Dramatic new look readied for Red Rock Resort

Station Casinos President Steve Cavallaro said Red Rock Resort was designed with an “old school mentality.”

The customer should be able to get somewhere on the property only from inside the casino.

Times have changed.

With a 1.6 million-square-foot regional shopping center scheduled to open within walking distance across Summerlin Centre Drive in October, Red Rock Resort will undergo its largest, costliest renovation since Station Casinos opened the property in April 2006 at an eye-popping cost of $925 million. A lavish party featuring a private concert by Grammy-winning performer Sting marked the opening.

Station Casinos designers will create a “restaurant row” along the property’s entrance that fronts Charleston Boulevard. The space will include outdoor entrances and patio seating for four new restaurant concepts. The restaurants will be linked by an outdoor pedestrian walkway that includes landscaping and water features.

On the other side of the building, across from the under-construction Shops at Summerlin, a new parking and drop-off area will be created. Also Station Casinos will enhance an entrance to Red Rock Resort between the food court and movie theaters. The entrance will serve as the connection to the shopping center, with an landscaped walkway and other design elements.

Cavallaro said Red Rock Resort will benefit from the increased customer traffic associated with the mall. The relationship between Green Valley Ranch Resort and The District serves as a case study.

“We saw a material benefit to business at Green Valley Ranch (Resort) when The District opened and we expect the same positive effect at Red Rock,” Cavallaro said.

Red Rock Resort has been an island in the middle of Summerlin Centre since 2008, when construction on the mall halted. The recession and a bankruptcy filing by developer General Growth Properties kept the project at bay until 2013. Developer Howard Hughes Corp. was spun off from General Growth and restarted the development.

Station Casinos budgeted $35 million for its six-month construction project, which includes renovating T-bones Chophouse, upgrading 26 of the property’s suites and remodeling Red Rock’s 25,000-square foot spa.

Red Rock’s hotel lobby area and the Lucky Bar were remodeled recently and the former Cherry Nightclub was converted into event space.

“We were at an inflection point where it was time to freshen the offering,” Cavallaro said.

Station Casinos doesn’t break out quarterly results by individual property. But the company considers the 800-room Red Rock Resort its flagship.

“Red Rock continues to be a very strong performer in our portfolio,” Station Casinos Chief Financial Officer Marc Falcone said. “I think it’s fair to say it’s the most significant contributor to the company overall. This is a way to provide more amenities and diversify the offerings to our guests in Summerlin.”

The project’s completion is expected by the end of October. By then, Falcone said, every aspect of Red Rock except the standard guest rooms will have been enhanced.

“We’re going to address the guest rooms over the next few years,” Falcone said.


When Yard House opened at Red Rock in 2010, replacing Texas-style barbecue Salt Lick, the restaurant changed the perspective of Station Casinos operators. Yard House created a primary entrance off the parking lot with a secondary entrance from the casino. The restaurant also opened an outdoor patio.

Yard House was a success from Day One.

“The convenience of having direct access from the parking lot helped them,” Cavallaro said. “We started taking a hard look at that.”

The concept was solidified when Lucille’s Smokehouse opened last year with a similar costumer convenience concept.

“The main thing is that we listened to our guests,” Cavallaro said, “and we’ve seen these outdoor patio seatings worked out quite well.”

Red Rock closed two restaurants recently for the renovation, Japanese-themed Hachi and hamburger place LBS. Mexican-themed Cabo was closed a year ago in favor of Lucille’s.

Station Casinos is bringing in four new dining concepts, including two restaurants from outside operators.

The Sandoval brothers of Chicago will bring a branch of their Zagat Award-winning Mercadito to Red Rock. The restaurant serves traditional Mexican cuisine with modern twists. The beverage menu includes variations of classic cocktails and an extensive tequila list.

“It’s a high-energy place,” said Cavallaro, who visited the Chicago location with other Station Casinos officials. “It will bring in a good crowd and fun atmosphere.”

The Light Group, a Las Vegas-based hospitality company best known for its nightclubs and restaurants at Strip properties owned by MGM Resorts International, will operate a yet-to-be-named restaurant along the row, which will feature a small-plates menu, craft beers and an extensive wine list.

Station Casinos will open a noodle bar between the Grand Cafe and the high-limit gaming area and will replace Terra Rossa with a new Italian-themed concept.

“We have always believed there is a pent-up demand in Summerlin for high-quality restaurant operations,” Falcone said.


The Shops at Summerlin’s planned October opening prompted Red Rock Resort’s renovations.

The Shops, an open-air, pedestrian-friendly district, will inlcude Macy’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom Rack, Michael Kors, Sur La Table and Trader Joe’s among the 125 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues.

Cavallaro said Red Rock Resort will market to the center’s visitors, and to expected 2,000 employees that will work in the location, which is one reason the entrance at casino will be enhanced.

“We want to create a natural link between the center and Red Rock,” Cavallaro said. “This will make the property more accessible from the back side.”

Kevin Orrock, vice president of master-planned communities for The Howard Hughes Corp. said the center expects to attract 25,000 to 35,000 customers daily. It will also benefit from the influx of patrons from Red Rock Resort.

“There is a great connectivity and a symbiotic relationship between the two properties,” Orrock said. “We understand the advantage of having a great neighbor across the street.”

Cavallaro and Falcone said Red Rock isn’t the only Station Casinos property that will see upgrades in the coming year. The company plans changes to Green Valley Ranch Resort, is adding a steakhouse to Palace Station and is adding new flooring to Boulder Station.

“The idea is to keep the properties fresh,” Cavallaro said.

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at hstutz@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3871. Follow @howardstutz on Twitter.

Bellagio, MGM Resorts International’s luxury hotel turns 20
The more than 3,000-room Bellagio hotel is situated on the site of the former Dunes Hotel. The Dunes was imploded in 1993, and construction of the Bellagio started in 1996. It cost $1.6 billion to build, making it the most expensive hotel in the world at the time. The Bellagio was former Wynn Resorts Ltd. Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn’s second major casino on the Strip after The Mirage. MGM Resorts International acquired the property from Steve Wynn in 2000. (Tara Mack/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Facial recognition software at G2E – Todd Prince
Shing Tao, CEO of Las Vegas-based Remark Holdings, talks about his facial recognition product. (Todd Prince/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Former NBA player, Shaquille O'Neal, speaks about his new Las Vegas chicken restaurant
Former NBA player, Shaquille O'Neal, speaks about his new Las Vegas chicken restaurant. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Bobby Baldwin to leave MGM
MGM Resorts International executive and professional poker player Bobby Baldwin is set to leave MGM.
Caesars has new armed emergency response teams
Caesars Entertainment Corp. has created armed emergency response teams. They are composed of former military and law enforcement officials. "These teams provide valuable additional security capabilities,” Caesars spokeswoman Jennifer Forkish said. Caesars is hiring Security Saturation Team supervisors, managers and officers, according to LinkedIn. The company did not say how many people it plans to hire for the units. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas, airlines prepare for CES
CES in January is expected to attract more than 180,000 attendees. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
AGS partners with Vegas Golden Knights
AGS is the nation’s second-largest manufacturer of Class II slot machines used primarily in tribal jurisdictions. It announced a marketing partnership with the Vegas Golden Knights NHL team. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Lehman Brothers bet big on Las Vegas
Lehman Brothers collapsed 10 years ago, helping send the country into the Great Recession.
Fremont9 opens downtown
Fremont9 apartment complex has opened in downtown Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Ross & Snow launches in Las Vegas
Luxury shoe brand Ross & Snow has opened in Las Vegas, featuring "functional luxury" with premium shearling footwear. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Remote Identification and Drones
DJI vice president of policy and public affairs discusses using remote identification on drones. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Drones and public safety in Nevada
Two representatives in the drone industry discuss UAV's impact on public safety. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Frontier Airlines to launch flights from Las Vegas to Mexico
Frontier, a Denver-based ultra-low-cost carrier, will become the first airline in more than a decade to offer international service to Canada and Mexico from Las Vegas when flights to Cancun and Los Cabos begin Dec. 15. (Rick Velotta/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren addresses Oct. 1 lawsuits
MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren addresses criticism his company has received for filing a lawsuit against the survivors of the Oct. 1 shooting. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
MGM Resorts International opens the doors on MGM Springfield
Massachusetts’ first hotel-casino opens in downtown Springfield. The $960 million MGM Springfield has 252 rooms and 125,000-square-feet of casino. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
MGM Resorts International prepares to open MGM Springfield
Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International gave news media and invited guests a preview of the $960 million MGM Springfield casino in Massachusetts. The commonwealth's first resort casino will open Friday, Aug. 24. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
A Walk Through Circus Circus
It only takes a short walk through Circus Circus to realize it attracts a demographic like no other casino on the Strip: families with young children. (Todd Prince/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Morphy Auctions, a vintage slot machines seller, wants gaming license
Vice president Don Grimmer talks about Morphy Auctions at the company's warehouse located at 4520 Arville Street in Las Vegas on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (Rick Velotta/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Nevada's venture capital money doesn't stay in state
Zach Miles, associate vice president for economic development for UNLV, said there’s venture money in Southern Nevada, “but trying to find the right groups to tap into for that money is different.” According to a 2017 report from the Kauffman Foundation, Las Vegas ranked number 34 out of 40 metropolitan areas for growth entrepreneurship, a metric of how much startups grow. With a lack of growing startups in Las Vegas, investment money is being sent outside of state borders. The southwest region of the U.S. received $386 million in funding in the second quarter, with about $25.2 million in Nevada. The San Francisco area alone received about $5.6 billion. (source: CB Insights)
Neon wraps can light up the night for advertising
Vinyl wrap company 5150 Wraps talks about neon wraps, a new technology that the company believes can boost advertising at night. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Nevada on the forefront of drone safety
Dr. Chris Walach, senior director of Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems, talks to a reporter at NIAS's new Nevada Drone Center for Excellence of Public Safety, located inside the Switch Innevation Center in Las Vegas. K.M. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhoto
Motel 8 on south Strip will become site of hotel-casino
Israeli hoteliers Asher Gabay and Benny Zerah bought Motel 8 on the south Strip for $7.4 million, records show. They plan to bulldoze the property and build a hotel-casino. Motel 8 was built in the 1960s and used to be one of several roadside inns on what's now the south Strip. But it looks out of place today, dwarfed by the towering Mandalay Bay right across the street.
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like