Ellis Island clears space for new gathering spot the Front Yard

A view of construction on “The Front Yard,” a new two-story, outdoor dining, bar and entertainment venue, at Ellis Island hotel-casino Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.
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You might have noticed some heavy construction in front of Ellis Island, the popular local hotel, casino and brewery on the corner of Koval and Flamingo. That’s because the casino is making way for the Front Yard, a two-story indoor-outdoor restaurant and entertainment venue.

“We are appealing to more out-of-market and tourist guests than ever before,” marketing director Christina Ellis says. “We have a two-hour dinner wait at both of our restaurants on some nights.” The Front Yard will alleviate those wait times and also reduce stress on the kitchens, Ellis adds, while providing a facelift to the front of the building.

The hotel is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation, which includes upgrades to the hotel rooms and interior. Construction on the new patio space began in July and should be completed by February.

“I’m so excited about this project because it's something we’ve been talking about for so long, and it’s the first project I’ve been a part of with my dad and my sister—from the ideas to the blueprints to picking out fabrics—[it’s] the first project I’ve been a part of from beginning to end.”

Ellis says the Front Yard will also be fully rigged for live music, and the menu will offer modern and new-American fare at accessible prices.

And if you ever miss that classic, circular Ellis Island sign, which was removed earlier this month, you can always head to the Neon Museum, where it will be on display indefinitely. “It’s just an honor they would want to have us in the museum,” Ellis says. “We’re a small property, but we have been a part of Vegas history for so long."

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