Thanks to a tipster, Eater has learned that Tex-Mex chain Pappasito's Cantina will open a location in the former Spencer's For Steaks and Chops restaurant within downtown's Hilton Americas hotel. Although Pappas Restaurants has yet to respond to emails requesting comment, a hotel representative confirms the restaurant will be open "by the end of the year." She adds that the hotel is excited about the new restaurant; "Out-of-town guests are always looking to experience Mexican food before they go back home."
Pappasito's is the second restaurant that the Pappas group is working to bring downtown. Last year, Eater reported that the company is planning to open a Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in the former Strip House space. While that project is still unconfirmed, plenty of people seem to think it's happening.