‘We are back’: SLS Las Vegas opening Labor Day weekend
BY: Ed Komenda/Las Vegas Sun
SLS Las Vegas is set to open Labor Day weekend.
The announcement arrived today in the form of a banner across the forthcoming resort’s website, where SBE Entertainment CEO Sam Nazarian posted a blog item about the opening.
“It’s been an incredible journey these past few years and I’m proud and humbled by some big news — SLS Las Vegas is officially opening Labor Day Weekend 2014,” Nazarian posted. “Looking forward to toasting The Strip’s next chapter with you! We are ‘back’ indeed!”
The blog post also featured a picture of a note written by Nazarian after the closing of the old Sahara, which will become SLS. “Be back soon! Thank you for 59 years,” the note said.
The brainchild of SBE Entertainment and private equity firm Stockbridge Capital Group, the $415 million, 1,600-room SLS Las Vegas will open more than three years after the Sahara closed.
Confirmed! Olivia Newton-John is the one that fans want at the Flamingo
BY: Don Chareunsy/Las Vegas Sun
Photo credit: TOM DONOGHUE/DONOGHUEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
Behind-the-scenes of Meat Loaf’s ‘Rocktellz & Cocktails’ at Planet Hollywood
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun
Rock singer and actor Meat Loaf is on a whirlwind bicoastal schedule preparing for his new second run of “Rocktellz & Cocktails” shows at Planet Hollywood starting next Thursday. He’ll perform a mini-residency of 24 shows through April 8.
The incredible intensity of his singing and unique voice permits only three shows a week. The rest of the time he has to rest his voice — not speaking and within the full blast of large humidifiers because of the dry desert air.
At his side throughout is a pretty, and unique, woman. It’s not his wife, Deborah. It’s her good friend Frances Bowdely. She was Meat’s right-hand woman for five years when he went on tour. He’s now retired from the grind of the road and is very content continuing his Las Vegas shows along with his acting roles.
Dim the lights: Las Vegas is named among most romantic cities in the country
BY: Andrea Domanick/Las Vegas Sun
Well, we’re not called the Marriage Capital of the World for nothing, right?
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Amazon.com has named Las Vegas among its Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S.
Las Vegas placed 16th on the annual list, down three spots from last year.
The online retail behemoth compiled the ranking, now in its fifth year, using 2013 shopping trend data for swoon-inducing products like romantic-comedy films, romantic music, romance novels, relationship books and sexual-wellness products on a per-capita basis in cities with more than 100,00 residents.
Gansevoort who? Caesars execs reveal The Cromwell
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun
After months of rumors, all reported here at Vegas DeLuxe, it will be finally official this morning that the Strip’s newest luxury boutique hotel with only 188 rooms and suites will be known as The Cromwell. Caesars Entertainment executives will reveal details of the property today after floating various names for the boutique resort.
The Cromwell may well be the Strip’s smallest hotel, but it is located at one of its busiest intersections with more than 20 million passersby each year. Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon is now a faded memory as The Cromwell takes its place ready to open this spring.
It will feature a 40,000-square-foot casino, a hotel lobby bar, a lounge and two incredible attractions — a restaurant by television’s top-rated chef Giada De Laurentiis and dayclub/nightlife venues by party prince Victor Drai.
Beacher’s Madhouse is risque freaks and geeks; Rose. Rabbit. Lie. takes risks
BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun
The night begins with Skye Dee Miles and her new Tropicana Nights show at Tropicana Lounge. It is important to note that Miles kicks off this coincidentally aligned weekend of entertainment on the Strip because she unleashes a consistently entertaining show.
What lies ahead, beyond the Skye zone, is largely unknown. But she delivers, always.
Miles voice fills the wide-open spaces up and around the Trop’s lounge, cascading across the casino floor and rising to the mezzanine and the entrance to the Laugh Factory, where standups such as Gallagher have leaned on the rail and watched her perform. And mercy, this woman can sing. Miles also makes innumerable costume and wig changes (Miles’ head is a veritable Benetton ad) as her band blazes through a 4 1/2-hour set ending at 2 a.m.
Legendary ‘Jubilee!’ ends 32-year run tonight at Bally’s, to undergo contemporary makeover
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun
Photo credit: DENISE TRUSCELLO/DENISETRUSCELLO.NET
It’s the end of an era. Las Vegas entertainment history changes tonight when the longest-running production show on the Strip shuts its doors after nearly 33 years.
“Jubilee!,” with its cast of 85 gorgeous showgirls and handsome showboys, is about to undergo a major transformation, and version 2.0 to usher the legendary spectacular into our contemporary age will reopen at Bally’s in March.
I’m told that it will be a very quiet exit tonight with the last show at 7. No onstage cake. No onstage speeches. Maybe a few tears as the epic Titanic sinks for the last time and the Samson & Delilah columns crash down forever.
Parody ‘Pawn Shop Live!’ premieres at Golden Nugget with ‘Pawn Stars’ stars
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun
“Pawn Shop Live!” is an all-out-fun spoof of the History Channel reality-TV hit “Pawn Stars,” and the real-life TV celebrities will all be at the Golden Nugget for the official media-night launch Thursday. I watched a preview of the multimedia, interactive stage show, and you, too, will marvel at the amazing look-alike cast (complete with an Old Man puppet) as you laugh out loud.
Yes, it’s odd. Yes, it’s totally original. Yes, it’s unique. Yes, it’s off the wall. Yes, it will have you wondering what is real and what is make believe. Yes, the cast takes on a thousand roles seamlessly. They are truly exuberant and enthusiastic, and all told me that they love what they’re doing.
Rick Harrison told me that he’s happy the family — and family friend Austin “Chumlee” Russell” — endorsed the satire and that it has turned out as fun as he envisioned and wanted. You’ll hear my voice as the narrator for the seven onstage cast members and the 20 guest-video appearances.
‘Pawn Stars’ spoof clatters and clowns, but stays average
BY: Mike Weatherford/LVRJ
What’s the difference between a “locals” show and a “tourist” show?
“Pawn Shop Live!” helps us figure it out, but not so much because it started as a community-theater spoof of the “Pawn Stars” and wound up at Golden Nugget. Turns out that’s kind of coincidental.
The real line of demarcation is how feasible it is to catch a buzz at 4 p.m.
The show turns out to be the rough stage equivalent of a “Scary Movie” flick (Cheech and Chong if you’re older, or Will Ferrell for everyone willing to meet in the middle). If you’re on vacation, the old cliche is that Vegas has no clocks. An audience that’s had sufficient time to chug or spark one will be primed for precious comic nuggets such as “Everybody you know is a fart-knocker!”
“Las Vegas Has Talent” Online Auditions Now Open
Finalists to perform in free show at Suncoast Showroom beginning Tuesday, February 18
Desert Productions invites Las Vegas to bring their singing, dancing, magic and other variety-act talents to the Suncoast Showroom stage for “Las Vegas Has Talent!,” a free variety show that begins Tuesday, February 18.
Each Tuesday for 12 weeks, top local talents selected from an online applicant pool will face off in a free, 2 p.m. show at the Suncoast Showroom. Each show will be hosted by multi-talented Las Vegas local Doug Starks of “The Rat Pack is Back” at the Sahara Hotel & Casino.
“We’re excited to host Las Vegas Has Talent!, a unique and engaging show that will showcase new and rising talents throughout the Las Vegas Valley,” said Terry Jenkins, corporate director of entertainment for Boyd Gaming.
In order to compete, contestants must sign up in advance at DesertProductionsLV.com, on the Las Vegas Has Talent page. All contestants must be 18 years of age or older. Applications will be accepted through April 8; the sooner applicants submit their materials, the sooner they will be selected for performance in the early rounds of competition. Applications will be screened for quality of performance, originality, stage presence and audience appeal; selected applicants will be contacted to coordinate the date of their featured performance.
At initial competition rounds, six contestants will face off for the right to advance to the quarterfinals. Contestants will be judged on quality of performance, originality, stage presence and audience applause, with three performers selected each week to advance in the competition. A panel of surprise celebrity guest judges and audience applause are the deciding factors of who moves on in the competition. Quarterfinal shows will occur every third week throughout the twelve week run with three of the quarter finalists moving on to the semi-final competition, to be held on April 29.
Six semifinalists will then face off in a final showdown on Tuesday, May 6, where one grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a chance to make a guest appearance in the Suncoast’s long-running variety show, Variety at The Suncoast. Variety at The Suncoast starts at 2pm every Thursday at the Suncoast Showroom.
Audience members must 21 or over and have a B Connected card to attend.
THE D LAS VEGAS AIMS TO BREAK WORLD RECORD FOR LARGEST SPEED-DATING EVENT
This Valentine’s Day, the D Las Vegas invites singles hoping to be struck by Cupid’s arrow to meet their perfect match while breaking the world record for the largest speed dating event at the D Date-a-Thon. From 6 – 9 p.m., 1,000 romantic hopefuls will have the opportunity to meet that special someone while enjoying $1 drinks, giveaways and more.
In an attempt to break the world record for the largest speed-dating event, the downtown property is partnering with SpyOn Vegas and X107.5 KXTE-FM and collaborating with speed dating organizations Pre-Dating and Lock and Key to create a Valentine’s Day to remember. The event will take place on the Fremont Street Experience in front of D Bar. Each participant will date 24 people for 3 minutes each in hopes of finding a Valentine’s Day date.
Participants will enjoy $1 drinks and music throughout the event and some lucky winners will walk away with a staycation package to return to the D with their new loves! Staycation packages include a 2-night stay in the D’s recently remodeled rooms, dinner at the award-winning Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse and tickets to The Scintas. Following the event, guests are encouraged to rendezvous with their newfound crushes at LONGBAR.
The event is free but all participants must register. Interested singles can sign up at vegasspeeddate.com or theD.com prior to the event. Registration will also be available on-site beginning at 4 p.m. Must be 21 years or older.
Station Casinos presents $1.8 Million Cash in on Gold giveaway
Guests of Station Casinos will have the chance to win up to $10,000 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Feb. 3 through March 2, 2014, with the $1.8 Million Cash in on Gold giveaway. The giveaway offers players five chances to win each day with potential winnings escalating throughout the evening. There will be a total of 1,350 cash winners every weekend.
Guests may participate at the following nine properties: Boulder Station, Green Valley Ranch Resort, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station, Texas Station, Fiesta Henderson and Fiesta Rancho.
Beginning Feb. 3, Boarding Pass members will have the opportunity to swipe their Boarding Pass card for 10 free entries every day, leading up to five drawings each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ten guests per property will be awarded cash at each drawing and the first five prize winners at each drawing get to pick from the prize board for the opportunity to increase their cash prize if present at drawing. Drawings run every two hours beginning at 2:15 p.m. for up to $2,000 and the cash potential for winning grows by an additional $2,000 at each drawing – the final drawing being at 10:15 p.m. for up to $10,000.
In addition to earning 10 free entries daily, guests may earn more entries by playing slots, video poker, bingo and table games as well as select race and sports wagers. Entries earned at one property do not carry over to the other properties, however guests are welcome to earn entries and become eligible at multiple properties. Winners not present at the drawing will have up to 24 hours to claim a consolation cash prize. The first five winners, not present at the drawing, will receive a $250 cash prize. The final five winners will each get $100.
Full contest details are available at www.sclv.com
or at any Rewards Center.
Las Vegas Top Ten Values from the Las Vegas Advisor/February 2014
1. Room Rates - Wild Wild West et al. - - $24 and up
Room rates resume their run at the top of the Top Ten this month after one month off to make room for the O’Shea’s opening. An analysis of rates going into 2014 reveals little change from last year; the only tangible difference has been a slow move by more casinos to add resort fees. Still, strong deals on rooms are still out there. Our room and show codes at LasVegasAdvisor.com continue to be an excellent source for finding both low rates and good packages. One of February’s best is a $76 base rate at Vdara that’s packaged with two tickets to a choice of several MRI shows, including Terry Fator, Zarkana, and LOVE. After taxes and fees, it’s like buying the tickets and getting one of the best rooms in Vegas for free.
2. Station Buffets - Station Casinos - All locations - Daily - $4.99-$13.99
This month we began auditing the lowest-priced breakfast buffets and, so far, Station Casinos has lived up to its billing. These best-value buffets are $4.99 for breakfast, $6.99-$7.99 for lunch, and $8.99-$9.99 for dinner and Sunday brunch at Palace, Boulder, Texas, Sunset, and Santa Fe Stations, and $6.99, $8.99, and $13.99 at Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock, except for Fri. and Sat. specialty nights everywhere except Palace, Boulder, and Texas; must show a Boarding Pass card and be sure to use your Member Rewards Book to get half off these already super-low prices.
3. Steak Dinner - Ellis Island - 24 hours - $7.99
The Ellis Island steak dinner is served in the Café and requires that you play $1 in any slot machine to get a voucher for the $7.99 price. This dinner includes a 10-ounce filet-cut sirloin, which comes with salad, garlic green beans, choice of potato, and fresh microbrewed beer.
4. Shrimp Cocktail - Skyline - 24 hours - $1.49
The shrimp cocktail at Skyline is served 24/7 at the main bar and comes in a cocktail glass, with no filler lettuce or celery, and topped with a tangy sauce.
5. Beer - Casino Royale - 24 hours - $1
One of the town's best drinking options is located center-Strip at Casino Royale where Michelobs are $1 and a Coors Light draft is 75¢.
6. Hot Dog - South Point - Daily - 75¢
The 75¢ Vienna all-beef franks are available from a vendor cart in the South Point sports book, and can be served with kraut, and relish for no extra charge.
7. Mac King - Harrah's - Tues.-Sat. - $9.95
The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s is still the best overall show value in town when you use the $9.95 tickets (includes two drinks) distributed in the casino. They’re usually available at either the players club booth or the concierge, or ask at the box office to find out where they’re being distributed.
8. Burger & Beer - El Cortez - 24 hours - $4.99
The coffee shop at El Cortez, Café Cortez, serves a half-pound hamburger and a 12-ounce beer for $5. The burgers are served with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles, and you get a bag of chips on the side. Choose from Bud, Bud Light, PBR, or Tenaya Creek beer, or substitute a soft drink. This burger is among several really good ones we’ve sampled lately and it also shines the brightest on the value side. The deal is available around the clock.
9. Lunch Special - Cosmopolitan, The - Mon.-Fri. - $22.14
The price of the three-course lunch special at Cosmo’s Estiatorio Milos has been raised, but we’re not assessing the Top Ten’s standard price-increase penalty. That’s because the increase is just a penny to reflect the new year. The new price is $22.14 for this awesome deal that runs weekdays from noon to 2:30 pm.
10. Lunch Comp - Crown & Anchor - Daily - $20 Buy-In
At #10, we’re bringing back the lunch comp at the Crown & Anchors on the east and west side of town. Play $20 through a machine and get anything on the menu comped. Hours are 8 am to 2:30 pm at the east location (Tropicana/Maryland Pkwy.) and 11 am-3 pm at the west (Spring Mtn./Decatur). If you miss lunch, the offer is extended until 6 pm on the east and 7 pm on the west for a free appetizer, and the deal is good every day. There are other similar comps around town, but this one takes top honors when everything—menu, location, availability—is considered.
‘X Burlesque’ at the Flamingo is celebrating 12 years on the Strip
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun
“X Burlesque” marks the spot — the 12-year spot!
As the “X Burlesque” Girls get ready to celebrate their 12th anniversary at the Flamingo, they learned that execs there have re-signed the production through to 2016.
On Friday, husband-and-wife producers Matt and Angela Stabile will receive an official proclamation marking Feb. 7 as “X Burlesque Day.” Angela is planning an anniversary party for later this month.
‘Mamma Mia!’ prepares for return to Vegas showroom
BY: Nicole Lucht/blogvegas.com
Disco returns to Vegas this spring in the form of hit Broadway musical “Mamma Mia!” at the Tropicana on the Strip.
Opening May 8, ”Mamma Mia!” will take over the Tropicana Theater, formerly the home of showgirl revue “Folies Bergere.” Previously, the musical performed for six years at Mandalay Bay, closing in 2008.
Told through the music of Swedish pop group Abba, “Mamma Mia!” is an amusing tale of family and friendship that unfolds on a tiny Greek island as the mother of a young bride-to-be brings three men to the wedding to figure out which one is her daughter’s father.
Adding “Mamma Mia” to the Tropicana’s entertainment offerings is part of the resort’s transformation, especially because its one of the most successful musicals to come out of Broadway, Tropicana CEO Alex Yemenidjian said. The Tropicana recently unveiled its remodeled suites and pool, and announced plans to “hopefully” break ground on a 275,000-square foot shopping mall later this year, he said.
Life is ‘suite’ in the new Sky Villas at Tropicana Las Vegas
If you’re looking for a way to spoil someone in Vegas for Valentine’s Day weekend – or any weekend of the year – here’s an idea to consider. Tropicana Las Vegas just debuted some suites that are guaranteed to turn the extravagance factor up to an 11.
The Sky Villas, apartment-style penthouses, are located on the 20th floor of the resort’s Paradise Tower. Not only do they offer unforgettable views of the Las Vegas Strip, but they are kitted out with every possible comfort.
Described as bestowing “modern glamour,” each Sky Villa consists of a master bedroom with his-and-her walk-in closets. The bed, which is outfitted in the finest linens and highlighted by a gold leaf headboard, is the centerpiece.
Bingo At Station Casinos About To Get BIG
Dust off those marker thingys and prepare to B21. Or, if you're like this writer (if it wasn't clear from the lack of knowledge in that first sentence) and are ready to bust that BINGO cherry, an upcoming four day bingo bender may be right up your hard card.
This Is When Phase Two Of The Linq Will Open
The first phase of The Linq, the outdoor mall between Flamingo and The Quad, began with six. Just before year's end, O'Sheas, Purple Zebra, Haute Doggery, Starbucks, Chayo, and KOTO all opened along the promenade.
Now, it seems that the second major phase of The Linq will reveal itself on February 28 when Yard House, Chilli Beans (eyewear) and 12A.M. RUN (sneaker boutique by Nas) will make their Strip debuts. We're assuming a few additional venues will also open at that time, but we haven't been able to turn up any more confirmed openings just yet.
Steve's Las Vegas Quickies:
L.V. NIGHTCLUB WINNERS:
Jon Taffer’s Nightclub & Bar Media Group has announced its 2014 winners, and once again Las Vegas winners are in a separate category so that operators outside Las Vegas aren’t dominated by our Strip juggernauts.
Our Las Vegas winners: Dayclub of the Year, Encore Beach Club (finalists: Daylight and Wet Republic); Lounge of the Year, Ghostbar (finalists: Fireside Lounge and Parasol Up & Down); New Concept of the Year, Light (finalists: Hakkasan and Sapphire Pool); and Nightclub of the Year, Hakkasan (finalists: Light and XS).
NEW POOLCLUB ATTRACTION:
Wet Republic at MGM Grand will unveil its new features as part of the second phase of its two-year remodel and grand-opening weekend in April. The first phase of the remodel debuted in 2013 and included a renovated and expanded DJ booth, an upgraded LED display, an expanded bar and new furniture. This season, the dayclub has added 1,500 square feet of space and six new VIP bungalows with plush furniture, TVs and misting fans and private plunge pools.
It’s still difficult to believe that the all-time top Las Vegas entertainer, the flamboyant showman Liberace
, died 27 years ago today. I will never forget my early “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” interview with him at his Las Vegas home.
As superstar Shania Twain
continues her second year of residency performances now through Feb. 15 at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace, 21 more performances of “Shania: Still the One” scheduled for May 20-July 26 have been announced.
The newly announced performances go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. “Performing the first year of ‘Shania: Still the One” at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace was a dream come true for me. It’s so heartwarming to see fans from all over the world come to see the show night after night and to feel their support and love. I’m having such a great time in Las Vegas that I can’t wait to share more shows with fans,” said Shania.
producer Judy Craymer arrives at the Tropicana on Wednesday morning to announce the return of the ABBA musical to a Strip residency. She’ll join with hotel owner and CEO Alex Yemenidjian to unveil a display of the Swedish pop group’s memorabilia and items from the musical seen in 38 productions in 14 languages in more than 400 cities.
To celebrate Chinese New Year
, horticulturalists at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
unveiled a stunning Year of the Horse display this morning. The bold centerpiece features seven life-size horses on a lush three-tier mountain, while a majestic gold stallion rears at the mountaintop; the total number of eight represents good fortune.
At the entrance, an 18-foot custom-made Chinese money tree symbolizes good fortune and nobility. The lucky tree flourishes with 384 oversized gold-leafed coins on its branches as mounds of I-Ching coins, a traditional Chinese symbol for money, surround its base. The Las Vegas-based Beijing Trio performs traditional folk and pop music with Chinese instruments each evening through March 1.
Singer Helen Reddy
has been absent from live performing for a decade, and it’s been 20 years since she appeared in Las Vegas. Now she’s returning and will perform at the Orleans from Feb. 15-16. Helen had more than 15 singles on the Top 40 Billboard Hot 100, six of which hit the Top 10, with three reaching No. 1 — including her signature hit “I Am Woman.”
First, we have the definite news that the New Tropicana resort has unveiled a series of new luxury Sky Villa Suites as the latest phase of the property's ongoing $20 million upgrade. Located on the 20th floor of the Paradise tower, the new suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Strip and amenities including his-and-hers walk-in closets, walk-in steam showers with LED showerheads, and whirlpool spas built for two, plus a whole bunch of other examples of the latest hi-tech wizardry. Meanwhile, as featured in our current Reader Poll, which just went live yesterday, the word on the street is that the much-rumored imminent demise of the casino's elaborate stained-glass ceiling, which is one of the few original remaining features from the Trop's original glory days, may not yet be set in stone. Apparently, the plans for the new two-story exterior shopping mall have not yet been completely finalized, and there's a chance that the glass ceiling may be spared a date with the wrecking ball. Let's hope so!
Cyndi to Support Cher:
Cher has just announced that eccentric '80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper will be the support act for her "Dressed To Kill Tour" tour when it hits the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas on May 25. Tickets, which start at $64.60, are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com
Good News for Chip Collectors:
If you're bummed out about the clampdown on Chinese New Year chips, we have some good news for you collectible fans: Jerry's Nugget continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary by issuing commemorative $5-denomination chips, so if you're buying in at the cage, be sure to request one of the limited-editions while they last. As the casino put it, "From our local customers to collectors across the nation, we know there is a great following for our chips and we’re excited to share our newest edition."
Kudos to Mandarin Oriental:
The 2014 Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice Awards have been announced, and Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter was the only Las Vegas hotel to make the exclusive Top 25 list, garnering gushing praise like, "Luxurious oasis on the Strip," "The only place to stay in Las Vegas," and "Fantastic Hotel for a classy stay." Bravo, MO!
Update for Rock Vault:
The rock tribute/showcase production at LVH, which features a house band comprising performers from known bands, plus special guests, has revamped its lineup by adding Whitesnake/Dio guitarist Doug Alrich, plus a rotation of two new female vocalists, who will rotate, in Stephanie Calvert (Starship) and local leading lady Carol-Lyn Liddle. The hit line-up has also been updated, with the addition of songs by Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, Heart, Aerosmith, and AC/DC. The new season of shows kicked off last Friday.
The Mob Museum
celebrates its second anniversary on Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, with two-for-one admission for tourists and free admission for residents.
The brick wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago in 1929. Photo by Jeff Green.
Also the anniversary of the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, the acclaimed museum will unveil two Thompson machine guns used in the infamous execution. They are the only guns ever scientifically proven to be part of the 1929 massacre and will only be on display temporarily.
star Frank Marino had a surprise guest recently when Neil Patrick Harris turned up in the audience of his show at The Quad. The actor, who is preparing for his upcoming role in the Broadway production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” was at the show to do some drag research through Marino and his cast of fabulous female impersonators.
Recently, we told you that the Riviera
casino wasn't quite ready for life support just yet. In fact, its Versailles Theatre is all new and ready for a comeback.
Now, we've learned the Riviera's performance venue isn't the only place to see a renovation of late. The Le Bistro, has received a facelift as well.
one of the biggest car rental companies in the world but known best to Europeans, has now added Las Vegas to its family of more than 4,000 locations worldwide.
Available vehicles for rent range from the Chevrolet Aveo on the low-end ($19.40 per day) to a Dodge Charger RT and BMW 3 series on the high-end (both priced at $62.92 per day). You'll get unlimited mileage as part of the rental, but you will have assorted taxes and fees added on to your total bill amounting to an additional $8 or so. Check out the entire fleet or make a Las Vegas reservation by clicking here.
In the "I Told You So Department."
ContainerPark: Is it good news or bad news for the Container Park? While 225,000 people have walked through the gates of the Downtown attraction, "Another [Downtown] Project spokesman acknowledged that a handful of businesses are not faring so well." While no businesses were named, places such as Pinches Tacos and Big Ern's BBQ are said to be doing well. What that means for everyone else? Who knows?
Hunger Pains: The Food and Restaurant Section
Ten romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day in Vegas
Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly and that means you’d better be making plans to wow your sweetheart with something special. Dining out at a fine restaurant is always a popular choice for Valentine’s Day and Las Vegas has plenty of romantic restaurants for your celebration. Here are 10 places to wine and dine your significant other.
DINING GUIDE: VALENTINE’S DAY IN LAS VEGAS
Want to impress a new flame or rekindle the fire with your significant other? Las Vegas has plenty of romantic offerings to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember. Whether your ideal day includes a candlelit dinner or making a heart-shaped pizza at home, we’ve done the guesswork for you—now all you have to do is show up.
Ten ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day solo in Vegas
If you’re single and visiting Vegas on Valentine’s Day, have no fear. On this holiday that honors romance, couples won’t be the only ones having fun. On Friday, Feb. 14, Sin City will offer an abundance of activities for those who are looking for love…or who are just out to have a good time. We’ve listed 10 ideas below where Cupid – who always bets on amour – is sure to work his mysterious ways. So get your glam on, then go forth and show off your hot self. You’re sure to find someone special.
Wing Lei for Chinese New Year, Bartolotta’s new look, N9NE Steakhouse’s revamp
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun
Hot off the grill!
Hotel mogul Steve Wynn has given a whole new look to two of his most popular and busiest restaurants: Wing Lei and Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare.
The makeovers are stunning, and the two restaurants looked great even before he even ordered the refreshers. I didn’t know that Wing Lei is derived from the Chinese character for “Wynn,” which translated means “forever prosperous.” Now that’s appropriate!
10 places to eat in Vegas for less than $10
Everyone’s pocketbook is a little lighter after the holidays but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great meal in Las Vegas. There are plenty of places where you can eat tasty food and still have money left over for your other Vegas adventures. Here are 10 places where you can dine for less than $10:
Ten local Las Vegas restaurants to try
Everyone knows the Las Vegas Strip is full of award-winning restaurants and cuisine from world-class chefs. But there are also plenty of dining gems located off the Strip. When you’re traveling and you’re looking for good food, it’s always smart to go where the locals go. We’ve put together a list of 10 suggestions for some great places to eat off the Strip that are favorites of Las Vegas residents.
11 Asian dining spots
BY: HEIDI KNAPP RINELLA/LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Each week Neon spotlights a different cuisine in the Dining Guide, with Asian restaurants this week. Restaurants are rated on a letter-grade scale, from A to F. Opinions by R-J critic Heidi Knapp Rinella (H.K.R.) are indicated by initials. Price symbols are based on the cost of an average entree: $ = entrees less than $10; $$ = entrees $10 to $20; $$$ = entrees $20 to $30; and $$$$ = entrees more than $30.
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun
TV celebrity chef Bobby Flay flew back to Las Vegas today to host the opening of his Bobby’s Burger Palace and margarita to-go bar and restaurant here at noon Wednesday on the Strip in front of Mandarin Oriental.
Bobby told me: “I’m really excited to open BBP in Las Vegas. Las Vegas is one of my favorite cities, and it’s such an important food city. This city has a sophisticated palate, and people here take dining very seriously, even when it comes to their burgers.
“The menu at BBP is about celebrating the regional flavors of America. When you travel across the country, every region has their own specialty flavors, their own regional touch that they add to their food. Those are the true American flavors that have inspired the menu here. One of the best features about the menu here at BBP is that we do what I like to call ‘crunchification.’ You can top any burger on the menu with a layer of crispy potato chips at no cost. We set the chips on top of the melted cheese, and it gives the burger a nice texture and delicious bite.”
Bobby’s Las Vegas outpost is the 18th location of the nationwide chain, but the first with a margarita bar and the first to feature his newly revamped and expanded menu of signature burgers, including the just-unveiled Vegas Burger, made with white American cheese, Fresno red chiles and BBQ potato chips.
Also offered is the BBP Burger of the Month, which in February will be the Canadian Burger with white cheddar cheese, Canadian bacon and maple mustard sauce. All burgers may be prepared with certified Angus beef or ground turkey, and a whole chicken breast option also is available.
The restaurant has 146 seats with a fiery red, bold yellow and vibrant green 54-seat counter and an outdoor patio for al-fresco dining. The restaurant has floor-to-ceiling feature walls from a mosaic of wood, bamboo and tri-colored glass tiles with photos of farm-fresh ingredients.
From furniture and fabrics to menu items, Giada De Laurentiis is hands on at her new Strip restaurant
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun
She’s the star chef with the movie-star looks, and with her platinum pedigree, Giada De Laurentiis could easily be a darling on the silver screen as much as she is on the TV screen.
Growing up in Rome the granddaughter of Italian director Dino De Laurentiis, Giada instead learned from him the joys of food — and eating it.
When he wasn’t behind the camera directing superstars Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, Dino had his own pasta factory and opened food emporiums in New York and Los Angeles.
Now the Food Network’s pint-sized powerhouse is about to open her first restaurant, Giada, and it’s right here on the Strip at the new Cromwell, which is being transformed and made anew from the shell of the onetime Barbary Coast and Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon.
RHUMBAR TO CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK'S DAY WITH DRINK SPECIALS
RHUMBAR at The Mirage Hotel & Casino will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with holiday-themed drink specials on Monday, March 17.
To celebrate the “Luck of the Irish,” the Caribbean-themed getaway will serve lads and lassies $4 green beers, $5 Guinness and Black and Tans, $3 shots of Jameson Irish Whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Cream as well as $6 Irish Car Bombs. A variety of festive green-hued hookah flavors including Apple Martini, Safari Dew Melon, Spearmint and Irish Cream will also be available for revelers searching to find the lucky four-leaf clover. Partygoers can toast to being green with DJs, hookah and drink specials from 4 p.m. to close.
Named one of AOL.com’s top Las Vegas patios, RHUMBAR is a highly stylized cocktail and cigar lounge inspired by the cool mood of the Caribbean. The plush outdoor patio is reminiscent of a tropical retreat offering a picturesque location for guests to mingle, sip cocktails and smoke cigars. Located near the main entrance of The Mirage, RHUMBAR is owned and operated by Drive This! Entertainment.
The lounge and patio are open from noon until 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and noon until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information about RHUMBAR, visit www.rhumbarlv.com
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PBR ROCK BAR TO BRING BOURBON STREET TO THE STRIP THIS MARDI GRAS
Mardi Gras partygoers will parade through PBR Rock Bar & Grill on Tuesday, March 4. In honor of the legendary Bourbon Street party, the Strip-side hot spot, located inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, will offer drink specials all day.
The rocking party spot will offer revelers carnival cocktails, priced at $5 each. Those enjoying the celebration will also snack on the eatery’s small plate selections including the mouthwatering sweet chili shrimp, chipotle chicken sliders and fried pickles, priced at $7 each.
PBR Rock Bar & Grill is the hottest spot in Las Vegas offering beers and bulls in its sprawling, 16,800-square-foot venue. Open daily from 8 a.m. until the early morning hours, PBR Rock Bar & Grill offers guests hearty, American comfort food and barbecue around the clock. Beautiful babes and bad ass bull riders are dared to attempt to defy gravity on PBR Rock Bar & Grill’s daunting, hydraulic mechanical bull.
Located at the center of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, PBR Rock Bar & Grill’s expansive 3,000-square-foot patio gives patrons a front-row seat to all of the action. Complete with 105 wall-to-wall high-definition televisions, PBR Rock Bar & Grill provides sports enthusiasts with the perfect game-day retreat. For more information, call 702.750.1685 or visit www.pbrrockbar.com
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Station Casinos offers a variety of specialty meals and dishes this Valentine's Day
LAS VEGAS (Feb. 5, 2014) – Those looking to treat their special someone to a delicious meal this Valentine’s Day need not look much further than their neighborhood as Station Casinos features a variety of specialty menus for the holiday with both casual and fine dining offerings.
All Feast and Festival Buffets will feature items just for Valentine’s Day, including a 16-spice chicken, salt-crusted round of beef and red velvet cupcakes. Standard buffet dinner prices apply, with the exception of Green Valley Ranch Resort as this holiday menu will be in addition to its Friday Seafood Night.
Grand Cafes at Boulder Station, Palace Station, Santa Fe Station, Sunset Station and Texas Station, as well as Café Fiesta at Fiesta Henderson will also feature additional menu selections. Among them is a grilled salmon with shrimp and bacon chowder for $12.99 and a char-grilled ribeye with bleu cheese compound butter, fingerling potatoes and green beans for $13.99. The Grand Café at Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch Resort’s specials for the night include tomato basil bisque for $4.99 and a bacon-wrapped salmon with charred corn succotash, shaved fennel and arugula with a dill and avocado vinaigrette for $14.99.
Pasta Cucina restaurants located at Boulder Station, Palace Station and Sunset Station, as well as Terra Verde and Terra Rossa Italian restaurants at the luxury resorts will feature specialty items. The Pasta Cucina restaurants will feature a three-course meal for $26.99 with a frozen Italian zabaglione tart with Marsala lemon for dessert. Terra Verde at Green Valley Ranch Resort will offer a la carte items in addition to its standard menu, including a sea scallop Carpaccio appetizer for $19 and a pasta dish consisting of grilled langoustines with Calabrian chiles over cocoa spaghetti for $39. Terra Rossa at Red Rock Resort is offering specialty items a la carte, which includes a salmon gnocchi in lemon chive sauce with jumbo lump crab meat for $32 and a lobster pot pie with winter vegetables and black truffle for $40.
Each steakhouse will offer different menus; The Broiler at Boulder Station, Austins at Texas Station, Sonoma Cellar at Sunset Station, Charcoal Room at Santa Fe Station and Fuego at Fiesta Henderson will all feature three- and four-course meals ranging in price from $35 to $65 a person. Hank’s Fine Steaks at Green Valley Ranch Resort and Tbones Chophouse at Red Rock Resort will both offer specialty items a la carte. Among them are a baby spinach and arugula salad with duck confit and spiced fig compote for $12 and a white chocolate heart filled with milk chocolate ganache and chocolate dipped strawberry for $8 at Hank’s; a grilled bison ribeye with smoky braised cabbage for $52 and a red velvet cream cheese ice cream with Godiva chocolate ganache and macadamia nut crumble for $10 at Tbones.
Cabo Mexican restaurants at Boulder Station, Palace Station, Santa Fe Station and Sunset Station as well as Amigos at Fiesta Henderson will all feature a three-course meal for $15.99; with the entrée being hand-battered roasted poblano chiles filled with Mexican cheeses, sautéed shrimp and crab and topped with Ranchero sauce. Garduños at Fiesta Rancho will feature a three-course meal for $39.99 per person, and includes an entrée of petite filet and crab as well as a glass of champagne.
Hachi at Red Rock Resort will feature a five-course Omakase for $70 per person that includes a kabayaki filet with uni butter and tempura lobster skewer, wild mushroom, yuzu aji Amarillo dipping sauce and grated wasabi.
To find out complete menus or to make reservations, visit www.sclv.com/dining
to be directed to that restaurant’s website.
ROCKHOUSE TO GET DRUNK ON LUCK THIS ST. PATRICK'S DAY
Rockhouse, located inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo, will go for the green on Monday, March 17, with a special selection of St. Patrick’s Day libations. The ultra-dive bar will offer drinks colored in the holiday’s signature hue, including draft beers, priced at $5; 64-ounce super beers, priced at $27; 100-ounce super yards, priced $38; and 80-ounce beer guitars, priced at $38.
If green-colored drinks don’t have St. Patty’s Day partiers feeling Irish for the day, Rockhouse will serve up Irish Car Bombs until the night’s end, priced at $5 each.
Rockhouse is open daily from 11 a.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. on weekends, closing late into the night. Set up like an adult playroom, the hot spot comes complete with birdcages for dancing, pool tables, old-school arcade games, beer pong tables, a mechanical bull and 83 high-definition televisions, offering full audio for all sporting games. With a kitchen open at all hours, guests can enjoy a full food menu of delicious items, as well as a special breakfast menu served on Saturdays and Sundays, starting at 8:30 a.m. Rockhouse, Las Vegas’ only ultra-dive bar, is known for its world-famous 88-ounce drink guitars filled with ice cold beer or delicious daiquiris and was recently awarded “Best Small Nightclub in Las Vegas” by Nightclub & Bar.
For more information visit www.therockhousebar.com
, and for bottle and table reservations call 702.731.9683 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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JOIN THE FIESTA AT TACOS & TEQUILA FOR SPRING BREAK
Tacos & Tequila (T&T) at Luxor Hotel and Casino will host a wild South of the Border Spring Break fiesta with a lineup of food and drink specials available daily throughout March.
Spring Break specials will include:
“Seis y Seis” package with six specialty tacos and six bottled Sol beers, priced at $29.
Buckets of six bottled Sol beers for $18.
$3 JELL-O shots available at the daiquiri bar.
$15 tequila flights where guests will choose three shots from five different tequilas including Jose Cuervo, Cabo Wabo, Don Julio, Avion and Patron.
T&T’s “Chonga,” a giant frozen margarita served with two upside down 7-ounce Sol beers flowing directly into the drink, priced at $20.
Spring Breakers may also enjoy a $5 menu offered daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring Fiesta Nachos, Habañero Wings, Chicken Quesadillas, Flautas, Guacamole, Dos Equis bottles, Jose Cuervo shots, well drinks, house red or white wine and sangria. The party never stops with T&T’s Fiesta Weekends complete with a resident DJ spinning high-energy sets and $5 Dos Equis and Jose Cuervo shots every Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
T&T’s signature Mariachi Brunch will be offered every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with two-for-one Top Shelf Margaritas and Bloody Marias, along with Executive Chef Saul Ortiz’s signature breakfast specialties including Chilaquiles, Huevos Rancheros, Machaca Breakfast Burritos and more.
NEW YEAR BRINGS NEW DISHES TO SAMMY'S WOODFIRED PIZZA MENU
Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and Sammy’s Restaurant & Bar are starting 2014 with a trio of new menu items, adding Truffle Fries, Crispy Coconut Shrimp and Wagyu Cheeseburger to the restaurants’ offerings.
Back by popular demand, the Crispy Coconut Shrimp had been a featured item on the menu in previous years. After constant requests for the crispy crustaceans, the item has once again been added to the menu. The battered shrimp are lightly fried and served with an orange-horseradish sauce. This tapas dish is made for sharing and is available for $12.
For diners looking for a light bite before their main meal, the new Truffle Fries are a must try. Tossed in truffle oil and Romano cheese, these fries cost $6.50 and are a tasty treat to share.
Also new to the menu is the Wagyu Cheeseburger. Made with premium Wagyu beef, the delicious burger is topped with caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and served on a sesame roll. Priced at $13.50, the burger can be found at any of Sammy’s five Las Vegas locations.
For more information about Sammy’s new menu items, please visit their website at www.SammysPizza.com
. Sammy’s Woodfired Pizzas are located at Centennial Hills at Durango and the 95 freeway, Rainbow Blvd at the 215 freeway, Flamingo Rd at the 215 freeway, and Sahara at Rainbow Blvd. Sammy’s Restaurant, Bar & Grill is located directly across from the Pebble Marketplace on the corner of Green Valley Parkway and Pebble Road.
ABOUT SAMMY’S WOODFIRED PIZZA & GRILL
Sammy's Woodfired Pizza & Grill opened its doors in 1989, in La Jolla, Calif. Since then, 18 locations have opened throughout California and Nevada. A contemporary dining experience, Sammy's is known for its award-winning pizzas (original and new artisan thin crust), pastas, salads and the giant "Messy Sundae®." A wide selection of tapas, soups, sandwiches and entrees are also available. The menu highlights dishes that are oak roasted in Sammy's famous woodfired oven. Sammy's cuisine is created using local, organic and nutritionally balanced ingredients wherever possible, and all cuisine is prepared without butter or artificial trans-fat. Look for our vegetarian and our extensive gluten free options throughout the menu. Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill and Sammy’s Restaurant, Bar & Grill are open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every Sunday through Thursday, and is open from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.
CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY AT MGM GRAND WITH A ROMANTIC ‘CRUSH ON YOU’ PRIX FIXE MENU
CRUSH eat, drink, love, will celebrate Valentine’s Day with Executive Chef Billy DeMarco’s four-course menu and optional wine pairing on Friday, Feb. 14, at the Morton’s newest restaurant inside the MGM Grand.
Priced at $65 per person, the ‘CRUSH On You’ prix fixe menu will feature four courses with an optional wine pairing available for an additional $25 per person. For a light starter, guests will enjoy the Baby Beet Salad served with Mascarpone cheese, pine nut brittle and petite arugula tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette. Diners may pair this course with Roederer Estate’s Anderson Valley sparkling wine. The second course will be Beef Carpaccio, served with petite greens, poached quail egg tossed in a truffle vinaigrette. Accompany the entrée with Beckstoffer’s 2012 Hogwash Grenache Rosé. The next course will feature a Poached Australian Lobster Tail served with roasted pumpkin puree and baby winter vegetables. The wine complement for the dish will be Jean-Michel Guillon’s 2008 Bourgogne Rouge burgundy.
Couples will finish the meal with Cupid’s White Chocolate Raspberry Bon Bons for dessert. The flirty treat is served with champagne cream and chocolate dipping sauce. Lovers will complete the night with the optional sweet pairing of Blandy’s Alvada five-year-old Madeira.
CRUSH, eat, drink, love, is a 7,000-square-foot restaurant serving a cosmopolitan share-plate style menu with large and small plate dishes prepared by Executive Chef Billy DeMarco. Located inside MGM Grand, CRUSH is open daily for dinner, starting at 5 p.m. For more information or reservations, guests may call 702-891-3222 or visit the website at Crushmgm.com, become a friend on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CrushMGM
, follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CrushMGM
and on Instagram at CrushMGM. CRUSH introduces an entirely new concept to The Morton Group repertoire, which also includes: La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway inside Wynn Las Vegas and La Comida, a Mexican restaurant in Downtown Las Vegas just off the corner of Sixth St. and Fremont St.
TREVI TO CELEBRATE THE LUCK OF THE ITALIANS WITH FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY
TREVI Italian Restaurant, located at the heart of The Forum Shops inside Caesars, will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with food and drink specials exclusively on Monday, Mar. 17.
Executive Chef Peter Scaturro will serve the fettuccine al pesto con gamberi for a lucky price of $24.95. The delectable dish consists of fettuccine tossed with sautéed shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and basil in a green pesto cream sauce.
Pastry Chef Hank Sbraccia will go green with a creamy pistachio gelato accompanied by a Pirouette cookie, priced at $4.50 per scoop. The ‘Kiss Me, I’m Italian’ sour apple cocktail will also be offered as a holiday special for $9.
SOCIAL HOUSE WELCOMES GUESTS TO EXPERIENCE AN EVENING OF ROMANCE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14
Pan-Asian Destination Offers Alluring Five-Course Valentine’s Day Menu
Social House inside The Shops at Crystals will welcome guests to experience an evening of romance this Valentine’s Day as Executive Chef Jon Amorin presents an alluring five-course, prix-fixe menu filled with tantalizing dishes. In addition to the famed Pan-Asian eatery’s traditional menu, these specialty selections will only be available Friday, Feb. 14. Designed to take guests on a culinary journey, each course will set the mood for an intimate affair they will surely remember. The menu is priced at $65 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity.
Adoring guests may enrich their taste buds with an introductory seafood trio comprised of three small dishes of yellowtail, tuna and salmon combinations, followed by a smoked Hokkaido scallop salad, drizzled in mountain peach vinaigrette dressing. The menu also will include a 5 oz. petit filet with a decadent red miso demi-glaze, as well as a refreshing nigiri tasting featuring fresh saba, albacore and tai. To conclude this distinctive tasting experience, guests may indulge in a luscious white chocolate cake topped with a cherry cremeux, served with a side of pistachio ice cream. Guests who partake in the enticing Valentine’s Day menu also will have the option of a Prosecco pairing for an additional $30.
Social House is the ideal location to spend Valentine’s Day with a loved one as the warmth and intimacy of the space is reflected in the design and décor. For more information or to make a reservation, call (702) 736-1122 or visit www.angelmg.com
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About Social House
Located at The Shops at Crystals at ARIA, Social House offers exquisite Asian cuisine, unrivaled décor and exuberant vibe. Frequently flocked by red carpet A-listers, Social House offers a menu featuring dishes that are the true stars of the restaurant. The impressive sushi, sashimi and extensive sake program allows guests to indulge while staying true to the Social House motto of “Sushi, Sake, and Socialize.”
Social House is open daily from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. for lunch and for dinner Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
COLLECTIVEZOO TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH PAJAMA PARTY SLEEPOVER AT ARTISAN HOTEL BOUTIQUE
CollectiveZOO (CZ) will host the ultimate Valentine’s Day bash at Artisan Hotel Boutique on Friday, Feb. 14, beginning at 9 p.m.
Lovers and singles alike will be encouraged to wear pajamas or sexy lingerie for the Valentine’s Day soiree. The sleepover encourages guests to be bold in the face of love and interact with a live social media photo booth filled with Valentine’s Day gimmicks. DJ Paradice & DJ Jim Green will keep the party moving with the hottest tracks for lovers and lusters to dance to all night long. The event features complimentary admission and is open to the public.
All singles who attend the party with their designated “Wingman” or “Wingwoman” will receive 2-for-1 drinks from 9 to 11 p.m. with a limit of one “Wingman” or “Wingwoman” per guest. All guests are invited to enjoy an open bar from 9 to 10 p.m. on sponsored by Stoli. Guests interested in the open bar must RSVP by e-mail at email@example.com
Couples can finally commit with “Bad Decisions” weddings where partygoers will pay $10 to marry the apple of their eye or a latest love interest inside the Artisan Chapel and receive a mock wedding certificate, photos and ticket for a White Russian cocktails for the “bride and groom.”
CollectiveZoo will also be transforming the third floor into a sexy sleepover party for sultry singles with beats from DJ Just In Key. Hotel rooms will be priced start at $49 per room on the third floor and include ten VIP guest passes for party guests to have access to the floor as well. All rooms include sleepover party packages complete with a bottle of champagne, sleepover surprises and goodies from local downtown clothing boutique Better Than New.
For more information on CZ’s events, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CollectiveZOO is a Vegas-based digital media and event planning company formed by three Las Vegas locals focused on presenting a fresh, clean approach to digital media, advertising and e-commerce. CollectiveZOO specializes in planning events for locals at different venues around Las Vegas and bringing value to those venues by offering a digital media platform and providing advertising space.
TAP AT MGM GRAND GRANTS SPORTS AFICIONADOS FRONT ROW SEATS TO ALL THE ACTION
American Sports Bar Now Open
MGM Grand, the Entertainment Authority in Las Vegas, unveils TAP, a high-energy restaurant and sports bar where guests will enjoy the latest sporting events while surrounded by sports history. Opening today, Thursday, Jan. 30, every seat in the 220-seat restaurant offers a prime view of the biggest games broadcast live on TAP’s 60 HD flat-screen televisions. The menu features American sports bar favorites such as two-fisted sandwiches and specialty sliders as well as the option for guests to create a personalized burger. Meal choices can be complemented with a cold beer from TAP’s extensive selection of bottles and draughts including local and seasonal craft brews.
TAP serves as MGM Grand’s official headquarters for viewing televised sporting events. One-of-a-kind items collected from events held in Las Vegas, known for hosting many of the world’s biggest sporting events, are displayed throughout the space. TAP is open daily for lunch and dinner.
“With its massive TVs and comfortable, fun atmosphere, TAP is the ultimate sports lover’s paradise for watching every event,” said MGM Grand president and COO Scott Sibella. “Unique collector’s items from great moments in Las Vegas sports history line the walls creating a fully immersive sports experience.”
For more information and high-res images of TAP, click here.
TAP features classic and contemporary American sports bar food bound to fill stomachs between plays. Menu highlights include:
‘Beer Can’ Chicken, beer-brined and roasted chicken served with Georgia mustard sauce, Kentucky-style slaw and TAP’s signature Fat Fries with grey sea salt and spiced ketchup;
Pretzel & Cheese, an old school sourdough pretzel served warm alongside a creamy cheddar cheese dip spiked with horseradish for a zesty kick;
South-Side Street Dog, a house-made all pork, jalapeño and cheese-stuffed hot dog loaded with pickle spears, sport peppers, red onion relish and brown mustard served on a Chicago-style poppy seed bun;
Little Phillys, slider-sized authentic Philadelphia cheese steak sandwiches made with shaved rib-eye, cheese “whiz,” and caramelized onions on Italian hoagie rolls, just like they’re done in Philly;
Mini Mug Tasters, a dessert sampler featuring half-portions of chocolate, peanut butter and black forest cakes served in miniature beer mugs for guests who can’t choose just one.
A meal and a game wouldn’t be complete without an ice cold beverage to fuel energized fans. TAP’s selection of draught and bottled beers, as well as its array of beer cocktails, is sure to keep fans in positive spirits throughout the game. Offerings include:
Beer: TAP’s draught handles alternate seasonally to feature the best local and national craft brews in addition to well-known favorites. A selection of handcrafted bottled beers round out the beer menu. Highlights include:
Gulden Draak Quad 9000, a complex Belgian beer with a deep amber color and notes of pear, apple and clove served in a traditional beer goblet;
Tenaya Creek Hop Ride, a locally brewed IPA that features a well-balanced combination of bitterness and floral notes achieved through a process called dry-hopping;
Chimay Triple, a traditional Belgian Trappist beer that is golden in color and has notes of grape, raisins and apple served in a beer goblet for an authentic feel.
Cocktails: TAP’s cocktail program features beer cocktails artfully blended with the freshest ingredients. Beer cocktails include:
Framboise Martini, a delicate blend of Absolut Raspberri, crème de cassis and house-made lemon sour topped off with the crisp Lindeman’s Framboise, a fruit forward beer with distinct raspberry notes;
Belgian Mojito, a twist on the refreshing classic made with Bacardi Superior rum, fresh mint, hand-pressed lime juice and Stella Artois;
Dark & Stormy, TAP’s version of this well-known beer concoction with Gosling’s Black Seal rum, hand-pressed lime juice and Gosling’s Ginger Beer, the only beer created specifically for use in Dark & Stormy cocktails.
If the items within the memorabilia collection hanging throughout TAP could talk, they’d have amazing stories to tell. Each was a part of an iconic sporting event that took place in Las Vegas, making each piece a source of local pride. Highlights include:
UFC: Hanging in an encased frame within the restaurant are the gloves and shorts worn by former Lightweight Champion Chuck Liddell during his victory against Tito Ortiz at UFC 66 at MGM Grand’s Grand Garden arena on Dec. 30, 2006.
Boxing: After Oscar De La Hoya defeated Julio Cesar Chavez in their initial meeting in 1996, Chavez repeatedly questioned the validity of De La Hoya’s victory. The rematch billed as “The Retribution,” was held at MGM Grand on Sept. 8, 1998 and De La Hoya again came out victorious. A framed piece of the ring mat and boxing glove from this notable event will hang within the restaurant.
NHL Hockey: The 2012-2013 Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings make an annual pre-season visit to the Grand Garden Arena for Frozen Fury, a heated doubleheader in which the Kings take on two NHL rivals. Members of the 2012-2013 championship team signed a hockey stick that will be displayed.
NBA Basketball: A jersey signed by NBA great Magic Johnson, who played 13 seasons as point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, will be featured within TAP. MGM Grand hosts Lakers games annually.
CELEBRATE NATIONAL MEATBALL DAY WITH MEAT-LOVING SPECIALS AT TREVI
TREVI Italian Restaurant inside The Forum Shops at Caesars will honor National Meatball Day by offering several specially-priced menu favorites exclusively on Sunday, March 9.
Executive Chef Peter Scaturro’s classic spaghetti and meatballs entrée is made with a hearty serving of pasta served with two homemade meatballs in a zesty marinara sauce and will be priced at $15 to celebrate the holiday. Additional specials include a wood oven-fired meatball pizza for $10, an appetizer featuring two jumbo five-ounce meatballs for $5 and a lunchtime meatball sub on focaccia bread served with patate fritte, priced at $15.
Dessert lovers can indulge with TREVI’s signature spaghetti ice dessert, priced at $8.50. The unique spaghetti and meatballs presentation is made with vanilla and chocolate gelato and topped with a sweet strawberry sauce.
New Pizza Joint at Planet Ho:
Planet Hollywood is now home to Pin-Up Pizza, which is boasting the "longest slice on the Strip" with it's 15-incher. The New York-style pizzeria, which takes over the space formerly occupied by PH Pizza, is located next to Pink's Hot Dogs, with access direct from the Strip, and is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and till 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Get Flayed on the Strip:
It's okay, we're not talking about a new form of "thrill" experience involving public flogging, but rather announcing the debut today of Bobby Flay's new Burger Palace, located beneath Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter and open daily for lunch and dinner, featuring an array of gourmet burgers and more.
Actually, with word that Red Rock has already discontinued its seafood night in the buffet, and MGM Grand serves its last specialty Seafood Night tomorrow, it's actually only bad news for crustacean lovers, but good news for shrimp and crabs, so we should really have titled this "Seafood Buffet Massacre." MGM says it's upping the seafood quotient for Friday and Saturday night's regular dinner spread and, as a result, is upping the price by one dollar.
Rio to Axe Breakfast Buffet:
Commencing February 16, Rio's Carnival World Buffet will cease serving breakfast and switch to a lunch-and-dinner-only schedule; the staff has yet to be informed as to whether any pricing changes will also kick in.
Lagasse's Makes Sports Bar List:
Lagasse's Stadium made the Jan. 24 USA Today's list of the "10 Best Places to Do Game Day Right." The description says, "It's not the cheapest place, but it is a kind of heaven."
More Bars Close:
Long-operating bars Big Dog's on Sahara and Triple Play on Decatur have closed. Both will apparently be converted to Jackpot Joanie's video poker locations.
WILL THE GRIDDLE CAFÉ CHANGE BREAKFAST ON THE STRIP?
BY: Brock Radke/Las Vegas Weekly
SLS is planned to open late this year, bringing with it a platoon of dining concepts popularized in LA. But the casino’s breakfast and lunch joint, the Griddle Café, became a Hollywood institution without the benefit of a famous chef or cutting-edge cuisine.
There are, however, brown sugar-baked banana buttermilk pancakes. And pumpkin pancakes with streusel, butterscotch chips and caramel, the favorite dish of a regular named Stevie Wonder.
Jodi Hortze, known as the Willy Wonka of breakfast, opened the Griddle Café 14 years ago on Sunset and Fairfax, and the lines have been long ever since. She finally decided to expand her restaurant when her friend Sam Nazarian came calling. “I’ve been surprised how many emails and tweets I’ve received from Vegas people who are used to coming to California to see us, and now we’re bringing it to them,” she said.
The Vegas version will have a bigger menu, adding boozed-up breakfast items like Guinness-soaked French toast with bittersweet chocolate chips and vanilla-bourbon whipped cream while maintaining a stacked selection of scrambles, tacos, burgers and sandwiches. In true Sin City style, it’ll be open 24 hours, because it’s always the right time for apple cobbler cinnamon crunch French toast with a side of chicken tequila sausage. Where do the ideas come from? “I dream them,” Hortze says. “I have probably 10 composition notebooks, and I’m always scribbling in them. It’s in my mind, nonstop.”
THREE BITES TO TRY AT CONTAINER PARK
BY: Jim Begley/Las Vegas Sun
Chilaquiles at Pinches Tacos You might be inclined to order tacos at Pinches; the pescado frito and camarones are particularly tasty. But I suggest getting your ass out of bed for the chilaquiles instead. Served until 1 p.m. weekdays and 2 p.m. on weekends, this gooey combination of tortilla chips, eggs, cheese and red sauce isn’t the spiciest rendition of this morning classic, but it’ll do in a pinch. $9.67.
Lobster Salad Sandwich at Bin 702 Hampered by kitchen constraints, Bin 702’s menu is arguably Container Park’s simplest. But it’s also the most consistent—any of chef Sonny Ahuja’s offerings are worth the visit. I suggest the lobster salad sandwich, because it replaced my favorite—the hauntingly delicious buffalo shrimp sandwich—but also because the lobster version is crisp and light with a hint of heat from Sriracha aioli. $12.
Kerry’s Famous Sliders at Pork & Beans If Las Vegas has a hallmark dish, it might be Kerry Simon’s Iron Chef Burger. His victory did our city proud long before everyone was doing TV food competitions. This mini-me version sneaks onto the Pork & Beans menu. Its combination of caramelized onions, bacon and red onion jam is a majestic melding of smoky and sweet—and a strong reminder of Simon’s superior way with comfort food. $9.
Milliken’s and Feniger’s popular Mexican restaurant Border Grill
is expanding in Las Vegas, set to open a second location at the Forum Shops at Caesars this summer. Border Grill will be moving into the spot where P.J. Clarke’s recently closed. This will mark the company’s seventh location, including its restaurants at Mandalay Bay and in Southern California.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
opens its second local restaurant at Town Square on January 17. The new spot just south of the Strip features a wrap-around patio, private dining rooms and a modern, wide-open main room. The original local Fleming’s is at 8721 W. Charleston Blvd., across from Boca Park.
DOWNTOWN’S NEW PASTA SHOP HAS MUSIC FOR YOUR MOUTH
BY: Jim Begley/Las Vegas Weekly
Blink and you might miss Rock‘N’oodles. Tucked away on Third Street just south of Charleston, this 12-person alcove with walls lined with record covers offers an imaginative menu with dish names paying homage to rock classics. Sweet Home Alabama ($9.50) was a hit for Lynyrd Skynyrd, and it’s one for Rock‘N’oodles, too, immersing bacon in a smoked gouda sauce with popcorn chicken on macaroni. With a hint of slightly sugary barbecue sauce, each forkful is an addictive combination of smoky and sweet. Buffalo Soldier ($9.75) sounds like a reggae riff on pasta, but it’s actually an ode to the upstate New York city with spicy chicken nuggets awash in a hearty blue cheese sauce. This is a dish that’ll stick with you in a good way.
For more ethereal flavors, Ray of Light ($9.75) combines pancetta, pine nuts and asparagus in a sharp white wine sauce atop penne. While there are salad options, remember this joint isn’t called Rockin’ Greens. Stick to the namesake noodles. This new Downtown eatery would be more impressive if the kitchen served house-made pasta, but it’s still a creative concept and another welcome addition to the neighborhood.
Rock‘N’oodles 1108 S. Third St., 522-9953. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
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Hash House A Go Go Almost A Go At Rio
Well, that was fast.
Not even a month after closings its São Paulo Café to make way for a new dining destination, Rio will welcome Hash House A Go Go to the space this coming Monday, February 10.
In celebration of its arrival, and to mark National Pancake Week at the same time, all of the Las Vegas Hash House locations will offer a special Mardi Gras flapjack (pictured below), stuffed with M&M's as well as dark and white chocolate chips and dusted with powdered sugar for $8.99. You'll get some beads, too, for the price. No flashing of breasts needed. In fact, that would probably be discouraged. We'll have to remember that. Order your Mardi Gras pancake anytime between February 10-16.
A Bier Garten Now Awaits At The Plaza
We really need you not to spread this around so it can be our little secret. The long-awaited Bier Garten at downtown's Plaza has finally arrived.
It's a soft opening, though. The indoor/outdoor beer garden, a sister joint to our fave Pop Up Pizza, quietly debuted over Super Bowl weekend. The space, however, is not quite ready for the limelight. A drop by this morning found a few projects still underway. And, while that (grassy green) patch of heaven along Main Street beckons, its owner is working to get that bed of sod just right before seating can be claimed.
The New, Expanded Menu Of Binion's Cafe
Binion's is still in the process of remodeling its cafe, but a new menu has already debuted. Downstairs. In the old coffeeshop. Where the new temporary Binion's Cafe can now be found. Got it?
The cafe was moved into the shuttered coffee shop space two weeks ago so big things could happen in the space where it was. And, will return to. Oy. If you're still with us, it gets easier from here.
The planned expansion of Binion's Cafe also included an expanded menu as well. Our @sammasseur received a copy for us to share and reports there's a whole lotta new. Where once the menu focused primarily on burgers, eggs, and deli fare, now patrons can also dig into expanded appetizer offerings as well as specialty pizzas and dinner selections that now include prime rib and salmon, too. Here's a closer look at what's new and how much it costs:
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Say Goodbye to Bally's Steakhouse, BLT Steak Is Finally Coming
BY: Bradley Martin/www.vegas.eater.com
The venerable Bally's Steakhouse, and home to the Sterling Brunch, has finally shuttered at Bally's Las Vegas. The demise was first announced in July 2013. The space will now make way for a BLT Steak and an upgraded and revamped version of the 25-year-old favorite weekend feast. Plywood currently snakes back into this corner of the casino, facing the still operational SEA: The Thai Experience restaurant.
The international BLT Steak chain is run by ESquared Hospitality and was once proposed to debut early this year. With construction just beginning, expect a late spring arrival of the 9,300-square-foot remodel with an estimated $1,500,000 construction cost. ESqaured also operates BLT Burger at the Mirage.
The warm design notes of BLT Steak's design concept extends to walnut touches, amber glows, faux ceiling beams and a gold-framed gas fireplace, with a heavy emphasis on bringing a modern showcase to the overlooked Bally's resort.
The restaurant is noted for its Gruyere-laced popovers served with each entree, 28-day dry-aged steaks and bone-in rib eyes and a changing seasonal menu printed on a blackboard.
When the Sterling Brunch returns, the familiar serving stations for salads, carving and desserts will be located in their previous same location within the restaurant.
American Burger Works, a.k.a ABX,
has shuttered for the second time at Excalibur, but this time for good. Briefly closed in September 2012 as a result of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, ABX featured a halfhearted "industrial vibe" and a menu offering Belgium French fries to pair with 15 dipping sauces.
Taking over the space will be a 4,681-square foot Johnny Rockets,
who have wasted no time in utilizing some their estimated $400,00 construction budget. The faux diner-style restaurant operates 10 locations in the Las Vegas area, including their most recent arrival at the Mandalay Bay food court.
Border Grill at Mandalay Bay
now has a new executive chef. Chris Keating has more than 15 years of culinary experience in the United States and the Bahamas. The North Carolina native started as a dishwasher at 15 and worked his way up through various kitchens including Bert's Seafood Grill, Marisol Bistro, Revival Grill and Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro, Caesars Palace and most recently Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill at The Atlantis.
Las Vegas’ Most Delicious and Diverse Fried Chicken
hosts its third annual St. Baldrick's head-shaving event on Saturday, March 1, to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which funds the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Already food writer Al Mancini has volunteered to shave off his Mohawk if he raises $2,000 and his beard if he raises $5,000.
Sammy's Woodfired Pizza and Sammy's Restaurant & Bar
have new menu items including truffle fries, crispy coconut shrimp and a Wagyu cheeseburger.
The Great Vegas Festival of Beer Suds It Up in April
BY: Susan Stappleton/www.vegas.eater.com
The 2014 Great Vegas Festival of Beer returns to Downtown this spring but this time on Fremont East. Motley Brews plans to have 250 brews from more than 80 breweries on the agenda, as well as beer-inspired culinary menus, mixology, educational elements, interactive exhibits and live music entertainment.
Tickets for the festival are already on sale for $30 for general admission tickets, $40 for early entry and $70 for the brewers lounge VIP area. These prices run through Feb. 16, when early bird registration ends.
A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Nevada Craft Brewers Association, which plans to unveil some rare specialty beers brewed just for the Great Vegas Festival of Beer.