Good free new things don’t happen that often but here is one. The Park is set to open on 4th April 2016. I will be there and intend to post about it for you when I get back to the UK later that week.
The Park is being constructed using the area between New York-New York and Monte Carlo that used to provide access to the Monte Carlo self-park garage. This access is going to remain but there will also be a pedestrian area leading to the T-Mobile Arena which is scheduled to open later the same week.
The Park is MGM’s version of The Linq promenade created recently by Harrahs on the opposite side of the Strip utilising space between the Flamingo and what used to be Imperial Palace. Were The Park just to be just a walkway to the T-Mobile Arena from the Vegas Strip then I wouldn’t be so excited about it but the area is to offer more.
There’s the inevitable website. I’ve provided a link but I’m going to summarise it for you as much of the content is advertising for other MGM facilities. Essentially there will be four restaurants or at least access to them:
Beerhaus – ‘A fresh take on the classic beer hall, where an artfully curated menu ensures both beer nerds and casual drinkers will find their favorites. The kitchen rounds out the experience with savory sausages, sandwiches and snacks all made with hormone-free meat and locally sourced produce. Grab a cold brew, play some bar games and make some friends on the outdoor patio’. Obviously I’m quoting from the official blurb.
California Pizza Kitchen – As you know from elsewhere in this blog, CPK is my favourite pizza restaurant in Vegas. The outlet at Mirage can get very busy so it’s great that we now have an alternative venue and one that will take the pressure off the Mirage so I can get in there without having to sneak up the back ramp to the counter!
Sake Rok – I don’t like Sushi so this isn’t going to be a venue I’m aiming for but the blurb says: ‘Inspired by Japan’s vibrant pop culture, servers doubling as entertainers invite guests to partake in restaurant-wide camaraderie. Expect the unexpected, including restaurant-wide sake bombs, impromptu dance parties and lip-sync serenades’. Could be interesting if you like that sort of thing. Reminiscent of the Dealertainers at the not so dear-departed Imperial Palace perhaps?
Bruxie – a fast-casual, gourmet sandwich and waffle restaurant imported from California. ‘Bruxie’s breakfast sandwiches use a light, airy authentic Brussels Waffle known as the “Bold Fold.” The Waffle is crisp, lightly yeasty and not sweet – reminiscent of freshly baked bread’. Sounds worth a try to me. There are similar venues already in Vegas.
Beerhaus and Sake Rok are also listed under the ‘nightlife’ category so there are plans for late opening.
Landscaping of the Park is apparently to consist of traditional southwest native plants and cooling elements with mature trees, vegetation, water features and shading structures to offer from the sun and to enable year-round use.
The Park is to feature patio-style seating meant to encourage a social environment. Some of the seating alcoves will also be part of large planters to provide areas for relaxation. The Park will also marry the outdoors with the indoors. Many, if not all of the restaurants at The Park will have outdoor seating so you can enjoy the sun, shade and moonlit sky at night.
More restaurants, such as Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, have been rumored to be opening in the future. The T-Mobile Area is to have its first concert on 6th April and the Monte Carlo Theatre is scheduled to open this winter so it’s all change in the area. The one thing missing from The Park website is information on where to park and how much it will cost. That information will be released shortly before the opening.