Pancho’s Vegan Tacos Is Restoring Liberace’s Onetime Piano Bar

A big upgrade is coming for Pancho’s late this spring
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Located in Tropicana Spencer Center, Pancho’s Vegan Tacos offers a wide variety of plant-based Mexican dishes, from tacos to tortas to tostadas. The Las Vegas location (there is another in Long Beach) is about to undergo some big changes, however. Those changes include a new piano bar, a massive increase in seating, an expanded menu, and an updated name: Pancho’s Vegan Tacos at His Garden.

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Wait—whose garden?

“The unit next to us used to be called Liberace’s Tivoli’s Garden,” owner Sacbe Meling explained to What Now on Monday. And that’s where this story begins: Why not try to bring back the space where Liberace’s piano bar used to be? “We decided, let’s restore that unit.”

So that’s what Pancho’s Vegan Tacos is doing. The restaurant will expand to include Liberace’s former Tivoli’s Garden, which is larger than Pancho’s current restaurant, resulting in a space that occupies a considerable 6,000 square feet. It will feature a dining room and two bars, including the piano bar, and it will mean an increase in available seating at Pancho’s from 79 to 275.

“The kitchen is tremendous,” Meling added. “We will be able to rent it out for events, small weddings, and so on.”

In addition to adding full liquor its current beer and wine, Pancho’s Vegan Tacos will also be updating its menu.

“With most of what you hear about Mexican food, what you really are eating is Mexican street food,” said Meling. “We’re going to do actual Mexican food, food you’d eat at households or upscale restaurants, in addition to the street food.”

The details are still under wraps, but Meling said the menu will also expand to include dishes from Italian, American, and continental cuisine. Part of the reason the menu remains secret for now is that many of the dishes will come out of a cookbook Liberace himself published. Meling says a number of dishes from it will be offered in vegan form on the new menu.

A grand opening event is planned for the middle of May to celebrate the launch of Pancho’s Vegan Tacos at His Garden. Meanwhile, Pancho’s Vegan Tacos is still open for business, and you can still get your plant-based taco fix.

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Neil Cooney

Neil Cooney is a freelance writer. He has received an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, and his work has been published in the Masters Review. He lives in Nashville, TN, where he spends his free time cooking Korean food and studying chess.
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