The idea for Grand Lux Cafe came to life when the Venetian Resort, Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas asked David Overton, founder of the Cheesecake Factory chain, to create an upscale casual restaurant concept for their property. But what happened in Vegas should have stayed in Vegas -- or at least out of Park Meadows, where Grand Lux closed last week after five years.
There's still a Cheesecake Factory in Park Meadows, near Dillard's. And that restaurant definitely beats Grand Lux, says one reader.
Well, crud. I am sorry to see them go. I always preferred Grand Lux to Cheesecake Factory because the wait was reasonable and the food was always pretty good. Park Meadows really could use some more new restaurants that aren't fast food and don't require figuring out two hours in advance when you're going to be hungry.
According to the Park Meadows website, the mall (inside or out) still has Brio Tuscan Grille, California Pizza Kitchen, Champps, Cru a Wine Bar, Earl's, La Sandia, P.F. Chang's, Red Robin, Thai Basil, White Chocolate Grill and two restaurant/pubs in Nordstrom's -- as well as two pretzel stores.
And that's in addition to the dining hall lineup, which includes Ben & Jerry's, Cajun & Grill, Charley's Grilled Subs, Chick-fil-A, Dairy Queen/Orange Julius, Mrs. Field, Panda Express, Renzios, Saj Mediterranean Grill, Sbarro, Squeeze, Starbucks, Subway and Wasabi Jane.
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