Word on the street is that entertainment empire Tao Group may be considering bringing a third restaurant to Sin City similar to its New York boîte Beauty & Essex. The Lower East Side haunt is as well known for its buzzy scene as it is for its prime cuts of beef and whimsical fare, leading us to think it would do quite well in the Las Vegas market.
The new restaurant, if opened, would join a local portfolio that also includes Tao Restaurant and Nightclub in the Venetian, Lavo Restaurant and Lounge in the Palazzo and Marquee Nightclub in the Cosmopolitan.
Representatives for Tao Group declined to comment on the rumor, and we hear that a lease has yet to be executed. But if we were part of the Tao Group braintrust, we would seriously consider optioning a space in the Cosmopolitan, as it is the one Las Vegas casino resort where the group operates a club, but lacks a restaurant to capture a crowd for the entire evening.
Could the sprawling retail space AllSaints Spitalfields—which is across from Marquee and boasts a million-dollar vantage point—be considered for such a conversion? Or perhaps Tao Group could procure a space on the third floor with a similar view.