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  • Everything Las Vegas Issue # 827

    Celine Dion discovery Veronic is set to unleash 50 voices at Bally’s
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun


    New Strip headliner Veronic is a pint-sized powerhouse of extraordinary talent and unstoppable energy. She darts across the stage faster than an Olympic sprinter. She’s a combination of lightning force and thunderbolt vigor.

    In fact, her magnetic personality and commanding presence lights up the “Jubilee!” stage at Bally’s more than all the neon wattage out front of our casino hotels. I haven’t seen anybody under the spotlight with such high-powered charismatic charm in more than a decade.

    Simply put, she’s sensational. If Danny Gans was the king of variety voices imitating the stars, then Veronic is the princess of impersonation. Talk about “ A Star Is Born” on the Strip with her dead-on, uncanny 50 superstar singer impressions.

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    X Train bringing the party to North Las Vegas.
    BY: Richard N. Velotta/www.vegasinc.com

    The train that will bring partiers from Southern California to Las Vegas next year will deliver passengers to a new train station that will be built in North Las Vegas.

    Michael Barron, president and CEO of Las Vegas Railway Express, said Wednesday that his company would build a passenger platform and station off the Union Pacific line near Craig Road and Interstate 15, about a half-mile east of the Cannery, as the arrival point of the X Train.

    Originally, the company planned to build a station at the Plaza in downtown Las Vegas, but Barron said the land there wouldn’t be large enough for the company’s ambitious growth plan.

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    Model Sonja Ewy is the new $100,000 face of Mandalay Bay
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Photo credit: ANDREW WERNER

    A 24-year-old blonde beauty and former homecoming queen has won the top prize on VH1’s $100,000 reality TV competition “Model Employee,” so, for the next 12 months, Sonja Ewy will be “The Face” of Mandalay Bay.

    Sonya defeated the other finalists on tonight’s finale of the eight-episode series hosted by singer John Legend’s supermodel fiancee Chrissy Teigen. Mandalay Bay executives led by President Chuck Bowling grilled the girls to find their winner.

    “Model Employee” started with eight models vying for the prize and, after facing many challenges, learning every job in the casino hotel hospitality business. There were weekly “firings” until it came down to a final four, then three — and then Sonja was named the winner.

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    Congratulations are in order all around. Penn & Teller won Best Entertainment honors at Wednesday night’s Silver State Awards, “O” won over “Ka,” Celine Dion and “Jersey Boys” for Best Production Show, and Caesars Palace won for Best Casino.

    In its first Travelers Choice Awards, TripAdvisor named the Bellagio Fountains as America’s top landmark.

    If you missed the Steel Drum Corps debut at Vinyl at The Hard Rock Hotel, fret not, as the band returns Thursday, Aug. 24, Sept. 28, Oct. 19 and Nov. 17 in their once-a-month residency. Guest guitarist Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 and guest drummer Jose Pasillas of Incubus sat in on the group’s first show. SDC has appeared on “American Idol,” and Drum Magazine named them 2012 Drum Ensemble of the Year.

    Caesars Palace headliner Sir Elton John has announced his first solo album in seven years. Titled “The Diving Board,” it’s set for release Sept. 24 to tie into his Sept. 18 return to The Colosseum through Oct. 12. The 66-year-old entertainer knighted by the Queen of England said: “It’s the most adult record I can make at my age. It’s got everything I love about American music with gospel, soul and country.”

    The record is produced by T. Bone Burnett. Elton explained the unusual title in the black-and-white teaser video released today: “I had to go back to go forward again for the kind of music I really want to make. I’m on the diving board.” He also joked about his longevity as a pianist: “I’m just heading toward being 80 years old and playing at the Holiday Inn.”

    “The Real Housewives of New York” star Sonja Morgan might be headed to the Strip with her own burlesque act. My longtime Manhattan socialite friend who divorced J.P. Morgan private banking heir John Adams Morgan debuted the show with her 40 backup dancers wearing little more than white ostrich feather fans and tiny underwear in the Hamptons.

    The third season of Spike TV’s hit series “Bar Rescue” continues with new episodes July 7 with host and renowned bar and nightlife consultant Jon Taffer hitting Sin City to put his skills to work at a Las Vegas blues bar. Jon does his best to try to save the once famous bar, but the moment he takes a closer look, he instantly realizes how bad things truly are. Jon, who presents his Bar and Nightclub Convention here every spring, launches his “On the Rocks” three-day, 20-plus nightclub, eight-pool party extravaganza July 12.

    Congratulations to the cast and crew of “Vegas! The Show” celebrating its third anniversary Wednesday at Saxe Theater in Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood. There will be a cake presentation before curtain up.

    Over 60 performers and presenters from 15 countries will be at the 22nd edition of Magic Live Aug. 11-14 at the Orleans. There’s only one American in each of the stage shows and close-up demonstrations. The last one was in 2011; the next won’t be held for another three years.

    Mayor Carolyn Goodman torched the ribbon at noon Thursday for the re-opening on Fremont Street of the world famous Atomic Liquors.

    Everybody from Roy Rogers, Frank, Dean and Sammy and Barbra Streisand imbibed there. It was used for location scenes of "Casino," "Twilight Zone" and "The Hangover." The building began life as Virginia’s Cafe in 1945 and became Atomic Liquors in 1952, when patrons sat on the roof to watch atomic mushroom clouds form the Nevada Test Site! You can see the entire history of our town’s oldest bar at atomiclasvegas.com. And you’ll understand why it's as much a museum as a bar.

    Terry Bradshaw is ready to air it out in his debut at The Mirage
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las VegasSun

    Deep into a conversation that has tumbled beyond a half hour, Terry Bradshaw asks a question you can’t possibly have anticipated.

    “You ever have anyone stick a needle in your nose?”

    Oooh. Well, actually, Mr. Super Bowl Guy, yes. That has happened, and it’s really painful.

    “I’ve had 50 needles stuck in my nose,” Bradshaw says while disassembling a vending-machine banana-nut muffin during a break in rehearsals for his upcoming show at The Mirage. “I’ve had 50 shavings inside my nose, and I told my girlfriend, ‘This is the most painful thing I have ever experienced in my life.’ ”

    This was all within the calendar year, as Bradshaw had cancerous tissue removed from his schnozzle. Well, maybe not removed so much as dug out.

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    July Gaming and Dining Promotions at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa


    $600,000 July Money Madness

    Throughout July, South Point Casino offers a super progressive cash bonus of $600,000. The progressive bonus is guaranteed to hit by $25,000, and every time the jackpot hits, Casino Club slot players playing on the floor will win an additional $20 in free play. Slot machine players will have the opportunity to win at anytime just for playing, there are no specific hand or reel combinations necessary to win the progressive bonus. An additional daily progressive free play bonus will begin $1,000 at 10 a.m. offering slot machine players the opportunity to win up-to $2,500 in free play and must hit by 10 p.m. For more information, please visit the South Point website.

    Ten Time Points on Penny Machines – Every Monday Throughout July

    South Point Club members can earn ten times the points on penny machines every Monday throughout July. Players who receive 1,000 base points while playing at any casino penny machine will earn $30 in free slot play or cash back. Casino players may also use the $30 as a voucher at all hotel restaurants, bingo tournaments, movie complex and showroom viewings, the bowling center and all hotel retail outlets. For more information, please visit the South Point website.

    Five Time Points on Reel Machines – Every Monday Throughout July

    South Point Club members can earn five times the points on reel machines every Monday throughout July. Players who receive 1,000 base points in reel play will earn $15. Casino players may also use the $15 as a voucher at all hotel restaurants, bingo tournaments, movie complex and showroom viewings, the bowling center and all hotel retail outlets. For more information, please visit the South Point website. For more information, please visit the South Point website.

    Double Points on Video Poker – Every Monday Throughout July

    South Point Club members who play video poker machines can earn double the points every Monday throughout July. Players who receive base 1,000 points in video play will earn $6. Casino players may also use the $6 as a credit at all hotel restaurants, bingo tournaments, movie complex and showroom viewings, the bowling center and all hotel retail outlets. For more information, please visit the South Point website. For more information, please visit the South Point website.

    $150,000 BINGO Gala – Aug. 5 and 6

    South Point Casino guests can now purchase entry tickets to participate in the $150,000 BINGO Gala on Monday, Aug. 5 and Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 12:30 p.m. with a giveaway of $150,000 in cash bingo jackpots. Casino players interested in participating in the BINGO Gala must submit an entry fee of $175 which includes two-day gala access, one 9-ON pack of bingo cards and one dual daub coverall. Also included in the entry fee are two complimentary breakfast and dinner buffets and two daubers. For an additional $25, guests will receive an additional 6-ON pack of bingo cards. Participants can purchase up to 15 additional packs of bingo cards per day. Doors will open each day at 8 a.m. with a warm-up game at 11:30 a.m. Entry to the BINGO Gala is subject to availability. For more information, please visit the South Point website.


    Throughout July, South Point Casino offers casino players the opportunity to play free bingo during the 9 a.m. bingo sessions Monday through Friday. Bingo players may participate in 10 free $100 games of bingo. For more information, please visit the South Point website.

    Electronic BINGO

    South Point Casino continues to offer guests exciting electronic bingo game specials throughout July. Electronic bingo machine players who purchase four packs of bingo cards will receive two free packs of bingo cards. Casino players who purchase six packs of bingo cards will receive three free packs of cards. Guests who purchase eight packs of bingo cards will receive four free packs of cards. Additionally, guests who purchase 10 packs of bingo cards will receive five free packs of cards. For more information, please visit the South Point website.

    No-Limit Texas Hold’em Daily “BOUNTY” Tournament

    Throughout July, South Point Casino hosts daily no-limit Texas Hold’em “BOUNTY” tournaments every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. and every Wednesday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Casino players have the opportunity to participate in each “BOUNTY” tournament for a $60 buy-in fee. For more information, please visit the South Point website.

    Special No-Limit Texas Hold’em “DEEP-STACK” Tournament

    South Point Casino offers guests the opportunity to participate in a special no-limit Texas Hold’em “DEEP-STACK” tournament every Wednesday and Sunday at 6 p.m. When casino players purchase a buy-in for $100, they will receive $7,500 in tournament chips. Guests can receive an additional $2,500 in tournament chips for a $10 add-on purchase. For more information, please visit the South Point website.

    South Point Seniors 50+ Slot Tournament – Every Thursday in July

    South Point Casino Club players age 50 and older will have the opportunity to participate in South Point’s slot tournament every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout July. Club members will receive a free tournament entry when they swipe their Club Card at any Club kiosks. Participants may receive additional entries into the slot tournament for every 250 points earned while playing South Point Casino slots, video poker or video reel machines. South Point’s slot tournament will give away $5,200 in cash prizes each week including a $1,500 cash prize to the first place winner. For more information, please visit the South Point website.


    Garden Buffet’s Fourth of July BBQ

    South Point Hotel’s Garden Buffet brings the celebration inside this Fourth of July with a special barbecue buffet from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The buffet features a variety of live serving stations including soups, fresh fruits and refreshing salad stations with watermelon, Coachella Valley gazpacho, barbecue chicken and more. The a la carte experience caters to every appetite with Citrus and Honey Glazed Chicken, Barbecued Spear Ribs, Smoked Salmon with Tarragon Cream, Southern Fried Chicken, Bayou Styled Catfish and more. The buffet also features a build-your-own burger bar featuring a variety of delicious toppings along with the choice of hamburger or turkey patties. Hot dogs, chicken breasts and Memphis style pulled pork options will also be offered, allowing guests to build their own sandwiches. To satisfy the holiday sweet tooth, the buffet will feature a warm deep dish apple pie and maple glazed peach cobbler. Guests can enjoy $1 Budweiser products to pair with their meals. This special is available for $12.95 with Casino Club Card or $15.95 without a Casino Club Card. For more information please visit the South Point website.

    Happy Hour at Zenshin

    South Point Hotel’s Zenshin restaurant offers guests a daily happy hour special featuring a 50 percent discount on select items from 2 to 6 p.m. Guests have the opportunity to relax after a busy day with $5 martinis, $2 domestic and $2.50 import beers. A special happy hour dining menu features appetizers including Edamame ($2.50), Karaage Chicken ($3.50), Fried Oysters ($5), Hamachi Kama ($5), Misoyaki Salmon Kama ($5) and more. Guests also can select from an abundance of specialty sushi rolls, including 777 ($6), Spider ($5), Crunch ($5), Spicy Tuna ($4) and more. In addition, the happy hour menu puts a twist on the traditional pizza with Cajun Tuna ($7), Teriyaki Chicken ($6) and Garden Vegetable ($5) options. For more information please visit the South Point website.

    Wine of the Month Special Features $20 Bottles

    South Point’s Silverado Steakhouse, Don Vito’s and Primarily Prime Rib will feature two unique wines throughout July. Guests will have the option to enjoy a bottle of Irony Merlot from Napa Valley or a bottle of Oyster Bay Chardonnay from Marlborough, New Zealand. The Irony Merlot and Oyster Bay Chardonnay are available for $20 per bottle.

    Happy Hour at Steak ‘n Shake

    Steak ‘n Shake, located inside South Point Hotel, offers guests a daily happy hour special featuring a 50 percent discount on select milkshakes from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit the South Point website.

    Themed Buffet Menus at Garden Buffet

    South Point Garden Buffet new “Surf, Turf and Grapes,” “Luau” and “Seafood” buffet menus offers guests an innovative buffet experience.

    Monday: South Point’s Garden Buffet will feature a special “Surf, Turf and Grapes” buffet offering an extensive arrangement of live cooking stations serving soups, salads, fresh fruits, desserts and more. Buffet patrons can enjoy a wide mixture of “turf” selections featuring Broiled New York Steak, Bacon Wrapped Filet and a Chinese Pepper Steak. The alluring buffet features an escape from land with complementing “surf” choices such as Thai Green Shrimp Curry, Shrimp Mac and Cheese, Barbequed Shrimp and Garlic Sautéed Scampi. In addition to the a la carte spread, guests will enjoy two complimentary glasses of wine to highlight the “Surf, Turf and Grapes” dining experience. This specialty buffet will be available every Monday from 4 to 9 p.m. for $15.95 with a players club card or $19.95 without a players club card.

    Wednesday: The Garden Buffet brings an island vibe to South Point with a new “Luau” buffet menu, including unlimited Mai Tai’s. The a la carte experience provides six live cooking stations including soup, salad, fresh fruits, desserts and more with an abundance of food choices including Egg Drop Soup, Pot Stickers, Thai Beef Salad, Oriental Noodle Salad and Lomi-Lomi Salmon. Capturing an array of unique flavors, menu highlights include Sushi Rolls and Nigiri, Miso Glazed Tuna, Soy and Ginger Crusted Mahi Mahi, Polynesian Coconut Curried Chicken, Kalua Pork Loin and Diamond Head Grilled Red Fish. The buffet’s dessert station features Coconut Cup Cakes and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth. This specialty buffet will be available every Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m. for $15.95 with a players club card or $19.95 without a players club card.

    Friday and Saturday: South Point’s Garden Buffet enhances it’s “Seafood” buffet experience with a variety of seasonal salads, hand-crafted chowders, farm-fresh vegetables and a selection of the freshest seafood available. Guests have the option to select from a sea of dishes including Steamed Crab Legs, Black Bean Green Lip Mussels, Seafood Enchiladas, Shrimp Mac and Cheese, Southern Fried Catfish and Snapper Vera Cruse. Also included in the buffet is a large selection of carving stations featuring Roasted Prime Rib of Beef, House Smoked Salmon and Maple Glazed Roast Salmon. The “Seafood” buffet is available every Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. for $19.95 with a players club card or $24.95 without a players club card.

    For more information regarding the buffets, please visit the South Point website.

    Garden Buffet Serves Unlimited Bloody Marys During Breakfast – Daily

    South Point’s Garden Buffet offers breakfast guests the opportunity to enjoy unlimited bloody marys with the purchase of their breakfast buffet. The breakfast buffet is available Monday through Friday from 7 to 10 a.m. for $6.95 with a Casino Club Card or $8.45 without a Casino Club Card. For more information, please visit the South Point website.

    Garden Buffet Serves Unlimited Mimosas – Every Saturday and Sunday

    South Point’s Garden Buffet offers brunch guests the opportunity to enjoy unlimited mimosas with the purchase of their brunch buffet. The brunch buffet is available every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $14.95 with a Casino Club Card or $18.45 without a Casino Club Card. For more information, please visit the South Point website.

    $1 Bloody Marys/Mimosas and $2 Irish Coffees

    Throughout June, South Point Casino offers guests the option of $1 Bloody Marys or Mimosas at all casino bars and the Coronado Café. Guests can also enjoy refreshing Bailey’s Irish Cream and Coffee for $2 at any of the casino bars. This special is available Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to noon. For more information, please visit the South Point website.

    $3 Tequila Time Happy Hour at Baja Miguel’s Tequila Bar

    South Point’s Baja Miguel’s Tequila Bar offers a $3 Tequila Time happy-hour special throughout July. The happy-hour party includes margaritas, shots of Cuervo, well drinks and all beers. The special is available Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, please visit the South Point website or call 702-797-8075.

    Four Meals Under $4 at Steak ‘n Shake

    Steak ‘n Shake, located inside South Point Hotel, offers guests four meals for under $4. Guests can select from menu items such as the Double n’ Cheese Steakburger and fries; Single Bacon and Cheese Steakburger with fries; Chicken Fingers and fries; Triple Steakburger and fries. Each menu item rings up at $3.99 plus tax. For more information, please visit the South Point website.

    $7.95 Coronado Café Daily Specials

    South Point’s Coronado Café continues to offer guests a $7.95 daily special from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Monday: Diners have the option of a delicious Roast Loin of Pork with pan gravy, red cabbage and freshly mashed potatoes or a Classic Chef’s Salad with chopped iceberg and romaine lettuce topped with turkey, ham, salami, Swiss and American cheeses, tomato, hard boiled eggs and a choice of dressing.

    Tuesday: South Point guests may select from an Oven Baked Homemade Meatloaf with a mushroom sauce served with freshly mashed potatoes and vegetables or a Greek Chicken Salad with romaine lettuce, chicken breast, feta cheese, cucumber, tomato, green peppers and kalamata olives tossed in an herbed vinaigrette dressing.

    Wednesday: South Point guests have the option to enjoy a Swiss Steak simmered in a rich red wine sauce served with buttered noodles and vegetables or a Barbeque Chicken Salad with diced grilled chicken breast, tomato, bacon, black beans, cut corn and grated cheddar cheese topped with a barbeque ranch dressing.

    Thursday: South Point guests have the option of Chicken a la King featuring a sliced poached chicken breast with pimentos in a cream sauce laying on a bed of rice pilaf or a Grilled Steak Salad with seared beef tenderloin on top of crisp romaine lettuce tossed with green onions, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese and a light balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

    Friday: South Point’s Coronado Café menu will feature a Seafood Creole including scallops, shrimp and select seafood in a Creole sauce of onions, peppers and tomatoes with southern spices and a side of rice pilaf. Guests also have the option of a Citrus Glazed Chicken Salad with diced chicken, field greens, blue cheese, tomatoes, cranberries and honey glazed pecans tossed in a citrus vinaigrette dressing.

    Saturday: South Point guests have the option of selecting from a Flat Iron Steak with a red wine sauce and crumbled blue cheese with a side of freshly mashed potatoes and vegetables or Chicken Bruschetta with grilled chicken served on ciabatta bread and topped with a pesto cream sauce and diced tomatoes with basil garlic French fries.

    Sunday: South Point diners can enjoy a Roasted Turkey with sage dressing, freshly mashed potatoes, gravy, glazed yams and a side of vegetables or a Tequila Lime Chicken Bake including marinated chicken strips grilled with sweet red and green peppers, tossed with penne pasta, tomatoes and cilantro in a salsa cream sauce.

    South Point guests may add a cup of soup or house salad for an additional $3. For more information, please visit the South Point website.

    “What the Shuck!?” Big Sur Oyster Bar $7.95 Lunch Special and Half Priced Oysters and Clams

    South Point’s Big Sur Oyster Bar continues to offers guests a $7.95 lunch special throughout July. Guests will enjoy a variety of options including Shrimp Alfredo, Pasta Primavera with Shrimp, Fish Tacos, Shrimp Jambalaya, Red Snapper Creole Style, Oyster Po’ Boy and Bayou Burger. In addition, Big Sur Oyster Bar will feature half-price oysters and clams on the half shell. Guests can slurp down plump Louisiana Gold Seal Oysters as the chefs freshly shuck oysters in an open kitchen creating an exciting dining experience. These specials are available Monday through Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit the South Point website.

    Baja Miguel’s $9.95 Lunch Special

    South Point’s Baja Miguel’s Mexican restaurant continues to offer a $9.95 lunch special throughout July. Diners will begin the meal with a complimentary frozen margarita paired with an appetizing Fideo soup. For the main entrée, guests will have the option to select two items from a menu featuring enchiladas, flautas, tacos or chili relleno. All entrées will be served with Mexican rice and refried beans. The lunch special is available Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit the South Point website or call 702-797-8075.

    Graveyard Specials at Coronado Café

    Coronado Café will offer a delicious selection of graveyard specials throughout July. Guests will satisfy their late night cravings by selecting from a specially prepared menu featuring Buttermilk Biscuits & Country Gravy ($2.25), Two Eggs with Bacon or Sausage ($2.95), Steak and Eggs ($3.95), a Pancake Sandwich ($3.45) and a Cheeseburger ($3.75). Graveyard specials will be served daily from midnight to 6 a.m. All guests must be 21 or older with a valid form of ID. For more information, please visit the South Point website.

    VEGAS! The Show celebrates its third anniversary at the Saxe Theater!

    David Saxe Productions is excited to announce “VEGAS! The Show,” its flagship production in the Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood, has reached its three year milestone. The show opened to rave reviews on June 26, 2010. Since its opening, over 1.5 million guests have enjoyed the production that tells the story of the history of Las Vegas through music and dance from Vegas’ most memorable icons.

    Over the years, fans have been thrilled that there is finally a show in Las Vegas about Las Vegas. Guests can enjoy their favorite iconic songs from beloved artists who put Las Vegas on the map including The Rat Pack, Wayne Newton, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones and Sonny & Cher. Add the most beautiful showgirls and dancers in town and you get everything you would expect from a Las Vegas music and dance spectacular.

    Winner of the “Best Show in Las Vegas” award from Broadway World, “VEGAS! The Show” features an 11-piece live orchestra led by Pat Caddick and Jerry Lopez, beautiful showgirls, the best dancers in Las Vegas, amazing specialty acts and award-winning singers. It takes a cast and crew of 100 to keep the show running seven nights a week, two shows a night.

    The show’s creator and producer, David Saxe, reflected on the milestone, “’VEGAS! The Show’ pays respect to what Vegas used to be back in its heyday and what it should be now. Audiences are finally realizing that real Vegas entertainment isn’t those shows with clowns in leotards, and they are loving being introduced to what Vegas used to be and what it should be once again.”

    “I was born and raised in Las Vegas. My mom was a dancer in ‘Folies Bergere,’ my dad a band leader for The Rat Pack. One of my sisters was a dancer in Vegas shows and the other is a famous Vegas magician. I literally grew up backstage. This show is about everything my family stood for. It’s all about the talent. My goal is to connect with the audience and win them over. From Ann-Margret to Sammy Davis Jr. to Elvis, they all worked so hard they would be covered in sweat and break down in exhaustion nightly. That’s what I wanted to bring back to Las Vegas. Enough with shows about clowns in leotards; ‘VEGAS! The Show’ is what Las Vegas is truly all about.”

    Director and choreographer Tiger Martina said of the anniversary, “I am so very proud of my cast and crew for making the show such a great success. I am very excited to continually have the opportunity to let the show evolve.”

    The cast and crew will celebrate between shows at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26 with champagne and cake. All outlets wishing to send a photographer, please contact Allison Duck at pr@davidsaxe.com.

    About “Vegas! The Show”: See the show nightly at 7 and 9 p.m. in the Saxe Theater in Planet Hollywood. For tickets, please contact the box office at 702-260-7200 or visit www.davidsaxe.com.

    Beat the July Heat at Boyd Gaming with Cool Comedy, Multiplier Days, and Penny Lane Hot Seats for B Connected Members

    Boyd Gaming celebrates summer in July with deals for locals, bonus promotional days and value dining for B Connected members at The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast or Sam’s Town.

    Beginning July 3, comedy hotspot Big Al’s Comedy Club – named “Best Bargain Show in Las Vegas” by the staff of the Las Vegas Review-Journal – will move from The Orleans to a larger venue at the Gold Coast. Performances at the new venue will be Wednesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. The lineup for July includes:
    - July 3-6 – Bob Golub with Penny Prince
    - July 10-13 – Mike Marino with Murray Valeriano
    - July 17-20 – Rob Sherwood with Jen Murphy
    - July 24-27 – Paul Ogata with Yoursie Thomas

    On the 4th of July, local residents with B Connected cards can earn 11x points on slot machines and 7x points on video poker all day at The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam’s Town.

    You could be one of 304 lucky winners during Penny Lane Hot Seat Sundays in July. From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., B Connected members playing on penny reel machines in Penny Lane can win anywhere from $100 to $1,000. Winners will be picked every 20 minutes on Sunday, July 7, 14, 21, and 28. For more details and complete rules, visit the B Connected kiosk at The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam’s Town.

    Every Saturday in July, Las Vegas locals will be rewarded with 15x points on select Penny Lane slot machines at The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast and Sam’s Town. For more details, visit the B Connected kiosk at participating locations.

    In July, Suncoast and Sam’s Town will have Young At Heart bonus days on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Young At Heart is open to B Connected members 50 years of age and older. Drawing winners have a chance at cash prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000. For more details on Young At Heart, visit the B Connected kiosk at a participating location.

    July buffet specials will feature prime rib, seafood and big savings for B Connected members.
    The Orleans and Suncoast
    - Prime Rib and Shrimp Scampi Dinner Buffet for $12.99 ($15.99 non-member price), Sundays through Thursdays in July at The Orleans and Suncoast.
    - Prime Rib and Snow Crab Dinner Buffet for $15.99 ($20.99 non-member price), Fridays and Saturdays in July at The Orleans and Suncoast.
    - The Orleans Sunday Brunch Buffet for $11.99 ($13.99 non-member price) or at Suncoast for $12.99 ($15.99 non-member price).

    Gold Coast and Sam’s Town
    - Prime Rib Dinner Buffet for $9.99 ($12.99 non-member price), Sundays through Thursdays in July at Gold Coast and Sam’s Town.
    - Prime Rib and Seafood Dinner Buffet for $19.99 ($24.99 non-member price) on Fridays in July at Gold Coast and Sam’s Town.
    - Gold Coast Sunday Brunch Buffet for $10.99 ($12.99 non-member price) or at Sam’s Town for only $9.99 ($14.99 non-member price).

    $9.99 Steak and Fried Shrimp at The Orleans
    B Connected members can indulge in steak and fried shrimp for only $9.99* ($14.99 non-member price) every day in July from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Orleans Courtyard Café.

    Late Night Steak and Lobster Special at Sam’s Town and Gold Coast
    Billy Bob’s at Sam’s Town is offering B Connected members a steak and lobster dinner for $11.99* ($14.99 non-member price) with the purchase of a beverage, from 8 p.m. to close in July. The dinner special includes a char-grilled steak paired with a tender cold-water lobster tail along with a selection of sides. The steak and lobster dinner special is also available from 8:30 p.m. to close at Gold Coast’s Cortez Room.

    Eldorado and Jokers Wild
    $2.99 Spaghetti Dinner
    The Cafés at Eldorado and Jokers Wild are offering a spaghetti dinner with a choice of soup or salad for $2.99, every day in July from 11 a.m. to close.

    4th of July BBQ Meal for $5.99
    On the 4th of July, The Café at Eldorado will serve a BBQ baked chicken meal with all the fixings for $5.99 from 11 a.m. to close.

    Dollar Drink Specials
    The casino bars at Eldorado and Jokers Wild will serve all day $1 Budweiser and $2 Jack Daniels or Jack Daniels Honey in July.

    For further information on these and other promotions, visit www.boydgaming.com, www.bconnectedonline.com, or visit any B Connected desk.

    Membership in B Connected is required to participate in all promotions and dining specials; membership is free and available to persons over the age of 21. Prices do not include tax or gratuity, and no additional B Connected discounts apply. All dining specials are valid for the B Connected cardholder and one guest 21 years of age and older.

    Get ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ When Vocalist BJ Thomas Returns to the Suncoast Showroom August 10-11

    In 1966, Thomas released his first hit record, a cover of Hank Williams classic, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” From 1967 to 1975, Thomas charted numerous hits, including: “The Eyes of a New York Woman,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “It’s Only Love,” and “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.”

    Thomas is perhaps best-known for “Rain Drops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” featured in the 1969 movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and winner of an Academy Award for “Best Original Song.” Since then, the song has been featured in numerous movies, including “Forrest Gump,” “Clerks II,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” and “Spider-Man 2.”

    During the ‘80s, Thomas’ music crossed over to the country charts with “Whatever Happened to Old-Fashioned Love,” “New Looks from an Old Lover” and “Two Car Garage.” He became the 60th member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1981.

    In 1985 Thomas recorded “As Long As We’ve Got Each Other,” which was later used as the theme song for the hit ABC sitcom “Growing Pains.”

    In 2007 he released his fourth holiday album, “Home for Christmas.”

    Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95, plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming box office, by calling 702.636.7075 or visiting www.suncoastcasino.com.

    Follow the Sounds of Laughter to Big Al’s Comedy Club at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino

    Beginning July 3, Comedy Hotspot Moves from The Orleans to Larger Venue at the Gold Coast

    Las Vegas—One of Las Vegas’ hottest new comedy venues is on the move. Starting July 3, Big Al’s Comedy Club – named “Best Bargain Show in Las Vegas” by the staff of the Las Vegas Review-Journal – will move from The Orleans to a larger venue at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino.

    At its new home in the Gold Coast Showroom, Big Al’s Comedy Club will have additional seating and state-of-the-art equipment. Tickets will remain $19.95 (including one drink); showtimes will move to Wednesdays through Saturdays, 7 p.m. each evening.

    “In just a couple of years, Big Al’s Comedy Club has grown into one of the most popular comedy destinations in Las Vegas,” said Terry Jenkins, Corporate Director of Entertainment for Boyd Gaming. “The Gold Coast will provide additional space to accommodate larger audiences, as well as a better experience for guests and performers. And with a location closer to the Strip, we’ll have the opportunity to introduce Big Al’s to an entirely new group of customers.”

    For the remainder of June – performances will continue at The Orleans at 8 p.m. The line up includes:
    - June 19-23 – Timm Metivier with John Crist
    - June 26-28 – Gary Caouette with Carla Rea

    Beginning July 3, all performances will be at the Gold Coast, Wednesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. The line up for July includes:
    - July 3-6 – Bob Golub with Penny Prince
    - July 10-13 – Mike Marino with Murray Valeriano
    - July 17-20 – Rob Sherwood with Jen Murphy
    - July 24-27 – Paul Ogata with Yoursie Thomas

    Bally Technologies revs up NASCAR slot machines complete with surround sound
    BY: Howard Stutz/LVRJ

    It took a diehard NASCAR fan to create a slot machine based on the popular sport.

    Now, other fans of the stock car racing circuit can play the slot machines nationwide.

    Bally Technologies is rolling out its NASCAR slot machines throughout the U.S. starting this week. The games were unveiled last fall at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas and have been available only at casinos operated by Boyd Gaming Corp. through a brief exclusivity contract.

    The slot machines have authentic NASCAR videos and images and are adorned with photos of famous drivers and stock cars. A surround-sound system pipes in audio from famed NASCAR announcer Eli Gold into speakers embedded in the game’s chair.

    The slot machines are the first games ever licensed to a nationally recognized major sports league or attraction.

    More here:

    Compiling fantasy team of tribute artists easy in Vegas
    BY: Mike Weatherford/LVRJ

    There are way too many talent contests on TV now, but still there’s one I kind of miss: the one for celebrity impersonators called “The Next Best Thing.”

    Las Vegas performers swept first, second and third place when the show aired on ABC six years ago, so its return would all but guarantee some love for entertainers who labor in the lower tiers of show business on the Strip.

    Until then, I’m assembling my own fantasy team of tribute superstars. The only catch is that you have to go to different shows to see them. But the two I’m drafting from this week don’t overlap much anyway.

    Already on the team — as a May 16 review explained in more detail — are Erika Moul’s Lady Gaga from “Tribute Royalty” and Damian Brantley’s Michael Jackson from “Legends in Concert.”

    More here:

    Rick Thomas making magic without furry friends
    BY: Mike Weatherford/LVRJ

    The white tiger era of Las Vegas magic seems to have come to an end, but Rick Thomas had years in Southern Nevada to convince families he can work without the cats.

    The lantern-jawed illusionist is back in town for a pre-holiday weekend at the Suncoast, where he debuted his newly tiger-free act earlier this year.

    “Tigers were always part of my show, but they never were my show,” Thomas said then of his decision to retire his furry friends to an animal preserve in Arizona.

    Most of the big cat illusions can be performed with humans instead. And Thomas is an authoritative presence in his own right with his fast-moving, traditional stage magic.

    And if he still needs a point of distinction, he can always tap into his ballroom dancing past to connect on a “Dancing with the Stars” level.


    Silver Sevens to Debut July 1
    BY: Rick Garman/www.vegas4visitors.com

    Terrible's is Terrible no more.

    Completing the final phase of a year-long transition, Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino will make its official debut with a week-long celebration, beginning Monday, July 1.

    The property formerly known as Terrible's Hotel & Casino has undergone an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation that included a complete makeover of all the rooms, a fully renovated sports book operated by William Hill, a new Corona Cantina bar, the addition of a new hospitality suite, and a new guest service center. The exterior of the property also received a refreshed look with the installation of new neon signage to reflect Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino.

    The grand opening celebration will include gaming promotions plus dining and drink specials.

    Join Silver Sevens A-Play Club and you can enter special scooter and car giveaways. Play to earn drawing tickets for a daily giveaway of a scooter and toward the grand prize giveaway of a 2013 Fiat 500 Pop. The car winner will be selected July 7 at 7pm and scooter giveaways will take place in the Corona Cantina daily at 3 pm July 1-7.

    Additional gaming promotions for A-Club Members include the $80,000 "Red, White and Blue Cash" drawings set every Friday and Saturday in July, where participants can win $5,000 Cash; free entry into the $5,000 "Swipe & Win" on Wednesday, July 3; and a cruise giveaway on July 7. In addition, all A-Club Members who earn 50 base points during the celebration week will earn a free Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino T-shirt.

    If you're hungry, the Sterling Spoon Café (formerly Bougainvillea) will be serving $7.77 steak and lobster dinner every day in July from 2 to 10 pm. In addition, Café guests can enjoy seven entrées under $7 offered 24 hours a day throughout July, including signature items: steak salad, chicken lettuce wraps, Mandarin chicken salad, pulled pork sandwich, and eggplant parmesan. During the celebration week festivities, free cake and champagne will be served July 1-3 from 4 to 7 pm each day and free coffee and pastries will be served July 5-7 from 8 to 11 am each day.

    Silver Sevens is at the corner of Flamingo and Paradise, about a mile east of The Strip.

    Nightlife Review: Light
    BY: Rick Garman/www.vegas4visitors.com

    No matter the luxury trappings, most Las Vegas nightclubs have a similar kind of anything-goes, hedonistic atmosphere where all that really matters is how strong the drinks are and how loud the music is. This is primarily done to lure the young, party-til-dawn set who think nothing of dropping hundreds of dollars to have a night out on the town.

    Light, the high-energy nightclub at Mandalay Bay opened in 2013, certainly has it's share of that crowd but something here feels different; a little more grown-up, a little more sophisticated, a and a lot more sexy.

    Credit goes mostly to this being the brainchild of longtime nightclub management company the Light Group (Haze, Bank, 1 OAK, and several others) and Cirque du Soleil (Mystére, O, KÀ, and several others). The union of these two subject-matter-experts has taken the best of what a nightclub can be and combined it with the kind of cutting-edge atmosphere and visuals that turn it into something more than just a dance floor and a bar.

    The space is really little more than a three-story black box theater, with a dance floor surrounded on three sides by multiple levels of bottle-service VIP seating, everyone else standing, and bar space. There is no decor to speak of which allows the focus to be easily shifted depending on where they want it to be. A lot of the time that's on the massive floor-to-ceiling video projection wall that spans almost the entire football-field length of the club. It shows moody visuals in random flashes that are almost hypnotic and often tied to the special effects happening around the space. For instance, a video of a woman exhaling smoke is timed to the dry ice jets that flood the room with fog.

    But really taking it to the next level are the Cirque performers that pop-up randomly throughout the room. Bungee artists soar above the dance floor; colorfully adorned dancers spin lazily in glass globes or shimmy around in light-up costumes; two big sections of the video wall become transparent to show stages above the dance floor where acrobats and dancers appear almost out of nowhere in mini-shows.

    Big name DJs man the booth after midnight on many nights including exclusive stands from Skrillex, Zedd, Bass Jackers, and Carl Kennedy to name a few. They and the house DJs that play before and after the main-stage sets keep the party going with a non-stop mix of EDM, house, hip-hop, and pop. It was interesting, I thought, that the sound level was loud but not at that ear-drum bleeding level it is in most clubs. I was actually able to have a conversation that didn't involve me having to pretend like I heard what the other person said. This added to the sophisticated vibe of the club.

    Don't get me wrong - there were still plenty of young, pretty party-people in attendance including one VIP booth of about a dozen twenty-somethings who had what I estimated to be about $4,000 worth of booze, much of which they had already consumed by the time I saw them. And while I was definitely an outlier in terms of age, I didn't feel uncomfortable like I usually do in these types of youth-focused clubs.

    And the one thing it definitely has in common with most of the other nightclubs in town is the cost. Figure anywhere from $20-$50 to get in and then drinks (including domestic beers) from $10-$25 apiece.

    Light is a fantastic, wholly original nightclub that has a little bit of something for everyone and a lot for people who don't normally like nightclubs.

    Mandalay Bay
    3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
    Fri-Sat 10:30pm-4am

    New At Palazzo: Players Choice 21
    From: www.vegaschatter.com

    Palazzo seems like The Strip's gambling guinea pig. Palazzo is often the first place on The Strip where new games are tested. Last year, they were one of the first Strip casinos to offer Galaxy Gaming's craps bonus bets. This year, they're the first to offer a pretty strange version of blackjack with Players Choice 21.

    Players Choice 21 combines the jackpot fun of 3 card poker with blackjack and mixes them in a bowl. The first thing you'll notice with Players Choice 21 is that there are three bets available to be played. Get ready to be confused and amazed!

    More here:

    The Chuck Jones Experience Now Closed For Rabbit Season
    From: www.vegaschatter.com

    The Chuck Jones Experience at Circus Circus has gone kaput. Tucked waaaaay at the back of the property, it celebrated the life and work of artist and cartoonist Chuck Jones, the director of the Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig cartoons. And, once opened, well, we never heard much about it again.

    We attended the exhibit launch back in January 2012 and felt that, even at $19.95, very casual fans would be surprised, and maybe disappointed, at how much of a tribute it was to the man. And, not his creations.

    More here:

    Next Phase of High Roller Observation Wheel Construction Begins at The Linq

    The High Roller Observation Wheel at The Linq is about to get its outer rim!

    Three mammoth segments of the wheel’s rim, each weighing about 90,000 pounds, are being prepared for installation in the next couple of weeks.

    Each rim section is 56 feet long, or more than the width of the typical high school basketball court.

    There will be 28 rim sections in total.

    When completed, the High Roller wheel will be 550 feet tall. The legs of the wheel have already been put up, so the current structure is roughly half of the High Roller’s ultimate height.

    More here and LOTS of pictures:

    Bally’s Las Vegas to Renovate South Tower Rooms

    Bally’s Las Vegas has announced plans to renovate 756 rooms in its popular south tower.

    The tower will be renamed the Jubilee Tower, after the hotel’s quintessential Sin City show of the same name. (To be specific, the show is called “Jubilee!” Please try and keep up.)

    Here’s what the new rooms will look like.


    Louie in Search of a Star: Entertainment columnist Mike Weatherford writes in the R-J that Louie Anderson has turned his search for an opening act into a social media contest. The comedian isn't looking for a fellow comic, but instead a singer or variety act (impressionist, for example), to complement the comedy. Aspiring fans are encouraged to upload videos of 15 seconds or under to Instagram video, using the hashtag #open4louie, or upload to YouTube and send him a link on Twitter or his official website.

    Smashburger, which has several valley locations, has taken one of its "secret" menu items public, with the unveiling of the Häagen-Dazs Peanut Butter & Jelly Shake to mark National Ice Cream Month in July. The shake, one of a number of off-menu items offered by the chain, which caters to regional tastes with customized menu items and invites customers to concoct their own burger and shake creations, will promote the PB&J from July 1 through Sept. 30.

    Following approval of its bankruptcy-reorganization plan, which was obtained Friday, CSD LLC, the company behind the plan to turn former headliner Wayne Newton's private estate into a tourist attraction, will finally go ahead. The original plan ended in a bitter feud between the Newtons and the investment company, and in its new incarnation the as-yet-unnamed theme park will no longer include the singer's memorabilia collection, nor his exotic menagerie, nor the singer himself, who has now moved to a different property with his wife. Permission for the controversial attraction, which is opposed by many neighbors who don't want hordes of tourists being bused into the exclusive neighborhood, was granted by the Clark County Commission only on condition that it be developed as a Graceland-style theme park celebrating the singer's life and career.

    Approvals have been granted for the Dynasty Resort Hotel, which is planned for E. Flamingo Rd., between Tuscany and the old Key Largo. Dynasty will have 794 rooms, a retail area, and meeting space, along with a 100,000-square-foot casino. The hotel tower is currently planned for 260 feet, but Dynasty is petitioning for an FAA variance that would allow it to be built to 375 feet. The resort could open by 2015.

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    World Food Championships and Food & Wine All-Stars return to L.V. in the fall
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Following last year’s successful debut, the World Food Championships are returning for its second-annual outing, but not on the Strip this time around. Last winter, events were at the Paris and Caesars Palace, but this year it will be Downtown at the two Fremont Street zones.

    The Experience and the District will be the official host venues of the high-stakes food competition Nov. 7-10. It’s the Foodie Olympics! Nearly 500 competitors from more than 10 countries will seek fame and fortune in the Fremont Food Fight. Categories include barbecue, chili, burger, sandwich, recipe (with a pasta focus), dessert and the new Ultimate Bacon Experience.

    Total prize money will be $300,000, with a tournament-style format culminating in the title of world champion after a WSOP Final Table-like contest with a panel of VIPs and culinary celebrities, including yours truly, in front of an audience.

    Last year, chef Robert Butler from the Paris defeated six other category champions to win the inaugural event. “Being part of the two Fremont areas provides a perfect balance of glitz and glamour and true community spirit to make the event an exciting destination for tourists foodies and locals,” said Mike McCloud, WFC president.


    They are supposed to be top-secret culinary moves in Las Vegas, but I can confirm that star chef Julian Serrano at Bellagio, while staying with his beautiful restaurant Picasso, will move up to open a new Italian tapas restaurant on the main casino floor. We know the venue he’s taking over, but we’ll keep that under our toque for the moment.

    Celebrity chef and The Food Network’s “Chopped” judge Scott Conant (Scarpetta at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas) has been selected to provide seasonal gourmet fare and signature cocktails at the new American Express Centurian Lounge opening on Concourse D at McCarran International.

    Eleven-time world pizza champion Tony Gemignani opens his Pizza Rock this summer as part of the Downtown 3rd neighborhood. The 185-seat restaurant will anchor at Ogden Avenue and 3rd Street alongside the Downtown Grand Hotel opening this fall on the former Lady Luck property. It will serve gourmet creations, artisan cocktails and imported beers and wines. The four pizza ovens will create Italian and American pizzas, including his pies that won World Pizza Cup challenges in Italy and The Food Network’s Gold Medal.

    Celebrity chef Angelo Sosa (Poppy Den in Tivoli Village) has introduced a summer menu of lighter cuisine and American classics with a modern Asian twist. His appetizers now include Asian lobster salad and crab cakes and entrees of grilled tuna and pork chops with spiced applesauce. Angelo has added a sake and sangria blend and beer floats to go with the yuzu panna cotta and chocolate and vanilla tiramisu served in the candle-lit gardens. “All inspired by my world travels,” Angelo told me.

    The Fourth Annual Food & Wine All-Star Weekend is set to return Oct. 4-6 at Bellagio, Aria and MGM Grand. Celebrity chefs including Joel Robuchon, Michael Mina, Shawn McClain and Heather Zheng will collaborate on epicurean events, including an educational wine class with Master Sommelier Jason Smith, a cooking demo on how to make sushi 10 ways, a dinner with a Michelin-starred chef, a pizza party and more. Go to MGM Grand’s website for the incredible three-day culinary lineup.

    Michael Mina’s Pub 1842, where his twists are a tasty tribute to traditional fare
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun


    Until now, celebrity chef Michael Mina has been lauded about his serious side of food — fine dining, creative cuisine and elegant service. It's won him numerous national awards, including those famed Michelin stars. Now he just wants to have fun!

    He’s determined his new Pub 1842 will be exactly that, and since opening this week at MGM Grand, tourists, residents and foodies are having a party there to the tune of a staggering 900 guests a night. Michael, who is partnered with tennis champion Andre Agassi, thinks they’ll hit 1,000 by the weekend.

    “They are loving the food,” Michael told me as I complimented him on the fish and chips -- better at Pub 1842 than back in Britain! Stir your pretzel sticks into the poached egg and mush it up in the beer mixed cheese sauce. It's so uniquely yummy you’ll immediately order a second bowl!

    Read more: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013...#ixzz2XReVTDuQ

    The hottest place for Sunday brunch has become the Bare pool at the Mirage, where there’s an open bloody mary bar, breakfast burritos and lobster tacos. The view of the topless beauties sunbathing is free but the three-liter Dom Perignon Rose Champagne costs $11,925!

    Two major restaurant changes are about to send shock waves along the Strip — yet another top television chef is headed to the south end to add to his ever-growing restaurant empire. One of the largest and longest-running family institutions will get its closing notice and be replaced by his fashionable, smarter operation out of New York, more in keeping with its new, hip neighbors. Another venerable legendary mid-Strip restaurant will take its leave, too, and one of our other resident celebrity chefs has been tapped to give it a whole new concept based partly on his success with a similar project at a sister property. I know the names but am sworn to secrecy until plans move further along, but you’ll read it here first once construction changes are approved and opening dates are set.

    Dining website OpenTable.com has named three Las Vegas hotspots among the best restaurant bars in the country as part of the site’s annual Diner’s Choice Awards.

    Whether you’re starting your night with a meal or ending your night with a drink, STK at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Tao at The Venetian and Todd English P.U.B. at Crystals in CityCenter were found to be among the best to do both by OpenTable users, whose ratings and reviews rank the three restaurants on OpenTable’s list of the Top 100 Hottest Restaurant Bars.

    Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis at Green Valley Ranch, 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway in Henderson, and T-bones Chophouse at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., have extended their happy hours to 4 to 7 p.m. daily, with appetizers served starting at 5 p.m. Bar snacks such as watermelon salad with feta cheese, red onion and basil and Serrano ham and Manchego cheese with roasted peppers and fig preserves are less than $12. Craft martinis are half off.

    Hachi at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., has revamped its menu, adding such dishes as French bean tempura, hearts of palm salad, warm Japawnese mushroom salad, tuna sashimi flatbread, lobster tacos and Japanese Wagyu beef served “hot-rock-style” tableside, with Hachi dipping sauces.

    Gilley’s at Treasure Island, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, also offers new menu items, with starters such as a giant Bavarian pretzel, barbecue such as St. Louis spare ribs and specialties such as maple-chipotle pork chops and a sweet-tea-rubbed rib-eye steak.

    Dining Pick of the Week: Biaggio's Pizzeria

    Dining Pick of the Week: Stymies Pub

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    Nine Fine Irishmen Reveals New, Mighty Fine Patio
    From: www.vegaschatter.com

    Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York is testing out their new Strip-side patio tonight and, if all goes well, it could welcome the heat-weary masses with cold, frosty pints as soon as this weekend.

    @John_Nissan on Twitter captured these images of a newly revealed patio and balcony earlier today. A remodel has expanded outdoor seating, added a Strip-front bar and rebuilt the restaurant-slash-bar's upper balcony as well. An indoor 'patio' also was created just off the casino floor. That portion of the renovation has been up and running for almost three weeks now.


    What Double Barrel Roadhouse Will (May?) Look Like at Monte Carlo
    From: www.vegaschatter.com

    While its fountain and oversized scantily clad statues are out, something straight from the set of an Ol' Western will be in at Monte Carlo when construction ends on its re-imagined facade. A $100 million dollar project will bring new food and beverage outlets to the Strip-side exterior of the resort, including Double Barrel Roadhouse. And, we've turned up the rendering above that brings to life a design termed by a press release as an "old-world rustic barn saloon."

    DB will flank the north side of Monte Carlo's strip frontage and, if this rendering is up-to-date, will fit right in with its bookend on the other side, Diablo's Cantina. It's a stark contrast to the rendering below which was released back in April and shows a much more generic contemporary, all-glass facade.

    Double Barrel, owned by sbe which is behind Hyde Bellagio and the coming SLS Las Vegas, will feature "live music, an array of craft cocktails and beers, and classic American comfort food." SLSHotels.com says the restaurant-slash-bar is aiming for a New Year's Eve opening. And, it's probably safe to assume that a few of its new neighbors will debut at the same time, too.

    More pictures here:

    Once at the Rio, McFadden's will mark its Vegas return next month as well. This time with a location in Town Square, the outdoor mall down the road from Mandalay Bay. A reliable source tells us that a three-day grand opening drink fest extravaganza will begin on July 18.

    Another anticipated opening for July, however, has already fallen victim to a postponement. Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak at The Mirage was due to open next month, but won't fire up the grills until August.

    The cheeseburger-fication of the Las Vegas Strip
    BY: Brocke Radke/Las Vegas Weekly

    The Las Vegas Strip is a cheeseburger right now. Familiar. Satisfying. Easy. Just what everybody wants.

    It’s 2013, and it’s been years since we had this much to look forward to—new resorts, restaurants, retail plazas and more with actual opening dates marked on the calendar. On the food front, it’s all about burgers: new ones on the way from celeb chefs Mario Batali, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay and Daniel Boulud, plus famous burger joints from both coasts, Shake Shack and Umami Burger. Most of the coming restaurant development skews casual, which lines up nicely with the planned pedestrian thoroughfares offering new places to shop, hang out, ride rides and have fun. The Linq will have all that stuff, and there will be a park near New York-New York with more laid-back, easygoing activities, all set up next to a new $350 million, 20,000-seat arena.

    The Strip still entertains like no other, but the big boom onstage right now (as covered recently in the Weekly) is in comedy, a lean art form that requires little more than a mic, a spotlight and some jokes. Most of the casinos that will arrive in the next few years are not massively expensive construction projects but wise renovations, stylish makeovers of old resorts that ran their course.

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    Behold the Guy Fieri restaurant opening at The Quad by the end of the year. The Quad just tweeted out a rendering of the restaurant that still lacks a name.

    Look for a large outdoor patio and dining area located next to the Carnaval Court and The Quad's main entrance. All is part of a massive transformation that includes The Linq, the entertainment complex that will have the world's tallest observation wheel, the 550-foot Las Vegas High Roller, also opening by the end of the year.

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    Looks like the Riviera is ready to undergo a restaurant refresher following a leadership shakeup. Now Diana Bennett and Scott Menke, CEO and president of Paragon Gaming respectively, were tapped to take over the Riviera, and already Menke "plans to bring in a leading restaurant consultant to spruce up Riviera's food offerings."

    Now beer fans on the west side have a place to sup on a cavalcade of brews. Aces & Ales opened its second location, this time near Tenaya Creek Brewery. The beer bar has 50 beers on tap and 150 bottles on the regular rotation that range from pilsners and hefeweizens to imperial stouts and IPAs, more than double the number of taps as the original.

    Look for pub fare including Wisconsin fried cheese curds, pepper bombs and beer bits, a pretzel crust with olive oil, garlic and herbs served with marinara sauce. Bratwurst plates, Arrogant Bastard steak sandwiches and more make the menu as well. The new location features 37 flat screens, a patio and a lounge.

    Aces & Ales
    Address: 2801 N. Tenaya Way
    Phone: 702-638-2337

    Capriotti's Sandwich Shop opens its newest location at 170 N. Boulder Hwy. in Henderson today. Also, this shop and all others across the country just introduced Capriotti's new LTO, The Firecracker Spicy Turkey Sub. Made with hand-pulled turkey, Capacolla ham, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, oregano and zesty crushed pepper relish for a spicy kick, this new sandwich will only be available through the end of July.

    Your First Look at FIVE50 Pizza Bar, Opening July 4
    BY: Susan Stappleton/www.vegaseater.com

    Here's your first look at Shawn McClain's FIVE50 Pizza Bar, opening at Aria on July 4. The restaurant, a second for McClain at Aria, brings a twist on East Coast and Sicilian-style pizzas along with a list of craft beers.

    The name FIVE50 is inspired by the temperature at which the pizza is cooked, and the time when the pizza bar will celebrate a special happy hour daily. Expect to find small plates, handmade pastas, an artisanal charcuterie selection and desserts in addition to pizzas.

    The space, designed by the Rockwell Group, blends the look of an iconic pizzeria with the social energy of a bar scene. Expect to find built in wood-fired ovens, a central, high-energy bar, communal tables in the dining room and a walk-up slice counter for guests on the go. FIVE50 Pizza Bar will be open daily for lunch, dinner and late night.


    Updating the Electric Energy of Downtown's Pizza Rock
    BY: Bradley Martin/www.vegaseater.com

    Still promising a late summer opening, Sacramento's Pizza Rock is heading to Downtown's 3rd Street and revealing some of the elements they promise will add "artistic and energetic atmosphere" to their national reputation for serving premium gourmet pizzas.

    The Sacramento branch carved out a concept of music, pizza, breakdancing staff and eclectic decor. The Las Vegas outpost will expand on those themes. Project mastermind Tony Gemignani is an 11-time World Pizza Champion and creator of their infamous Margherita pizza, only prepared in limited batches of 73 pies per day.

    The 185-seat restaurant will feature four different ovens concentrating on Neapolitan, classic Italian, classic American, Sicilian, Roman and gluten-free pizzas.

    More here:

    HENDERSON — Bratalian Neopolitan Cantina now offers a three-course prefix menu that includes an appetizer, choice of entrée and dessert for $29.99 per person. A few of the notable menu items include fagioli, cipolle and tonno, pollo alla Milanese and torta di ricotta. The menu is available from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    Tivoli Village will soon have a chance to ponder the enigmatic name of Los Angeles chef Sam Marvin's Echo & Rig Steakhouse & Butcher Shop. Long awaited as a tenant of Tivoli Village, the chef is now hiring and promoting an August debut with a new logo.

    Occupying a corner property across the plaza from Ogden's Hops & Harvest, Marvin's 12,000-square-foot space will cover two floors and feature a butcher shop alongside a full-service restaurant. The steakhouse will favor 75 farm fresh items and the butcher shop will offer ready to cook and ready-to-eat beef, pork, lamb and game among its retail fare.

    SWITCHEROOS The name changes continue at Aria. Now Café Vettro shall be referred to as Aria Cafe. The joint is open 24 hours. Bar Moderno became Lift Bar last week.

    The rumor mill rumbled with news that French chef Alain Ducasse, who now calls Monaco his native country, may be on the verge of announcing his second restaurant in Vegas. Sources says Ducasse is working on something called Chef's Table, rumored to go into Crystals, the chichi shopping center in front of Aria.

    The restaurant is said to be sort of like Eataly, the gourmet Italian market and eatery from Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich in New York, a concept Batali has repeatedly said he wants to bring to Vegas.

    Revolutionary food and drink at the upcoming Rx Boiler Room
    BY: Brock Radke/Las Vegas Weekly

    Rick Moonen has said his new Rx Boiler Room project—replacing RM Seafood’s upstairs dining room inside Mandalay Place—is all about applying precise, somewhat scientific technique to classic cocktails and comfort food. That description might have been used before by other restaurants or bars, but Moonen and his team—including executive chef Johnny Church and lead barman Nathan Greene—are really doing it, pushing the boundaries of how familiar, favorite dishes and drinks are made and consumed. Rx Boiler Room is expected to open to the public after July 4, but mad scientist Moonen invited the Weekly for an exclusive tasting of three plates paired with cocktails. Get ready to have your idea of bar food completely recalibrated.

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    The executive chef that opened the big, buzzed-about Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace last year has jumped across the Strip. Scott Green is now executive chef of The Buffet at Wynn and plans to add some new menu items soon. Before his tenure at Caesars, Green ran kitchens at the former Little Buddha restaurant at the Palms and on Celebrity Cruise Line ships.

    Bagatelle Beach at Tropicana is enhancing its weekend brunch offerings starting tomorrow, June 22. Brunch will be served every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. atop the outdoor bistro-style restaurant overlooking the pool experience or indoors in Bagatelle’s fancy dining room. New dishes from executive chef Adam Hickman include fresh snapper ceviche, barbecue chicken flatbread and Thai steak salad. Don’t forget the champagne.

    A terrific and overlooked restaurant at the Crystals mall, Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina has launched the Sunday Family Style Dinner, a four-course feast of rustic Italian dishes for $28 per person available Sundays from 11 a.m. until closing at 10:30 p.m. The price is good for four or more guests, and bottles of wine to go with it are also $28. Sounds like a delicious deal.

    This past spring, the fourth location of the local wholesome food Rachel's Kitchen chain opened in The Ogden residential tower downtown on Las Vegas Boulevard for breakfast and lunch. The indoor dining room with peach walls and green tile tables seats about 50 people and there's room for more along the sidewalk. You order from a counter and your meal is brought to your table. Rachel's Kitchen operates two Summerlin locations and a spot in The District.
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