David Rockefeller passed away in March of last year, but his legacy is alive and well at NoMad Las Vegas, which opened last month in Sin City.
The hotel’s two-story main dining room and restaurant houses a library of 25,000 books, many of which are from the collection of the late philanthropist.
How did they get there?
A June 2 Nadeau auction – which naturally received less publicity than Christie’s record $ 832.6 million sale a few months earlier – included 18 lots of books, and the NoMad has recovered enough to fill two trucks. Many books have names, dates, and notes written by various members of the Rockefeller family and friends. Some date as far back as the 1800s.
Will Guidara, restaurateur and co-owner of Make It Nice, the hotel group that includes NoMad hotels and restaurants as well as Eleven Madison Park (and its seasonal pop-ups), says having part of the Rockefeller Library is especially important for him .
âIt’s almost surreal,â Guidara said in an email. I grew up in Westchester, New York, and the name Rockefeller is the one I have known all my life. It has always been something magical, something mystical, something larger than life to me. We’re talking about making magical worlds in our restaurants, so have all these books from his library, for me that makes this restaurant even more magical. “
A magical experience is what Guidara and her partner Chef Daniel Humm are looking for in the new property.
âThere is a theatricality in this city that does not exist anywhere else, a love of hospitality and a real appreciation for the experience,â Guidara said. He wanted the new restaurant to be “something that in many ways was a lot more over the top than what we do in New York, but also a lot more intimate than what exists in Las Vegas.” We wanted it to capture the feeling of grandeur. that people expect when they visit here, but also to serve as an oasis or escape in the city. ”
And a place to grab a good book.
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