Little Tony’s Out at Palace Station, Tacos & Tequila Moving In

Little Tony’s, a sister restaurant to downtown’s popular Pizza Rock restaurant, has closed at Palace Station.

The off-Strip casino has announced Little Tony’s will be replaced with Tacos & Tequila.

Tacos & Tequila will be familiar to Luxor fans, as the restaurant and bar operated there for more than a decade.

It’s really about the tequila.

After some extensive research, we have determined Tacos & Tequila features both tacos and tequila.

There will also be an ass-ton of high-def TVs.

According to Palace Station, “The menu will include the ‘#1 Alambre,’ made with filet mignon, applewood smoked bacon, Oaxaca cheese, poblano chili, onion and cilantro served on a corn tortilla; the shrimp quesadilla, made with grilled shrimp, black beans, Oaxaca cheese, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli, crema fresca and avocado wrapped in a flour tortilla; and beef barbacoa enchiladas, made with slow-roasted brisket, roasted Guajillo-tomato sauce, gouda, Oaxaca and
jack cheese, pickled onion and sour cream made with corn tortillas.”

Tacos & Tequila will also serve vegan and gluten-free selections so weirdos have something to occupy themselves while other customers eat the delicious food. All due respect.

Signature cocktails include margaritas and more than 100 different tequila selections. Pace yourself, hombre.

We trust Tacos & Tequila will not transfer over its annoying CNF charge to Palace Station. Locals would put up with that crap for about zero seconds.

According to Palace Station, Tacos & Tequila will open near the casino’s sports book “later this year.”

It’s a little strange to think about how little “later this year” is left in this year.

Photo via the Station Casinos blog, and props to them for being one of the few Las Vegas casinos that understands the value of having a blog. Looking at you, Caesars Entertainment.

If you’re looking for another Mexican option at Luxor, you can still hit Diablo’s Cantina. We visited recently and it did the trick.

So, what happened with Little Tony’s at Palace Station? Well, it wasn’t that great, for one thing. Tony Gemignani, the pizza god behind Pizza Rock, hasn’t been able to translate the downtown restaurant’s sucess at other locations. The same goes for the Pizza Rock at Green Valley Ranch. It’s just O.K.

Either Little Tony’s wasn’t meeting expectations or the lease ran out and Palace Station, owned by Station Casinos, just didn’t care for the existing deal and found a new partner.

Let’s just say successful restaurants rarely close in Las Vegas, unless there’s a sex scandal. This wasn’t that.

Dibs on one of these sweet booths at the former Little Tony’s.

It’s hard to go wrong with casual Mexican fare and booze with locals.

For visitors, Palace Station is well worth a short trip, as the values (including table minimums) are a refreshing departure from The Strip. The place is full of reasonable dining options, including the Charcoal Room steakhouse, the always-packed Oyster Bar and relatively new Tailgate Social.

Palace Station recently got a $192 million facelift, and it shows.