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The Latest From Park MGM, Plus Bad News About the Future of Comped Drinks

It’s been awhile since we popped into the Park MGM. In fact, the last time we visited, it was Monte Carlo.

All that’s changed, because Monte Carlo is no more.

Park MGM

Park MGM might have less character than Monte Carlo, but we love that new hotel-casino smell.

That’s right. Monte Carlo, after two decades, is officially Park MGM, a member of the MGM Resorts family.

The company is investing $550 million in the rebrand.

While the hotel’s name has changed, the resort is still in transition, so we snapped some pics to keep you in the loop about what’s up. No thanks, necessary, although we are a big fan of foot rubs. Just saying.

Park MGM

Yes, you’re suppressing a yawn, but it gets better.

We’re pleased to report Park MGM isn’t in the rough shape we’d heard rumors about. The rebrand of Monte Carlo started in 2016, if you can believe that.

Business at the Strip resort has taken a huge hit because guests encountered extensive construction for months on end, with lots of venues closed and walled off, and word spread.

Now, though, things are starting to take shape at Park MGM, including the unveiling of new offerings like Juniper Cocktail Lounge and Money Line sports bar.

Let’s take a look at Park MGM, back to front.

The rebrand has included the build-out of a new reception area.

Park MGM

Vegas hotels have castle themes, circus themes, Egyptian themes and Venice themes. Park MGM is foliage themed.

Nearby, there’s a new restaurant and bar, Primrose.

Park MGM

Primrose comes from a Scottish word meaning “tree of the moor,” moor or less.

The hotel’s pool area has been completely done over. Now, there are three small pools, with lots of seats and umbrellas and people wishing they’d hit the treadmill a bit more often before their Las Vegas vacation.

Park MGM pools

The pool complex offers a number of ways to spend money, including reserved lounge chairs ($15), daybeds ($75), cabanas and Baja loungers ($15).

There’s a new high limit slots room, where we made sure to donate some of our disposable income.

Park MGM high limit

The high limit table games are awkwardly out on the casino floor nearby, but we suspect they’ll have a new home soon.

A very new addition to Park MGM is its new West Bar. It’s a fairly typical casino bar, with 19 video poker machines.

Park MGM bar

Only about half the seats at West Bar have video poker, presumably because guests aren’t gambling like they used to.

We played some video poker and were given comped (that’s Vegas for “complimentary”) drinks during our play. And, yes, they even poured Captain Morgan spiced rum from a bottle.

Yes, we’re touting the fact a casino bar 1) comps drinks, and 2) pours liquor from a bottle. You’ll see why in a minute.

Making our way through the casino, we got to see the new Juniper Cocktail Lounge. We’re pretty sure this was the same space as Monte Carlo’s Hit Lounge.

Juniper has a pretty swanky design, and features a number of video poker machines at the bar.

Park MGM Juniper Cocktail Lounge

Don’t try to read that sign or you’ll put an eye out.

As you might expect at a lounge called “Juniper,” there are a ton of gin-based cocktails on the menu. Gin gets its main flavor from juniper berries, a reminder how much you can learn while hanging out in Las Vegas cocktail lounges.

Most of the cocktails at Juniper Cocktail Lounge are in the $15-17 range.

We were dismayed to learn no drinks are comped (free) for those who play video poker at the bar. Hey, we warned you in the headline there would be bad news. There’s more to come.

Park MGM Juniper Lounge

We say either have video poker and comp drinks, or don’t have video poker. Otherwise, you’re just being annoying.

Closer to The Strip, there’s the new Money Line Sports Bar & Book.

Money Line Sports Bar & Book has a welcoming layout, with a pool table and a couple of mini bowling lanes.

Park MGM sports bar

When you bet on a “moneyline,” you’re betting on the outright winner of your favorite sportsball game.

The bar, of course, is lined with video poker machines.

As we started to play, we were informed (again), there were no comped drinks for video poker players. Not even a soda.

Park MGM sports bar

The Moneyline sports book and bar was almost entirely empty during our visit. On a Saturday night. Coincidence?

Our earlier dismay turned to annoyance as we realized this isn’t a fluke, but a trend, and not the good kind.

It seems MGM Resorts is taking a page from the Wynn Las Vegas playbook, as Wynn stopped comping drinks at its video poker bars some time ago.

This “trend” is troubling because while Wynn and Encore are just two hotels, MGM Resorts has a slew of them on The Strip. Don’t be surprised if this is a glimpse at things to come.

Denying video poker players comped drinks is getting some customer backlash, according to staff we spoke to, but whether this policy will spread remains to be seen.

Oh, well. We’re not going to let a misguided policy put a damper on our visit. Probably. We’ve got more exploring to do.

Much of the negative buzz about Park MGM has had to do with the temporary entrance from the Las Vegas Strip.

It’s fairly easy to see why.

Park MGM

Not optimal.

Again, these are growing pains, so adjust your expectations accordingly.

Let’s head out front. Who needs comped drinks when we’ve got a security breach to lighten our mood?

Here’s a look at the construction on the Strip side of Park MGM.

Park MGM

Former home of 800 Degrees Pizza, Blvd. Creamery, Yusho Japanese Grill and Sambalatte. Hey, they were all four years old, so time to go!

There are a ton more photos in the gallery, so hang out awhile.

Park MGM Las Vegas

Our first Park MGM security breach. You always remember your first.

This front structure is supposed to be Eataly, a “vibrant marketplace with cafes, to-go counters and sit-down restaurants from Mario Batali, the guy accused of sexual misconduct.”

We added that last part ourself.

This whole Eataly thing is complicated.

MGM Resorts says the $13 million project will continue despite explosive allegations against Mario Batali, but we’re thinking the company is probably looking for another partner for the venue.

Las Vegas Sands (owner of Venetian and Palazzo) recently pulled the plug on three Batali restaurants, despite his company’s claims Batali is no longer involved.

Set to close July 27, 2018, are B&B Ristorante and Otto at Venetian and CarneVino at Palazzo.

Park MGM Eataly

If you miss the Monte Carlo casino, we hear there’s another, less interesting one, in Europe somewhere.

MGM Resorts has been very public about its zero tolerance policy for sexual misconduct, so they’re in an impossible position at the moment.

The space is looking pretty good, though, and here’s what it’s supposed to look like when it opens.

Park MGM resort rendering

They’re definitely trying to class up the joint. Just ask the former Diablo’s Cantina.

So, that’s our whirlwind tour of the new Park MGM, a work in progress.

While we’re not thrilled about the comped drink policy at Juniper Cocktail Lounge and Money Line sports bar, there’s a lot to like about Park MGM, including the staff.

Most members of the Monte Carlo staff have made the transition to Park MGM with their friendliness intact. They’re not shy about admitting there’s been some chaos during the rebrand, but they’re starting to see former Monte Carlo customers return.

The reality, though, is those Monte Carlo customers aren’t really the target customer of Park MGM. Park MGM has aspirations to attract younger, more affluent customers.

A prime example is Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar. While we’ve heard it’s good, it’s not really for the value-conscious.

Juniper seems more along the lines of Skyfall at Delano and Clique at Cosmopolitan than fans of the Hit Lounge.

Park MGM

Although it’s not on the sign, Park MGM will have a boutique hotel, NoMad. NoMad needs a better agent.

It’s odd to think of the Las Vegas Strip without Monte Carlo, but Las Vegas is always throwing something new against the wall to see if it will stick.

Enjoy more photos from our recent foray to Park MGM.

Park MGM Progress - June 2018

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Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace is a Qualified Success

Our favorite celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay, has another Las Vegas hit on his hands.

Hell’s Kitchen is currently one of the hottest restaurants in Sin City, so we had to check it out.

Hell's Kitchen restaurant

Fun fact: Gordon Ramsay toyed with naming his Las Vegas restaurant “Hell’s Vestibule,” but that didn’t have the same ring to it.

Hell’s Kitchen opened at Caesars Palace on Jan. 26, 2018, and was an immediate hit. The restaurant claimed to have received 12,000 reservations in 10 days.

In restaurant parlance: That’s a metric hell-ton.

So, why are we saying it’s a “qualifed” success, rather than an “unqualified” one? Well, to be honest, we didn’t really get it.

Hell's Kitchen Las Vegas

“Donkey!” Sorry, we had to get that out of our system.

First, the place is really, really loud.

Hell’s Kitchen moved into the former Serendipity 3 restaurant space, and it’s pretty much a big, square box. You know, like a speaker box. The place is packed, so the sound reverberates, and you end up having to shout throughout your meal.

Some people enjoy that cacophony in restaurants, as it can create a feeling of high energy and excitement. We are not one of those people.

A minor quibble at the start of our meal: It was odd when our waiter informed us we couldn’t order our appetizers unless we knew our whole order. It made the evening feel like we were there for the convenience of the restaurant staff, rather than the other way around.

Next, while Hell’s Kitchen restaurant was inspired by one of our favorite reality shows, wait for it, “Hell’s Kitchen,” there wasn’t too much of “Hell’s Kitchen” to be found.

Hell's Kitchen wall of winners

This wall is devoted to past “Hell’s Kitchen” winners, a mere 80% of whom are in therapy following their appearance on the show.

Yes, the walls of the show kitchen are half red and half blue, and there are lots of pitchforks to be found, that’s about it.

There’s no real tie-in to the show, other than as a marketing hook.

Hell's Kitchen

Everyone in the Hell’s Kitchen kitchen seemed to be working in harmony. What fun is that?

Our real issue, though, was with the food and drink. (We’ll resist grumbling about the fact the menu looked like it was produced by a printer running out of ink. Well, sort of resist.)

The bottom line: The food and drinks were good, not great.

Let’s start with a cocktail, as most nights out in Las Vegas do.

We tried the Meet Your Maker ($15), with Maker’s Mark bourbon, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, mint, apple, strawberry and cinnamon. It was perfectly acceptable.

Hell's Kitchen cocktail

In a town full of amazing cocktails, this was certainly a cocktail.

Next up, the Wagyu meatballs ($18), featuring slow-roasted tomato sauce, polenta croutons, parmesan cheese and basil. The meatballs, too, were passable, but nothing to write home about.

Oh, who are we kidding? Nobody actually writes home anymore, but you know what we mean.

Hell's Kitchen meatballs

We didn’t know polenta croutons were a thing, but they were a pleasant surprise.

Time for the entrees!

While we didn’t try Gordon Ramsay’s most famous dish, the Beef Wellington ($49), our new friends at the next table did and they raved about it.

Hell's Kitchen beef wellington

Beef Wellington looks like a steak wrapped in pastry, but it has to be more complicated than that. Probably.

We ordered the filet mignon (eight ounces for $47), and it seemed to be prepared properly. Not especially flavorful. Not awful. Just there.

Hell's Kitchen filet mignon

Sadly, our mind wasn’t blown. A state we’re all too familiar with, actually.

Same for the roasted rack of lamb ($39). It was entirely adequate.

Hell's Kitchen Caesars Palace

We’re pretty sure they’re not going to use “Entirely adequate!” on their advertising.

You can check out the full Hell’s Kitchen menu on the restaurant’s official Web site.

Again, we don’t claim to be a food critic. Hell’s Kitchen is a smash.

Hell's Kitchen

Are you going to get mad if we say the potato gratin was just average, too?

Let’s talk about some bright spots at Hell’s Kitchen.

The service was top-notch. Friendly, knowledgeable servers were attentive without being intrusive.

Also, the restaurant has a bar. Always a good thing.

Hell's Kitchen bar

Yes, they carry Captain Morgan spiced rum. Don’t you ever think about anything else?

There’s also a life-size video of Gordon Ramsay that greets guests as they arrive. We are a fan of the chef, so that was fun.

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay has said he’s a fan of In-N-Out Burger, so he can’t be all bad.

We hesitated about dessert, so the waiter brought one, anyway. A gratis dessert is a wonderful way to make a good impression.

The sticky toffee pudding ($9) was selling like crazy, so people obviously liked it. Other people.

Hell's Kitchen sticky toffee pudding

We wouldn’t know sticky toffee pudding from spotted dick pudding, but we do know ice cream, and this got a resounding “just all right” from us.

Another positive: While the prices are steep at Hell’s Kitchen, they don’t seem outrageous. After all, Caesars has to pay Gordon Ramsay his five percent commission on gross sales (it’s six percent if sales top $15 million a year).

Ultimately, Hell’s Kitchen was worth a visit, just to see what all the buzz is about.

The place is getting solid reviews on Yelp, with much of the criticism related to the experience not living up to the hype.

Our bottom line is that “good, not great” doesn’t really fly on the Las Vegas Strip, especially at these elevated prices.

Still, lots of Las Vegas visitors are going to check out a new restaurant no matter what they read in blogs. Have at it!

If you have limited resources, though, drop by Hell’s Kitchen for a photo op, then make your way to one of the exceptional restaurants nearby that’s more worthy of your time and money.

Hell's Kitchen Las Vegas

The Hell’s Kitchen logo uses a trident, but devil’s are traditionally depicted with bidents. Yes, we have officially run out of photo captions.

If you’re a Gordon Ramsay fan, head to Paris Las Vegas for Gordon Ramsay Steak.

Even his Gordon Ramsay Burger at Planet Hollywood is better, and Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips restaurant at Linq promenade is a much less expensive and equally satisfying offering.

If you’re just looking for an amazing steak, go inside Caesars Palace to Old Homestead Steakhouse.

If you’re a meatball person, some of the best in town can be found at Rao’s, also at Caesars Palace.

For the record, the best meatballs in Las Vegas call Pizza Rock home, downtown.

If you’ve tried Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen and disagree with our level of “meh,” we’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment, or whatever people are doing to share their thoughts these days.

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Wynn Resorts Rights a Wrong, Rolls Back Paid Parking

Few saw it coming, but Wynn Resorts has bucked a trend by announcing it will give free parking to its hotel guests, as well as a way for us commoners to get free parking, too.

Your first question, of course: Las Vegas hotels make their own guests pay for parking?

Well, yes. Where have you been?

Currently, Wynn and Encore charge guests for self-park and valet, a trend that’s become the norm in Las Vegas, just as it is in other cities.

Self-park rates run $7 for the first 1-2 hours, $12 for 2-4 hours and $15 up to 24 hours. Valet charges currently run from $18 (up to two hours), to $27 for 24 hours.

Starting July 1, 2018, that all changes.

Wynn Encore

Wynn Resorts could use some positive buzz right about now. Free parking is a great place to start.

Guests of Wynn and Encore will be able to self-park or valet for free. Remember when free parking was a thing in Las Vegas?

Free parking for hotel guests will be included in their $39 resort fee. Wynn Resorts assures customers the resort fee won’t be increased to accommodate the new policy.

Don’t get us started about resort fees. That’s a fight for another day.

But wait, there’s more.

Non-hotel guests will also be able to park free, albeit with validation. Guests will be validated upon receipt of a $50 spend at Wynn or Encore.

That minimum can be spent at all the retail stores, restaurants, shows, nightclubs and lounges at either of the resorts.

Players will be pleased to hear even money spent gambling counts toward the $50 minimum spend to get free parking. The company hasn’t release details about how that will work, but we trust they’ll figure it out.

Wynn parasols

Sorry, gazing at the pretty things won’t get your parking validated. Buy a couple of drinks, though, and you’re good.

This change in paid parking policy is a pretty big deal in Las Vegas. Paid parking is an ongoing source of frustration for visitors, and many believe is has caused a shift in public perception of Las Vegas as a value destination.

We are one of those people.

So, what’s the motivation behind Wynn Resorts’ move?

Well, there’s the official answer, referred to as “horseshit” in public relations parlance.

Maurice Wooden, President of Wynn Las Vegas, said, “We have come to believe that charging additional parking fees is counter to the personalized service we provide. This new policy directly reflects the way we know our guests want and deserve to be treated.”

So, it suddenly dawned on them guests don’t like having to pay for parking? Right.

Wynn $5,000 machine

This machine at Wynn is $5,000 per spin. You’re covered on the parking.

Wynn Resorts has at least three reasons to change its paid parking policies.

First, its restaurants, shows and retail stores have taken a hit since paid parking was instituted. And it’s not just happening at Wynn and Encore, but at casinos all across Las Vegas.

Restaurants don’t receive the financial benefits of paid parking, at all, so they’re being hurt with nothing to show for it.

Increasingly, restaurants, shows and retail stores are letting their casino overlords know they’re suffering, and it appears Wynn Resorts is listening.

Second, it’s Wynn Resorts, so there’s an undeniable public image component.

Generously setting aside parking fees can’t hurt during a time when Wynn Resorts is trying to restore its tarnished reputation following the Steve Wynn sexual misconduct scandal.

Wynn Resorts is throwing everyone a bone. Which, come to think of it, is what got Steve Wynn in all that trouble in the first place.

We’ll wait.

Wynn funny chip

Oh, like we’d do a story about Wynn without including this chip. Do you know this blog at all?

Third, follow the money.

Wynn’s neighbors, Venetian and Palazzo, still offer free parking. That means many customers park at these competing casinos and walk to Wynn and Encore.

One of the cardinal rules of Las Vegas casinos: Don’t send customers to a competitor. Guests may intend to pass through Palazzo to gamble and dine at Wynn, but there are lots of distractions along the way.

So, the bottom line is Venetian and Palazzo deserve props for holding strong on free parking. If they’d rolled out paid parking, it’s unlikely Wynn Resorts would be changing its policies.

Palazzo

We all owe you a beer, Palazzo.

Along those same lines, let’s not forget another neighbor with free parking: Fashion Show Mall. You can bet there’s a collective sigh of relief at retail outlets inside Wynn and Encore right about now.

We can only hope the new parking program at Wynn and Encore is an acknowledgment by casinos that paid parking is an unnecessary annoyance to customers.

Paid parking is a short-sighted revenue play that hurts brands and, ultimately, Las Vegas.

Let’s hope the other big casino companies in Las Vegas, Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts (which started this whole paid parking mess), see the light, too.

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Pink’s Closes at Planet Hollywood, Pin-Up Pizza Next, Making Way for Chick-fil-A

A fixture at Planet Hollywood, Pink’s Hot Dogs, has closed. A source says the closure of Pink’s is an initial step toward the arrival of Chick-fil-A. If the rumor pans out, this would be the first Chick-fil-a location on the Las Vegas Strip.

Pink’s, an import from California, opened at Planet Hollywood resort in August 2009.

Pink's Louie Anderson

Insert seemingly random photo of Emmy winner Louie Anderson at Pink’s Hot Dogs here.

A sign outside the now-closed Pink’s suggests customers make their way to another restaurant, Haute Doggery at the Linq Promenade.

Haute Doggery and Pink’s are both operated by Block 16 Hospitality and owner Billy Richardson. Richardson also owns Holstein’s at Cosmopolitan, Flour & Barley at Linq promenade, Barrymore at Royal Resort and Public House at Venetian.

Fun fact: Billy Richardson’s father, Bill Richardson, is construction manager of Resorts World. Las Vegas is a very small town.

Pink's Hot Dogs Las Vegas

Pink’s was founded by Paul and Betty Pink in 1939, when a hot dog cost 10 cents. The “Planet Hollywood” dog at Pink’s cost $8.25.

It’s estimated there were about 30 people employed at Pink’s Hot Dogs.

We hear Pin-Up Pizza, adjacent to Pink’s Hot Dogs, will also close at Planet Hollywood, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Pin-Up Pizza Las Vegas

We’re not entirely sure employees know the place could be closing, so let’s keep it between us.

Pin-Up Pizza opened in January 2014.

While there’s been no official announcement about what will replace Pink’s and Pin-Up Pizza, our source says these spaces will be absorbed into a footprint for the Las Vegas Strip’s first Chick-fil-A.

We first shared news of a Chick-fil-A location on The Strip back in April 2018, and the news nearly broke the Internet.

Chick-fil-A Planet Hollywood

Get. In. Our. Belly.

Again, Caesars Entertainment, which owns Planet Hollywood, has yet to confirm our story. Ditto Chick-fil-A.

Hey, Chick-fil-A is worth the wait.

It’s anticipated the Chick-fil-A at Planet Hollywood could be one of the chain’s most profitable locations, which is saying something given Chick-fil-A generates more revenue per restaurant than any other fast food chain in the country.

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for official news about Pin-Up Pizza, as well as long-awaited confirmation Chick-fil-A is finally coming to the Las Vegas Strip.

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Chick-fil-A is Coming to the Las Vegas Strip

There are rumors, then there are Chick-fil-A rumors.

We’re hearing Chick-fil-A is coming to the Las Vegas Strip, and that may not even be the most succulent part of the story.

A reliable source says not only has Chick-fil-A inked a deal for a location on The Strip, the restaurant will be open on Sundays, a twist sure to break the Internet when it’s officially announced.

Chick-fil-A sandwich

Get. Into. Our. Face.

While we can’t share the location of this new Las Vegas Chick-fil-A, we can say it’s a prime location in the middle of The Strip.

There are already three Chick-fil-A restaurants in Las Vegas, but a Strip location will truly be the goldmine.

We’ve heard speculation the Strip location could be the most successful outlet in the entire Chick-fil-A empire. The average Chick-fil-A restaurant generates $4.4 million a year, more than any other restaurant chain. A Strip location could make double that or more.

There’s some sensitivity around naming the future location of the Chick-fil-A because there are two existing businesses in the location and employees have not yet been informed the establishments will be closing. So, we’ll refrain for the moment.

As for the Strip Chick-fil-A being open on Sundays, that would be a serious break from the company’s long-standing policy.

We’ll hand this over to Chick-fil-A for the official explanation.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas Strip

Translation: Blah, blah, blah, blah, where’s our damned waffle potato fries?

Here’s the thing. Dude’s dead.

There are a lot of Truett Cathy opinions we disagree with, and the closed-Sunday thing is one of them. The company has distanced itself from many of those opinions, by the way, so join the Chick-fil-A fan club, already. Read more.

Perhaps more importantly, though, it’s Las Vegas. You come to the Las Vegas Strip, you play by Sin City rules. No major player is going to want to have a restaurant go dark on the weekend, there’s simply too much money at stake.

So, this is big, and we’re already salivating.

In response to our story breaking on Twitter (the Tweet has gotten more than 150,000 impressions), Chick-fil-A thoughtfully reached out to provide a response.

A Chick-fil-A rep said in a statement, “We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service. We would very much like to have more restaurants in the Las Vegas area, but we have no new locations to confirm at this time.”

Didn’t say it’s not happening, didn’t say they’d continue to maintain their closed-Sundays policy, just said they won’t be confirming the new location at this time.

Or, as we like to call it, confirmed.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas Strip

Shout out to all the copy editors really annoyed by the misspelling of “filet.”

All the Chick-fil-A excitement, of course, is quite ridiculous to those in states where Chick-fil-A is everywhere.

Look. Let us have our thing.

Chick-fil-A makes the best chicken sandwich in the known universe, and having a location on The Strip will make an incredible destination even incredibler. Which, we’re fairly sure, isn’t a word.

We look forward to having this juicy rumor confirmed in the very near future.

Update (4/7/18): We’ve heard from another Chick-fil-A rep who says in no uncertain terms, “Rumors about a Strip location, or any location, being open on Sunday are false. Our founder established more than 50 years ago that Chick-fil-A would be closed on Sunday to allow team members to take a day for themselves to spend how they choose.”

Open Sundays or not, we look forward to hearing more about the Chick-fil-A location coming to the Las Vegas Strip!

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First Look Inside Wolfgang Puck’s Spago at Bellagio

Spago Las Vegas by Wolfgang Puck at Bellagio opens this summer, and we’ve got a first peek inside the new restaurant.

No, it doesn’t reveal a lot, but it hints at the spectacular view and also give us an opportunity to scoop Eater Vegas, which is always a hoot.

Spago Bellagio

Yes, the hotels and High Roller are FUBAR in the background, but you get the general idea.

Spago, of course, was a fixture at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace for years. That location closed in Jan. 2018.

Now, the groundbreaking restaurant will take up residence in the former Todd English’s Olives.

That’s where things get weird and super awkward, if you listen to the rumor mill, which we always do, especially if it involves sex.

So, the owner of Bellagio, MGM Resorts, cut ties with Todd English when he got into hot water related to sexual harassment allegations.

The company never said that publicly, of course, and also never mentioned it when they scrubbed English’s name from the Todd English P.U.B. at Aria. Now, it’s just The Pub.

So, now we’ve got Spago moving into the Olives space.

Wolfgang Puck

We mourn the loss of this neon at the Forum Shops location of Spago. Thankfully, one of the signs will be on display at the Neon Museum.

From what we hear, Mark Andalbradt will be the executive chef.

Those in the know, though, say Andalbradt has had his own struggles with avoiding mischief. It’s rumored he was demoted at the Forum Shops Spago to a behind-the-scenes role at Cut at Palazzo (another Wolfgang Puck restaurant) for over-indulging and getting gropy with a member of the staff. Allegedly. Because lawyers.

Just when you thought that kind of crap doesn’t fly in Vegas anymore.

You didn’t actually think that, did you? You’re adorable.

Spago is expected to open at Bellagio in May 2018, and it’s bound to be a hit.

It’s great to see an iconic Las Vegas restaurant getting a second chance, and here’s hoping the restaurant’s executive chef doesn’t squander his.

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