Wed. Sep 27th, 2023
    The Long Journey to Opening the Doors of Fontainebleau Las Vegas

    Jeff Soffer, the chairman and CEO of Fontainebleau Las Vegas, acknowledges the cinematic quality of the journey to finally open the doors of the resort. The Fontainebleau Las Vegas was intended to be the sister property of the legendary Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel, but faced numerous obstacles since breaking ground in 2007. The project was put on hold in 2009 due to the Great Recession, and remained unfinished and in limbo for 12 years.

    However, in 2021, Soffer and Fontainebleau Development, in partnership with Koch Real Estate Investments, reacquired the property and construction resumed. The 3,644-room resort is set to open on December 13, 2023, just ahead of Fontainebleau Miami’s 70th anniversary in 2024.

    One of the key players in the revival of Fontainebleau Las Vegas is hospitality entrepreneur and restaurateur David Grutman. When Soffer informed Grutman that the project was back on, Grutman decided not to sign a deal he was about to make with another Las Vegas casino-resort. Through a strategic partnership, Grutman’s Groot Hospitality will bring Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s nightclub LIV and two of his restaurants, Komodo and Papi Steak, to the Vegas resort. The Las Vegas versions of Komodo and Papi Steak will be even larger than their Miami counterparts.

    Fontainebleau Las Vegas aims to cater to the desires of the modern Las Vegas audience. The resort will feature 36 new restaurants and bars and will have a compact footprint, with separate areas for gaming and amenities. LIV, known for its luxurious nightclub experience in Miami, will also make its debut in Las Vegas. Soffer emphasizes that Fontainebleau Las Vegas will uphold the highest standards of luxury.

    Overall, the opening of Fontainebleau Las Vegas marks a significant comeback story in the hospitality industry, bringing together the visions of Jeff Soffer and David Grutman to create a resort that combines the best of both Miami and Las Vegas nightlife and dining experiences.


    – Great Recession: A period of severe economic decline that occurred in many countries worldwide from 2007 to 2009, following the collapse of the housing market in the United States.
    – Nightclub: A venue that typically offers live music, dancing, and entertainment during the evening and night hours.
    – Dayclub: A daytime variant of a nightclub, often featuring pool parties, outdoor entertainment, and DJ performances.


    – Source Article: Las Vegas Review-Journal
    – Image Sources: Fontainebleau Las Vegas