Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 | 11:36 a.m.
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As Studio 54 at MGM Grand prepares to close after a decade-long run, entertainment and hotel executives this morning confirmed our earlier Vegas DeLuxe stories of the new fine dining and luxury nightlife concept that will open there in December. An Abu Dhabi property-investment company, Tasameem, is partnered in the new venture, the second Middle East group to be involved in Strip nightclub ventures.
As we previously reported, Angel Management Group, which also runs Wet Republic at MGM Grand (and its dozen properties include Pure at Caesars Palace and LAX and Savile Row at the Luxor), will convert Studio 54 into a lavish, multi-story nightclub.
The Las Vegas-based company also has announced a partnership with the London-headquartered global restaurant brand Hakkasan known for its Michelin-starred properties. A Middle East emirates property group owns Hakkasan. Vegas DeLuxe readers will recall that a similar oil-rich money group purchased half of the Light Group nightclub operations at other MGM Resorts on the Strip and also took a major position in the ownership of MGM’s CityCenter.
In a statement released this morning, AMG officials said: “The collaboration delivers an innovative concept evolving beyond Hakkasan’s original restaurant model, incorporating the best elements in dining and nightlife to create an unimaginable experience that will revolutionize the Las Vegas market."
Vegas DeLuxe has previously reported well-sourced rumors that the complex will be a three-story venue with a day and nightclub pool party scene. No details of that were released today.
The new venue, Hakkasan Las Vegas set to open in December, is part of MGM’s “Grand Renovation,” a 360-degree makeover that updates MGM Grand’s guest rooms, casino floor and other entertainment, dining and nightlife experiences. The transformation will expand the size of the former venue, creating an indoor/outdoor space with views of the Strip.
The statement added: “Hakkasan Las Vegas will be the company’s most momentous venue to date, as it will be the first location to incorporate an extravagant nightclub component. Converging dining and nightlife, it will be the embodiment of sophistication, glamour, world-class cuisine and impeccable service, thus creating a sexy and stylish environment.”
Recognized as one of the most influential Chinese restaurant groups, the fine-dining phenomenon has Michelin stars for both of its London locations -- its flagship in Hanway Place and its new addition in the heart of Mayfair. It also has restaurants in Miami, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Mumbai and a New York location opening in March.
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