The one constant in Las Vegas is change, and already a number of restaurants are planning to close in 2020 to make way for something bigger and better. Most of these restaurants close in February and some already have something new in the works to take their place. The Hard Rock Hotel is also closing for refurbishment and transformation into a Virgin Hotel, and some of the Hard Rock restaurants are planning to stay. Stop by these restaurants before they say goodbye to Las Vegas.
Tang from China
Tang from China, a tribute adorned with Cantonese, Sichuan and Beijing cuisine, will leave the MGM Grand, two years after arriving from Hong Kong. The restaurant closes on Monday 3 February. The 5,484-square-foot space replaced the Cantonese and Shanghai-influenced menu of pearl in early 2017, moving away from its original lofty ambitions and ultimately presenting itself as laid back and approachable, ditching the first exotic menu choices, including the $ 90 Braised Supreme Bird’s Nest and the $ 120 Cob Sea Cucumber on the Cob. with shrimp roe.
• MGM Grand loses sophisticated dining destination early next year [ELV]
Carnegie Deli, home to stuffed pastrami sandwiches, large bowls of matzah dumpling soup, and corned beef hash, closes in February 2020 to make way for a new restaurant at the Mirage. The resort has made it known that the Jewish deli, which originally opened in 2005 at the resort, is moving away in favor of a quick and casual restaurant with no name that will open in the spring. New York’s beloved grocery store was renovated in 2014, adding banquettes to the entrance and minor kitchen renovations.
• Say goodbye to jaw-dropping pastrami sandwiches on the Strip [ELV]
Cafe Aria closes at the station in February to make way for Din Tai Fung with its xiao long bao from mid to late 2020. The cafe opened in 2010 as an elevated cafe-casino with a large menu of casual American fare partially lit by a huge wall of floor-to-ceiling windows facing the resort from the resort and to the neighboring resort of Vdara. Once open 24 hours a day, the café is now only served from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In 2018, Restaurant Business ranked it 51st on its list of America’s 100 Greatest Independent Restaurants, averaging 16,700,000 $ in estimated sales, with an average check of $ 27 and about 690,000 covers.
• Expect long lines when soup dumpling specialist Din Tai Fung opens on the Strip [ELV]
Hard Rock Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel hand over the keys to the resort Virgin Hotel on February 2, and new operators will rush to renovate the entire complex within an ambitious 278-day deadline. Richard “Boz” Bosworth, President and CEO of JC Hospitality, says MB Steak, Strong Pizza, plus a 20 year hard rock veteran Nobu are all slated to return when the Virgin-branded resort debuts. The Nobu bar area will reopen to double its current size and the steakhouse will add to the dining area and its own bar imprint. But in the meantime, that means restaurants like Mr. Lucky’s, Fu, Taco Rose, and Craft + Community will say goodbye to Vegas for good. Of course, MB Steak, Pizza Forte, and Nobu are also closing during renovations.
• Virgin Hotel keeps a few restaurants after the renovation and adds Hugh Jackman to the mix [ELV]
Eatt gourmet bistro
Eatt gourmet bistro, the healthy and member restaurant of Eater 38, plans to close after service on Jan. 25 and transform into a space for private events. Co-founders Nicolas Kalpokdjian, Yuri Szarzewski and Vincent Pellerin opened the restaurant specializing in gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and vegan dishes in 2016, then launched their French restaurant. Share in 2018 in Chinatown.
• Healthy Stalwart Eatt Gourmet Bistro turns into a private event space for Sharing [ELV]
• All restaurant closures in Las Vegas [ELV]