Las Vegas Sun
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Dinner in the Sky
Thrill-seeking food lovers will have a new place to dine this spring with views of the Las Vegas Strip that rival any other restaurant in the city.
Dinner in the Sky will hoist groups of diners seated around a table 180 feet into the air where they will be served gourmet meals from a rotating cast of chefs while taking in panoramic views of the valley. Construction has already begun on the T-shaped tower, west of the Interstate 15 near CityCenter, which will hold two tables each capable of accommodating 22 people plus waiters and a chef.
“I think it’s going to do phenomenal in Las Vegas. We are the capital for entertainment and culinary arts, and this just takes those over the top,” said the project’s owner, Janeen Hinden. “I hope this will be an iconic attraction in the city.”
The Dinner in the Sky concept has been used around the world, but hasn’t caught on yet in the United States.
The Las Vegas version will be the first in the world that is open to the public, Hinden said, meaning anyone from a lone diner to a group of 20 can make reservations.
Diners, strapped to their chairs by six-point harnesses for safety, will spend about an hour on the elevated platform where they will be served a three-course meal plus dessert. Much of the food will be prepared in advance and then finished in the sky on a convection oven on the platform.
The menu will constantly change but will generally feature a choice between beef, chicken, fish and vegetarian options. Cost to dine in the sky will be $290 per person, said Hinden, who also owns two catering companies and a wedding chapel in town.
Since testing the concept two years ago with tables suspended from a crane near Palace Station, Hinden says her office receives calls daily from customers from around the world wondering when the permanent location will open.
With approval from the Clark County Zoning Commission granted Wednesday, Hinden said the restaurant would start taking reservations in two weeks and should be open by April.
As part of the $4 million project, an office on the site will be converted into a tapas restaurant and bar, which will give heights-fearing diners a place to eat while keeping their feet on the ground, she said.
“We realized after that test market that a lot of people want to come and watch, but they don’t necessarily want to be on the table,” she said.
Other plans for the site include a temporary tent structure that can be erected for larger events.
During presentations to the zoning commission, representatives of the project said it would create about 65 full time jobs.
If the concept is a success, Hinden said she hoped to expand it to other places like New York City, San Diego and Hawaii.