Rock Of Ages Ready To Knock Your Slots Off.
The live show doesn't start until December 18, but you can practice some early head-bangin' at the Venetian's all-new Rock Of Ages slot machines. The 80s, hair-metal, jukebox musical Rock of Ages, replacing the departed Blue Man Group, is benefiting from a hard sell by the resort.
We stumbled upon the new display just as it became operational. Twenty dedicated, themed, Rock of Ages penny slots. The slammin' square set-up features a drum kit, flames and a boat load of steel. But, wait. There's more!
How much can one person — or five — eat at a 500-item buffet?
Five Las Vegas journalists are put to the test at Caesars Palace’s new $17 million Bacchanal Buffet.
BY: Don Chareunsy/Las Vegas Sun.
Five hundred of anything is a lot, but the new $17 million, more-than-500-item Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace is overwhelming.
Opened in early September, executive chef Scott Green’s Bacchanal features nine live stations, among them seafood, Asian, Mexican, Italian and dessert, that present hundreds of daily items. “Live” means chefs cook the food fresh — it hasn’t been sitting in trough-like containers for a while — and quite a few items are served on small plates for presentation and portion control.
Some of the more unique and standout offerings at Bacchanal, which seats 600 diners in 25,000 square feet of modern-design space, include pho, ramen (the chef was taken from Monta in Chinatown), duck, shrimp and grits, red velvet pancakes, watermelon juice, carrot juice and sorbet and gelato flavors including sour cherry, blood orange, baklava and watermelon and mint.
Steve's Las Vegas Quickies:
only buffet is closing for "renovations" beginning Monday, October 15, according to Aria's website. Yes, it seems that Viva Elvis and Union aren't the only things not working for Aria.
The resort's website doesn't state just what is being changed nor how long it will take. Based on the reviews we scanned on Yelp and Foursquare, a lot of folks might be hoping that the food gets an overhaul as well. Hopefully, that's a no brainer, especially with Bacchanal at Caesars and Wicked Spoon at The Cosmo now on the scene and garnering heaps more praise.
Vegas Seven is reporting that, since opening, the Bacchanal buffet
has become the talk of the town, and has also become the priciest in town, too. After beginning at $39.99 for dinner, the weekly magazine states that the buffet has dished out two price hikes and now requires $44.99 a person. That's with a reduction in Total Rewards savings, too, so your card will only knock $2 bucks off dinner now instead of three.
At Crystals, not a hint of SHe
could be found after a recent mid-day walk through by VegasChatter. The feminine steakhouse-slash-nightclub concept by actress Eva Longoria and Morton's is scheduled to open on New Year's Eve in the space once occupied by Beso, but we couldn't spy any signage nor hear any construction, either.
In downtown Vegas, Commonwealth
bar in Fremont East is telling its Facebook fans that it's now aiming for an early November opening. It's also showing off this snazzy ironwork sign, currently under construction, which will light the way once the taps are on. Commonwealth will be located at Fremont and Sixth.
Lastly, back in March we told you about the not-so-secret, but still little known Mundo mexican restaurant
near The Smith Center. One of the partners behind Mundo is on the verge of opening a new venture, Mingo Kitchen
in downtown as well.
Located in the Arts District on First, this "coming soon" venture (its already missed July and September opening date expectations) is being billed as a "sexy lounge" with food served until the wee hours.
Red, White and Blue's
days are officially numbered at Mandalay Bay.
The Light Group confirms that it will close on November 18 to make way for a new casual American bistro concept by its go-to chef Brian Massie dubbed Citizens Kitchen & Bar.
The re-tooled space will still serve up three meals when it reopens. (Update: Citizens will be open 24 hours a day.)
Now that the debates are over and the undecided have decided not to decide, the Plaza
is allowing the drinking public to vote with their thirst inside Oscar's Beef, Booze, Broads.
The steakhouse is currently featuring two politically themed cocktails to hang our chad on. VegasChatter stopped in during the third presidential debate expecting a rowdy bar full of red and blue supporters pledging their allegiance to one cocktail over another while listening to international policy stances. Instead, we found a Monday Night Football game on and no scent of a political trail.
It’s been four years in the making, but at long last it appears as if the fifth and final “Rambo” film from actor Sylvester Stallone has a go ahead with scenes set to be shot in and around Las Vegas and the Nevada and Arizona deserts. The movie series has long told the exploits of John Rambo and his hometown in Arizona.
has been an on-off project for Sly over his insistence that it be a solid and “worthwhile” story. The latest word is that it won’t be war-torn heroics but with current headlines about mass killings at Mexico’s border cities. Rambo’s mission is to track down his daughter captured by human traffickers and Mexican drug lords who have taken over the border.
Money is no object at Surrender
in Steve Wynn’s Encore adding another 5,000 square feet to its space by placing a dome over the main pool and platform area for winter. Climate-controlled panels in the dome, at the gaming pavilion and the former Switch patio will be working by Friday, with a new cyclone of 70-inch plasma screens for the sound system.
And hearing buzz about a circus show, “Le Noir,”
coming to the Strip.
Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette
starts filming “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice”
in New York for Donald Trump today. Once again, he’ll be trying to win and raise money for our beloved charityOpportunity Village. Last season, Penn lost toArsenio Hall but won $50,000 for O.V., and his employers at Caesars Entertainment donated an additional $250,000, the amount he would have earned for O.V. if he had won.
I’m reliably told that the 20 percent cutback in the number of shows that Mirage headliner Terry Fator
and Flamingo headliners Donny and Marie Osmond
are planning for next year have nothing to do with ticket sales. It’s solely because new management wants to untie the demanding five-day-a-week performance schedules that prevent Hollywood TV opportunities and other showbiz ventures.
The cut amounts to one day a week. Marie has her Hallmark talk show taped in L.A. on her days off. The schedule change will give Terry the opportunity to record an album, and Donny can expand his other ventures. Executives at both hotels are happy working with their new management teams and are talking with stars to fill the empty dates.
Here’s a celebration that will let you eat the menu of 1992 at those two-decade-ago prices. Chef Wolfgang Puck will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his first Las Vegas restaurant, Spago
in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, on Dec. 11. He’ll greet guests, take photographs and cook in the kitchen at his legendary restaurant, which began the fine-dining trend in Sin City and the subsequent invasion of star chefs.
The Light Group has restaurant items of interest at Mandalay Bay in December: Citizens Kitchen & Bar
, a casual American bistro by corporate executive chef Brian Massie, and a new vision for Red Square. Red Square is re-launching as a dinner, cocktail and nightlife destination, infusing American favorites with a Russian flair. Vodka and caviar, of course will remain a highlight.
Citizens Kitchen & Bar will feature Brian’s take on American comfort food (Maryland blue crab cakes, southern fried chicken and bacon-wrapped meatloaf) and is set to open in January. Remodeled byMunge Leung (1 OAK at the Mirage) -- Citizens also will offer a full-service bar and beer.
Wynn's Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare
, a staple of the Eating Las Vegas "Top Ten" Las Vegas restaurants list, has been named one of the Top 10 seafood restaurants in America by Gayot.com. Pretty impressive for a desert eatery (the fish is flown in daily from the Mediterranean, though). Bravo, Bartolotta!
has singed a three-year flight agreement with Republic Airways
under which the airline will operate more than 1,500 flights annually for Caesars' customers throughout the U.S., it's just been announced. Guests of Caesars Ent. who participate in the Total Rewards loyalty program may qualify for special reduced rates, vacation packages, and additional rewards on flights to company resorts in gaming locales including: Atlantic City; New Jersey; Tunica; Mississippi; and Laughlin (although not Las Vegas, according to the press release). All packages include roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, and baggage handling.
Playboy Comedy Club
may have departed the Palms (and Paris), but it's just been announced that Las Vegas headliner and show producer Anthony Cools is to bring Strip Comedy
, described as "uncensored and undressed improv," to the Lounge. The show features two teams of improv actors and lots of audience participation, with female scorekeepers who will remove items of clothing each time a member of their team wins a round. Strip Comedy will run nightly (dark Mondays and Tuesdays) beginning November 7, with an 8 p.m. show time and tickets priced at $39.95 (via www.ticketmaster.com
or at the Palms Box Office). Must be 21+.
the topless-vampire rock revue that closes after a long run at the Stratosphere this Halloween, is apparently now confirmed for the Plaza
. More details as we get 'em.
After more than two years of construction work at McCarran's C Concourse
, six gates will reopen tomorrow on the building's east side, reports the R-J. The gates, all occupied by Southwest Airlines, have undergone a $13 million interior makeover that was actually completed a few weeks ahead of schedule, enabling Southwest to shift flights from Concourse B back to C.
, a custom-build artisan pizza joint, is now open at MGM Grand. Patrons can choose from more than 24 fresh toppings or from one of the nine signature pizzas. All pies are priced at $12 and include unlimited toppings. Salads, desserts and handmade milkshakes also are available. The restaurant is open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Lawry's the Prime Rib
(4043 Howard Hughes Pkwy.) is offering $10 daily lunch specials Monday through Friday, featuring a different sandwich each day and either a cup of soup or their prime rib chili.
In celebration of Guns N’ Roses
limited-duration "Appetite for Democracy" residency inside The Joint Oct. 31–Nov. 24, from through the end of the 12-gig series, guests can enjoy signature cocktails, like the Axl Rose and the Welcome to the Jungle, inside The Joint, Vinyl, and at all casino bars.
There's been further grist to the Human Nature
rumor mill, following revelations in today's R-J that the group has had enough of trying to perform within the construction site that is The Linq, and is considering a move to Venetian -- which was not so long ago departed by Jersey Boys. We first heard rumblings back in July, but from the sound it it things have become intolerable for the performers at Imperial Palace. We'll keep you updated.
Sin City Comedy
, which closed earlier this summer after a long run in V Theater, is to reopen Oct. 25 in the Sin City Theatre on the Mezz level inside Planet Hollywood casino. The comedy-burlesque show will perform nightly at 9 p.m., with tickets starting at $37.50.
McCall's Heartland Grill
, an original concept grill restaurant offering hearty Midwestern comfort fare, will open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 inside the Stratosphere
at the north end of the casino floor. The sleek yet cozy “cowboy chic” atmosphere features intimate booths, stacked stone, natural woods and a full-service bar. There will be a daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. with appetizer specials, half-priced featured bottles of wine, flutes of champagne and mimosas for $2, and $3 well drinks. The 153-seat dining room includes a private dining room for up to 20 guests.
The opening of McCall's Heartland Grill is part of an ongoing re-imagination of the iconic property.
“SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody”
will make its Las Vegas debut at the Rio in the Crown Theater, Nov. 1-10. The new original show is a musical parody of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the risqué novel, which recently surpassed “Harry Potter” to become the fastest-selling paperback of all time. Tickets are $39 and $49 for the 10 p.m. shows.
New York-New York has opened “Shades of Temptation,”
an erotic show at The Broadway Theater. The show is Tuesday – Sunday at 10:30 p.m. Produced by David King for Spirit Productions, the show transports audiences to a world of pleasure. The glamourous cast includes American Idol vocalist David Hernandez. Tickets start at $49.95
Pink’s Hot Dogs opening location at Red Rock Resort.
BY: Andrea Domanick/Las Vegas Sun.
Fans of Pink’s Hot Dogs have yet another reason to line up for the famous franks: A second Las Vegas location will open at Red Rock Resort this winter, according to an announcement today from Las Vegas-based hospitality company Block 16.
The iconic Los Angeles-based hot dog stand opened its first Las Vegas outpost at Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops in 2009.
Pink’s Red Rock location will replace Turf Grill, filling a 2,000 square foot restaurant space located near the resort-casino’s poker room and race and sports book.
Is DoubleTree Taking Over Trop's Hotel?
It's no surprise to anyone that the Tropicana is still, umm, finding its way, not to put too fine a point on it. Everything is new again there, but everything is constantly changing there, too, with a roller coaster of openings, closings and returns.
Earlier this year, there was a rumor eating its way around town that Bagatelle would not only bring a beach club-slash-supper club-slash-nightclub to Trop, but -- eventually -- a hotel as well. Now, there's another new whisper circulating through Vegas folks in the know -- that DoubleTree is taking over hotel operations at the Trop.
Tropicana and Carla Pellegrino end partnership as chef focuses on new projects.
BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun.
Carla Pellegrino says, “I wish there were two of me!”
Hey, it’s difficult enough just keeping track of the original.
A woman who sets all of her burners on “high,” Pellegrino has found herself too busy, and in too high of demand, to continue operating Bacio at Tropicana. One of the city’s top chefs and, in fact, a member of the cast of star chefs featured on the upcoming season of Bravo’s “Top Chefs 10 Seattle” announced today that the Trop and she have ended their year-and-a-half-long business partnership.
The Act at the Palazzo: Sexy shocks, debauchery and decadence.
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun.
It’s set to become one of the most unique, wild, wanton and wasted theatrical nightclubs to ever open in Las Vegas. “Uniquely decadent,” as British impresario Simon Hammerstein describes it.
Tonight is the Act’s industry preview ahead of Saturday’s star-studded, red carpet gala opening at the Palazzo. Simon’s even encouraging guests to cross dress as he weds debauchery and decadence in unholy matrimony.
As the final piece of monster shock art was bolted into place Tuesday night, Simon told me: “I am proud, excited and happy. The space has turned out to be gorgeous. We’re on fire, and everybody is excited.
“The decor is up, and it looks like an opera-house nightclub. We’re having our show run-throughs. It’s spectacular, and everybody is impressed.”
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, PT’s plans to run the table.
BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun.
Because of PT’s, I was introduced to Roberto’s Taco Shops.
That development alone is enough to celebrate the anniversary of PT’s. The city’s ubiquitous tavern brand turns 30 this month, having opened its first Las Vegas outpost on Palm Street on the east side of town, near the point where St. Louis Avenue turns into Palm Street, in October 1982 (that business today operates independently as BT’s Pub).
By the mid-1990s, PT’s was known as a place to hang out and quaff beer and shoot pool and lose track of time. They were usually tucked conveniently into strip malls and often shared a wall with a Roberto’s Taco Shop. Through a sliding window, one could order authentic Mexican food prepared in the time it took to chalk a cue.
In those days, PT’s was owned by Phil and Tom Boeckle. I knew many bartenders who worked for Phil and Tom. Too many to be deemed healthy, as it turned out. But the first time I ever watched a UFC bout was on a VCR at a PT’s on West Sahara, and I’m certain that back then I shot more pool at PT’s than anywhere in the city. A few days ago, I happened to visit the Neon Museum in advance of its opening this week and looked up at the tall, brown-haired guy holding a pool cue and wearing jeans and a long-sleeved Hawaiian shirt. That artifice looks like me at PT’s in 1997.
Denny's Opening In Downtown Next Month.
With all the Vegas delays going on lately, we thought Denny's would be just another to add to the list. But, it's sounding like we'll be able to stop by for a Grand Slam (or a drink from the full bar... or, who are we kidding, both..) next month.
Today.MSNBC.com is reporting that the diner will open in Neonopolis mid- to late November. When we read that last night, we snorted in disbelief, but then we swung by earlier today and found construction much further along than just a week ago.
Winter in Venice returns at the Venetian and Palazzo.
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun.
Winter will be celebrated in an even larger way this second year at the Venetian and the Palazzo. The one-of-a kind Winter in Venice festivities will expand to 50 days of Italian-inspired holiday cheer and run this season from Nov. 18 through Jan. 6.
The ice-skating rink above the Venetian’s outdoor Grand Canal is returning; new this year is a nightly parade of characters and lights, an exclusive six-week run of “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Las Vegas” concerts, a fantasy scene in the Palazzo’s waterfall gardens with 20-foot trees and crystal “ice ponds,” plus, stunning 3D light-projection shows on both hotel facades.
Neon Museum opens its doors with powerful stories and spellbinding artifacts.
BY: Kristen Peterson/Las Vegas Weekly.
It’s a lovely Saturday morning in Downtown Las Vegas, and we’re in the Neon Museum’s Boneyard, standing before the Moulin Rouge sign’s beautifully scripted font as our tour guide discusses the racial segregation of Las Vegas’ past. We’ve already learned about the 1905 land auction that gave birth to Downtown Las Vegas, and that a mere 90 years later, the fantastic lighted and neon signs that came to define the city were being collected by a local arts organization as the only souvenirs of a quickly vanishing past.
On October 27, more than 15 years after being established, the Neon Museum will open to the general public, offering a look at the history of design and architecture in Las Vegas, via the advertising that defined us. The moment arrives after years of hard work by a dedicated few, along with financial uncertainty, as the grassroots nonprofit sought to fund the rescue of signs amid many demolitions. So popular is the Boneyard that museum representatives are already recommending pre-purchased tickets for the $18 daily drop-in tours of the famous lot on Las Vegas Boulevard North, where the concentration of extraordinarily constructed large-scale signs provides a rich aesthetic walk down Memory Lane.
Why We're Willing To Go Out Of Our Way For A Trip To The Gold Coast.
If you've been to or driven by the Gold Coast in the past 10 years or so you may have seen the billboard promoting Ping Pang Pong as being voted best Chinese restaurant in Las Vegas. After passing that sign forever, we finally took the plunge and tried it for ourselves.
There was a short wait for what was a crowded restaurant scene. It didn't take us long to discover that Ping Pang Pong was great. In its own right, a trip to Gold Coast is worth it if only to eat at Ping Pang Pong.
Lavo’s wild Champagne Brunch is a Saturday bacchanal.
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun.
If I hadn’t checked my watch and iPhone calendar, it could’ve been New Year’s Eve, and it’s going to be like that now every Saturday when Lavo at the Palazzo continues Season 2 of its Champagne Brunch -- at least until the pools reopen next spring.
There were girls on stilts and in masks, pink tutus and ripped t-shirts, and those were just the gorgeous servers. The brunch bunch was even wilder with $1,800 magnums of rose wine, prompting questions of disbelief in my group:
Just how high can mini-skirts go? Just how high can stilettos go? Just how brief can booty shorts be? Just how low can tops be cut?
Two-week soft opening plans for Bagatelle at Tropicana.
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun.
Now that Bagatelle has firmed up its much-awaited Oct. 31 soft opening alongside the Tropicana, as we first reported, we’ve learned more details leading up to the grand opening VIP gala Nov. 16. It’s a sneak peek for two weeks as the owners focus on restaurant and dining. The partying starts when the champagne is popped with a Halloween “Night of Masks.”
“Halloween is the perfect evening to unveil Bagatelle Supper Club to the city of Las Vegas,” says Jonathan Segal, the CEO of the One Group. “The inimitable experience we provide our guests has given us great success and rave reviews in New York, Los Angeles and St. Barth’s.”
The Beach Club will open next spring. Bagatelle’s signature brunch, regarded as one of the best in the industry, will debut at the end of December. The sleek, new supper club will welcome guests with a variety of entertainment and chef John Zamarchi’s menu that brings South of France flavors to his Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with a touch of Las Vegas flair.
Bagatelle Beach & Supper Club will feature seating for 500 guests in its indoor and outdoor venue that includes two private dining rooms and a private outdoor dining pavilion. The beach will include a 250-seat outdoor restaurant, beach volleyball and 18 luxury cabanas, plus, the outdoor concert venue with a capacity of more than 3,000.
Mizumi Executive Chef Devin Hashimoto Named “Best Chef on The Strip” by Vegas Seven.
Devin Hashimoto, Executive Chef at Mizumi, the premier Japanese restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas, has been named “Best Chef on The Strip” by Vegas Seven in the magazine’s 2012 Restaurant Awards issue. Since opening in May, Mizumi and the rising young chef have received numerous accolades from guests and food critics. The notable weekly publication, Vegas Seven, said, “This chef does it better than anyone in the city… All hail this new star!”
“To be recognized as the “Best Chef on the Strip” by Vegas Seven is a huge honor and quite a hefty title.” said Hashimoto. “I am thrilled that guests value the authenticity and artistry of the dishes presented at Mizumi.”
The menu at Mizumi is a reflection of Hashimoto’s mastery of kaiseki, traditional skills and Japanese cooking techniques, learned through studies and travels to Japan. The menu features classic entrées, sushi and sashimi, robatayaki selections prepared over authentic Japanese charcoal grills and teppanyaki offerings.
Chef Hashimoto pays homage to his heritage with unique creations including a 72-hour braised American Wagyu shortrib “kakuni,” with creamy satsuma potatoes, fava bean and shitake ragout and red wine miso sauce, as well as seafood Inaniwa pasta with scallops, king crab, octopus, roasted tomatoes, shiso, lime and uni butter sauce. Other Japanese favorites, such as dobin-mushi soup, with sea bass, shrimp, shimeji mushrooms, yuzu, mitsuba and bonito-kombu dashi, and okonomiyaki, a traditional Japanese pancake made with shrimp, scallops, cabbage, tonkatsu sauce, creamy mustard, aonori and katsuo, round out the bill of fare.
Mizumi at Wynn Las Vegas is open for dinner nightly from 5:30 p.m. For reservations, please call (702) 770-DINE. For more information, please visit www.wynnlasvegas.com
Wynn Las Vegas Presents New Year’s Eve 2013.
For the first time, Wynn Las Vegas will host an exclusive New Year’s Eve soiree, beginning at 9 p.m. in the Lafite Ballroom. The extravagant event will feature Dom Pérignon, the world’s most prestigious Champagne, open bar, interactive tasting stations and lavish food displays from six of Wynn Las Vegas’ signature restaurants and star chefs.
“I cannot think of a more thrilling way to usher in the New Year than with friends, family and some of the world’s best cuisine at Wynn,” said Marilyn Spiegel, president of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. “Guests will enjoy an unparalleled VIP dining experience in a festive Five-Star resort setting unlike any other on the Strip.”
The evening will commence with cocktails and a parade of passed canapés by Executive Catering Chef James Benson. Ahi tuna on a wonton crisp, flash-seared beef tetaki with memo chives, Brazilian cheese puffs, rosemary crumb-crusted baby lamb chop with grainy mustard sauce, Medjool dates wrapped in applewood smoked bacon, vegan hearts of palm and artichoke fritters with lemon emulsion will all be on offer.
Lakeside, Wynn Las Vegas’ seafood restaurant on the Lake of Dreams will showcase shellfish on ice; chilled Maine lobster, Florida stone crab claws, jumbo shrimp and oysters shucked and garnished to order. Executive Chef David Walzog will also present sliced prime New York strip steaks, potato gratin, black truffle creamed corn, Maryland blue crab cakes with herb remoulade and chopped salad, from SW Steakhouse.
Wing Lei will feature fine Chinese cuisine including Shanghai pork dumpling, Imperial Peking Duck with steamed buns, scallions and hoison, Peking salad with peanut-truffle vinaigrette, garlic Chinese long beans and braised Szechuan beef shortrib by Executive Chef Ming Yu.
Chef Carlos Guia’s The Country Club - A New American Steakhouse will offer shrimp and grits with shrimp gravy, truffle crusted Scottish salmon and a wild arugula and Bibb salad with candied pecans, fresh pomegranate seeds, sun-dried cranberries, pomegranate molasses and lemon vinaigrette.
Mizumi will highlight both sushi and entrée offerings from Wynn’s premier Japanese restaurant and Executive Chef Devin Hashimoto, recently named “Best Chef of the Strip” by Vegas Seven magazine. The sushi station will feature a variety of sashimi and sushi rolls, while the entrée station will feature miso cod, buckwheat and taro tacos with Asian slaw and avocado as well as Hamachi sashimi, jalapeno gelee with ginger, scallion, soy salt, crispy onion, cilantro oil and ponzu.
Sinatra will showcase the finest in Italian cooking by Executive Chef Theo Schoenegger. The Sinatra experience will be serving up lobster risotto with parmesan, winter truffle Malloreddus pasta and Parma prosciutto with caramelized pears and rosemary breadsticks.
Ring in the New Year with something sweet created by Wynn’s all-star team of pastry chefs, led by Executive Pastry Chef Pierre Gatel. Decadent dessert offerings include assorted panna cottas, exotic fruit tarts, artisan ice cream shots, miniature French and Italian pastries, opera cake, profiteroles, miniature cupcakes, hand-crafted chocolate bonbons, truffles, caramels and macaroons.
The event will simulcast coverage of New Year’s Eve around the world on jumbo overhead screens while DJ Rodney spins top 40 hits and club classics on a spacious dance floor. The evening will also include a complimentary gift and additional surprises. Cocktail party attire is required.
Limited, reserved seating for the exclusive affair is $500 per person and includes all tasting stations, open bar, Dom Pérignon Champagne, party favors, tax and gratuity. Tickets for this festive event go on sale Friday, October 19. To make reservations, please call 702-770-DINE (3463) or visit www.wynnlasvegas.com
Wynn Las Vegas Signature Restaurants Feature Festive Feasts for Thanksgiving.
Wynn Las Vegas invites families and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving at the resort’s signature restaurants. Guests can indulge in traditional offerings such as turkey and stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, while experiencing modern, innovative holiday fare created by the resort’s world-renowned resident chefs. Each promises a delicious celebratory feast for the occasion.
BARTOLOTTA Ristorante di Mare
In addition to chef Paul Bartolotta’s extensive menu of authentic Italian seafood specialties, BARTOLOTTA will also offer a special four-course holiday menu featuring seared sea scallops with porcini mushrooms and shaved parmigiano, butternut squash ravioli with brown butter and amaretti, oven-roasted wild turkey with chestnuts, sausage, Tuscan cabbage and sage gravy. Dessert will feature a frozen nougat sabayon with bitter chocolate and orange. The four-course menu is prix fixe, $95. Reservations are available from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Chef Mark LoRusso of Botero at Encore will offer a five-course holiday tasting menu featuring roasted kiri squash with fall vegetable ratatouille, porcini soup with parmesan flan, ricotta ravioli with black truffles and lemon and roasted organic turkey with confit, vanilla bean yams and traditional trimmings finished with a tasting of Botero holiday desserts. The chef’s tasting menu is prix fixe, $95, and is available in addition to Botero’s full menu of steak and seafood fare. Reservations are available from 4:30 p.m. to
The Country Club – A New American Steakhouse
Chef Carlos Guia’s Thanksgiving menu at The Country Club mingles traditional holiday dishes with steakhouse staples: brown sugar-brined pork chop with fire-roasted corn succotash and black mission fig-bourbon sauce, roasted free-range turkey with traditional dressing, bourbon whipped sweet potatoes, cranberry chutney and giblet gravy roasted rack of lamb with mint gastrique and lamb demi-glace and charred New York strip steak round out the bill of fare. Reservations are available from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
In addition to the extensive a la carte seafood menu, chef David Walzog will offer holiday specials including kabocha squash soup with lobster dumpling and crème fraiche and roasted natural turkey with chestnut-sage stuffing, sweet potato-marshmallow gratin, mashed potatoes, cranberry quince relish and giblet sauce. Be sure to save room for Lakeside’s signature tableside dessert trolley presentation. The Sweet Cart Named Desire will feature a number of Thanksgiving sweets including spiced pumpkin tart, bourbon-pecan pie, cranberry-orange panna cotta and apple pie truffles. Reservations are available from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Society Café Encore
At Encore’s Society Café, chef Kim Canteenwalla will offer a special three-course holiday menu in addition to the complete lunch and dinner menus. Society’s Thanksgiving offering will include kabocha squash soup with squash-apple compote and spiced pecans, slow-roasted free-range turkey breast with sausage and herb stuffing, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, root vegetables and cranberry compote and a harvest dessert of pumpkin tart with spiced whipped cream. The menu, prix fixe at $43, will be offered from noon to 10 p.m. Society Café Encore is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Chef David Walzog will offer his full chophouse menu featuring steaks, seafood and sides. Additionally, Thanksgiving specials will be available including celery root soup with chervil and chestnut cream, autumn green salad with wild mushroom arancini, white truffle vinaigrette and roasted natural turkey with buttered kale, root vegetables, sourdough stuffing, giblet gravy and spiced cranberries as well as an irresistible pumpkin tart with crème fraiche ice cream and cranberry-orange compote. Reservations are available from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
In addition to his delectable Italian menu of Italian specialties, Chef Theo Schoenegger will offer holiday specials including American heritage turkey Milanese with vanilla-infused sweet potato puree, prosciutto Brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce and pannetone bread pudding with zabaglione ice cream and chestnut cappuccino. Reservations are available from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
For all dining reservations, call (702) 770-3463.
Legends in Concert Closing at Harrah's.
BY: Rick Garman: www.vegas4visitors.com
After nearly 30 years of entertaining Las Vegas Strip visitors, the tribute show Legends in Concert is closing but perhaps not for long.
A spokesperson for the show announced that the four-year engagement at Harrah's, where it moved after 25 years at Imperial Palace, is coming to an end on December 30th. Where the show is going from there is a mystery.
Incorporated into the announcement about the closure is the statement that they are "finalizing plans for a new Las Vegas home" where they can celebrate their Pearl Anniversary. Where that home will be was not announced, which could all be about timing but still seems a little odd.
The last time the show moved, the announcement was about the move - closing at Imperial Palace, opening at Harrah's. This time it is very vague, meaning if they do actually have a new home the deal isn't done yet.
So where could a show like Legends in Concert move? Although still popular after all these years, the ticket prices are comparatively low and the age of the audience is comparatively high. I have a hard time coming up with a hotel on The Strip that has a showroom that would be a good fit. The Flamingo's would probably work but Donny & Marie aren't going anywhere. The Tropicana has a showroom space that would work but a show like Legends does not fit in with the audience they are trying to attract so I doubt that would happen. The Riviera is a possibility as is the LVH, both of which have "classic" showrooms and audiences.
Downtown Las Vegas is also a definite possibility. The Plaza, Golden Nugget, and Four Queens all have showrooms that could work for a production like this and there is a definite lack of production show style entertainment in the neighborhood.
As far as what will replace Imperial Palace, there have been unconfirmed rumors that the Australian doo-wop group Human Nature will move their show from Imperial Palace into the Harrah's showroom after the first of the year.
Rain Nightclub at the Palms to close Sunday.
From: The Las Vegas Review Journal.
Rain Nightclub, which opened with the Palms in 2001, is being closed.
The casino and 9Group will close the popular club on Sunday to make way for a multimillion dollar renovation scheduled to begin next year, according to a 9Group and Palms statement Tuesday.
The closure of the three-story venue will affect about 50 employees. The 25,000-square-foot facility will host special events over the next few months, including New Year's Eve weekend performances by Kelly Rowland and Travis Barker .
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Ruth's Chris Steak House to replace The Range at Harrah's Las Vegas.
BY: Chris Sieroty/Las Vegas Review Journal.
Ruth's Chris Steak House has found a home on the Strip. The upscale restaurant chain will open early next year at Harrah's Las Vegas, replacing the casino's The Range steak house.
The Range will close Nov. 11.
The steak house will be on the second floor, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the Strip, the company said Monday. It will seat 400 and have two private dining rooms.
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'Big baby' from Cirque's 'Mystere' dies.
From: The Las Vegas Review Journal.
Francois Dupuis, a Cirque du Soleil performer who entertained millions of "Mystere" showgoers as the "big baby" in the diaper and bonnet has died, the company announced.
Dupuis was an original cast member of "Mystere," which opened in late 1993 and in March celebrated 18 years and 8,600 performances. He apparently died in his sleep several days ago.
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Society of Seven's magic formula: serious singing plus silly wigs.
BY: Mike Weatherford/Las Vegas Review Journal.
What other show in town can boast singers who were on both Ed Sullivan and "American Idol"?
Las Vegas is now the place where you can't throw a tennis ball without hitting a big-name electronica DJ, but sequined jackets have become an endangered species. Still, the Society of Seven has doggedly resurfaced every few years since 2001, courting what is now a niche market for old-fashioned showmanship.
This time, the Hawaiian group is at the Riviera. And their main competition on the Strip is no longer The Scintas or Wayne Newton, but Human Nature and the Branson, Mo., import "Broadway Celebration," two shows strategically employing "young people singing old music."
Five Things to Love About Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon.
This blog loves it some Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, and not just because it has “Saloon” in its name.
There are so many things to love, in fact, if we were to list everything, we would need a bigger Internet. Instead, we’re picking five at random. We hope you like them. But if you don’t, feel free to keep that to yourself.
1. Free Craps Lessons
Craps is one of the most fun, boisterous games in the casino, but can be a tad intimidating to the uninitiated. Well, Bill’s is the perfect place to become initiated!
Free craps lessons are provided by highly-trained casino personnel, in plain English, at 10:30 a.m. each day. Yes, that’s relatively early by hangover standards, but life can’t always be about daisies and butterflies.
Here’s a bonus thing to love about Bill’s. After the craps lessons, participants get a craps match play coupon. You bet $5, and if you win, you get $10.
Taking a craps lesson is one of the best investments you can make, and it can mean the difference between winning small or winning big. (This blog is owned and operated by a casino company. What’d you expect us to say?)
2. Cook E. Jarr
This lounge performer is a legend among legends. He’s been in the singing-on-the-Strip business for nearly 30 years and still puts on a show-stopping performance at Bill’s. Oh, and did we mention it’s free?
Jarr (whose real name is Anthony Pettine, but let’s not ruin the mystique) is a wildly versatile singer, bouncing back and forth between classics and the latest rap hits. Jarr doesn’t skimp on the cheese or the high notes, and schmoozes with his fans throughout the show.
How awesome is Cook E. Jarr? During a recent show we attended, he stopped to accept a call from a fan’s mother. During his show. We’re not making this up.
A little Cook E. Jarr trivia: His first gig in Vegas, back in the ’70s, was at Cleopatra’s Barge (formerly Nero’s Nook) at Caesars Palace.
Cook E. Jarr puts on his throwback show on Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
3. Slush Bar
No visit to Las Vegas is complete without a colorful, frosty drink in a collectible cup. Or perhaps several. Slush Bar can assist you in this regard.
The cocktail names are as colorful as the drinks themselves: Picnic Punch, Bad Apple, Red Neck Peach Punch, Rainforest Madness and the Red-Headed Stepchild, among them.
4. Beer Pong
Denizens of the beer pong area at the former O’Sheas casino need not lament or gnash their teeth, for there are a phalanx of beer pong tables awaiting their trash-talking at Bill’s.
The beer pong tables are conveniently located next to Slush Bar (which has beer) and Bill’s Lounge, which has Cook E. Jarr. Ah, the circularity of the universe.
The World Series of Beer Pong (yes, there’s a World Series of Beer Pong) will soon be back in Las Vegas at the Flamingo, January 1-5, 2013, so brush up on your mad skilz at Bill’s. Trademark pending.
5. Bill’s Poker Room
It’s intimate. (Translation: Not large.) It’s welcoming. It harkens back to a time where people played poker for fun, not to be on TV.
The poker room at Bill’s is easily one of the best values in town when it comes to this popular game. It’s the only casino we know where there’s a .50/$1 No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em game pretty much any time you want to play. No, that’s not a typo. And, no, they don’t jack up the minimums when the casino gets busy. It’s Bill’s.
Also, take advantage of the “Aces Cracked” promotion. If you get pocket aces and lose, you get $100. Just for sitting there and whining about your bad luck. Only in Vegas, baby!
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert Headed To Las Vegas.
Its been rumored for months, and months, and months now. And, while we can't link it to a specific hotel (yet), we can finally confirm that Priscilla Queen of the Desert is coming to Las Vegas.
Vegas casting calls and call-backs took place earlier this month with performances set to cover eleven full weeks from June 2013 through August 2013. We're going to add a "mid" to June as the touring show is scheduled to wrap up a stop in Los Angeles on June 16. (Its highly anticipated US road trip starts on January 8 in Minneapolis.)
Priscilla Queen of the Desert ended its run on Broadway this summer. Vegas buzz has been centered around the show coming to either the Venetian or the Palazzo and, since they still have the showroom space, we don't see any reason why that's still not the case.
Turning Back The Clock: Coin Castle.
Continuing a theme in more ways than one, Turning Back the Clock turns to downtown's Coin Castle. The former Fremont Street casino caught our eye in the Vegas car chase scene of a James Bond marathon. A property with a name as throwback as Coin Castle was just begging to be featured in this series.
Coin Castle is just one of many identities the property currently known as La Bayou has taken since opening. Located next to Golden Gate, the Las Vegas Coffee House was once located here. Lon Groesbeck of the Salt Lake City Brewing Company sold glasses of American Beauty beer for five cents until he fled the state to avoid prohibition charges in 1920. Mayme Stocker stepped in and renamed the establishment the Northern Club the following year. The club advertised soft drinks, but "Northern" was code known to miners that booze and gambling could be found inside. Both were offered illegally (shhh!) until Stocker was awarded the first Nevada gaming license March 20, 1931. That license cost $1,410 and also happened be the first ever offered to a woman.
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Carla Pellegrino takes over at Meatball Spot, opening in November at Town Square.
BY: Brock Radke/Las Vegas Weekly.
Meatball Spot, an Italian restaurant under construction at Town Square in the space formerly occupied by Nu Sanctuary, has a new chef attached: Carla Pellegrino.
Already executive chef at Tropicana's Bacio and chef/owner of Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina in Henderson—and set to compete in the new season of Top Chef premiering on November 7—Pellegrino has fashioned a menu of pizzas, salads, sandwiches, pasta, gelato, cocktails, and of course, meatballs for the 7,000-square-foot restaurant located across from Rave Motion Pictures. "Everyone will feel right at home at Meatball Spot. I created this menu with the same love and attention to detail I would put into cooking for my own family," the chef said in a press release.
Try dining at the bar for a unique experience at these restaurants.
BY: Brock Radke/Las Vegas Weekly.
The greatness of dinner at the bar has nothing to do with chicken wings at your neighborhood video poker joint. We’re not talking about the time you forgot to make a reservation for your anniversary, and bar stools were the only seats left. Intentionally enjoying a fantastic meal at the bar drains the stuffy formality from fine dining, creating a warmer experience without suffering losses in service or cuisine.
Mexican food arrives at Aria with Javier’s.
BY: Brock Radke/Las Vegas Weekly.
There’s something incredibly cool in the new Mexican restaurant just off the casino at Aria: a 3,000-pound, 10-foot-tall chainsaw sculpture. It was created by Oregon artist J. Chester Armstrong as a representation of the ancient Mayan belief in three worlds, kind of a heaven/here/hell thing. It’s strikingly huge, a little spooky and an interesting addition to CityCenter’s tremendous art collection.
As for the rest of Javier’s, well … isn’t that chainsaw art cool? Imported from Southern California, Javier’s is a big change from the hipster steakhouse (Union) this space used to be, but the muddled Mexican menu is a bit pedestrian. In addition to standard combo plates and signature seafood enchiladas ($27), there’s a bounty of grilled beef and hearty braised dishes with heavy sauces like beef short ribs in chile negro sauce ($32). Familiar flavors are here, but they’re prepared with a heavy hand. Cool place, boring food.
Light Group set to refresh restaurant options at Mandalay Bay.
BY: Brock Radke/Las Vegas Weekly.
Of all the Strip casino resorts with tenure of a decade or more under their belt, Mandalay Bay (opened in 1999) is probably most in need of some food change (though New York-New York also jumps to mind). Mandalay's restaurant lineup—still very strong with Aureole, Fleur, Mix, RM Seafood, Border Grill and others—could use some new energy. It’s coming in December.
The Light Group is planning to redefine Mandalay Bay’s culinary scene by revamping three restaurant spaces. These are the first of many changes coming up at the huge south Strip resort; TheHotel at Mandalay Bay will transition into the Delano in 2014, and next year, Cirque du Soleil will launch its new Michael Jackson-themed show and operate a nightclub where Rumjungle once ruled.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe Set To Open Two Additional Locations in the Coming Weeks.
On the heels of successfully opening the first Strip-based location at Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue, Tropical Smoothie Café (TSC) is set to open at Excalibur Hotel Casino on November 7. Later this year, TSC will open a stand-alone location in North Las Vegas at Craig and Commerce, complete with a 24-hour drive thru.
“We are very excited to open our second location on the Strip, especially since our first is so popular,” said Dina Mitchell, Tropical Smoothie Café Area Developer and Marketing Director for Nevada. “Equally exciting is the upcoming opening of the new North Las Vegas location. This opening will mark our 21st location in the Valley, 11 of them 24 hours. We also have two more locations in development.”
In addition to opening several new locations, as part of Mitchell and TSC’s active philanthropic efforts, all Valley wide locations of the quick service smoothie brand will launch “Caring for Kids” a toy and gift card drive for the Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas. All area TSC’s will collect new unopened toys and pre-loaded gift cards November 29 through December 7.
TSC also recently completed a “Coats for Kids” drive, collecting more than 6,000 new or gently used coats and sweaters for The Salvation Army.
“I am so thankful to all of the local Tropical Smoothie Café franchisees, their employees and all of our customers who repeatedly step up to support these great charities in our community,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell brought TSC to Southern Nevada in 2001, opening the first store in Henderson in 2001, which was also the company’s 24th location in the nation. Six of the Vegas area stores are among the top 10 in sales nationwide. The top-selling store within the entire company is located at Flamingo and I-215.
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Burton's mom gets restraining order.
BY: Norm Clarke/Las Vegas Review Journal.
Hell hath no fury like a legal battle between the camps of two comedy magician headliners.
A 30-day temporary restraining order has been granted on behalf of the mother of Planet Hollywood comedy magician Nathan Burton.
Nancy Burton filed for the TRO on Oct. 1 against Bill Voelkner, producer and business partner for Harrah's headliner Mac King.
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Neon Museum preserving Las Vegas history by giving old signs new life.
BY: Carol Cling/Las Vegas Review Journal.
For a long time, many people thought of Las Vegas' Neon Boneyard as the place where signs went to die.
Starting Saturday, however, those flashing, glowing signposts of Las Vegas' past find a new life at downtown's latest cultural attraction: the Neon Museum.
The museum opens to the public following a week of pre-debut events, including a Tuesday illumination, a Thursday lecture on "Neon Nirvana: How an Art Form Shaped a City" and tonight's grand opening bash.
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