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Citizens, Revamped Red Square Coming To Mandalay Bay

Where: 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
October 17, 2012 at 12:36 PM | by | ()

Red, White and Blue's days are officially numbered at Mandalay Bay.

The Light Group confirms that it will close on November 18 to make way for a new casual American bistro concept by its go-to chef Brian Massie dubbed Senior Citizens Kitchen & Bar. The re-tooled space will still serve up three square meals when it reopens. (Update: Citizens will be open 24 hours a day.)

Back in August, the buzz was that two other Mandalay restos would also close on that date, China Grill and Red Square. That may not happen in one fell swoop anymore (Light Group is only committing right now to the November 18 date for Red, White and Blue), but new details are coming to light (hee) on what exactly will happen to Red Square.

Light Group states that the Russian-themed bar will become a "revitalized dinner, cocktail and nightlife destination." Its expansive selection of caviar will still be on the menu, though, and its frozen bar and private vodka vault will remain as well. Its trademark headless Lenin statue, however, went unmentioned in the press announcement.

When we inquired about the previously announced Japanese restaurant concept by Akira Back (he's the chef behind Yellowtail at Bellagio) coming to Mandalay as well, we were told details were still forthcoming which causes us to think that it may not be a lock to replace China Grill. There's also the shuttered Shanghai Lilly space that could work for this venture as well. And, thinking on a larger scale, as Light Group is partners with Morgans Hotel Group which is bringing The Delano to THEhotel in late 2013, perhaps, we could see Back's restaurant in the space currently occupied by THEhotel's cafe. Or, if you really want to get crazy with it, replacing Mix on the 64th floor.

We'll keep on top of all the changes and will bring you the latest as we uncover more. Until then, expect to try out the new Red Square this December and Citizens in January 2013.

(PHOTOS: Mandalay Place)

Archived Comments:

Red Square

I really hope they don't play with Red Square too much...I am going to get my fill next week before they close it.

They have a great atmosphere and fantastic menu. please don't ruin it!!!