Chef Tony Hu threw a grand opening party for his new Lao Sze Chuan, now open at the Palms. The authentic Chinese cuisine restaurant kicked off its Tuesday night party with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Hu, former Mayor of Las Vegas Oscar Goodman, and the restaurant’s key partners. Goodman gave Hu an official Las Vegas welcome with his signature Bombay Sapphire Gin cocktail in hand, with a Szechuan pepper replacing his usual garnish of choice, a jalapeño, to signify his excitement for Lao’s hot opening. When welcoming Tony to town, Goodman playfully introduced Hu by saying, “They call him the mayor of Chinatown in Chicago and if you try to become the mayor of Las Vegas here, I will have you whacked.” Afterward Hu was presented with a formal proclamation and certificate marking his first Las Vegas venture.
Before the private party started, a large crowd gathered around the entrance of the restaurant to enjoy a festive lion dance, an ancient Chinese tradition to commemorate the restaurant opening.
For the opening bash, Hu presented an impressive culinary display featuring a delicious selection of dim sum, skewers, newly created dishes and Lao Sze Chuan favorites. Guests mingled and enjoyed featured items like the spicy Dry Chili Chicken and the tantalizing Szechuan Peppercorn Fish, and refreshing signature cocktails like China Girl.
Lao Sze Chuan at Palms is a reinvention of Hu’s popular Chicago-based restaurant, known as one of the nation’s most beloved Chinese restaurants with a solid reputation for providing traditional Sze Chuan cuisine with high quality ingredients.