Palms Casino Resort introduces Lao Sze Chuan, an authentic Chinese Sze Chuan cuisine restaurant by renowned Chicago chef, Tony Hu, opening in late August. Honored with the MICHELIN Guide “Bib Gourmand” distinction for two consecutive years, Lao Sze Chuan is one of 16 restaurants owned by Hu. Lao Sze Chuan at Palms is the seventh location of the popular Chicago-based restaurant and Hu’s first Las Vegas venture. Lao Sze Chuan offers a robust menu of Sze Chuan cuisine and a selection of popular Mandarin, Cantonese, Hunan and Shanghai dishes made especially for the Palms location, featuring the standout quality and remarkable flavor guests have come to expect from the restaurant.
“At Palms we’re continuing to evolve, creating exceptional experiences throughout the property to match our guests’ diverse interests and tastes,” said Alexander Schnoeller, Vice President of Food and Beverage at Palms Casino Resort. “We’re honored to welcome Tony Hu and his celebrated cuisine to the property with the opening of Lao Sze Chuan.”
Known in the culinary world as Chicago’s “mayor of Chinatown,” Hu shaped Lao Sze Chuan into one of the nation’s most beloved Chinese restaurants with a solid reputation for providing traditional Sze Chuan cuisine with high quality ingredients. Taking frequent visits to China to research culinary trends, Hu continuously modifies the menu to reflect the latest in Chinese cuisine and a range of options designed for those who appreciate true Chinese flavor. Hu’s dedication to providing genuine Asian fare is found in each of his restaurants, particularly Lao Sze Chuan, with Lao symbolizing old, traditional and authentic in Mandarin, and Sze Chuan naming the province from which the spicy cuisine originates.
Lao Sze Chuan at Palms is a reinvention of Hu’s popular restaurant enhanced with a range of new menu options and a vibrant atmosphere. The menu features more than 200 beef, chicken, pork and seafood options, along with a variety of soups, dim sum and will focus on traditional hot pots. In addition to traditional Sze Chuan dishes and a “best of” selection of cuisine from other Asian influences, Hu’s menu offers popular dishes adapted to American tastes. The expert staff at Lao Sze Chuan will frequently contribute new ideas and inventive entrees for the restaurant to offer a new experience for guests each time they visit.
“Las Vegas is home to restaurants by the top chefs in the world, so when selecting the next location of Lao Sze Chuan, I wanted to partner with a progressive property that would inspire creativity in my new dishes,” said Tony Hu, Founder and Executive Chef of Lao Sze Chuan. “I’m excited to be part of the outstanding culinary environment at Palms and confident that guests will love the new menu.”
The Palms location will feature several new menu items including the Sze Chaun Peppercorn Fish. In addition to new dishes, Lao Sze Chuan serves signature entrees from the Chicago locations like Tony’s Chicken with Three Chili, a spicy favorite famous at his restaurants.
Along with a delicious menu, Lao Sze Chuan features a stylish, and open design unique to Las Vegas. The 150-seat restaurant is draped with various textiles, vibrant décor, high ceilings, chandeliers and traditional Chinese elements. Metallic gold and bold red accents highlight the casual venue, with eye-catching ceramic sculptures and culturally-inspired artwork adorning the space. Soon after opening, guests can also enjoy their meal in a lively outdoor environment on the spacious patio overlooking Palms Pool.
Lao Sze Chuan, located on the east end of the casino, opens daily, Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 12 a.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. The restaurant serves dim sum from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. For additional information, visit www.palms.com.
About Palms Casino Resort
Palms Casino Resort, heralded as one of Las Vegas’ most sought-after destinations, is an all-encompassing, one-stop experience. The property boasts three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants surrounding a 95,000-square-foot casino. Palms is in the midst of a property-wide renovation, having recently renovated its Ivory Tower guestrooms, the newly redesigned Race and Sports Book, the iconic N9NE Steakhouse and suave Ghostbar, recently named “Best Lounge” by Nightclub & Bar Magazine. Other amenities include the popular Fantasy Suites, such as the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court, and the Pearl Concert Theater, Las Vegas’ leading concert venue; Nove Italiano; the Michelin-starred Alizé; Iron Chef winner Kerry Simon’s eponymously titled Simon Restaurant & Lounge; the new poolside burger restaurant Back Room Burger; Drift Spa & Hammam and Recharge Salon; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre Cineplex; three swimming pool environments, and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space. Palms Casino Resort is located just west of the center of the Las Vegas Strip and I-15 on Flamingo Road and offers free shuttle service to The Strip. For reservation information, call toll free at (866) PALMS-RES, (866) 725-6773, or visit www.palms.com. For groups of 15 rooms or more, contact the Sales Department at (866) PALMS-MTG or (866) 725-6768. Connect with Palms Casino Resort on Twitter @Palms, on Instagram @PalmsCasinoResort and on Facebook.
About Tony Gourmet Group
Tony Gourmet Group is run by award-winning chef Tony Hu, a graduate of China’s first culinary institution. With more than 20 years experience in the Chinese food industry, Tony has built Tony Gourmet Group into a leading restaurant conglomerate dedicated to providing authentic gourmet Chinese cuisine and exceptional customer service. From the birth of Lao Sze Chuan in 1998, to the grand opening of Lao Ma La, and now Hu’s first Las Vegas venture with the reinvention of Lao Sze Chuan, Tony Gourmet Group consists of 16 famous Chinese restaurants. Concepts include Lao Sze Chuan, Lao Beijing, Lao Shanghai, Lao You Ju, Lao Hunan, Lao Yunan, Lao Ma La. Tony Hu’s restaurants have received multiple honors including accolades in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, World Journal, Chinese Restaurant News and more, along with receiving the MICHELIN Guide “Bib Gourmand” distinction for two consecutive years at Lao Sze Chuan. For more information about Tony Gourmet Group, visit www.tonygourmetgroup.com.