Former Dallas Cowboys player Emmitt Smith to open a restaurant in 2022

Former Dallas Cowboys football player Emmitt Smith plans to open a 30,000 square foot restaurant called Emmitt’s Las Vegas in Sin City.

It will be a whopping 30,000 square feet, reports Eater, and will replace the Sugar Factory American Brasserie – an over-the-top restaurant that just happened to open in Uptown Dallas.

A fine dining restaurant and watch party area are planned on the first floor and a sports lounge on the second floor, which is to become an ultra lounge in the evening. It will be called Club 22, named after the shirt number Smith wore for 15 seasons in the National Football League.

Smith calls it an “extremely versatile venue” in a statement. There will be space for large private events and concerts.

An online countdown clock shows Emmitt’s will open in 109 days or late March 2022.

The menu doesn’t seem 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” – spanning 13 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. In addition to 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 field, Smith won the third season of Dancing With the Stars.

Smith recently sold his 11,000 square foot mansion in the Addison neighborhood of Dallas.

More than 10 celebrities are opening Las Vegas restaurants in the next calendar year, according to Eater. Martha Stewart is expected to open a restaurant; Blake Shelton will open a honky tonk and restaurant called Old Red; and the Jonas Brothers – who hail from the Dallas-Fort Worth area – plan to open Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, a southern restaurant named after their grandmother, Nellie, at the MGM Grand.

Gordon Ramsay, a celebrity chef known for his Las Vegas Hell’s Kitchen restaurant, has just relocated a significant portion of his business to North Texas.

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