'Park' shopping district planned near Vegas arena

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 28, 2014 at 8:19 pm •  Published: April 28, 2014
Advertisement
;

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Days before it breaks ground on a new, $350 million arena just off the Las Vegas Strip, MGM Resorts International has announced plans for a tree-lined outdoor shopping and dining district that will serve as the venue's grand entrance.

The casino company said Monday the 8-acre development dubbed "The Park" will feature casual patio dining, dramatic desert landscaping and long, water-wall-style fountains that will stretch more than 100 feet along the entrance.

"Beautiful public places are highlights of many of the world's finest cities, and Las Vegas shouldn't be the exception," MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren said in a statement. "We are literally taking down the walls and opening the doors at our resorts to develop a unique dining and entertainment district that complements its lush new surroundings."

Park areas lined with mature trees and tall, tulip-shaped shade structures will flank Rue de Monte Carlo, a road running perpendicular to the Las Vegas Strip between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo casinos. The street itself will be reconfigured into a curving parkway that leads up to the planned, 20,000-seat arena, which is scheduled for a Thursday groundbreaking.

Restaurants set to open in The Park include the burger joint Shake Shack, gourmet waffle eatery Bruxie and the Japanese restaurant Sake Rok. The district will also feature a beer garden, a wine bar, the Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar, and Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, named for the country music star.

The redevelopment comes as MGM is reworking the Strip-facing areas in front of the two casinos into a park-like promenade.

Continue reading this story on the...