An Open Letter To Bill Hornbuckle, CEO of MGM Resorts
An Open Letter to Bill Hornbuckle, CEO and President of MGM Resorts International
In covering Las Vegas for over a decade, I can honestly tell you that I have not experienced anything like Lio at Bellagio. In your stewardship with MGM Resorts, I know you are keenly aware of how difficult it can be to move the needle as well. So, I do not say this lightly but, the Lio pop up at Mayfair is handedly the best Supper Club experience—or show for that matter—you can find anywhere in this city.
Rather than confer superlatives to our readers about how sensual, seductive, fun, provocative, international and the like this pop up is, I felt it warranted to reach out in an open letter and ask your strongly consider making this pop up a permanent feature or at least extend this limited run.
While I had heard stories about the fabled Ibiza cabaret and long felt it should have a home in Las Vegas, I was in no way prepared for what lay in store. Arriving for a bit ahead of the 9:30 p.m. performance I was greeted by the mostly European cast who engaged guests, danced amongst us and brought a fresh energy to the room. It was a convivial way to start the evening of risqué song, dance and acrobatics. The 20-plus-strong cast of Ibiza-based entertainers performed several hours of acts that could easily give Luxor’s forthcoming “America’s Got Talent Live” —or any show in this city—a serious run for its money.
What’s more, all of this undertaken whilst guests dine on either a 3 or 5 course tasting menu. And at a $175 or $250 respective price per person you honestly should be charging significantly more.
Where else in this city can you sample vegetarian maki—the tempura squash and shitake are mistaken for yellowtail—, pata negra, perfect risotto—that can be topped Burgundian truffles—, lobster Thermidor-paired wagyu and Dover sole in a champagne beurre blanc AND get great prompt bespoke cocktails while seeing a production that goes beyond what people expect from Vegas?
By the time the proactively fun evening comes to an end, the entire audience—on a Monday night—was dancing with their respective parties amongst the stunning cast. To be honest, Lio should command the city’s top ticket price. The food is great, the show is incredible and the party is fire. This simply works. Vegas needs this.
Very Kindly Yours,
To those reading this—hopefully alongside Mr. Hornbuckle—do yourself a favor and book before this very limited run ends on November 3 by calling 702.693.8757 or head to themayfairlv.com
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