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    Everything Las Vegas Issue # 856

    SLS Las Vegas is open for business: ‘Let’s go have some fun!’
    BY: Don Chareunsy/Las Vegas Sun


    Photo credit: Steve Marcus

    After eight years and a $1.2 billion investment ($800 million for the Sahara and $400 million for the renovation), Sam Nazarian, the founder, chairman and CEO of SBE, the parent company of SLS Las Vegas, ended a Friday-morning news conference at his new Strip casino resort with the following instruction: “Let’s go have some fun!”

    In the hourlong gathering led by SLS President and COO Rob Oseland, who was onstage with Nazarian and financier Terry Fancher of Stockbridge at the former site of the Conga Room in the Sahara, the north-end-of-the-Strip property was introduced at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue with multiple thanks and praise.

    Oseland, who was a guest columnist in July, in his opening remarks called SLS a “catalyst for investment on the north end of the Strip,” praised Gov. Brian Sandoval and Steve Hill, the executive director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, for their commitment and persistence, and said that SLS employs 3,400 people and started as a grass-roots effort in a depressed area that is now one of opportunity and the “doorstep to downtown.”

    More here:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdelu...have-some-fun/

    SLS Las Vegas celebration will be a night of champagne wishes and caviar dreams
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Friday night’s celebration for the grand opening of SLS Las Vegas, followed by the midnight debut to the public, will be one epic fete — a true champagne-and-caviar blast.

    Forget the statistics for the construction transformation of the former Sahara; let’s look at the staggering party numbers.

    SLS reports that 2,600 hours of planning will have gone into the festivities with 3,500 celebrities, VIPs and local dignitaries attending from as far away as Paris, New York, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles. All 1,600 hotel rooms are booked solid.

    More here:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdelu...ht-champagne-/

    SLS Las Vegas preview: Dancers in birdcages; 30-foot Cleopatra; peekaboo glass showers
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Hotel tycoon Sam Nazarian promises that his new SLS Las Vegas will be “legendary” in every sense of the word as it opens Friday at midnight. He’s betting more than $500 million on the sleek chic casino resort that’s been transformed out of the 18-acre site of the old Sahara that closed in May 2011.

    My preview of the champagne-and-caviar grand-opening celebration Friday night was posted Wednesday.

    The new luxury hotel has 1,620 guest rooms created by cutting-edge French designer Philippe Starck, but it’s the restaurants, pool and nightclubs that will have the town really talking. Philippe is even bringing the celebrity-hit, hip-hangout Katsuya from Los Angeles to SLS.

    Star chef Jose Andres, who already established his Las Vegas reputation at the Cosmopolitan (Jaleo, China Poblano and E), will reign over SLS with Bazaar Meat and Ku Noodle Bar. Danny Elmaleh, who is one of our guest columnists today, will run the sparkling standout Cleo.

    More here:
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    Live Blog: The Grand Opening Of SLS Las Vegas
    From: www.vegaschatter.com

    More than three years after closing, the Sahara hotel will officially be reborn as SLS Las Vegas at midnight tonight.

    When the iconic property first shuttered, skepticism was high regarding a promise by owners to be back soon. It wasn't soon, but it is back. We'll tour you around the completely redesigned and re-imagined resort via this live blog throughout the day and into the late hours of the evening. We'll also have live coverage on our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    More here:
    http://www.vegaschatter.com/story/20...+SLS+Las+Vegas

    After 20 years, ‘Lion’s Share’ slot machine at MGM Grand pays out $2.4 million jackpot
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun


    Photo credit: CRAIG MCCOOL / MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

    A lucky New Hampshire couple leaves the Strip tonight for their flight home as winners of a $2.4 million jackpot from the legendary “Lion’s Share” slot machine at MGM Grand.

    The machine hit the big jackpot on Linda and Walter Misco’s last night in town — just before midnight this morning (or about the same time as the opening of SLS Las Vegas north of them on the Strip).

    One of the winners inserted $100 into the machine and was playing the $3 max bet for about five minutes when the three long-awaited green emblems lined up horizontally on the jackpot center pay line.

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    by Published on 08-28-2014 08:56 AM
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    SLS Las Vegas is open for business: ‘Let’s go have some fun!’
    BY: Don Chareunsy/Las Vegas Sun


    Photo credit: Steve Marcus

    After eight years and a $1.2 billion investment ($800 million for the Sahara and $400 million for the renovation), Sam Nazarian, the founder, chairman and CEO of SBE, the parent company of SLS Las Vegas, ended a Friday-morning news conference at his new Strip casino resort with the following instruction: “Let’s go have some fun!”

    In the hourlong gathering led by SLS President and COO Rob Oseland, who was onstage with Nazarian and financier Terry Fancher of Stockbridge at the former site of the Conga Room in the Sahara, the north-end-of-the-Strip property was introduced at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue with multiple thanks and praise.

    Oseland, who was a guest columnist in July, in his opening remarks called SLS a “catalyst for investment on the north end of the Strip,” praised Gov. Brian Sandoval and Steve Hill, the executive director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, for their commitment and persistence, and said that SLS employs 3,400 people and started as a grass-roots effort in a depressed area that is now one of opportunity and the “doorstep to downtown.”

    More here:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdelu...have-some-fun/

    SLS Las Vegas celebration will be a night of champagne wishes and caviar dreams
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Friday night’s celebration for the grand opening of SLS Las Vegas, followed by the midnight debut to the public, will be one epic fete — a true champagne-and-caviar blast.

    Forget the statistics for the construction transformation of the former Sahara; let’s look at the staggering party numbers.

    SLS reports that 2,600 hours of planning will have gone into the festivities with 3,500 celebrities, VIPs and local dignitaries attending from as far away as Paris, New York, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles. All 1,600 hotel rooms are booked solid.

    More here:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdelu...ht-champagne-/

    SLS Las Vegas preview: Dancers in birdcages; 30-foot Cleopatra; peekaboo glass showers
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Hotel tycoon Sam Nazarian promises that his new SLS Las Vegas will be “legendary” in every sense of the word as it opens Friday at midnight. He’s betting more than $500 million on the sleek chic casino resort that’s been transformed out of the 18-acre site of the old Sahara that closed in May 2011.

    My preview of the champagne-and-caviar grand-opening celebration Friday night was posted Wednesday.

    The new luxury hotel has 1,620 guest rooms created by cutting-edge French designer Philippe Starck, but it’s the restaurants, pool and nightclubs that will have the town really talking. Philippe is even bringing the celebrity-hit, hip-hangout Katsuya from Los Angeles to SLS.

    Star chef Jose Andres, who already established his Las Vegas reputation at the Cosmopolitan (Jaleo, China Poblano and E), will reign over SLS with Bazaar Meat and Ku Noodle Bar. Danny Elmaleh, who is one of our guest columnists today, will run the sparkling standout Cleo.

    More here:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdelu...es-30-foot-cl/

    Live Blog: The Grand Opening Of SLS Las Vegas
    From: www.vegaschatter.com

    More than three years after closing, the Sahara hotel will officially be reborn as SLS Las Vegas at midnight tonight.

    When the iconic property first shuttered, skepticism was high regarding a promise by owners to be back soon. It wasn't soon, but it is back. We'll tour you around the completely redesigned and re-imagined resort via this live blog throughout the day and into the late hours of the evening. We'll also have live coverage on our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    More here:
    http://www.vegaschatter.com/story/20...+SLS+Las+Vegas

    After 20 years, ‘Lion’s Share’ slot machine at MGM Grand pays out $2.4 million jackpot
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun


    Photo credit: CRAIG MCCOOL / MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

    A lucky New Hampshire couple leaves the Strip tonight for their flight home as winners of a $2.4 million jackpot from the legendary “Lion’s Share” slot machine at MGM Grand.

    The machine hit the big jackpot on Linda and Walter Misco’s last night in town — just before midnight this morning (or about the same time as the opening of SLS Las Vegas north of them on the Strip).

    One of the winners inserted $100 into the machine and was playing the $3 max bet for about five minutes when the three long-awaited green emblems lined up horizontally on the jackpot center pay line.

    More here:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdelu...ne-mgm-grand-/ ...
    by Published on 08-13-2014 09:34 AM
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    CELINE DION PERFORMANCES AT THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESARS PALACE CANCELED

    It is with great regret that we inform you that Celine Dion has canceled all scheduled performances, including those at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Affected performances include all announced shows scheduled through March 22, 2015.

    Celine Dion has decided to postpone all of her show business activities indefinitely, in order to focus 100% of her attention on her husband Rene, their family, and recent health issues. Since Rene's surgery last December to remove a cancerous tumor, it's been a very difficult and stressful time for the couple as they deal with the day-to-day challenges of fighting this disease while trying to juggle a very active show business schedule, and raise their three young children.

    Celine has also been fighting an illness that has caused inflammation in her throat muscles, and has not been able to perform any of her scheduled shows in Las Vegas since her last show on July 29. She has still not recovered from this condition.

    "I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband's healing, and to do so, it's important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children. I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support," said Celine. “I also appreciate the understanding of my long-term partners AEG and Caesars Entertainment during this difficult time.”

    Besides canceling her shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace until further notice, Celine will also cancel her tour of Asia, previously scheduled for the fall of this year.

    Celine, Caesars Palace, and AEG apologize for any inconvenience this causes ticket holders.

    Ticket holders for the canceled performances should be aware of the following:

    Credit Cards – Orders purchased with a credit card for the canceled performance will be refunded to the credit card used for purchase.

    Cash - Those who purchased tickets with cash may present tickets at the original point of sale for a refund.

    Please note that Celine, The Colosseum, AXS, Caesars Palace, and AEG Live are not responsible for hotel, travel or other expenses related to the cancelations of these performances.

    Australian casino mogul takes second chance on north Strip with Frontier site deal
    BY: Eli Seagall/www.vegasinc.com

    Australian casino mogul James Packer took a bath on the Fontainebleau, sinking hundreds of millions of dollars into the doomed Las Vegas resort that now sits blighted and unfinished.

    But that didn’t turn him off from the north Strip — especially when there’s a bargain to be had.

    Packer, the billionaire chairman of Crown Resorts, has teamed with former Wynn Resorts executive Andrew Pascal and investment giant Oaktree Capital Management to acquire a controlling stake in the vacant 34.6-acre former New Frontier site, just north of Fashion Show mall, with plans to build a resort there.

    Terms of the sale were not disclosed, but Packer’s group reportedly paid $280 million — a fraction of the $1.24 billion that Israel’s El-Ad Group paid for the property in 2007, at the peak of the real estate bubble.

    More here:
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    The Venue Las Vegas Breaks Ground in Downtown Las Vegas

    The Venues Group, a premier special event and entertainment facility group, celebrated the development of its downtown Las Vegas location with a ceremonial ground-breaking event today. Executives from The Venue Scottsdale including Owner and Founder Victor Perrillo and Vice President David Twigger, along with Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, commemorated The Venue Las Vegas with a brief press conference and VIP event to reveal information about the space and showcase architectural renderings of its future location, scheduled to open in February of 2015.

    Since 2006, The Venue Scottsdale has been known as one of the most upscale and high-profile locations in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area to host special events, including music concerts, entertainment shows, charity galas, wedding ceremonies and receptions, meeting conventions and tradeshows, as well as social events such as proms, reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. Expanding on its success in Scottsdale, The Venue Las Vegas will offer the same capabilities as the original location at its new property in the heart of downtown Las Vegas in the Fremont East District.

    The Venue Las Vegas will feature 36,000 square feet of unique and versatile special event and meeting space with two full stories and a rooftop patio, including six indoor and outdoor event spaces for parties that can accommodate as little as 30 or up to 2,000 guests. Featuring exterior stone work and interior urban chic décor, the state-of-the-art event space will also include a built-in stage and entertainment hall with full audio and lighting production, on-site gourmet catering with limitless culinary options, private rooms, outdoor patios, a VIP and billiards area, and V2 = Virtue & Vice Lounge, an upscale bar and lounge featuring specialty drinks and small plates. V2 = Virtue & Vice Lounge will be open to the public on a nightly basis unless occupied for a special event buyout. Primed with a highly experienced in-house event design team, The Venue Las Vegas can customize and execute creatively themed ...
    by Published on 08-03-2014 11:19 AM
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    SLS Las Vegas President Rob Oseland: ‘This is a place designed with locals in mind’
    BY: Rob Oseland/Las Vegas Sun

    There’s nothing quite like opening a new resort destination in Las Vegas. We’ve been at work on SLS Las Vegas for years, and as we inch closer and closer to finally unveiling the vision behind this large project, I get one question more than any other: “What does SLS stand for?”

    The answer is uniquely layered and at the same time absolutely simple.

    You’ve likely seen it called out as “Style, Luxury, Service” and I won’t deny that’s what we’re aiming for with SLS. But SLS isn’t really an acronym at all.

    It’s our name and one that, as founder Sam Nazarian puts it, “will become synonymous with timeless elegance, intelligence, humanity, discovery and a completely novel guest experience.”

    SLS stands for a lot of things. For me, some of the most salient are memories, beginnings, innovation, playfulness and approachability.

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    9 BIGGEST VEGAS CELEBRITIES
    THE DESERT SOIL HAS PROVED FERTILE FOR A FEW LUCKY ONE-TIME RESIDENTS

    BY JACK HOUSTON/Las Vegas Magazine

    For a metropolitan area of more than 2 million people, you’d expect the Las Vegas Valley to have produced a wealth of famous actors, athletes and singers. But the true success stories are few and far between. Although, we might argue, when they are successful, they’re very, very successful. Just ask our first star.

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    THE RETURN OF LIBERACEWITH PLANS FOR A NEW MUSEUM AND THE RESTORATION OF HIS VEGAS HOME, THE SHIMMERING SHOWMAN IS BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT

    BY: Kristen Peterson/Las Vegas Weekly



    This outrageously diamond-studded persona, still lingering 27 years after Liberace’s 1987 death, is what draws new fans to a pop-up exhibit of his costumes at the Cosmopolitan, Too Much of a Good Thing Is Wonderful: Liberace and the Art of Costume. The renowned showmanship is what inspired Ravenhill to buy the performer’s run-down Valley home and begin the project to restore it. And it’s what Warren, who is also Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco, hopes will keep fans interested as the foundation moves forward with ambitious plans to bring Liberace’s collection back into the light.

    The foundation’s next plan is to open a 15,000-square-foot space in one of Liberace’s old haunts on the Strip. Details are still being finalized, but Warren says the foundation will likely begin a crowdfunding campaign this month and to start moving into the new venue in September.

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    Singer Pia Zadora: I’m ready to fire on all cylinders again with ‘Pia Reloaded’
    From: The Las Vegas Sun

    What is wrong with this picture — Robin is on vacation, and I’m doing his work?! But for him, anything!

    When I asked Robin what I could write about while he was away, he said, “Anything you want; it’s your column for the day.” So let me fill you in on two big events in my life.

    I’m taking the show I do every Friday and Saturday night at Piero’s, giving it a New York City flair and bringing it to the Metropolitan Room in New York in August.

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    by Published on 07-19-2014 10:01 AM
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    Delano Las Vegas Offers First Look At Elevated Hotel Experience



    Fusing the chic style of the iconic South Beach brand with the vibrant energy of the Las Vegas Strip, Delano Las Vegas will come to life at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino later this year and is now accepting room reservations for stays beginning Sept. 1 via delanolasvegas.com or 877-632-5400.

    Anchored by intimate yet energetic public spaces and sophisticated accommodations, the non-smoking, all-suite boutique hotel will appeal to the most discerning travelers from around the globe. At Delano Las Vegas, guests will discover a blend of personalized service and effortless luxury coupled with unexpected elements of individuality and high-concept design.

    “Delano guests will be wowed by the introduction of this very special destination,” said Matthew Chilton, general manager of Delano Las Vegas. “Dynamic public spaces will serve as social hubs where guests will want to linger and socialize while the clean design of the suites will create a quiet escape.”

    Blending eclectic details to create an atmosphere that is playful and filled with energy, the stylish public spaces will be highlighted by a sleek new lobby featuring three distinct social spaces – a unique coffee bar, sophisticated lounge and café concept. Upstairs and away from the action, Delano’s 1,100 guest suites will provide a luxurious retreat.

    Public Spaces
    A Grand Arrival. As guests approach Delano Las Vegas’ expansive stone entry and wood-slatted gate, they will encounter an extraordinary divided boulder from the Nevada desert, certain to become a signature element of the hotel. Guests will venture down a striking walkway featuring colors and textures inspired by the layered landscape of the Mojave Desert, inviting them to drift further into Delano Las Vegas’ alluring escape.

    The Journey Begins. Entering through an oversized etched wooden doorway, guests will see an inviting pathway of stone surrounded by towering columns enveloped in Delano’s iconic white sheers and statement mirrors. At the end of the corridor, a stunning piece of artwork comprised of small rocks suspended from the ceiling with a sculpted opening will reveal a glimpse of what lies beyond. A sleek black reception desk highlighted by a golden patchwork art piece overhead will welcome guests.

    Sunrise to Sunset. Situated just off the main lobby, 3940 Coffee + Tea will provide guests with a space to meet and mingle from day to night. The bar will serve gourmet coffee and tea from Grand Avenue Specialty Coffee, a company dedicated to providing a superior coffee and artisanal tea experience. Fresh squeezed juices and breakfast pastries such as warm scones, savory and sweet crepes, and cronuts with house-made jams will be served throughout the morning. Each afternoon, a tea cart will offer the finest selection of loose-leaf tea served alongside traditional accompaniments like petite pastries and finger sandwiches.

    In the evening, guests at 3940 will enjoy craft cocktails, wine and beer complemented by signature small plates featuring organic, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. The space will feature mid-century modern furniture, plush sofas, communal seating and an inviting marble fireplace. Inspired by the shaded area of a sun-drenched desert, the ceiling will boast a unique lighting feature that illuminates the space with a patterned glow.

    Urban Kitchen, Classic Comforts. Located just steps from the Delano lobby, a new culinary destination will blend natural design elements with industrial materials to exude a warm, comfortable simplicity that quietly entices guests to savor each bite and treasure every encounter. Creating an essence of “historic farmhouse meets urban kitchen,” ...
    by Published on 06-26-2014 07:36 AM
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    Is LVH about to become a vacation timeshare property?
    By: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Rumors are racing that the former Las Vegas Hilton resort that became the non-noticeable LVH (Las Vegas Hotel) is about to undergo a dramatic change by month’s end with Westgate timeshare mogul David Siegel taking over the off-Strip property.


    Two separate sources and American Resort Development Association insiders say that he’s just about wrapped up a deal to convert the former home of Elvis Presley’s appearances into a massive timeshare operation.

    David is known here for his Westgate Resorts timeshare properties and his one-time ownership of the former Planet Hollywood Towers. During the economic recession that pummeled timeshare operators, David lost that to Hilton Grand Vacations. If he gets LVH for July 1, that brings an ironic twist to the business circle.

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    Sassy NeNe Leakes to begin guest run in ‘Zumanity’ at New York-New York
    Celine Dion looks ahead to 1,000th performance at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace

    Reality TV star NeNe Leakes (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”) is bringing the drama of her often-controversial TV appearances to a run of 10 “Zumanity” shows.

    It’s part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the show, and Cirque du Soleil officials have told me that if successful, it will herald other guest stars and new cast and routine changes into its second decade.

    Nene, who appeared as a stripper in the 2003 Cuba Gooding and Beyonce film “The Fighting Temptations,” starts her guest-hosting role Friday night, but this evening I’ll chat with NeNe after I watch her rehearsals as the erotic Edie, Mistress of Sensuality, in Cirque’s sexy, adult-centric show at New York-New York.

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    Not Until May 2015, Rock In Rio Already Sending Vegas Hotel Rates Soaring
    From: www.vegaschatter.com



    he dates for the Las Vegas (also the US) debut of Rock in Rio, one of the world's biggest music festivals, have been floating around on the Internet.

    Set to fall over two consecutive weekends in May 2015, the exact dates will be May 8-9 and May 15-16. After examining rate calendars for MGM Resorts, erm, resorts (the company will be the official host of the landmark event and is building a City of Rock for it across from SLS Las Vegas), it looks like pricing is already being impacted with Bellagio at a starting rate of $599 for one of those nights while Circus Circus checks in at the $250 a night range.

    Out of curiosity, we expanded our rate check search to see how other non-MGM Resorts hotels were shaping up. A check of SLS found a starting rate of $464 for all four nights of Rock in Rio. Stratosphere, on the other hand, is at $233 each of those nights. Meanwhile, Wynn begins at $529 for Rock in Rio's first weekend while Venetian starts at $399.

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    Celine Dion looks ahead to 1,000th performance at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Whether superstar Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion forgot to mention — or chose to omit — from onstage Tuesday night that it was her 200th show at the Colosseum, executives behind-the-scenes are already planning an over-the-top celebration for a bigger upcoming milestone.

    Tuesday night’s 200th show added to the 717 shows Celine performed from opening night in 2003 through the wrap of “A New Day …” in 2007, bringing the total to an astounding 917 performances at the venue built for the Canadian chanteuse.

    By the time her current summer appearances end Aug. 31, Celine will be closing in on the magical milestone number of 1,000.

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    Celine by the numbers: How 917 turns into half a billion
    BY: JohnKatsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun

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    DETAILS LEAK FOR A SKYSCRAPING DREAM IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS
    BY: Erin Ryan/Las Vegas Weekly



    In January, Big Daddy Carlos Adley hinted at what he and his partners envisioned for the next phase of 601 Fremont in the Downtown core. He said that with Backstage Bar & Billiards and Fremont Country Club established, plans could move forward for a "second story"—i.e. a convention center, boutique hotel and streaming entertainment network offering everything from a live concert feed to MMA fights and gaming.

    Thanks to a source involved in the project, we have a first look at this rendering of what the corner of Sixth and Fremont could become. Architecturally spearheaded by Ziad Khan of Langdon Wilson International (the firm designed the Federal Building Downtown as well as Tahiti Village on the Strip), the planned tower is reportedly 40 stories tall, with 200 live-work spaces and 200 more devoted to high-end hospitality. Inside, the hotel’s aesthetic will be crisp white with tinges of rock ’n’ roll, like Anvil casing details amid polished marble and glittering chandeliers. Under the tower, a 50,000-square-foot convention center will cantilever over the existing property. And on Sixth Street, a porte cochère will replace the old parking lot.

    Our source says ground studies are nearing completion on the project, which will cost around $150 million and be formally announced sometime in the next 90 days. If green-lighted by the City of Las Vegas, the tower could be ready for tenants and guests within the next two years. It's tentatively called "The Central," echoing the name of the network that will precede it. That project is expected to go live within the next year, and combines the firepower of nightlife impresario Big Daddy Carlos Adley and his wife and business partner Ava Berman, music promoter Michael Chugg, MMA veteran Dave Brock, TLC Casino Enterprises CEO Terry Caudill and Trifecta Entertainment CEO Hank Cohen to offer on-demand, niche entertainment experiences.

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    Opening-night fun at Giada: TV star chef’s first restaurant is a big winner at the Cromwell
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    The verdict is in on the Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis’ beautiful new restaurant Giada at the just-opened Cromwell boutique hotel at center Strip.

    I was among the first diners Tuesday night, and I joined in the raves for the food, presentation, service and the venue’s charming ambiance. It’s a big winner in every sense of the word.

    Here’s a video posted on YouTube from Monday night’s VIP pre-opening party thanks to Christopher Rauschnot @24kMedia on Twitter.

    To ensure that her kitchen was running at top speed without hiccups, Giada herself was on the line cooking up a storm and even ran out to the dining room to deliver platters to surprised diners.

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    New Cosmopolitan owners reveal plans for their recently acquired Strip hotel
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    The New York real-estate bankers who have committed $1.7 billion to purchase the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrated the deal over Memorial Day Weekend at Victor Drai’s new Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub atop the Cromwell boutique hotel at center Strip.

    The execs with the realty investment fund Blackstone told me that it’s not their first foray into Las Vegas. In addition to a previously unknown equity position in the Cromwell and Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub, they also have made a substantial billion-dollar-plus investment separately in Caesars Entertainment.

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    Cirque’s ‘Michael Jackson One’ at Mandalay Bay to offer Sunday matinees beginning June 29
    BY: Don Chareunsy/Las Vegas Sun

    Cirque du Soleil announced this morning that its popular “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay will begin offering 4:30 p.m. Sunday matinee performances June 29 that will continue through year’s end.

    The 7 p.m. Sunday performance will remain unchanged (that’s a quick turnaround!). Tickets for the new Sunday matinee performances, the show’s only matinee performance, go on sale this morning at 10.

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    CENTER OF THE ACTION
    STROLL INTO THE LINQ AND IMMERSE YOURSELF IN A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF VENUES

    BY MATT KELEMEN/Las Vegas Magazine



    It’s easy to locate The Linq. Its macro observation wheel, the Las Vegas High Roller, rises 550 feet into the sky from the east end of the newly built promenade situated between the Flamingo and The Quad. The High Roller can be seen 24/7, unlike the Luxor’s beacon of light that beams upward into the nighttime sky, and provides a directional landmark for the mid-Strip area as well as indicating which way to walk to get to concerts at Brooklyn Bowl. Once at The Linq, it’s possible to spend an entire day shopping, dining by the slice or with a sit-down open-air view, and enjoying a drink while listening to live music, but a visit to The Linq isn’t complete without a slow journey into the sky.

    The High Roller was recognized by Guinness World Records as being the world’s tallest observation wheel upon its opening in April. It’s 107 feet taller than the 15-year-old London Eye, and is higher that the Singapore Flyer and Star of Nanchang. Statistics can’t relate the experience of the High Roller, which begins by taking in the massive white supports, wheel spokes and passenger pods from the ground. The journey from entry to boarding platform is fast and the pods never stop moving, but there is plenty of time to safely board.

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    Happy-go-lucky songs and love mesh in ‘Mamma Mia!’ at Tropicana
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    “Mamma Mia!” is ABBA’s fun, feel-good, forget-your-troubles smash-hit musical, and it’s back rocking the Strip. After watching it in London, New York and Las Vegas since it began its global trek 15 years ago in my old home country, I’ve finally figured out its secret to success.

    If you proposed the idea of taking syrupy pop songs from four Swedish spandex-clad musicians and weaving them to form a story about a wedding day search for the father of a bride from three possible lotharios, security would call for men in white jackets.

    If you took the world’s leading accountants and bet the vaults of the Bank of England saying more than 50 million people would watch that wacky premise and pay more than $2 billion at the box office for the privilege, you’d be locked up faster than you could shout “Money, Money, Money.”

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