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Everything Las Vegas Issue # 913


  • Everything Las Vegas Issue # 913


    The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa, located just steps from the Las Vegas Strip, has completed major renovations, transforming into the city’s newest non-gaming, non-smoking option, perfect for corporate travelers and leisure guests. Under the management of Crescent Hotels & Resorts, the casino floor has been removed to make way for Jake & Eli, an original restaurant and lobby bar concept, as well as new and upgraded meeting spaces.

    “Travelers often mix work and play when they come to Las Vegas, and our proximity to The Strip gives us the opportunity to offer an alternative to the typical casino property while staying true to The Westin brand,” said Lezlie Young, General Manager of The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa. “We are proud to unveil the new venues and upgraded amenities to best serve our guests. Plus, our new concierge team are Las Vegas experts who will anticipate guests’ every need, making everyone feel like a VIP.”

    At the heart of the transformation is Jake & Eli, a vibrant culinary experience unique to The Westin Las Vegas. The restaurant is inspired by the imagined meeting of two innovators credited with being the first to create the much-loved concept of American bourbon. Guests can expect a mouth-watering mix of classic comfort food and signature cocktails. A décor featuring exposed brick walls, industrial chandeliers, high-top seating and plush booths creates a contemporary setting, perfect for business and leisure travelers alike.

    Already a favorite destination for meeting planners and loyal members of SPG® and Marriott Rewards®, The Westin Las Vegas has added four new meeting rooms, located off the lobby, increasing its capacity by 20 percent. These flexible spaces are complete with custom catering options including a private buffet, signature menus from Jake & Eli, and a dedicated pre-function space, making this area the ideal spot for large and small business or social groups.

    The new lobby-level design complements the previous enhancements made this year, which included updating the 826 guest rooms and suites and reimagining the Hibiscus Spa and Salon and Westin WORKOUT® Fitness Studio. The final phase of improvements, including the outdoor pool area, is expected to be completed by early 2018.

    For more information and to make a reservation, please visit or call (866) 837-4215.

    Matt Goss at The Mirage returns Jan. 12

    Hit entertainer and beloved showman Matt Goss returns to the Las Vegas Strip, headlining an extended engagement at The Mirage. “Matt Goss at The Mirage” is appearing now on select evenings inside 1 OAK Nightclub.

    Known for his impassioned performances that combine intoxicating vocal sets, big band instrumentals and old-school glamour, British-born singing sensation Goss’ sleek style and unparalleled ability to engage audiences embody the magic of Las Vegas’ classic lounge crooners. A favorite among visitors and locals, Goss’ talents and numerous accolades proclaim him “The New King of Vegas.”

    Goss, along with his sexy dancers - The Dirty Virgins, gets up close and personal with the audience in the relaxed, intimate club setting, reminiscent of The Rat Pack era. Fans can order a bottle of champagne or a Matt Goss-themed specialty cocktail direct to their table, while singing and grooving alongside Goss.

    Tickets starting at $49.99, plus service charges, are available now. A VIP meet and greet, including a photo opportunity, is available for an additional $50. Tickets can be purchased at The Mirage Box Offices, online at or, or by calling (800) 963-9634 or (702) 792-7777.

    “Matt Goss at The Mirage” resumes in January 2018. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m.

    Please see below for an updated show schedule:

    January 12 – 14

    January 16; 19 - 21

    January 23; 26 – 28

    January 30; February 2 – 3

    Starting Tuesday, Feb. 9, Goss will perform every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

    The Crowd Goes Wild at Rampart Casino Race & Sports Book with the Addition of Steve Mikkelson as Race & Sports Director

    Rampart Casino just hit a home run as they welcome their newest player to the team - Steve Mikkelson as Race & Sports Director. Mikkelson will be overseeing the daily operations of The Race & Sports Book.

    We’re very excited to have Steve Mikkelson oversee race and sports operations,” says general manager Michael Gaughan Jr. “He has a wealth of knowledge in both race and sports, is truly passionate about his career, and we’re looking forward to many memorable moments with Steve on our team.”

    Hailing from the cool winds of Moline, Illinois, Mikkelson acquired his interest in sports as a young boy and would often be found at his parents’ bowling alley scoring strike after strike and avoiding the gutters. At the age of 14, Mikkelson and his family packed up their belongings and ventured to the warmer winds of Sparks, Nevada, where he attended high school before travelling to southern California for college. Mikkelson attended San Diego State University before transferring to University of Nevada, Reno. During his time there, he often pondered about working in the gaming industry and how he can contribute his knowledge of race and sports to those who share similar interests. Once Mikkelson turned 21, he scored his first sportsbook position at the Bally’s Casino in Reno, Nevada. After working at Bally’s Casino for more than 20 years, Mikkelson transferred to the sportsbook at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno. Mikkelson has now ventured south to tackle his newest adventure as the Race & Sports Director at the recently renovated Race & Sports Book inside the Rampart Casino, where he is eager to share his knowledge with his fellow coworkers and patrons. Twice a week, Mikkelson is a special correspondent on the Rob, Anybody, & Dawn In The Morning Show on Rad Radio.

    Plaza Hotel & Casino announces 2018 Super Bingo tournament dates and higher coverall amounts

    Home to the only bingo room in downtown Las Vegas and winner of Best Bingo in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Plaza Hotel & Casino will host six Super Bingo tournaments in 2018, each offering higher jackpots but with the same affordable entry fee.

    The 2018 Super Bingo tournament dates are: February 11-13, April 8-10, June 3-5, August 5-7, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, and Dec. 2-4.

    The Plaza raised each tournament’s prize amount by $25,000 to $175,000 total with a $25,000 coverall on the first day and $50,000 coverall on the second day.

    Entry fees remain the same for the 2018 tournaments. The Plaza Hotel & Casino offers a “bingo only” package for $130 that includes registration for the two-day Super Bingo tournament and complimentary lunch each day as well as “room-and-bingo” packages that start at $239 for a three-night stay. Super Bingo players also enjoy an open bar during all of the tournament sessions. Super Bingo registration is available at

    Drawing nearly 1,000 people to compete head to head with no linked games, Super Bingo at the Plaza attracts players from as far away as Hawaii and Canada to win big and socialize with like-minded bingo players. Watch the excitement from the last tournament online.

    Recently, the Plaza debuted a renovated bingo hall to give guests an even better bingo experience. On the third floor of the Plaza, the bingo room has new carpet, chairs, and tables with 200 fixed base electronic bingo units as well as more charging stations and electrical outlets for guests to use.

    The Plaza offers high prizes and payouts coupled with a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere making bingo an important part of the Plaza experience and an integral part of the property’s continued success. For more about bingo at the Plaza visit:

    Top Ten Values in Las Vegas from the Las Vegas Advisor
    Ellis Island Off Strip
    $7.99 Steak Dinner 24 hours $7.99
    The complete steak dinner at Ellis Island remains at #1 this month. The filet-cut sirloin comes with soup or salad, choice of potato, and green beans and is served 24/7 for $7.99. To get that price you have to print out two coupons from an EI kiosk, the second after playing at least $5 in any slot machine with your club card inserted. We tried it again this month and discovered a good new wrinkle that you can read about in Dining.
    Skyline Greater Las Vegas
    Shrimp Cocktail 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.
    Klondike Sunset Greater Las Vegas
    $1.49 Breakfast Daily $1.49
    The $1.49 bacon or sausage & eggs breakfast at Klondike Sunset is served every day in Sarah’s Kitchen from 7 to 11 am.
    Flamingo Las Vegas Strip
    5¢ Draft Beer Daily
    Amazing us by surviving for another month is the Flamingo’s 5¢ beer deal in the Margaritaville Casino area’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere bar that runs daily from 5 to 6 pm (#5). It’s a bit of a cram-fest to beat the clock in that one-hour window, then there’s the dilemma of what to toke on a 25¢ tab. But it’s the spirit of the thing that makes it a great way to start an evening out.
    Harrah's Strip
    Mac King Tues.-Sat. $14.98
    There was a mix-up of some sort last month and we received multiple reports that the Mac King promo tickets (#6) were no longer available. It turns out to have been a temporary glitch and we’ve confirmed in person that the $14.98 tickets (after all fees) that include a drink are still being handed out at the Total Rewards booth. Great deal on an excellent show. Just walk up and ask.
    South Point Off Strip
    Hot Dog Daily $1.25
    The $1.25 hot dogs at South Point come with onions, kraut, and relish at no additional charge and are served from a cart in the sports book from 10 am until 5 pm. It’s not only the best hot dog deal in town, but these are some of the best dogs period.
    Stage Door Casino and Lounge Strip
    $1 Beer 24 hours $1
    On the other side of the coin, an institution ended last month with the price of a Michelob in the bottle at Casino Royale rising 100% to $2. Not to worry, there’s another dollar-beer deal right around the corner. Pabst Blue Ribbon in the bottle is available for a buck 24/7 at the Stage Door slot house on Flamingo, just a stone’s throw from the Strip. We break down the differences for you in Entertainment.
    Hooters Strip
    $1 Blackjack 24 Hours $1.20
    The $1-minimum blackjack game at Hooters runs 24/7 in the pit. The rules aren’t good, with naturals paying even money on bets of $1-$4, but it’s the only dollar game on or near the Strip. The $1.20 “cost” is the expected loss for one hour’s play at flat $1 bets. Also, parking at Hooters is free, which is another good reason to check out this deal
    Crown & Anchor Greater Las Vegas
    Lunch Comp Daily $20 buy-in
    Last month we listed the Crown & Anchor deal (#9) as “Steak & Lobster,” rather than “Lunch Comp.” We corrected it online, but it couldn’t be addressed in the hard copy of the newsletter. It’s correct here. Play $20 through a machine and get anything on the menu comped. Hours are 8 am-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 for appetizers until 6 pm on the east and 7 pm on the west.
    Binion's Gambling Hall Downtown
    Photos Daily Free
    Returning to the list this month is the free photo with $1 million dollars at Binion’s (#10), available 9 am-11:30 pm; the photo takes 30 minutes to process and you can get one per day.

    MGM Resorts International is bringing a lot of excitement to 2018 with the transformation of the Monte Carlo resort into Park MGM and the NoMad Hotel. And yet that massive project is just the tip of the spear when it comes to the hospitality behemoth’s plans for the coming year, when it will deliver unique and thrilling entertainment options to the Strip.

    The aforementioned resort’s Park Theater recently added Lady Gaga—opening in December—to its list of resident stars, with more big names to come. “We anticipate there will be more residents announced at Park Theater in the near future,” said Senior VP of Entertainment Rick Arpin. “The acts we are looking at are amazing and iconic, which they would have to be to match an already stellar lineup.”

    There are plans to further utilize the neighboring Park and Toshiba Plaza this year, especially when programming aligns with major events at T-Mobile Arena, which has been electrified with the success of the Vegas Golden Knights.

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    ‘Mindfreak Live!’ to close in October when Criss Angel’s contract expires

    After a 10-year run, “Mindfreak Live!”at Luxor will close Oct. 28, Cirque du Soleil and Criss Angel Productions announced today.

    “It has been an extraordinary experience working with Cirque du Soleil and Luxor these past nine years. They have been amazing partners and will always be part of my family,” magician Criss Angel said. “I am so proud of what we have created together, and I am extremely excited about the new illusions we will be adding in our final year of ‘Mindfreak Live!’”

    "Criss Angel Believe," a $100 million production, debuted at Luxor on Oct. 31, 2008, and was replaced by “Mindfreak Live!” in 2016.

    “We’re very blessed to have the best-selling magic show on the planet, an incredibly well-received show that really connects with people on an emotional level,” Angel told the Las Vegas Sun in July when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “My current contract expires Oct. 31 next year, and I will have completed 10 years.”

    The collaboration of Angel and Cirque du Soleil resulted in 4,000 performances.

    “It has been a pleasure to work with Criss Angel for the past nine years,” said Jerry Nadal, senior vice president of Cirque du Soleil. “Criss is a visionary artist and watching his illusions come to life onstage has been an incredible experience. We respect his decision to explore other opportunities after 10 successful years at Luxor and we are looking forward to a tremendous final year.”


    1. Red Rock Canyon See 800-year-old petroglyphs, fossilized dinosaur tracks, Aztec sandstone cliffs and limestone from a Paleozoic ocean. State Highway 159, 702-515-5350.

    2. Liberace Mansion Versailles meets Vegas at the flamboyant Strip headliner’s nearly-15,000-square-foot ode to maximalist bling—now available for events and tours. 4982 Shirley St. 702-598-0216.

    3. Little Church of the West Get married by Elvis where he married Ann Margret in Viva Las Vegas. The 76-year-old chapel has played cupid for Judy Garland, Richard Gere and more. 4617 Las Vegas Blvd S., 702-739-7971.

    4. Old Mormon Fort In 1855, Mormon settlers built this adobe fort, the first non-native permanent settlement in Las Vegas. Today, it’s a state park. 500 E. Washington Ave. 702-486-3511.

    5. Atomic Liquors Vegas’ oldest freestanding bar was named for its rooftop’s prime view of mushroom clouds. The Rat Pack and Smothers Brothers were regulars. 917 Fremont St., 702-982-3000.


    Anyone who’s made the flight between LA and Las Vegas, especially on a particularly busy holiday weekend, knows that it’s full of colorful, sometimes obnoxious characters, and the new sitcom LA to Vegas attempts to mine that for laughs, with mixed results. The show’s regular cast is split between employees of the fictional Jackpot Airlines and passengers who make frequent trips on the bargain flights between the two title cities, and its humor is equally broad whether addressing air travel or life in Las Vegas.

    Main character Ronnie (Kim Matula) is a likable flight attendant with typical sitcom problems (unlucky in love, stuck in a dead-end job), and she provides a solid, grounded contrast to the broader supporting characters, including recognizable faces Dylan McDermott as a smarmy, overconfident pilot and Peter Stormare as a sleazy but well-meaning gambler. Ronnie’s will-they-or-won’t-they dynamic with a handsome divorced professor (Ed Weeks) who travels to see his son every week is pretty tired, and the character relationships haven’t quite come together in the three episodes available for review.

    With jokes about strippers, quickie weddings and niche conventions, the show certainly doesn’t have a sophisticated or original take on Vegas. Its take on air travel is slightly fresher, but for the most part it occupies the same sitcom level as the budget airline for which its characters work.

    The talent-packed ‘Cocktail Cabaret’ takes over Cleopatra’s Barge by Brock Radke

    It comes as no surprise that a new show dubbed “The Cocktail Cabaret” has taken up residency inside Cleopatra’s Barge, the classic Caesars Palace lounge space born in a different Vegas entertainment era and seemingly frozen in time. But this musical spectacle has a couple notable twists.

    First, it’s a 5 p.m. show. The unorthodox scheduling is carefully calculated to fill a void in casino programming, a surprise designed to get Vegas visitors—whether they’re in town for business or fun—to start their night a bit earlier. But more importantly, this cabaret is absolutely crammed with talent. It’s a 70-minute musical blast that’ll leave you wanting more.

    “The Cocktail Cabaret” was created by PK Entertainment, a joint venture between Vegas and Broadway veterans Keith Thompson and Philip Fortenberry. Thompson is the talented composer known for his work on “Jersey Boys” and the Composers Showcase at the Smith Center. Fortenberry is the gifted pianist who served as the hand double in HBO’s Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” and he anchors a rollicking band that includes drummer Don Meoli, bassist Josh Jones and sax player Eric Tewalt.

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    It’s a new year and that means there’s lots of new things in store for Las Vegas. The city is always changing and 2018 will be no exception. It can be hard to keep up with all of the comings and goings in Vegas so we put together a handy guide for you. Here’s what’s new in Vegas now and what we are looking forward to in the coming year.



    Las Vegas is a town full of everything from large arenas to intimate lounge shows. While some seek the spectacle of massive production shows, others long for the intimacy offered in the smaller and mid-size venues, which present an up-close-and-personal chance to truly see the performers. Several even give you the opportunity to get in on the action and become a part of the show. Choose one of these intimate shows and you’ll take home unrivaled memories of your Vegas entertainment experience.

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    Fremont Street Experience light show due for a flashy overhaul by John Kasliometes

    How many people does it take to change the light bulbs at Fremont Street Experience?


    It also takes about $33 million.

    Moving in a measured way into the contemporary era of LED effects, the FSE Viva Vision Light Show is seeking approval from the Las Vegas City Council and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to upgrade the attraction for the first time since 2004.

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    Lady Gaga signs for 2 years at The Park on Las Vegas Strip by John Kasliometes

    Saying, “It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to play Las Vegas,” Lady Gaga is making it all come true beginning in 12 months. Her residency at The Park Theater begins in December 2018, and in a news release issued today is described as “a two-year, multidate love affair with Las Vegas.”

    It is expected Gaga is performing at least 36 shows in her first residency on the Strip. She is reportedly earning about $400,000 per show, in what is certain to be a groundbreaking stage production at the 5,300-seat venue. Her specific opening date, ticket prices and on-sale dates have not yet been announced.

    “It’s the land of Elvis, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Elton John, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli,” Gaga was quoted in that release. “I am humbled to be a part of a historical line-up of performers, and to have the honor of creating a new show unlike anything Vegas has ever seen before.”

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    Hunger Pains - The Food & Restaurant Section

    Lucky Dragon Shuts Down Its Restaurants by Susan Stappleton

    Say so long to the restaurants at Lucky Dragon, the Asian resort on Sahara Avenue. The casino shut down all of its restaurants except Cha Garden effective immediately so the beleaguered resort can reorganize.

    According to a statement from Lucky Dragon public relations, the resort “is beginning the process of reorganization and, in doing so, will have a reduction in staff while it temporarily closes all gaming and restaurant operations. The hotel and gift shop will remain fully operational including room service, morning tea and coffee. In addition, Cha Garden will remain open, featuring a full bar at night and an expanded food menu. While this is a difficult decision, this reorganization paves the way for Lucky Dragon to establish new partnerships that will enhance the property’s long-term positioning and provide a better guest experience.”

    Lucky Dragon anticipates that staff laid off can “rejoin the Lucky Dragon team when gaming and additional restaurant operations resume within six months.”

    The quick closures mean no more Dragon’s Alley, the night market at the resort, Pearl Oceanwith its dim sum menu for lunch an

    Multi-Million Dollar Palms A.Y.C.E. Buffet Debuts Today by Bradley Martin

    When the former Bistro Buffet shuttered over the summer, the Palms resort promised a food hall-styles setting for the next incarnation of an all-you-can-eat experience. Built with an original, estimated construction budget of $6 million, the A.Y.C.E. Buffet debuts today, with an open-plan footprint right on the edge of the casino floor and seven food “stations” for diners to browse.

    Informally known as the “Ace” buffet, the 9,685-square-foot, brightly lit space features hedge row-style low walls, plenty of plaid design motifs and the Roastery, Greenery, Hearth, World Pan, Smoke & Fire, Sweet & Light, and Revival themed food sections.

    For patrons not prone to indulgence, the Revival station is devoted to “wellness, power-boosting super foods and specialty vegan, vegetarian and anti-inflammatory cuisine,” including "rainbow chard hash and cauliflower and quinoa grits," while the Greenery offers salads, fruits and greens.

    For a more traditional buffet feast, international flavors at the World Pan include Moroccan lamb, congee, bao buns, and strogonoff, while the Roastery has installed a white oak and mesquite chip burning grill for its 900-degree heat. Upgraded spins on familiar buffet fare includes smoked brisket Benedicts, cornmeal Johnny cakes and a mini-duck cassoulet with white beans.

    Priced between $12.99 for breakfast and $21.99 for dinner, with discounts for Boarding Pass players club members, a Sunday brunch has also been added, dedicated to serving bottomless mimosas.

    Giordano’s Expands From the Strip to Boca Park by Bradley Martin

    Giordano’s is now serving inside the 5,089-square-foot former home of an Applebee's Grill & Bar in a standalone building on the southern side of the retail center. The 43-year-old Chicago legend debuted at the Grand Bazaar Shops in late 2016, successful enough to further expand to a separate outdoor dining and drinking venue in the middle of the retail promenade.

    The new venue has mounted lit signage urging its customers to “eat pizza” stacked so full of cheese, it can result in the famous, long “cheese pull” when removing a slice.

    The westside location is currently only open for lunch from Friday to Monday, offering midday specials of a main course and side, with the option of choosing a 6-inch individual pizza.

    On the daily menu, the stuffed deep dish favorites, plus thin or extra-thin alternatives. They also feature Chicago sandwich classics like Italian beef, chicken Parmesan or “Mama’s Meatball Sub” and appetizers like the “‘Best’ Tomato Bruschetta.” Entrees of spaghetti, lasgana, and fettuccine alfredo arrive in large portions and for smaller appetites, while kids have their own menu.

    Address: Boca Park, 8730 W. Charleston Blvd.

    Phone: 702-342-0721

    Hours: Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m on Friday and Saturday and until 10 p.m on Sunday and Monday, with shorter hours of 4 to 10 p.m from Tuesday to Thursday.

    Get Bellagio Restaurant Dishes at the Buffet by Bradley Martin

    Now diners can get a sample of some of the restaurants at the Bellagio with a new addition at The Buffet at Bellagio. The live-action stations buffet serves Taste of Bellagio, as well as more caviar and crab legs.

    During lunch and dinner service, patrons can head to four stations serving dishes from the other Bellagio restaurants. Diners can get Lago by Julian Serrano’s Malloreddus Pasta with pork sausage and tomato sauce; Harvest by Roy Ellamar’s chopped spinach salad with Blue Lizard Farm’s bloomsdale spinach, bacon, blue cheese, asparagus and tomato vinaigrette; Noodles’ chicken pad Thai with flat rice noodles, chicken, egg, peanuts, bean sprouts and onions; and Todd English’s Olives’ Tuscan farmhouse flatbread with mozzarella cheese, shaved Smithfield ham, asparagus and caramelized onions.

    The buffet also now offers hot snow crab and Dungeness crab seven days a week, as well as a new dishes at the teppan station, such as quail, wild boar and lamb sausage, available from 3 to 10 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays.

    Also expanded, the caviar station, now available seven days a week from 3 to 10 p.m. American, Tobiko and salmon roe make that menu. A chef attendant overseeing the station creates blinis and miniature buckwheat waffles on the fly. Diners can add chopped egg, onions and crème fraiche.

    Shake Shack Invades the Premium Outlets by Susan Stappleton

    Do some last-minute Christmas shopping at the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets and head to the fifth Shake Shack to open in Las Vegas. At 11 a.m., the roadside burger stand debuts next to the Brooks Brothers Factory Outlet and on the opposite side of the mall from The Cheesecake Factory.

    Like other locations, this one features what it dubs a “modern day roadside burger stand” that uses 100 percent all-natural, antibiotic-free Angus beef burgers, chicken, griddled flat-top dogs, frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, beer, wine and more.

    The menu here also includes chili-themed dishes including the chili cheeseburger, chili cheese dog, and chili cheese fries. Diners can also score an off-the-menu bowls of chili.

    The Las Vegas North Premium Outlets also features frozen custard concretes in Shack Attack with chocolate custard, fudge sauce, and chocolate truffle cookie dough; Mast Brothers Shake Shack dark chocolate chunks and topped with chocolate sprinkles; Coffee Toffee made with vanilla custard, coffee marshmallow sauce, chocolate toffee and chocolate sprinkles; and Pie Oh My with vanilla custard and a slice of Four & Twenty Blackbirds seasonal pie.

    This location plans to donate 5 percent of sales from its Pie Oh My concrete to Three Square Food Bank.

    Address: Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, 905 S. Grand Central Pkwy., Suite 1700

    Phone: 702-570-1613

    Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Boulder Station Converts Its Mexican Restaurant Back to Guadalajara by Susan Stappleton

    A locals’ Mexican favorite reentered the dining scene at Boulder Station. Guadalajara returned with its menu of authentic Mexican dishes served with generous portions.

    The conversion of Cabo Mexican Restaurant into Guadalajara brings new dishes, with a menu created in part by room chef Salvador Esperanza. The new specialties include Yucatan surf and turf, steak picado, carne asada enchiladas, chile verde, a carnitas platter, pescado del mar, camarones al mojo, and a shrimp and crab burrito.

    Returning favorites include campechana with shrimp, oysters and octopus in a seafood broth, as well as a table side fajita spinach salad, spinach enchiladas, tacos al pastor, chilaquiles, and chicken cocktelero with braised sliced chicken breast in Mexican spices cooked in garlic and red sauce, served in a crispy flour tortilla bowl.

    The restaurant’s menu also features familiar items from Guadalajara’s past such as the longtime Station Casinos classic camarones Guadalajara with bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with white cheddar cheese and honey mustard sauce. Other favorites include the chicken suizas enchiladas, tacos al carbon, and chile rellenos. In addition, the restaurant’s popular salsa bar returns.

    Guadalajara was a staple at Palace Station since it opened in 1990, and at Boulder Station, opening in 1994. In 2011, parent company Station Casinos transformed both locations into Cabo Mexican Restaurants.

    Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer Opening at the Venetian by Susan Stappleton

    Joe Isidori wants Las Vegas to know three things about his Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, opening on Dec. 30 at the Venetian.

    “Black Tap is all about three things — delicious All American burgers, out-of-this-world CrazyShake milkshakes, and craft beer,” says the owner and chef, whose DJT at Trump International earned a Michelin star in 2009.

    He teams up with Chris Barish, who opened Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace and Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas.

    Here the duo talks about their restaurant opening in the former B&B Burger & Beer space at the Venetian.

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    Todd English P.U.B. OUT, Olives at Bellagio Next by Bradley Martin

    In less than a month, Todd English will no longer helm a restaurant on the Strip, but it is possible Las Vegas has not yet seen the last of the celebrity chef.

    The Todd English P.U.B. shuttered at Aria last week and was immediately given a speedy makeover as The Pub, keeping the spirit of a traditional British watering hole alive.

    While the handover was expected, but not publicly announced, it follows weeks of mysterious official job postings for a new “Todd English Pub” concept to be located at MGM’s The Park.

    While any new location has yet to be revealed, the job description hints “this job posting is designed to create a pool of qualified candidates for current and future opportunities.”

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    The Best 24-Hour Restaurants in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas is the city of no sleep, with bars, nightclubs, casinos and more staying open late or sometimes never closing. For those who have a late night out partying or gambling and hunger strikes, or if those who simply crave a midnight snack while out and about, below are 22 of the best eating establishments that never close. This list has something for everyone: the sweet tooth who wants a timeless ice cream sundae or fried ice cream, those who want gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan dishes, or maybe late-night diners who hanker breakfast food such as pancakes or steak and eggs for dinner. Fusion foods including Asian nachos and tatter tot nachos are also an option at some eateries below. No matter what late-night diners have a hankering for, there are Asian, Mexican, American, Italian cuisines all available in this town 24 hours a day.

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    The Saddest Las Vegas Restaurant and Bar Closings in 2017

    The year kicked off with DB Brasserie, Daniel Boulud’s restaurant at the Venetian, closing, and ended with Emeril Lagasse’s Table 10 shuttering at the Grand Canal Shoppes and Alizé at the Palms calling it quits. In between, a lot of tears were shed over these restaurant closings in Las Vegas. Here’s a look at some of the saddest.

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    The Biggest Restaurant and Bar Openings of 2017 by Susan Stappleton & Bradley Martin

    Call 2017 the year that off-Strip restaurants outshined new openings on the Strip. Andre’s Bar & Bistro, The Black Sheep, Boteco, and Sparrow & Wolf brought diversity along with Stripp-trained chefs with food to match to the dining scene off the Strip. Chinatown shined with Yasiknara with pricey Korean fare, 8oz Korean Steak House & Bar with Korean barbecue, Cafe Sanuki with Japanese udon on the cheap, and Mian Sichuan Noodles from the owners of Chengdu Taste.

    On the Strip, the year started with Cosmopolitan unveiling David Chang’s first Las Vegas restaurant, and then London-based izakaya Zuma, followed by Blue Ribbon from the Bromberg brothers. Lorena Garcia, the Venezuelan chef who competed on Top Chef Masters, became the first Hispanic woman to open a restaurant on the Strip, debuting Chica in May at the Venetian. The Monte Carlo continues its transformation into the Park MGM and NoMad in 2018, but Primrose, a three-meal restaurant with a French twist, and Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar already set the tone for the resort that will include Eataly and NoMad from the Sydell Group. Plus, two new buffets let diners eat their fill of food.

    Here’s a look at some of the biggest restaurant openings in 2017, enough to try one new place every week for a year.

    The 16 Hottest Restaurants in Las Vegas Right Now, January 2018

    More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now?Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the "it" places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment, all in alphabetical order.

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    Treehouse To Debut Lounge, Restaurant and Pool Downtown by Bradley Martin

    More than two years since the ultimately doomed replacements for vintage clothing store The Attic were first revealed, a newcomer now has huge plans for the 11,664-square-foot space on Main Street, hoping to create downtown’s premiere restaurant, lounge, night and day club.

    Treehouse Las Vegas is quickly moving ahead with plans to take over the vacant two-story building and add the empty 5,052-square-foot lot to the north to host a pool and event space.

    Designed by Ryan Allord and his downtown firm RAD Studio, the main structure at 1010 N. Main St. will feature a small speakeasy near the front entrance, a main 300-seat dining room with a DJ booth, another bar to the rear of the first floor and a separate video poker lounge.

    More fron Vegas Eater here:

    Touchdowns and Tailgates Around Las Vegas for the Big Game!

    Score big at Cabo Wabo Cantina! The Strip-side restaurant is offering an all-you-can-eat-and-drink buffet, priced at $225 per person, that will have football food favorites such as hot dogs, sliders and a build-your-own tacos and nachos station. For the fans that are just thirsty, no worries, beer buckets will be flowing throughout the entire day.

    No football viewing party would be complete without high-definition TVs! Fans can watch their favorite teams on 80-inch screens at the bar and 75-inch screens throughout the cantina.

    Looking to party at the best cantina in Las Vegas? Make your reservation contacting [email protected]

    Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book’s Big Game Bash at SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

    Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book inside SLS Las Vegas is throwing a bash for the big game on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 from 2 to 8 p.m. for football fans 21 and over. The super showdown will be streamed live on more than 50 TVs spanning the venue, including a state-of-the-art LED video wall. Fans can take advantage of hosted game day fare and giveaways throughout the game. Plus, with the onsite William Hill Sports Book, bettors won’t have to leave the party to place bets.

    General admission tickets for Umami Burger’s outdoor beer garden start at $75, and include an open bar for the duration of the game. Inside seats, tables, booths and VIP packages with open bar and hosted food are available. Link to purchase:

    BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas has introduced Big Game packages with a rooftop tailgate party on Sunday, Feb. 4. The exclusive viewing packages will be for up to 10 guests throughout the highly-anticipated showdown. Packages will include guaranteed seating and access to buffet-style food stations, featuring nachos, hot dogs, bratwursts, soft pretzels, chips and salsa, onion dip, guacamole, pork rinds and more. BEER PARK will offer top-notch views of the game from dozens of high-definition TVs throughout the restaurant. The Strip-side venue will also offer live betting on the venue’s in-house sportsbook kiosk, one of just a few places in Las Vegas outside of casino sports books to offer live betting. Tickets to BEER PARK’s Big Game celebration will start at $125 plus tax and fees.

    Crazy Horse III

    Vegas’ sexiest referees will host the big game at Crazy Horse III, with deluxe viewing packages on Sunday, Feb. 4. Football fanatics will cheer for their team alongside the club’s gorgeous cheerleaders on Crazy Horse III’s massive 70-inch and 100-inch televisions. The award-winning gentlemen’s club will offer fans VIP all-access pass to the Big Game viewing party, complete with an open bar for the duration of the game, unlimited stadium tailgate fare, two raffle tickets and free transportation. Passes will be available on pre-sale at $199 per person on

    Big Game Party Offers BBQ and Bottomless Drinks at Treasure Island

    Las Vegas – Touchdown at Treasure Island for the big game with a delicious buffet, bottomless drinks, prizes and giveaways at Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que, Sunday Feb. 4.

    Gilley’s Big Game Party
    The only real honkytonk on the Las Vegas Strip is cooking up an all-you-can-eat-and-drink big game buffet, with barbeque and football favorites for only $150.

    Big Game Buffet:
    • Gilley’s BBQ Pulled Pork & Cheeseburger Sliders
    • Pretzel Bites
    • Gilley's Chili & New Mexico Style Turkey Green Chili Cart
    • Fresh Vegetable Platter
    • Hot Dogs
    • Assorted Desserts
    • Handrolled Pork with Creamy Homemade Salsa
    • House Salad
    • Buffalo Chicken Wings
    • Popcorn
    • Build Your Own Texas Nacho Bar
    • Build Your Own Spicy Cheddar Tater Tot Bar
    Bottomless Drinks:
    • All Draft Beers
    • Gilley’s Premium Cocktails
    Guests will also enjoy prizes and giveaways. The party begins at 12 p.m. when doors open and the big game kicks off at 3:30 p.m.

    Price is all-inclusive and per person. Guests must be 21 or older with a valid ID. An admission fee is not required to view the big game. For more information, visit

    La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn Las Vegas will offer a Big Game feast served tableside throughout the game on Sunday, Feb. 4.

    Created by Executive Chef William DeMarco, La Cave’s butler-style tailgate selections include sea bass tacos with pickled onions and salsa verde; shrimp ceviche with avocado and Asian pear; chicken flatbread with Thai basil and sweet & sour chili; tomato mozzarella flatbread; chicken gyros with tzatziki and pear chutney; Kalbi short-rib sliders; lollipop chicken wings; crispy rock shrimp with chipotle aioli; loaded baked potato-style tater tots; Angus mini burgers; heirloom tomato and burrata; house made chips and salsa; cole slaw; and macaroni salad.

    Dessert selections include banana bread, seasonal cookies and cupcakes. Craft beer specials will also be available throughout the game, which will be shown live on big-screen televisions throughout the restaurant. The tableside tailgate will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and is priced at $129 per person excluding beverages, taxes and gratuity.

    Pancho's Mexican Restaurant To Go Big With Big Game Viewing Party

    Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant, located in Downtown Summerlin, will host a festive Big Game viewing party complete with an array of discounted appetizers and drink specials on beer, cocktails and wine on Sunday, Feb. 4.

    Pancho’s will broadcast the big game on its eight, eighty-inch, high-definition televisions throughout its spacious cantina. Appetizer selections include the Botanas Especiales, a combination platter loaded with cheesy flour quesadillas, crispy chicken drumsticks, beef taquitos and chicken flautas, served with sour cream and guacamole, priced at $8.50 during happy hour; Pancho’s Nachos, fresh tortilla chips layered with beans, melted cheeses, tomatoes, jalapeños and chives, topped with sour cream and guacamole, priced at $7 during happy hour; and the quesadilla, a flour tortilla filled and folded with an array of cheeses, grilled and cut into squares and served with sour cream and guacamole, priced at $6 during happy hour. Drink specials will include: $1.25 off draft beer, $2.25 off house and flavored margaritas, $3 off well cocktails and $3.20 off house wines.

    Reservations may be made by calling 702-982-0111 or at


    Kick-off the New Year with delicious dinners and an unbeatable deal at Bottiglia Cucina & Enotecaat Green Valley Ranch. Beginning January 8th, guests will be able to spoil themselves with mouthwatering pasta dishes from award-winning chef Brian Massie every Monday night for 50% off. Ditch those Monday blues and indulge in signature pasta dishes such as the King Crab Bucatini, Short Rib Cavatelli, Pappardelle Bolognese, Linguini Vongole and more.

    Food Flash:
    TREVI Italian Restaurant, located in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, will fill Valentine’s Day with love and ravioli on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

    Get your fill of romance with a featured love-inspired dish: heart-shaped lobster ravioli. Created by Chef Jose Navarro, the dish will be served with confit apples and sherry cream, priced at $30.

    Food Flash:
    Step aside, Eggslut. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is about to get a taste of the Northwest’s most decadent sandwiches.

    Portland, Oregon’s Lardo from chef Rick Gencarelli, plans to open at the resort next year, according to The Oregonian. That means griddled mortadella sandwiches, Pho’Rench Dips, and dirty fries with pork scraps and marinated peppers opening near the Blvd. Market. While yet to to be confirmed if Lardo will slot into the vacant, 3,160-square-foot area directly across from China Poblano, newly filed paperwork indicates at least part of the former second-floor race and sports book space will be remodeled in preparation for the arrival of the Blvd. Market concep

    Food Flash:
    The Arts District lands a new Italian restaurant when Esther’s Kitchen opens. The dinner menu features daily pastas and breads, pizzas, and antipasti using an in-house butcher and the restaurant’s own herb garden.

    Dishes include appetizers such as a yellowtail crudo for $15; gnoccho frito with parmesan cream, and prosciutto for $12; uni toast with whipped lardo and celery root for $17; and a meat cheese board for $21. Pastas include spaghetti and bianco pomodoro for $13; rigatoni carbonara with guanciale, egg yolk, and grana padana for $17; bucatini all’amatraciana for $16; and lasagna verde with spinach, chard, mushrooms, fonduta, and a basil bechamel for $21. Pizza such as a margherita for $9, lamb sausage with chopped clams for $18, and a bacon with fontina, caramelized onion, and egg for $14 are made with a sourdough crust. Main courses such as Mary’s chicken “under a brick” and panzanella budino goes for $24 while porchetta with sprouting broccoli comes in limited quantities for $25.

    Located in the heart of Fremont East Entertainment District, Commonwealth will test beer lovers’ knowledge by launching a weekly “Aleluminati” Trivia Night. Hosted by actor and YouTube sensation, Greg Davis Jr., the events will feature craft beer and live entertainment beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

    Every Tuesday at 9 p.m., the downtown cocktail bar will feature a new trivia night with no cover charge, featuring rotating topics and live performances from local jazz bands. The trivia teams with the most questions answered correctly will have the opportunity to win incredible prizes, including tickets to any concert at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, tickets to Vegas Golden Knights games and more.

    Commonwealth will feature a craft beer every week, with selections including New Belgium Sour Saison, Unibroue Maudite Red Ale, Brooklyn Bell Air Sour Ale and more. Bottle service and reservations are available by calling 702.445.6400 or visiting


    Is it too early to pick the best new restaurant of 2018? Bavette’s actually opened at the tail end of 2017, which shows how quickly this Chicago transplant has left an impression. Informal yet regal, dark and sexy (but in a nontraditional way), the new steakhouse is one of the restaurant cornerstones of the Park MGM/NoMad Hotel resort (for now, still known as the Monte Carlo). There will soon be other new dining options announced for the evolving Strip destination, and they’ll all have catching up to do to compare to Bavette’s.

    The foyer is French country meets leather-and-wood library. The long, sleek dining room glows under golden chandeliers and Tiffany lamps, which create warm vibes while maintaining intimacy at every table. And don’t get us started on the bar hidden at the back of the room. From the moment you first step inside Bavette’s, you feel like returning again and again.

    Oh yeah, the food is delicious, too—a seemingly classic steakhouse menu with some surprises along the way. Dishes from bygone eras make triumphant returns, like baked goat cheese slathered in rich red sauce with garlic bread for dipping, and a prime beef French dip sandwich. Chilled seafood towers and dry-aged, bone-in ribeyes await for the baller set, while burgers griddled with American cheese, smoked salmon Caesar salads and fried chicken with mashed potatoes and cipollini onion gravy will satisfy those in need of extra comfort. Side dishes of thick-cut, maple-black pepper bacon and bourbon-glazed sweet potatoes go with everything. And save room for a towering slice of lemon meringue pie to finish your first masterpiece meal. Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar at Monte Carlo, 702-730-6700; Sunday-Thursday 5-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5-11 p.m.

    Head To The Top Las Vegas Hotspots For The Best Bites During CES

    Las Vegas is a food destination where world famous chefs have set up extravagant restaurants. Virtually every cuisine is represented in this city. The sheer volume of choices overwhelms visitors, and for CES attendees time is extra short. Here's a curated list of some of the best food Las Vegas has to offer so you don't have to scour reviews for the best spots to hit after a long day on the show floor.

    Chica Las Vegas - (Inside the Venetian Hotel)

    With culinary influences from South America, Chica, is the hotspot in town for any Latin foodie in need of dinner and drinks, or just a fun brunch spot for your very own favorite chicas. Order the crab and shrimp salpicon, asado negro arepas, and every single ceviche possible prepared by celebrity Chef, Lorena Garcia. Zuma’s Izakaya-inspired menu, which includes sushi and robata grilled fare is another solid option you do not want to miss.

    Yardbird Southern Table & Bar - (Inside the Venetian Hotel)

    Indulge in the finest southern cuisine on the Las Vegas strip! Helmed by award-winning restaurateur John Kunkel, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is a best in class, casual restaurant concept recognized for its modern renditions of classic, home-style favorites. You’ll enjoy the remix on classic dishes like Chicken 'n' Watermelon 'n' Waffles, Deviled Eggs, mouth-watering Buttermilk Biscuits and Macaroni & Cheese. Head in to Yardbird for a welcoming ambiance and soul-satisfying dining experience.

    The Still - (Inside the Mirage)

    Unwind with an upscale twist to your typical bar crafts, drafts and eats! You will find yourself in a sports junkie haven with light bites and over 50 craft beers on tap served from an one of a kind airstream trailer. Whether breakfast, midday or an evening visit, head there to enjoy favorites like the Wood Blackberry French Toast, Fried PB &J ,Grilled Filet Mignon and Deep Fried Oreos.

    CliQue Bar & Lounge - (Inside The Cosmopolitan)

    Head in to experience tableside mixology, timeless music, or craft cocktails that will awaken your senses! You’ll be able to choose from an array of shooters, bubbles and aperitifs making it not just one of the best Las Vegas lounges, but one of the most exquisite. Don’t miss out on the variety of savory bites and sharable plates, including their famous signature wings and juicy sliders. CliQue Bar & Lounge is undeniably one of the best lounges in Las Vegas.

    MB Steak's Electric Dish and Drinks for CES 2018!

    MB Steak at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is kicking off the upcoming convention with an electric dish—fresh, jumbo Florida stone crab claws with signature MB sauce! The steakhouse is offering this dish from Tuesday, Jan. 9 to Friday, Jan. 12 in honor of the Consumer Electronics Show. One might say the stone crab technically tastes better if paired with any of the restaurants signature libations, or a glass of vino off MB Steak’s extensive wine list, but the restaurants’ signature sauce is always sure to keep taste buds satisfied with flavor.


    1. The Buffet at Aria One of the most diverse buffets on the Strip boasts a raw bar, an extensive selection of Asian soups and dim sum and a Tandoor oven for fresh-baked naanbread. 702-590-8630.

    2. Bacchanal Buffet From smoked meats to delicate desserts—and VIP reservation packages with specialty seafood towers—this feast is still the most talked-about buffet in Las Vegas. Caesars Palace, 702-731-7928.

    3. Studio B Buffet The locals’ favorite is known for its weekend seafood dinners and Friday prime rib brunch, along with stellar service and friendly prices. M Resort, 702-797-1000.

    4. The Buffet at Wynn Is the buffet as fancy as everything else at Wynn? Of course. And with 15 cooking stations, a rotisserie and imported charcuterie, it tastes as good as it looks. 702-770-3340.

    5. The Buffet at Bellagio Long a buffet standard-bearer, Bellagio just added a selection of dishes from other resort restaurants, like chicken pad Thai from Noodles and Sardinian gnocchetti with pork sausage from Lago. 866-259-7111.


    When is a buffet more than a buffet? When an already high-quality experience is upgraded with a chef-curated selection of dishes served straight to the diner.

    The chef’s table concept might seem an odd fit for a traditional Las Vegas buffet, but it has been worked into some of the Strip’s biggest and best. And the new Chef’s Table Experience at the Mirage’s Cravings is affordable and accessible. You’ll gain access to the entire Cravings buffet, already one of the best out there, along with a special meal providing the kitchen’s skilled craftsmen a chance to show off.

    For an additional $20, guests are seated at a special table and presented with five courses. The meal within a meal begins with a mini caprese salad and assorted sushi, along with toasted garlic bread. From there, a more decadent salad featuring citrus and goat cheese is served alongside a lovely charcuterie and cheese board that includes duck prosciutto and imported Spanish manchego cheese.

    Entrées include an expertly prepared Angus beef sirloin with chimichurri and turkey roulades wrapped in bacon; grilled vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes act as the accompaniments. As a finale, a tableside presentation breathes new life into chocolate lava cake. Chefs paint a white serving board with chocolate and raspberry sauces, top it with individual cakes and even brûlée some marshmallows. The flavors match the spectacle.

    If you’re looking to double down on your all-you-can-eat meal, Cravings’ Chef’s Table makes for a worthy indulgence. The Chef’s Table Experience at Cravings at the Mirage, 702-791-7111; daily 4-9 p.m.
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