His father Arnie Morton built the original Playboy Clubs with Hugh Hefner and began the Morton’s Steakhouse dynasty. His older brother Peter Morton created the iconic Hard Rock Café franchise and opened the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. But Chicago-born hospitality entrepreneur Michael Morton has made his own name and left an indelible imprint on Las Vegas, starting with the pioneering nightclub The Drink and continuing with the legendary N9NE Group venues at the Palms and his current restaurant hot spots on and off the Strip. Michael is our guest at The Space for this episode of All The Vegas.
All The Vegas hosts Brock Radke and Mark Shunock talk with nightlife and restaurant entrepreneur Michael Morton.
We talk with Michael about having dinner with Billy Corgan at Crush after the Smashing Pumpkins show at T-Mobile Arena; getting inspiration from traveling; the recent expansion of La Cave food and wine hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas; the epic heydays of The Drink at Harmon and Koval and competing with his brother’s nightclub Baby’s; the Mediterranean flavors at the new Greek Sneek at MGM Grand; bringing in DJ AM and Paul Oakenfold for residencies at Rain Nightclub back in the day; and the constant evolution of Las Vegas resorts exemplified today at the Palms and the Hard Rock.
EPISODE 17: THE VEGAS YOU NEED
Michael is a big fan of Piff the Magic Dragon’s hilarious show at the Flamingo.
Mark loves the eclectic new nightclub experience at Park MGM, the very musical and super-cool On The Record.
Brock recommends the enchanting Mo’Nique and her new comedy residency at SLS Las Vegas.