As you can see from the casino entrance picture above the Monte Carlo may have recently been renamed the Park MGM but construction at the property is far from over. If you plan on staying at the property soon you might want to take that in to account, that being said the noisy construction seems to be mainly around the front of the property Strip side. The main casino entrance from the Strip is closed but the casino itself is open as is the buffet and, it will be interesting to see after construction is done how the revamped property will look.
The one thing always constant in Las Vegas resorts is that they are always changing, one such change is today as the twenty two year old Monte Carlo resort will be no more as its officially rebranded as the Park MGM. The owners of the Monte Carlo, MGM Resorts have made the change to rebrand the resort which is undergoing a $550 million dollar remodel in order to appeal to higher end customers.
Marquee showing longtime Monte Carlo magician Lance Burton
The remodel is far from over and due to open by the end of the year is the 292 room boutique hotel inside the Park MGM called the NoMad Hotel as well as planned new restaurants. I myself was never a huge fan of the Monte Carlo I was fine with it, but it was never on my must visit list when i visited Las Vegas but i know many people were fans of the Monte Carlo and will miss it. One thing that the Monte Carlo did have was European style rules on roulette because of its theme where there was only zero and, no double zero although this is unlikely to continue.
The transformation continues at the Monte Carlo as it gets ready for its transformation in to the Park MGM with two more restaurants closing today Diablo’s Cantina and Sambalate. Previously closed restaurants include 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria which closed a couple of days ago and Minus 5 Ice Bar. If you are looking for other food options you might want to check out the restaurants in The Park or walk over to New York New York.
In Las Vegas there our many places to get a good steak dinner although a Chicago heavyweight Steakhouse Bavette’s is about to open a Las Vegas location. The new 10,035 is due to open this month at the Monte Carlo as the property is revamped in to the MGM Park resort in the former Brand space. The restaurant will have a 1920’s speakeasy vibe which plays off its Chicago roots and hopefully for the owners be as busy as the Chicago restaurant where it’s hard to get a reservation.
As the Monte Carlo is remodeled as part its $450 million transformation in to the Park MGM, the buffet can now be added to the list of eating establishments that have recently closed at the property. The buffet at Monte Carlo was simply called The Buffet and was fine although as one of the smaller buffets on the Strip it wasn’t most people’s first choice but if you were staying at the property it was an okay choice. Previous restaurant closures at Monte Carlo include Dragon Noodle Company, Cremery, Brand Steakhouse and BLVD which are closing to make room for the new restaurants coming soon including Primrose which is due to open by the end of the month with other new reastaurants opening in early 2018. If you are looking for another buffet option nearby the buffets at MGM Grand and Excalibur might be an option for you.
The ongoing revamp of the Monte Carlo continues with two restaurants now closed as the property makes the transition from the Monte Carlo to the Park MGM. The two restaurants are Dragon Noodle Company and d.vino and, no word yet on when the newly named Park MGM will make its debut. Some people love the Monte Carlo for its reasonably priced rooms compared to its Strip neighbors but for me the casino and property seemed a little bland. The revamp should give it more character although with a remodel, higher room rates always follow.
Today tickets go on sale for six additional dates which have been added to the Bruno Mars residency at the Park Theater at Monte Carlo. The six additional dates are for December 30th and 31st as well as January 14th, 16th to 17th and 18th with tickets starting at $99.50 plus taxes and fees. The New Year’s Eve show prices will most likely start at a much higher price point, check out the Ticketmaster website for more information or to purchase tickets.
The space formally occupied by Brand at Monte Carlo is going to become a location of Bavette’s Bar & Bouef a critically acclaimed steakhouse from Chicago. The Chicago location of Bavette’s Bar & Bouef has dark panel walls and leather seats in a darker speak easy look and its possible some of that look could make it to its new Las Vegas location. The Chicago restaurant is known for of course amazing steaks but also food with a French flair but less formal than most French restaurants. The Las Vegas location is due to open in October at this time so we will have to check it out then.
The singer Cher has sold over 100 million records over her amazing six decades career and is not a stranger to Las Vegas as she had a residency in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace between 2008 and 2011. I’m not a fan of Cher i will say that up front although i did enjoy where she swore at David Letterman but her Las Vegas show got really good reviews from fans who saw her performance. Cher is returning for one last time and possibly the last shows ever with a mini residency this time not at Caesars Palace but at the soon to open Park Theater at the Monte Carlo. As this is supposed to be the last performances ever there will be no new material it will be just a selection of her greatest hits. The mini residency right now runs from February 18th to May 25th 2017 with at present 18 shows during that time period but i wouldn’t be surprised if they add more shows if demand warrants. Tickets for the performances are between $60 and $475 and on sale now plus all the usual fees and taxes for more information visit parktheaterlv.com.
Over the last few years the traditional resort coffee shops have been cutting hours or closing and now comes the news that ‘The Café’ at Monte Carlo is the latest coffee shop to close. ‘The Café’ is due to close June 7th with the space being used as a meeting or event space after that date. If you want breakfast at the Monte Carlo after the closure The Pub at Monte Carlo will begin serving breakfast on June 8th inside and on the outdoor patio starting at 7 am.
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