Developer planning boutique hotel downtown
By Joe Schoenmann/www.vegasinc.com
Plans for a high-rise hotel downtown without a casino — and located far beyond the large swaths of land purchased by Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project — will be considered by a city commission next week.
With 288 rooms, the hotel size pales in comparison to the Strip’s hotels. Developer G.C. Garcia Inc. calls the enterprise Tower 228 Boutique Hotel. Boutique hotels in other parts of the country with smaller-sized hotels are defined as having fewer than 100 rooms.
That said, plans for Tower 228 include amenities such as restaurants, bars, a fitness center, conference space and a rooftop pool. It would be built on two parcels, 222 and 228 4th St., totaling 0.40 acres. The parcels are just north of the Bank of America building, at Bridger Avenue and 4th, one of the few high-rises downtown dedicated to office space.
2013 year-in-review: Best of the arts and entertainment scene in Las Vegas
By Don Chareunsy/Las Vegas sun
Shania Twain is a class act.
Her “Still the One” residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace launched in 2012, but she is 2013’s Entertainer of the Year in Las Vegas for more than her great show.
The year also seemed like all Britney Spears all the time, and it culminated in the world premiere of her two-year residency show “Piece of Me” at the new Axis at Planet Hollywood on Friday night.
Memorable meals this past year include a classic Italian steakhouse in downtown Las Vegas, an affordable fine-dining steakhouse in Tivoli Village, a late-night hangout with Steam Punk decor, pizza, pizza, pizza and … snow cream?
It was a terrific 2013 for arts and entertainment in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
A few things to look forward to in A&E in 2014: new restaurants by Giada De Laurentiis (in the hotel formerly known as Gansevoort) and Guy Fieri and new acts at the new venues the Chelsea (christened by Bruno Mars on Sunday night) and Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and the Axis in Planet Hollywood.
And there will certainly be more.
For now, a look back at some of the A&E highlights of 2013 in Las Vegas:
Steve's Las Vegas Quickies:
MGM Resorts International
received approval from the county Wednesday for the first round of permits and reviews needed to begin construction on an arena.
The Clark County Commission unanimously approved use permits for the planned 20,000-seat arena and the restaurants, retail space and park that will accompany the development.
Planning documents filed with the county show the project, with an estimated price tag of $350 million, will include a 640,000-square-foot sports and entertainment arena, plus another 80,000 square feet for the outdoor shopping center. A 10-acre park area will serve as an entryway into the arena complex, which will be located behind the New York-New York and Monte Carlo casinos.
“Queen of the Strip” and “Divas” at the Quad headliner Frank Marino,
who is winding up his hiatus from plastic surgery. Frank joked to Britney: “You better work, bitch,” and Britney fired back, “You better return to work, bitch!” Frank said he welcomed her to the Strip with open arms but reminded her that he’s still the Queen!
With the re-launch of the new-look “Jubilee!” at Bally’s set for spring, celebrated creative director and choreographer Frank Gatson Jr. has started work on the bold, fresh twist he intends to bring to the production.
In a whirlwind 48 hours over the busiest holiday season of the year, “Top Chef Masters” cheftestant Rick Moonen
has recruited a stunning list of culinary kings and queens as host of the first of a series of fundraiser dinners for food journalist Max Jacobson
, who remains critically injured after a horrific auto accident.
The $1,000 per-person