MGM Resorts International today announced expanded plans for the Park, an “interactive neighborhood environment” connecting its New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip with the planned 20,000-seat area currently in development. The Park is set to open in 2016.
Shake Shack and Tom’s Urban are the two restaurants that have already been announced to take the place of the existing Sporting House, located at the northern end of New York-New York. Bars and restaurants unveiled today include: Bruxie, a fast-casual gourmet waffle sandwich joint from Orange County; Sake Rok, an energetic Japanese joint geared toward late-night business with servers spontaneously breaking into dance and lip-sync routines; Beer Garden, offering a meat-centric menu, craft beer, live music and bar games in an indoor/outdoor environment; Robert Mondavi Jr. Wine Experience, a restaurant, lounge and wine bar seeking to transport guests to Napa Valley, also with an outdoor patio; Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, an American gastropub with lots of beers on tap and lots of live music, of course; and Cuba Libre, a Havana-style restaurant, bar and night spot from James Beard Award-winning chef Guillermo Pernot.
These venues will all be located along the Park’s carefully cultivated and landscaped pedestrian parkway, a realigned version of what is now Rue de Monte Carlo running west from Las Vegas Boulevard toward the arena site. Mature trees and 50-foot, tulip-like structures will offer shade during the day, and the shade structures will emit LED sequences at night. Water wall features along the Park’s entrance will stretch longer than 100 feet.
The Park’s design is a collaboration between MGM master planner Cooper, Robertson & Partners, architecture and design firm !melk and Marnell Architecture. The project aspires to achieve LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and will utilize native and desert-adaptive species of plants.
“Beautiful public places are highlights of many of the world’s finest cities, and Las Vegas shouldn’t be the exception,” said MGM CEO Jim Murren in today’s announcement. “The Park will be the first of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip ... To create this picturesque outdoor destination, we are literally taking down the walls and opening the doors at our resorts to develop a unique dining and entertainment district that complements its lush new surroundings.”