M Resort to open Sunday

Feb 24, 2009 5:08 PM
by GT Staff |

Tracing its roots to the popular Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, the new M Resort is scheduled to open at Las Vegas Blvd. and St. Rose Parkway on Sunday night at 10 p.m.

The city’s newest resort was developed by Anthony Marnell III, son of Rio developer Anthony Marnell II. The modernistic property is at the southern most end of the Las Vegas Strip, about five miles south of South Point hotel/casino.

M Resort will feature 351 standard guest rooms and 39 oversized suites, a 92,000-square-foot casino with 1,847 slot machines and 64 table games, eight restaurants, six bars, a wine cellar, 23,000-square-foot spa, 7000-seat event venue, 5000-seat amphitheater, plus shopping and retail space.

The casino will also feature a state-of-the-art race and sports book, live poker room and a high-limit gaming salon with an outdoor terrace.

Located on the property will be a gas station and convenience store, as well as a pharmacy – the first for a casino – both of which will provide services to slot club patrons. Thus, a club member will be able to swap points for gasoline or their blood pressure medication.

Unlike the Brazilian-themed Rio hotel, the new M Resort doesn’t carry a distinctive "theme" per se. Instead, it relies on a modern, upscale design, first class amenities and "great value … and fantastic people giving to the customer," according to developer Anthony Marnell.

What the M Resort brings from the Rio is a dedication to innovative dining establishments. Built nearly 20 years ago, the Rio was the first casino to offer an all-seafood buffet, as well as a wide-ranging variety of restaurant options.

Similarly, M Resort will feature a variety of dining options designed to whet the appetite of a hungry public.

"We believe food is one of the most, if not the most important reasons why guests will visit the property," Marnell said. "The restaurants that we have developed will introduce a new kind of dining experience that reflects my family’s reputation for great food and great value."

Marnell added that all of the dining establishments are owned and operated by the resort – there are no outside vendors or operators – and that they highlight many of the innovations and techniques in food preparation that have been developed over the past 10 years.

Here’s a recap of the eight eateries that will be unveiled at the opening.

• Studio B Show Kitchen Buffet: The 500-seat restaurant features a live action studio so visitors can watch and learn cooking tips and techniques, either live or on 117 TV monitors, of the latest dishes available to diners. There will also be several live-action stations, plus dessert stations.

• Terzetto: Charcoal-grilled steaks and seafood are the specialty in this upscale room, which features exhibition-style cooking of prime cuts of beef and fresh seafood. There’s also a casual oyster bar with made-to-order selections.

• Marinelli’s: Regional Italian dishes prepared from the Marnell family recipe book and wines from the family’s own private label are featured in this distinctive dining room.

• Veloce Cibo & Bar Veloce: Located at the top of M Resort, diners have a panoramic view of the valley to go with their freshly prepared sushi and sashimi, tasty appetizers and specialty entrees.

• Red Cup Café: The 24-hour restaurant serves a variety of American and Asian classics in an art deco atmosphere.

• Vig Deli: Serving the race and sports book, the deli features hand-tossed pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, bagels, chicken wings and other specialties.

• Piazza Grille: Open from April through October, this al fresco eatery near the pool area features unique choices such as black cod tacos, flat breads, chicken and seafood items, wood-fired pizza, salads, burgers and fries.

• Baby Cakes: This European-style patisserie features an assortment of bakery treats, including cakes, cookies, pastries, chocolates, jelly rolls, plus fresh-ground coffees, homemade gelato and artisan breads.

M Resort also features a wine tasting room, the Hostile Grape, which has more than 120 wines available by the glass. The repertoire includes fine American, Italian and French wines, plus vintages from Spain, South Africa, Germany and other countries.