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Here’s the Plan For Roy Choi’s New Korean Restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip

Expect all the flavors of LA’s Koreatown

Roy Choi
Travis Jensen
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Chef Roy Choi is heading to Las Vegas in a permanent way, readying his still-unnamed restaurant for an opening in the fall of this year. Here’s what to know about the project now.

Last month, Choi wouldn’t confirm news out of Eater Las Vegas that he was indeed plotting a big, expensive new restaurant at the Monte Carlo property — soon to be renamed the Park MGM and NoMad Hotel. Now he tells Eater LA that indeed the restaurant is real, though so far it doesn’t have an official name. For now, Choi’s team is just calling the expansive project a “multi-faceted, multi-sensory experience.”

The idea is to create a kind of distillation of all things Koreatown in Los Angeles, and bring them to the Las Vegas Strip. Choi says there will be “immersive spaces” (as in multiple) on the ground that offer a variety of experiences, both classic and new. That could mean a food hall-like setup, or something more akin to what Choi started out with at the Line Hotel in Los Angeles with the Sydell Group, who are also his partners in Las Vegas. Think a bar, a cafe (perhaps selling pizza), a sit-down restaurant or two, and more.

Right now, it’s looking like a late 2018 arrival is likely for Choi’s first Nevada project. Construction is underway throughout the entire property, with more NoMad-friendly restaurant and bar projects to come as well.