The Mirage Ups the Ante on the Strip

4th Aug 2005

The Mirage"At its opening, and for years following it, The Mirage set the standard
for Las Vegas resorts.  The changes we’re introducing will ensure that the
resort remains at the forefront of the city’s contemporary scene,” said Scott
Sibella, president and COO of The Mirage.

    On the horizon for the coming year:

    *  High-Limit Lounge and Baccarat—Renowned glass sculptor Dale
Chihuly, whose works have been exhibited in every major museum in the
world, was commissioned to enhance the new contemporary look with his
distinctive pieces.  Throughout the lounge’s three separate,
semi-private gaming areas, private buffet and dining rooms, the
contemporary design brings together unique finished and textures such
as bronze, stainless steel, wood and glass.  (Opened July, 2005)

    *  STACK Restaurant & Bar—The Light Group will present its second
restaurant venture (Fix at Bellagio is the first), with Stack at The
Mirage.  The menu will reflect a return to fun, approachable American
cuisine.  Chef Brian Massie will focus on simply grilled top quality
fish, meat and poultry.  The space has been designed by Graft of LA to
create a warm, welcoming environment within a unique and vibrant
design.  Stack replaces Moongate, The Mirage’s current Chinese
restaurant.  (Opens December, 2005)

    *  Fin—Chef Chi Choi, a master with a Hong Kong-style wok, will lead
the menu innovation for this high-end, contemporary Chinese
restaurant.  With a decor largely centered around elegant glass
designs, the restaurant will showcase a spectacular water feature
gracing one end of the room.  Walking a fine line between edgy and
elegant, the project’s award-winning designer, Yabu Pushelberg of
Toronto, will artfully reconcile opposites.  This restaurant will
replace the space formerly occupied by Renoir.  (Opens November, 2005)


    *  Jet Nightclub—Jet Nightclub at The Mirage is the latest evolution
of nightlife artistry developed by the Light Group.  Previous Light
Group creations include Light Nightclub (Bellagio), Caramel Bar &
Lounge (Bellagio), Mist Lounge (TI) and Fix restaurant (Bellagio).
Acclaimed designer Jeffrey Beers will transform the 15,000 square feet
of space into the ultimate nightclub experience.  (Opens December,

    *  Kokomo’s—One of the city’s most successful steakhouses will be
updated this Fall when internationally acclaimed designer Adam Tihany
puts a contemporary face on Kokomo’s.  Once hidden behind a tropical
rainforest, Kokomo’s will be revealed with a new bar lounge overlooking the entrance lobby of the hotel.  (Opens December, 2005)

    *  Mink Bar & Lounge—Located at the center of The Mirage, Mink Bar &
Lounge will combine the energy of a rockin’ bar with the chic elegance
of a cool lounge scene.  Also developed by The Light Group, Mink’s
sleek and modern designs will give guests a full view of the casino
action as well as allowing for a private experience. (Opens First
Quarter, 2006)

    *  Japonais—The marriage of modern day Japan with old-style European
elegance, this Chicago concept is the brainchild of designer Jeffrey
Beers, restaurateurs Miae Lim and Rick Wahlstedt, Chef Jun Ichikawa
and Chef Gene Kato.  Both the food and design have drawn rave reviews
and this will be the first extension of the successful Chicago
restaurant.  Offering the best of new Asian cuisine, Japonais will
take the space currently occupied by Mikado and the Ava lounge. (Opens April/May 2006)
    *  Volcano—Wet Design will enhance the resort’s iconic volcano to
include fire explosions which blast taller, lava which appears hotter,
sounds which boom louder and an overall more realistic volcano
experience.  (Summer 2006)

    *  Cirque du Soleil (previously announced)—Cirque du Soleil will
celebrate the musical legacy and extraordinary experience of The
Beatles in an unprecedented live theatre production.  This show is a joint artistic venture and marks the first time that Apple Corps has agreed to a major theatrical partnership. (Opens Summer, 2006)

    The Mirage, a AAA Four Diamond Polynesian paradise, opened in November
1989, setting a new standard of hotel excellence for Las Vegas and sparking a
transformation that made the city one of the world’s most popular resort
destinations.  Its success ignited a $9 billion building expansion, lasting
more than a decade, surpassing the anticipated intensity and speed with which
these properties would proliferate.




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