Chicago chef Tony Hu brings Lao Sze Chuan to Palms

Lao Sze Chuan’s signature three chili chicken packs serious heat.

After being shuttered for nearly two years, the Palms casino restaurant space that once housed the popular, trendy Little Buddha is about to become something new.

Tony Hu.

Lao Sze Chuan, the first Las Vegas restaurant from Chicago chef Tony Hu, is set to open later this month. The menu will focus on authentic Chinese cuisine from the southwestern province of Sichuan, plus a smattering of popular Mandarin, Cantonese, Hunan and Shanghai dishes customized for the Palms restaurant. More than 200 dishes will be available.

Hu, known as Chicago’s “mayor of Chinatown,” operates 16 restaurants there.

“Las Vegas is home to restaurants by the top chefs in the world so when selecting the next location of Lao Sze Chuan, I wanted to partner with a progressive property that would inspire creativity in my new dishes,” Hu said in a statement. “I’m excited to be part of the outstanding culinary environment at Palms.”

The 150-seat restaurant’s new decor will incorporate high ceilings, chandeliers, metallic gold and red accents, ceramic sculptures and culturally inspired artwork. A patio overlooking the Palms Pool also is planned.

Lao Sze Chuan will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.

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Brock Radke is Las Vegas Weekly's managing editor and has been writing about Las Vegas for more than 15 years.

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