Saying Goodbye To RM Upstairs


Friday was a bittersweet night for Rick Moonen and his friends.  Moonen threw a party to say goodbye to rm upstairs – the fine-dining component of rm seafood.  The restaurant will be replaced by a more casual restaurant and lounge with a steampunk theme called Rx Boiler Room (pronounced Rick’s Boiler Room). When they open in June, they’ll be serving updated spins on comfort food classics and hand-crafted cocktails.

I’ve been a fan of rm upstairs since it opened in 2005.  In 2010, I documented its re-opening after being closed for a year in a Citylife cover story.  Later that year, in the first edition of our book, my co-authors and I named it one of the top 10 restaurants in Las Vegas.  Over the years, I’ve had some truly amazing meals there.  The restaurant has served as the workshop for some incredibly talented chefs, including Adam Sobel, Gerald Chin, Anthony Fusco, Chris Starkus and my good friend John Courtney.  It’s also hosted some incredible out-of-town guests including Marcus Samuelsson and Matt Accarrino.  I was really looking forward to finding out what new chef Johnny Church would bring to those fine-dining tables.

Instead, I’ll see how Rick and Johnny tailor the room to the families that will soon be flocking to Mandalay Bay to see the new Michael Jackson show.  I have no doubt the room will look cool, and the food will be good.  But it certainly will never be the same.  So like everyone else in the room on Friday, I want to take the time to thank Rick for all the great formal meals he’s served us over the years, and wish him luck on the new direction.

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