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by Matt Alderton | June 11, 2014
 The first portion of its new open-air "neighborhood" -- called "The Park" -- has opened at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International announced yesterday.

The Park will be an outdoor park, dining, and entertainment district on the west side of the Las Vegas Strip, where it will connect MGM's New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts with the new 20,000-seat arena that MGM is building with AEG. When it's finished in 2016, it will total more than eight acres encompassing bars, restaurants, and retail stores set amid landscaped outdoor spaces.

Monte Carlo's portion of The Park includes an open-air plaza with community spaces; live entertainment, including a rotating roster of live bands, solo musicians, artists and street performers; and six dining options: Yusho Japanese Grill & Noodle House, specializing in Japanese street food; Double Barrel Roadhouse, featuring a Southern-inspired menu; 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, serving fast-baked personal pizzas; BLVD Creamery, offering cutting-edge flavors of organic ice cream; and Sambalatte Coffee Lounge & Espresso Bar.

"Beautiful public places are highlights of many of the world's finest cities, and Las Vegas shouldn't be the exception," MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren said upon announcing The Park in April. "The Park will be the first of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip and is an embodiment of MGM Resorts' commitment to engaging guests through arts and innovation. To create this picturesque outdoor destination, we are literally taking down the walls and opening the doors at our resorts to develop a unique dining and entertainment district that complements its lush new surroundings."