Former Dallas Cowboys football player Emmitt Smith has plans to open a 30,000 square-foot restaurant in Sin City named Emmitt’s Las Vegas.
It’ll be a whopping 30,000 square feet, reports Eater, and will replace Sugar Factory American Brasserie — an over-the-top restaurant that, coincidentally, just opened in Uptown Dallas.
Plans call for a fine-dining restaurant and watch-party area on the first floor and a sports lounge on the second floor that will become an ultra lounge in the evenings. It’ll be called Club 22, named for the jersey number Smith wore for 15 seasons in the National Football League.
Smith calls it an “extremely versatile venue” in a statement. There’ll be room for big private events and concerts.
A countdown clock online shows that Emmitt’s will open in 109 days, or in late March 2022.
The menu doesn’t appear to be set yet, but photos on the website show steak, shrimp cocktail and salmon.
The room is expected to “showcase Emmitt’s Pro Football Hall of Fame character and career” — which spanned 13 seasons at the Dallas Cowboys. Alongside Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin, Smith won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys. He was a first-round draft pick in 1990 and made eight Pro Bowl appearances in his career.
Off the football field, Smith won Dancing With the Stars season 3.
Smith recently sold his 11,000 square-foot mansion in the Addison area of Dallas.
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