The Flamingo is one of the oldest casino-resorts on the Vegas Strip. The classic roadside hotel and casino opened way back in December of 1946. Caesars hasn’t rested on its laurels with this vintage Vegas property. The Flamingo has expanded a lot over the years and now has more than 3,600 hotel rooms to go along with a 70,000 square foot casino.
In 2017, Caesars began a major hotel room renovation that was finished in 2019. They even added almost 20 bunk bed rooms and suites which seem to be popular with group travelers. The Flamingo will continue to evolve.
New At Flamingo In 2020
In 2020, Caesars will continue to update the Flamingo. While Donny & Marie have ended their long-term residency, RuPaul’s Drag Race Live will begin entertaining a new era of guests at the Flamingo. The biggest changes will happen in dining at the historic resort.
The cafe, steakhouse and Diamond/Laurel Lounge have all closed. There will be a new “Food Hall” similar to Harrah’s Fulton Street Food Hall opening in 2020. There will also be a much larger steakhouse that speaks to the history of the Flamingo.
Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse
Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse is expected to open in early 2020. Caesars says the new steakhouse will transport guests back to the Flamingo’s vintage roots while serving a new steakhouse experience in a modern way.
The restaurant’s name is a nod to Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and business partner Meyer Lansky. The duo famously opened the Flamingo Las Vegas in 1946. They had designs on bringing Hollywood glam to the desert – and the certainly did. With the Flamingo, they created the first resort-style hotel on the Strip and forever changed Las Vegas. The Lansky family will be a part of creating the new steakhouse. They will even assist in the creation of unique merchandise. Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse will be a one-of-a-kind destination steakhouse, much like its resort’s origins, in menu, design, and atmosphere.
“With Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse, we want our guests to feel as if they’ve traveled back in time to when the Flamingo Las Vegas first opened, with glamour, class and intrigue, but positioned in today’s world with modern touches,” said Flamingo Las Vegas Regional President, Eileen Moore-Johnson. “This steakhouse will be a destination dining experience complete with statement menu items, classic dishes, and unexpected finds you may need to ‘know a guy’ to order.”
Bugsy & Meyer’s Restaurant & Bar Design
The new steakhouse will have a false facade since every new venue in Las Vegas must have one. Guests at Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse will enter through a “bakery” façade and past the kitchen and dry-aged meat cooler. The idea here is to give the illusion of entering the restaurant through the back as many did decades ago.
Once inside the steakhouse itself, an eye-catching dining experience will await guests. The restaurant will boast a variety of atmospheres, including the main bar, patio dining, main dining room, three private dining rooms, and a raw bar.
The oval main bar is a focal point of the restaurant. The space takes notes from tropical destinations with rich woods, greenery, airy textures like linen coupled with bright leather and of course, one-of-a-kind, flamingo artwork. It will have booths and tables surrounding it, making it a destination for pre-dinner, small bites or late night.
The main dining room will feature a mix of natural and chic. There will be a combination of light and dark woods along with bright jewel tones in the décor and seating.
The artwork will especially pop with vintage black and white images, including historical pieces of the Flamingo and Las Vegas. Large booths will be anchors around the dining room, with traditional tables and half booths peppered throughout.
The restaurant will still have “patio dining” that has been a signature for eateries previously in this location. This seating area is should allow guests to enjoy the energy of the casino while still feeling like they’re in the restaurant.
Bugsy & Meyer’s Food
It’s one thing to look good but will this steakhouse at the Flamingo be better than previous restaurants at this location? Let’s hope so. Bugsy & Meyer’s menu will have a vast selection of dishes. They’ll offer small bites to be enjoyed at the bar, steakhouse classics and throwbacks, tableside presentations, and a raw bar and more.
Bugsy & Meyer’s in-house dry-aged program will be showcased in the restaurant in a glass-encased show cooler. Hand-selected cuts include domestic prime, dry-aged prime, imported wagyu, and a signature 60-day Chicago cut bone-in ribeye.
Seafood will also be a cornerstone of the menu, especially with the raw bar kitchen in the main dining room. Guests will be able to enjoy premium shellfish towers with charcoal-grilled enhancements. Other dish highlights will include short rib, lamb saddle, steak Diane and more.
The cocktail menu will pay homage to the past while presenting new takes on the classics and originals. Hailing from the Caribbean and a favorite spirit of the 1940s, rum cocktails will be heavily featured. For a personalized touch, a tableside Old-Fashioned cart will be rolling through the restaurant with customizable selections.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.