MGM Resorts unveils ‘The Park’ concept in Las Vegas

The space between New York-New York and Monte Carlo has mostly been used by motorized vehicles that are either making deliveries or passing from the front of these resorts to their parking facilities.

Today MGM Resorts International announced a detailed plan to transform it. Called simply “The Park,” this 8-acre space will become a vibrant pedestrian-oriented district connecting the two properties while winding toward a 20,000-seat arena being developed in partnership with AEG.

A aerial rendering of The Park

An aerial view of The Park (rendering courtesy of MGM Resorts International)

“Beautiful public places are highlights of many of the world’s finest cities, and Las Vegas shouldn’t be the exception,” said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, in a statement.

As part of the overhaul, Rue de Monte Carlo, the existing road that provides access from Las Vegas Boulevard to Monte Carlo, will be realigned. The designs show off a slightly curved and tree-lined street. In the widened areas alongside the pavement, there will be lots of shrubbery as well as numerous mature trees.

Also giving relief from the city’s intense sun will be tulip-like shade structures that stand 50 feet tall. In the evenings, these artful inventions will emit colorful LED lights. You can expect to see other eye-catching features at The Park as well – like a pair of 100-foot-long water walls at its entrance.

Plus, a collection of new bars and casual eateries is set to debut. Most of them will boast patios.

“To create this picturesque outdoor destination, 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,” added Murren.

Shake Shack, a roadside-style burger stand, had already been revealed in the lineup.

Joining it will be Bruxie, a gourmet waffle restaurant from Orange County. Bruxie is revered for serving airy Brussels Waffles both in sweet concoctions and savory sandwiches.

Sake Rok intends to present an experience that’s part culinary, part performance. Waitstaff doubling as entertainers might break into dance or lip-sync a song while delivering sushi and other Japanese food favorites. In the late evenings, when the sake is flowing, Sake Rok will become a lively lounge with a 6-foot-tall man dressed in Geisha attire acting as the emcee.

A rendering of a public space at The Park

A public space at The Park (rendering courtesy of MGM Resorts International)

Award-winning chef Guillermo Pernot is bringing his beloved Havana-style Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar to The Park. That means you can look forward to plenty of rum-based cocktails as well as evenings full of high-energy Latin fun.

A Robert Mondavi Jr. wine experience is also being conceived that will combine a restaurant, lounge and wine bar in an ambience that’s sure to transport you to Napa Valley.

Adding to the bar scene will be Beer Garden. In addition to a diverse craft beer list, this convivial outdoor joint will serve up farm-to-table meats as well as offer live music and games like bocce ball, darts and ping-pong.

And Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row will have a menu of “Boilermakers” (shots of whiskey that are dropped into glasses of beer) along with plenty of brews on tap and some good ol’ American grub. Created by country star Dierks Bentley, you can bet your boots there’ll be live country music here as well.

While work on The Park is just getting underway, the redesign of the Strip-facing facades of both New York-New York and Monte Carlo are nearly complete. You can already enjoy shopping at places like Stupidiotic, Swatch and I♥NYNY or digging into drinks and dishes from the Japanese-inspired grill Yusho, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria and Double Barrel Roadhouse. Hershey’s Chocolate World, a flagship two-story store where you can taste an array of sweet treats, is expected to open at New York-New York in the near future.

Various elements of The Park will open later this year and throughout 2015, all while leading up to the debut of the arena in 2016.

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