, bitters, and egg whites and is garnished with blue flowers. A selection of sweet and savory bites features hamachi tostadas with chile cashew crema, bites of spicy tuna on crispy rice, and spicy Kobe sliders served with fries.

September 2023

A New Steakhouse

The resort’s executive chef Daniel Ye and his culinary team are creating an original concept for a new steakhouse at the resort. A spokesperson for the Durango said only that it will be “very exciting” with more details to come.

A Pizza Pop-Up

Prince Street Pizza, set to open in the Eat Your Heart Out food hall in November, will host a pop-up dining event on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30 at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa. The New York pizzeria will offer a first look at its pies, with varieties available to order like the Spicy Spring with spicy pepperoni, spicy marinara, fresh mozzarella, and pecorino romano, the Naughty Pie — similar to the Spicy Spring, but with a drizzle of hot honey, and the Prince Perfection, with marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella pecorino romano, and extra virgin olive oil.

Mijo Modern Mexican Restaurant

Lobster tacos.
Mijo Modern Mexican Restaurant.
Joe Janet

The Durango Casino Resort shared new details on its Mexican restaurant, Mijo. The menu showcases fajitas, grilled whole fish, ceviche, and margaritas. Tacos will be served open-faced on white corn tortillas, with options like crispy carnitas and butter-poached lobster. A surf and turf burrito comes filled with shrimp, carne asada, rice, and beans. And a 32-ounce dry-aged porterhouse is basted in chili butter. Other menu standouts include empanadas and charred octopus. Tequila gets most of the attention behind the bar, used in margaritas, signature cocktails, and paired drinks that are served on platters with flowers.

August 2023

The George Sportsmen’s Lounge

Rendering of an indoor sports lounge with foliage.
Rendering of The George Sportsmen’s Lounge.
Hatch Design Group

The 24-hour George Sportsmen’s Lounge will offer live entertainment, bartop gaming, and sports viewing, plus food and drinks for all hours of the day. The restaurant will serve dishes like flatbread, burgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads, and premium steaks and seafood meals. Weekend brunch will come with charcuterie boards, bottomless mimosas, and bottle service.

A brunch board with pancakes, fried chicken, bacon, and fresh fruit.
Brunch board at The George.
Cole Curtis

Inside, a 56-foot-long LED screen and sports wagering kiosks will accommodate gameday fans. On the north-facing patio, visitors will be able to eat and drink while playing cornhole, shuffleboard, giant patio games, and seasonal themed activities. Parties will take over the patio nightly with live bands and DJs providing music.

A Beach House-Style Restaurant

A rendering of the entrance to Summer House.
Rendering of Summer House.
Durango Casino and Resort

The white-washed walls and earth-toned furnishings of Summer House will bring a beachy California-style venue to the resort. The restaurant, a project from the Lettuce Entertain You Group — responsible for on-Strip restaurants like Mon Ami Gabi, RPM Italian, and Eiffel Tower Restaurant — will offer an indoor and outdoor space for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The menu leans into the California aesthetic with tacos, fresh vegetable plates and salads, homemade pasta, pizza, and entrees from a live-fire wood grill. The Market inside the restaurant will offer coffee and breakfast items to-go, like baked goods, pastries, and oversized cookies.

A plate of tacos with salsa and cilantro.
Summer House.
Jordan Johnson

The Food Hall

A rendering of the Eat Your Heart Out food hall.
A rendering of the Eat Your Heart Out food hall.
Eat Your Heart Out

The 25,000-square-foot culinary venue, the Eat Your Heart Out food hall, will introduce 11 food venues from Las Vegas and beyond inside a modern and greenery-filled space at the new casino. Chef Gene Villiatora is expanding his Orange County, California restaurant, Ai Pono Cafe, to Las Vegas, where he will serve his Hawaiian street food-style plates. The New York pizza place Prince Street Pizza moves in with its Sicilian pizzas. Marc Vetri will open his third Las Vegas restaurant, Fiorella. The 50-year-old Los Angeles burger joint, Irv’s Burgers and Los Angeles hot spot, Uncle Paulie’s Deli, will make Las Vegas debuts.

A rendering of the Eat Your Heart Out food hall.
A rendering of the Eat Your Heart Out food hall.
Eat Your Heart Out

And five Las Vegas restaurants are expanding into the food hall, including Yu Or Mi Sushi bar, Vesta Coffee Roasters, Red Rock Resort’s Nielsen’s Frozen Custard, Palace Station’s Oyster Bar, and Shang Artisan Noodles. At the center of the food hall, DRNK, a new bar will pour colorful frozen drinks and classic cocktails.

A New Mexican Restaurant

Mijo Modern Mexican Restaurant will open with a menu of coastal Mexican flavors that highlight prime meats, whole fish, street food favorites with a twist, and desserts. The cocktail menu will highlight tequila and mezcal with bartenders and Mijo’s own tequila experts guiding the drink selections. The restaurant is designed with multiple rooms and an outdoor patio that are meant to represent different areas of Mexico.

A Vibey New Lounge

A rendering of Bel-Aire Lounge.
A rendering of Bel-Aire Lounge.
Durango Casino and Resort

The Bel-Aire Lounge on the casino’s main floor will be a cocktail bar highlighted with gold and brass furnishings and accents. The vibey bar will be high energy with DJs spinning vinyl records and live performers entertaining with rock, hip-hop, pop, and indie music. Bartenders will serve signature cocktails along with small plates and desserts.

A Poolside Oasis

A rendering of the pool and Bel-Aire Backyard.
Rendering of Bel-Aire Backyard.
Durango Casino and Resort

The Bel-Aire Backyard will open at the resort’s pool. The poolside lounge will feature private cabanas, oversized daybeds, and pool chairs among the backyard’s palm trees and greenery. Visitors will be encouraged to relax, dance, or order drinks and upscale eats.

The Major Players

In July, the Durango Casino announced the appointments of three culinary executives. Ryan Hink, the director of food and beverage, previously served as director of food & beverage at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Park MGM and NoMad, MGM Grand Las Vegas, and Aria Resort & Casino, among others. He’s overseeing the resort’s numerous restaurants and partner outlets. David Bonatesta, a veteran of bars like those at NoMad and within Lev Group, joins as the lead mixologist. And Aaron Losch, the former executive chef at The Buffet at Wynn and T-Bones Chophouse at Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa joins Executive Chef Danny Ye as the assistant resort executive chef.

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