The transformation of Monte Carlo to Park MGM started on October 3, 2016. The vision for this area actually started a few years ago when MGM Resorts International started construction on T-Mobile Arena behind New York-New York casino. The Park opened on April 4, 2016, in between New York-New York and Monte Carlo just before the arena finally opened its doors.
The Park works nicely as a restaurant row as visitors make their way to the arena and the Park Theater at Monte Carlo (soon to be Park MGM) from the Vegas Strip. The area with two casinos, an arena, and the park-like area will become one when the transformation of Monte Carlo is complete in 2018. It’s been awhile since we’ve updated you on the progress of Park MGM so let’s get to it.
Exterior Rendering of Park MGM
New Entrance
Renderings show that Park MGM will have a new entrance on the south corner of the property. This will create an access point for anyone visiting The Park or New York-New York. It appears as if this entrance will bring visitors near Eataly Las Vegas. If you’re not familiar with Eataly, it’s an Italian marketplace that was founded in Italy and made famous in New York. There are now locations all around the world.
Diablo’s Cantina will be closing at some point and will not return. Sambalatte (my favorite cup of coffee on the Vegas Strip) has an indoor/outdoor cafe but may have to be moved to make room for the 40,000 square foot Eataly. For reference, Diablo’s Cantina is 13,000 square feet and spread over two floors and a patio.
New Restaurants Make For Massive Construction Zone
Many restaurants at Monte Carlo have been closed. The Pub, Andre’s, Brand Steakhouse, and the poker room have all been closed. Nearly half of the areas around the casino floor have been under construction for most of the summer. The configuration of some of the table games and slot machines seems to be different every few weeks.
Primrose Cafe is being built just off the lobby using some or most of the space from The Pub. Chicago steakhouse Bavette’s Bar & Bouef is currently under construction in the area where Brand was located. The new steakhouse will be double the size of Brand and is expected to open later this year.
According to Eater Vegas there are three (3) new bars in the works. The largest of the new bars will be a 12,000 square foot sports bar. This space could also include a restaurant or sports book concept. MGM Resorts International told me the plans are still in the works.
Pool Construction and Convention Expansion
The pool area was one of the first parts of Monte Carlo to close for renovations. Plans for Park MGM include a new large convention and meeting space. This part of the property will occupy some of the area once used for the pool.
The modern conference and meeting space will be 77,000 square feet and feature multiple ballrooms, flexible meeting places and a 4,345-square-foot Central Park Terrace. The location near the lobby will give convention guests easy access to The Park.
The conference space should be open sometime in early 2018. Details for the new pool area haven’t been revealed but we should expect it to be open in time for pool season in 2018.
There is still a lot of work to do on the transformation of Monte Carlo to Park MGM. The casino will be a major construction zone for while new restaurants and bars are being built. At some point, all of the hotel rooms will be renovated.
In the meantime, room rates at Monte Carlo hotel should be among the lowest on the Vegas Strip until new rooms are revealed and construction on the property is complete. This could be a decent low priced place to sleep on the Vegas Strip for the next year or so if you don’t mind the lack of restaurants or construction work.


Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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