I intended to publish this last weekend, but got sidelined with the flu for the better part of a week, so I’m a little late adding to the conversation about the opening of MGM’s new Park. But hey, better late than never!
Remember two years ago, when my brother (“Vegasbrolo”) scooped me by being in Las Vegas the day the High Roller and Linq promenade opened for business? Damned if he didn’t do it again this month when The Park opened for business. The thing that’s really maddening is that he didn’t know anything about either of these events! He just coincidentally happened to be in town at the right time. How’s that for luck?
But since I couldn’t get away from the office at this time, it worked out well for me that he was there. Once again, I enlisted him to be my intrepid, on-the-ground blogger/photographer. So Vegasbrolo and his wife went down to the Park twice to check it out–once during the day and again later at night–and he sent me his photos for use on the blog. He offered some brief initial impressions of The Park, which are also included below.
I’m not going to throw a lot of facts and figures at you about what’s available in the park. There are plenty of other Vegas websites where you can get that information. These are just the initial photos and impressions of your everyday, average visitor to Las Vegas–just like you and me. His words below, in italics, are pretty much stream-of-consciousness (in other words, he was texting me). Anything not in italics below is my commentary.
Local press is all over the place.
Very much like the walkway down to High Roller [The Linq Promenade] but more of a “park” atmosphere (as you would expect). There seems to be many different areas where local musicians are setting up. Looks like a big event by the Toshiba T-Mobile area.
Toshiba Plaza has two acres of space for outdoor events, concerts, etc. This is in addition to the Arena. I could see this being a fun space for the right events.
There are actually 2 large theatres flanking the park. One is built, the second is under construction. The one that is under construction will have much more capacity than the existing ones.
Very much a park feel with bag toss and ladder ball games. Lots of trees. Lots of seating areas. Outside park tables have table games, like Connect 4.
Looks like most of the bars/restaurants are open. . .
Sake Rok – The wait staff are also the entertainers; every 20-30 minutes, they sing and dance. Somewhere down the road, the screen above the outside bar will show the waitstaff doing their singing routine inside the bar.
[I can’t wait for that. I probably won’t ever eat there, because I don’t like sushi, but I’d love to see the waitstaff sing and dance.]
Beerhaus – Has games inside like ping pong, pool, etc. plus more table games like checkers. [Glad to see Vegasbrolo had his priorities straight here. Who cares about food and beverages–it has ping pong! LOL, I kid, I kid. He took pictures of the menu here, and the beer menu is quite extensive.]
I confess, I don’t quite understand the whole ticket system for drinks here. This isn’t the county fair. Anyway, Beerhaus also has beer in bottles and cans, non-alcoholic brews for $4, cocktails for $10, and wines by the glass ranging from $5-12–but not more than 6-7 options in each of those categories. The food menu is similarly small and features more meat than anything, with prices ranging from $4 for a snack to $14 for a 1/2 free range chicken meal. There’s no question that this is primarily a beer hall, which is fine if all you want is a beer. But I probably won’t be eating here.
CPK- nothing to report. [If you’ve been to the California Pizza Kitchen at the Mirage, you pretty much know what to expect.]
Bruxie (the waffle place) – Same menu all day. You can have dessert for breakfast or breakfast for dinner, LOL. Just “interviewed” one of the chefs from Bruxie (such a rookie, I didn’t get his name but he is from Mass).
I have to admit, when I first saw Vegasbrolo’s daytime photos, my initial reaction was that The Park looked like it wasn’t quite ready for prime time, if you know what I mean. It just didn’t resemble what I’d pictured it would look like, and I couldn’t see myself wanting to spend a lot of time there. But when he sent me his nighttime photos and impressions, I got more excited about it. Nighttime seems to bring out the best in The Park.
Why come here? To get away from the sounds of the slot machines. There are live musicians all throughout and waterfalls–very serene.
Lighting (or lack thereof) is a great tool for creating boundaries. . . .By keeping the perimeter darker and the center lighter it defines the area.
The other nice thing? No pan handling, or people dressed up as cartoon characters. Not sure how long that will last, but it’s nice to get away from that, too.
The only food and beverage establishment they actually tried out was the Beerhaus. He answered my question before I even asked it:
So why did 2 non-beer drinkers decide to stop at the Beerhaus for a drink? Because it was very inviting. The side of the building opens up, exposing a very large bar.
[He added that there was plenty of seating at the Beerhaus that night. They sampled Tenaya Creek Brewery’s Bonanza Brown Ale with coconut. The Beerhaus was giving out free samples.]
He did manage to snag a photo of the open kitchen at Bruxie, the waffle sandwich place:
If you look at the bottom of the photo you can see all the waffle makers. There was a worker “trimming” the rough edges of the waffles for better appearance.
Great. Now I’m hungry. And thirsty.
Many thanks to “Vegasbrolo” for the great photos and first thoughts on the Park! What’s the next big thing opening in Las Vegas? I bet whatever it is, he’ll be there then, too. 🙂
Have any of you been to The Park yet? What about the Arena for a concert? What did you think of this new neighborhood on the Strip?
Photo credit: All photos in this post are the property of Vegasbrolo.