On Wednesday, July 12, one of Las Vegas’ most acclaimed Chinese restaurants – Ping Pang Pong – unveiled its newly-redesigned and expanded space during a special grand opening event at Gold Coast Hotel and Casino.
The event kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with restaurant owners Karrie Hung and Kevin Wu, who were joined by Boyd Gaming’s Executive Chairman and Co-Founder Bill Boyd, Vice Chairman, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Marianne Johnson, leaders of the Asian Chamber of Commerce, media members and other invited guests. The ceremony was then followed by a vibrant, high-energy performance of the traditional Chinese lion dance to bring good luck to Ping Pang Pong.
As guests entered the restaurant, they were offered an opportunity to admire Ping Pang Pong’s all-new design, beginning with the exterior’s elaborate dark walnut screenwork and a modern version of a Chinese pergola. The restaurant showcased its two authentic foo dog sculptures acquired direct from China, and its host station in the reception area designed to resemble a Chinese apothecary cabinet. Looking overhead, guests also received a view of the gorgeous array of silk lanterns festooned with red tassels, and a first-hand look at Ping Pang Pong’s impressive tea servery, which visually anchors the front quarter of the restaurant’s seating area. A large framed opening toward the back of the restaurant also offered invitees a glimpse of the culinary artistry in the restaurant’s bustling kitchen.
In addition to Ping Pang Pong’s new look, guests took note of the restaurant’s expanded space. The expansion features seating for more than 300 guests (50 percent larger than its original space) and a private banquet room capable of hosting nearly 100 guests for private events, receptions and parties.
To offer guests the full dining experience available at Ping Pang Pong, attendees enjoyed the restaurant’s legendary and authentic Chinese dishes for lunch. The meal included dim sum favorites and the popular Tai Pan Australian Lobster dish tossed in a high-flame wok with chopped shallots, scallions, peppercorn, ginger and cilantro stems.
Gold Coast’s Senior Vice President and General Manager Tony Taeubel said Boyd Gaming is proud to have Ping Pang Pong at the property. “During the last 17 years, Karrie Hung, Kevin Wu and the Ping Pang Pong team have created one of southern Nevada’s most celebrated culinary destinations,” said Taeubel. “Now, Ping Pang Pong has a beautiful new space befitting its legendary reputation – and its delicious and authentic Chinese dishes.”
Since opening in 2001, Ping Pang Pong has earned numerous dining awards. Travel + Leisure magazine recognized Ping Pang Pong as one of the top 10 Chinese restaurants in America, and the restaurant has received the “Best Chinese Restaurant” award six times from Las Vegas Review-Journal’s annual “Best of Las Vegas” readers’ poll.