Michael and Jenna Morton have announced some details on the new project they have under construction at the MGM Grand. Located in the space that previously housed Michael Mina’s Nobhill Tavern, until today the project was being referred to by the code name “Project Lion.” We now know it will be called Crush (“Eat, drink, love”).
In a press release announcing the project, Jenna Morton describes it as “Our tribute to the ancient ritual of communal feasting, where dinner out is more than just about the food; it is a party.” To put it a bit less eloquently: shared plates. (At least they aren’t calling it tapas!) Chef William DeMarco, who runs the kitchen at the Mortons’ shared-plates wine bar in Wynn, La Cave, will be in charge of the menu.
Michael Morton has long been a fixture in the Las Vegas dining scene. Son of Morton’s of Chicago founder Arnie Morton and brother of Hard Rock co-founder Peter Morton, he co-founded the N9NE Group. After leaving that company, he and his wife opened La Cave and Downtown’s La Comida.
In other local restaurant news, Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil will join forces with the owners of Rock ’n’ Rita’s in Circus Circus to transform the space into a pair of new venues. Vince Neil’s Tatuado (this time entreating you to “Eat, drink, party!”) and Vince Neil’s Party Bus Bar promise to “Bring the rock ’n’ roll vibe of the Sunset Strip to Las Vegas.”
This isn’t the first venture into the local food and beverage world for the always-entrepreneurial Neil, who lives in town. He currently operates the Tatuado Restaurant & Cantina in the LVH, and briefly operated Feelgood’s Rock Bar & Grill with Counting Cars star Danny Koker before a legal dispute ended his involvement (and the use of the name).