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Everything Las Vegas Issue # 948


  • Everything Las Vegas Issue # 948

    Everything Las Vegas Issue #948

    Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment Complete Merger

    Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (“Caesars,” “Caesars Entertainment”, or the “Company”, formerly known as Eldorado Resorts, Inc. or “Eldorado”) announced today that it completed its acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (“CEC”). The transaction creates the largest casino and entertainment company in the U.S.

    The transaction further enhances Caesars’ position as the leading regional and destination gaming operator in the U.S. The combined company owns and operates more than 55 casino properties worldwide, including an iconic portfolio of eight casino hotel properties on the Las Vegas Strip. Additionally, Caesars owns or operates casinos in 16 states across the U.S. including Nevada, Colorado, Missouri, Iowa, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Carolina, California and Maryland.

    “We are pleased to have completed this transformative merger, thus making us the premier leader in gaming and hospitality. We look forward to executing on the numerous opportunities ahead to create value for all stakeholders,” said Tom Reeg, CEO of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. “Additionally, we are pleased to welcome all of our Team Members to the combined company, and we look forward to implementing all of the strategic initiatives that will position the company for continued growth.”

    Combining CEC and Eldorado will further solidify the award-winning Caesars Rewards as the largest and most rewarding loyalty program in the industry with over 60 million members. This provides even more benefits to current and future Caesars Rewards members, offering more ways to play and earn reward credits and experiences. CEC is also known as a pioneer in the gaming industry for its longstanding commitment to corporate social responsibility. This includes an even greater emphasis on diversity and inclusion programs, and gender equity initiatives.

    J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse and Macquarie Capital served as financial advisors to Eldorado. Milbank LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP served as Eldorado’s legal counsel. PJT Partners LP served as financial advisor to CEC. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP served as legal counsel to CEC.


    Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino’s all-new expansion – the Gallery Tower – is now accepting room reservations for stays starting Tuesday, Sept. 22. Inspired by the dynamic art program that will be woven throughout the property and its guest experience, the 495-room Gallery Tower will be adorned with multiple pieces of varying scales, inside and out, from a specially curated team of independent artists, including an augmented reality in-room experience exclusive to certain rooms. The team of contributing artists and their works is to be announced. For more information and to book a stay at Downtown Grand, located steps from Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, visit

    Pairing contemporary architecture with modern design and art from several mediums, the Gallery Tower will redefine the intersection of 4th and Ogden and attract visitors with a vibrant new entrance to the hotel’s casino floor. With seven guest floors providing a boutique hotel experience for the modern traveler, the Gallery Tower will add 495 new rooms to the property, bringing its total inventory to 1,124 rooms. The Gallery Tower will also offer guests a range of premier room options, including 67 studio units, 20 one-bedroom suites and three 1,500-square-feet Presidential Suites. To accommodate the additional room inventory, Downtown Grand has expanded its current fitness center footprint to offer more than 1,500-square-feet of state-of-the-art workout space.

    “After 18 months, we are thrilled to be nearing the end of development for what will be known as the Gallery Tower,” said John Culetsu, VP and Managing Director of the Downtown Grand. “Not only will we be able to welcome more guests with the addition of 495 new rooms, but our guests and visitors will experience Downtown Grand in an entirely new way through the one-of-a-kind art program that will be noticeable throughout. We look forward to enriching the guest experience with the westward expansion of Downtown Las Vegas’ renowned art scene.”

    The Downtown Grand reimagined the downtown traveler when it opened in 2013. Defined by its industrial chic aura and highlighted by open ceilings, ornate fixtures, and heavy structural elements the hotel was at the forefront of the Downtown Las Vegas resurgence along with the relocation of Zappos headquarters, the development of the Fremont East District, and Life is Beautiful Music Festival. Six years later, the property continues to serve as a central hub to both tourists and locals alike for all of Downtown Las Vegas’ events and happenings.

    Downtown Grand is now accepting room reservations for Gallery Tower stays starting Sept. 22. For more information and to book a stay at Downtown Grand, visit

    Bally's Las Vegas Now Open

    In accordance with directives from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR) has resumed gaming and hospitality operations at Bally’s Las Vegas today, July 23. This follows the successful reopening of Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas. As previously announced, the Company has also reopened the gaming floor and other amenities at The LINQ Hotel + Experience, as well as The LINQ Promenade, High Roller Observation Wheel, FLY LINQ and Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

    “This has been a historic week with the successful closing of the merger between Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment to create the largest casino and entertainment company in the U.S.,” said Gary Selesner, regional president of Caesars Entertainment. “To celebrate this exciting next chapter, we are incredibly happy to welcome our guests back to Bally’s Las Vegas, right at the heart of The Strip. While we remain committed to emphasizing our enhanced health and safety protocols, we look forward to guests enjoying the level of service that they have always known from the dedicated and talented team members of Bally’s.”

    The momentous reopening of Bally’s Las Vegas was celebrated in style with showgirls adorned in original costumes from Jubilee!, music and Bally’s entertainers from Extravaganza – The Vegas Spectacular, all welcoming guests back to the center of the action.

    Anthony Carano, president and chief operating officer of the newly combined organization led the excited guests in a countdown to the official reopening of the doors that commenced with a spectacle of confetti cannons and cheers. Carano was joined on the blue carpet by Regional President of Caesars Entertainment Gary Selesner and Senior Vice President and Bally’s General Manager Sherri Sosa.

    Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Now Open

    In accordance with directives from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) ("Caesars", "Caesars Entertainment" or the "Company") has resumed operations at Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace in Las Vegas today, July 2. This follows the successful reopenings of Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, The LINQ Promenade and High Roller Observation Wheel, as well as the gaming floor and other amenities at The LINQ Hotel + Experience.

    Nobu Hotel, the boutique hotel within the larger Caesars Palace destination resort, offers luxurious guest rooms and suites including the extravagant rooftop Nobu Villa, one of the world’s largest Nobu restaurants, and access to its exclusive fitness center. The Company intends to comply with all reopening and operating directives from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and public health authorities. To book a hotel reservation, visit

    “On the heels of successfully reopening Caesars Palace and Nobu Restaurant & Lounge several weeks ago, we are pleased to welcome guests back to Nobu Hotel as well,” said Gary Selesner, regional president of Caesars Entertainment. “As customer interest in visiting Las Vegas continues to increase, we remain committed to creating memorable experiences for guests at our premier boutique hotel with enhanced health and safety protocols.”

    Additionally, guests can now order food to go through Ivy – Caesars Entertainment’s 24-hour virtual concierge service – from various world-renowned restaurants at Caesars Palace, including Nobu Restaurant & Lounge, Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN, Mesa Grill, Old Homestead Steakhouse and Beijing Noodle No. 9. Guests scan a QR code or text “FOOD” to 833-228-0944 to view restaurant menus, place an order and pay. When their food is ready for pick-up, guests will receive an alert on their mobile device.

    Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace is part of the Nobu Hotels collection. Nobu Hotels was founded after extending the Nobu Restaurant brand into a global lifestyle hospitality brand synonymous with instinctive design, fine ingredients, great social interaction and experiences: each hotel different, but fused with powerful energy and a passion for service. Nobu Hotels currently operates 11 hotels globally, with seven more hotels opening soon including Warsaw in August and London Portman Square later this year.

    As previously announced, the Company has suspended fees for paid self-parking in Las Vegas.

    Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace will also follow the Company's previously announced enhanced health and safety protocols, which build on the Company's existing plans and practices in these areas. Caesars management is focused on the well-being of team members, guests and the community, and has created an environment with enhanced standards of sanitization and physical distancing practices.

    Among the enhanced health and safety protocols are more frequent cleaning and sanitization. Caesars has also implemented a health screening program for all employees. Team members are required to wear masks, which will be provided by the Company. Guests will also be provided masks and will be required to wear them while inside Caesars properties.

    For more information on the Company’s health and safety protocols, visit:

    For a comprehensive list of amenities open at Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts, visit:

    MGM reopening The Mirage on the Strip, but leaves Park MGM still closed

    MGM Resorts International said it was reopening The Mirage on Aug. 27, leaving the casino company with just one Las Vegas Strip resort – Park MGM – still on the sidelines.

    In a statement Friday, MGM said the reopenings of its casino portfolio in six states have been slow and thoughtful. MGM closed its properties in mid-March due to the spreading coronavirus pandemic.

    In Nevada, gaming was allowed to reopen on June 4 after a 78-day shutdown. MGM reopened just three of its nine Strip-area properties that weekend and has slowly rolled out the remaining resorts, all operating under state-mandated health, safety, and cleaning guidelines, as well as capacity limits and social distancing protocols due to COVID-19.

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    Welcome the Mirage Back to the Strip When It Reopens Later This Month by Susan Stapleton

    The Mirage reopens its doors on August 27 with a roster of restaurants, a few lounges, and enhanced safety and health protocols in place. The resort closed on March 17 when Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered all nonessential businesses including casinos to shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    Some of the restaurants reopening include Pantry, which plans to be open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak serves dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m.

    Osteria Costa returns with Italian fare Monday, Thursday, and Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. and again from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    The Still brings its sports bar fare back Monday through Friday from 4 to 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Paradise Cafe returns daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Rhumbar and Center Bar also return, although hours haven’t been announced. Bare Pool Lounge remains closed.

    Otoro, Diablo’s Cantina, Cravings Buffet, Stack, and California Pizza Kitchen remain closed.

    Diners can view restaurant menus via cell phone by using QR codes in the company’s food and beverage outlets. Customers also receive a text message notification when their tables are ready.

    Once the Mirage reopens, MGM Resorts only has Park MGM and NoMad Hotel left to reopen.


    The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces a new temporary exhibition titled “Rise of the Cartels: International Drug Trafficking in the Americas.” The exhibition is located on The Mob Museum’s first-floor.

    The exhibition explores the history of international drug trafficking in North and South America, providing insights about infamous drug lords such as Pablo Escobar as well as an architectural model of the Mexican prison and tunnels tracing the escape route for drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. It also examines fact versus fiction in the popular Netflix television series “Narcos” and “Narcos: Mexico.”

    The exhibition features artifacts on loan from four different retired Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) special agents who battled the cartels in Colombia and Mexico from the 1970s through the 1990s. Select artifacts on display were provided by two former agents, Steve Murphy and Javier Pena, who helped take down Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar and whose work inspired the “Narcos” series. These artifacts include original documents, photos, badges, awards, clothing, a firearm and other objects directly tied to the agents’ battles with drug cartels. Additionally, a video montage will feature original photographs from Murphy and Pena’s personal collection.

    Other artifacts were provided by former special agents James “Jaime” Kuykendall and Pedro “Pete” Hernandez, who were stationed in Guadalajara, Mexico, in the 1980s and worked closely with special agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was kidnapped, tortured and killed by Mexican cartel members in 1985. Kuykendall is a major character in “Narcos: Mexico.”

    The exhibition also will feature artifacts from the Museum’s collection, including a rare original copy of a commemorative leather-bound book of political cartoons that Escobar published not long before his death.

    To plan a visit and purchase tickets in advance or for information about the Museum’s current health and safety protocols, visit

    Two Lucky Winners Hit Mega Progressive Jackpots at Caesars Palace and Flamingo Las Vegas

    It was an exciting morning for two lucky Las Vegas visitors as they hit Mega Progressive Jackpots on Pai Gow Poker at Caesars Palace and Texas Hold-Em Bonus Poker at Flamingo Las Vegas.

    At 12:02 a.m. on Friday, July 31, a Caesars Rewards guest from California hit the Mega Progressive Jackpot for $1,982,517 on a Pai Gow Poker Table at Caesars Palace. He was incredibly excited and was in a state of shock. When asked what he wants to do with the money, he replied, “I’m going to buy a house.” The player elected to not be identified.

    Later this morning, another Caesars Rewards guest from Georgia hit the Mega Progressive Royal Flush for $480,850 on Texas Hold-Em Bonus Poker at Flamingo Las Vegas. He was overjoyed and said he will use the money to celebrate his almost-birthday. The player elected to not be identified.

    These progressive jackpots are currently linked across Caesars’ currently opened Nevada properties—making them the largest linked table network in the nation. Linked tables for Pai Gow, Blackjack and Poker derivatives can be found in Las Vegas, Laughlin and Lake Tahoe. With the largest network of linked tables, this allows for jackpots to grow quickly, reach high-dollar amounts and frequent payouts.

    Caesars Entertainment has created more than 837 millionaires since 1987; with those player winnings fast approaching the $2 billion mark, the company has announced Millionaire Maker powered by Caesars Rewards, a celebration of these guests’ winnings and a promotion aimed at making even more millionaires.

    Caesars Palace and Flamingo Las Vegas have implemented Caesars Entertainment, Inc.’s (“Caesars”) new health and safety protocols, which enhance its existing plans and practices in these areas. All Caesars properties are focused on the well-being of team members, guests and the community, and continue to work to create an environment with high standards of sanitization and physical distancing practices. Among the enhanced health and safety protocols include more frequent cleaning and sanitization. Caesars has also implemented a health screening program for all employees. Team members and guests are required to wear masks, which the Company makes available, at all Caesars properties.

    Las Vegas: Circus Circus, Tropicana plan layoffs of a combined 872 workers

    Two older Las Vegas Strip resorts – Circus Circus and Tropicana – will permanently lay off a combined 872 workers this fall, according to Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notices that operators of the casinos filed with the Nevada Department of Employment.

    The layoffs are the latest employment reductions since Nevada’s casino industry went through a 78-day closure in an effort to slow the coronavirus pandemic. Resorts were allowed to reopen on June 4 under capacity restrictions and health, safety, cleaning, and social distancing guidelines mandated by the Gaming Control Board.

    Circus Circus, which is owned by billionaire Phil Ruffin, reopened the property on June 4 along with his Treasure Island resort. The Tropicana, which is owned by regional casino operator Penn National Gaming, is not open but is accepting hotel room reservations on its website beginning Sept. 1. Penn also owns M Resort in Henderson, which opened June 4.

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    Pai Gow Poker Jackpot Approaches $500,000 at Boyd Gaming Properties

    Boyd Gaming is offering one of its highest regional linked Pai Gow Poker progressives in recent history, with the progressive jackpot nearing a half-million dollars at Aliante, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town and Cannery.

    With six Boyd Gaming destinations participating in the Company’s regional linked Pai Gow Poker progressive in Las Vegas, players have a shot at winning much larger jackpots than individual properties can offer. As of today, the Boyd Gaming citywide progressive stands at more than $490,000 and is rising by the day.

    Pai Gow Poker pits players against the dealer in a unique game where both the player and the dealer each receive seven cards and place them into a five-card hand and a two-card hand. The goal of this table game is to have both hands beat the dealer’s respective hands to win.

    To learn more about Boyd Gaming’s gaming entertainment offerings, visit

    Two Arizona Charlie’s Hotel & Casino Guests Win More Than Combined $84,000 on ‘Dragon Link Golden Century’ Machine, Charlie’s Double Progressive Bingo

    Two guests at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur won large jackpots while playing a slot machine and bingo on Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9.

    One local winner hit a jackpot for $66,079 on the thirty-fifth ball while playing Charlie’s Double Progressive Bingo, while another winner won $18,963.88 while playing the ‘Dragon Link Golden Century’ slot machine.

    Players are invited to sign up for True Rewards, Golden Entertainment’s rewards program, to receive bonuses including increased point multipliers, prizes such as cash and free slot play, as well as eligibility in select tournaments and special events. More information about True Rewards is available on the website at

    Texas Station, Fiesta Rancho Now Plan to Remain Closed for One Year by Susan Stappleton

    Two North Las Vegas resorts within the Station Casinos empire are now officially extending their temporary hiatus longer than previously expected.

    New details now reveal that Station Casinos plans to ask the North Las Vegas City Council to approve changes to the licenses for Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho, both closed since March when Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered all non-essential businesses to temporarily close to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    The casinos are asking to move their non-restricted gaming, non-restricted gaming liquor, and full liquor licenses to non-operational through June 4, 2021.

    Other casinos within the Station Casinos family reopened on reopened on June 4, including Red Rock Casino in Summerlin, Green Valley Ranch and Sunset Station in Henderson, Santa Fe Station in Centennial, Boulder Station on the eastside, and Palace Station west of the Strip, as well as six Wildfire properties when casinos were permitted to reopen in Nevada.

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    FLY LINQ Zipline, Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck Reopen

    FLY LINQ at The LINQ Promenade, the first and only zipline on the Las Vegas Strip, and the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck at Paris Las Vegas will reopen with enhanced public health protocols this Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5 for Independence Day weekend. After July Fourth weekend, both attractions are scheduled to operate Fridays through Sundays.

    Developed by the team behind High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, FLY LINQ features 10 side-by-side zip lines, capable of simultaneously launching all riders. Guests begin their ride by taking an elevator to the top of the 114-foot-tall launch tower above The LINQ Promenade. After enjoying spectacular views of the Strip during the ascent, guests arrive on the launch deck, where gear-fitting takes place. Guests can fly seated, either forward or backward, as they travel 1,121 feet along the Promenade.

    The Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck at Paris Las Vegas features 360-degree city views, with knowledgeable ambassadors on hand to point out various Las Vegas landmarks from the 541-foot-tall tower. A half-scale replica of the iconic Parisian landmark, the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas remains the tallest reproduction of the original in the world.

    In addition, the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas has debuted a new, free light show in honor of the reopening of the resort, which takes place every half hour from dusk to midnight nightly. The new show features synchronized and choreographed twinkling and colored lights including approximately 300 color-washing light fixtures and more than 800 white strobe lights on the tower’s exterior.

    FLY LINQ Zipline at The LINQ Promenade and the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck at Paris Las Vegas will also follow Caesars Entertainment previously announced enhanced health and safety protocols, which build on the Company's existing plans and practices in these areas. Caesars management is focused on the well-being of team members, guests and the community, and is working to create an environment with enhanced standards of sanitization and physical distancing practices.

    Among the enhanced health and safety protocols are more frequent cleaning and sanitization. Caesars has also implemented a health screening program for all employees. Team members are required to wear masks, which will be provided by the Company. Guests will also be provided masks and will be required to wear them while inside Caesars properties. Additionally, both attractions are limiting elevator capacity to four people at a time.

    Gateway arch project prompts closures of Las Vegas Boulevard by Mick Akers/LVRJ

    Construction of an 80-foot-tall gateway arch over Las Vegas Boulevard will involve overnight closures next month in downtown Las Vegas.

    Las Vegas Boulevard between St. Louis and Bob Stupak avenues near The Strat will shut to traffic overnight between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Aug. 10-13, 23-24 and 26-27, the city of Las Vegas announced Monday.

    Motorists should take Paradise Road for an alternate southbound route and Fairfield Avenue for the northbound detour.

    Construction on the $6.5 million project kicked off in March, with a scheduled September completion date.

    The illuminated blue arch will cross over Las Vegas Boulevard between St. Louis and Bob Stupak avenues and will feature an emblem with “Las Vegas” script hanging over the boulevard.

    Texas Station, Fiesta Rancho Now Plan to Remain Closed for One Year by Susan Stappleton

    Two North Las Vegas resorts within the Station Casinos empire are now officially extending their temporary hiatus longer than previously expected.

    New details now reveal that Station Casinos plans to ask the North Las Vegas City Council to approve changes to the licenses for Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho, both closed since March when Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered all non-essential businesses to temporarily close to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    The casinos are asking to move their non-restricted gaming, non-restricted gaming liquor, and full liquor licenses to non-operational through June 4, 2021.

    Station Casinos cites the “uncertain economic conditions in the state of Nevada” as the reason for requesting that both need to change their licenses. Both will remain closed until further notice, and there is no known reopening date at this time.

    The move keeps Beaumont’s and Oyster Bar at Texas Station, along with Venom Bar and Cabo Lounge at Fiesta Rancho closed indefinitely.

    The fate of two remaining closed resorts from Station Casinos — Fiesta Henderson and the Palms — remains unknown.

    M Resort Lays Off More Than 350 Employees in August by Susan Stapleton

    Henderson’s M Resort joins a growing list of casinos in Nevada that announced layoffs due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The company, owned by Penn National Gaming, plans to permanently lay off 352 staff beginning on August 15. The company issued the notice to the Nevada Department of Employment as part of the WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) Act that notifies employees in advance about layoffs.

    M Resort’s vice president and general manager Hussain Mahrous calls the layoffs “the unfortunate result of COVID-19-related business circumstances that were sudden, dramatic, and beyond our control.”

    More Than 900 Restaurant Workers at McCarran Will Be Laid Off in October by Susan Stapleton

    HMSHost, the company that provides many of the food and retail outlets at McCarran International Airport, plans to permanently lay off 940 employees.

    “HMSHost continues to see an unprecedented decline in traffic in airports and on the motorways,” the company tells the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. “The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the travel and restaurant industries and, unfortunately, HMSHost sits at the crossroads of both. Never in the history of aviation and the hospitality industry, have we experienced such catastrophic customer traffic declines.” The letter from HMSHost is required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which notifies the state 60 days in advance about layoffs.

    The latest passenger numbers from June saw 867,528 passengers fly through McCarran, down from 2,989,768 in June 2019. Since March, HMSHost temporarily closed some of the dining outlets at the airport, including restaurants and bars in B Gates and at Terminal 3, Bud 29 Track Lounge and The Layover Bar on the main concourse, and some outlets in C Gates and D Gates.

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    ‘Le Reve’ at Wynn Las Vegas permanently closes by John Katsliometes/LVRJ

    The cast and crew of “Le Reve” at Wynn Las Vegas have been informed the show is closing permanently. Wynn Entertainment Director Rick Gray informed the cast and crew during a digital conference meeting Friday afternoon.

    About 275 performers, musicians, technicians and ushers on the “Le Reve” team are out of work.

    “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent physical distancing requirements for which an end date cannot be predicted, but are necessary to keep our guests safe, we have been forced to close the award-wining show ‘Le Reve—The Dream’ at Wynn Las Vegas,” the company said in a statement Friday.

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    Official: Tropicana’s September opening could be delayed by Bryan Horwath/Las Vegas Sun

    The CEO of Tropicana’s parent company on Thursday hinted that the Las Vegas resort might not open as planned on Sept. 1.

    Jay Snowden, the top executive for Penn National Gaming Inc., said during a quarterly earnings call that there’s a possibility the opening of the property could be delayed based on market conditions.

    “We plan right now to open the Tropicana in September, but there’s a lot of moving parts,” Snowden said. “Every day we’re learning and our team on the ground there is continuing to do competitive assessments in terms of average daily room rates and RevPAR (revenue per available room) on the Strip, so we’re going to be really thoughtful around exactly when and how we reopen.”

    Like other casino properties in Nevada, Tropicana closed operations per state mandate in mid-March out of concern about the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    Like a handful of other Strip casinos — Mirage and Planet Hollywood included — Tropicana has yet to reopen. Tropicana officials announced last month their plans to open in early September.

    Fertitta: Four closed Station Casinos properties might not reopen by Bryan Horwath/Las Vegas Sun

    Four Station Casinos properties in Southern Nevada that have been closed since mid-March out of pandemic concerns might not reopen, said Frank Fertitta III, CEO and chairman of the board of directors for Red Rock Resorts, the parent company of Station Casinos.

    On June 4, the company reopened more than a dozen properties after nearly 80 days of closures out of coronavirus concerns. But the Palms, Texas Station, Fiesta Rancho and Fiesta Henderson remained closed.

    “We don’t know if or when we’re going to reopen any of the closed properties,” Fertitta said. “We think it’s too early to make that decision.”

    Fertitta made his comments Tuesday during a quarterly company earnings call. For the three-month period that ended June 30, Station reported net revenue of just over $108 million, down nearly 76% from the same quarter in 2019.

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    Burlesque sensation Melody Sweets has a new show ready for the Strip by Brock Radke


    Las Vegas hasn't yet had the chance to experience the latest creation from Melody Sweets.

    The singer and burlesque performer who originally hit the Strip as part of the cast of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace had been developing a new production when the pandemic struck and shut down live entertainment.

    “We were supposed to open on Valentine’s Day and then pushed it back to April, and then COVID hit in March and now we’re just waiting for the Governor to let us know when we can open and get something onstage,” she says on the latest episode of the Sun on the Strip podcast. “We were looking to open at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace and are still hoping to do so. I would really love to return to Caesars [because] it would be full circle for me. Cleopatra’s Barge is a stunning room and I really just can’t wait to put my feathers all over that place.”

    Sweet’s producing partners for the new burlesque show are Matt and Angela Stabile, the architects of the “X Burlesque” empire with three female revues at different Caesars Entertainment casino resorts. They also produce Piff the Magic Dragon’s popular show at the Flamingo.

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    Hunger Pains: The Food & Restaurant Section

    Bugsy & Mey
    er’s Steakhouse at Flamingo Las Vegas Now Open

    One of the most anticipated openings of the year, Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse at Flamingo Las Vegas is now open. The $10 million destination steakhouse embraces the resort’s nearly 75-year history, while presenting it in an elevated, modern way.

    The restaurant’s name is a nod to Flamingo Las Vegas founders, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and business partner Meyer Lansky, who famously created the first resort-style hotel on the Strip back in 1946 and forever changed Las Vegas.

    On the evening of Thursday, July 2, Lansky’s grandson, Meyer Lansky II, stopped in to experience the all-new steakhouse. He noted that one of the last things Siegel said to his grandfather was, “don't give up on Las Vegas,” and that is evident with the opening of Bugsy & Meyer’s.

    From menu, design, and atmosphere, Bugsy & Meyer’s takes notes from the past and adds fresh and elevated twists. Guests are transported from the moment they arrive, as they enter through the bakery façade, and pass the kitchen and dry aged meat cooler, giving the illusion of discreetly entering through the back as many did decades ago. From there, there are six unique experiences for guests in the space—the patio and lounge, the centerpiece bar, private dining in one of three private dining rooms perfect for groups, the raw bar, the ornate dining room and the hidden speakeasy—The Count Room.

    Far removed from the typical steakhouse mold, the showstopping design from Studio K Creative out of Chicago and renowned designer Jonathan Adler, pairs lighter natural tones, with vibrant colors, art deco inspiration, and intricate details. Bugsy & Meyer’s partnered with SHE HIT PAUSE art consultants out of New York City to create a specialty curated art collection with exotic wildlife as the heroes, including a custom beaded flamingo piece created by Adler that took nearly 100 hours to make.

    The Bugsy & Meyer’s menu features steakhouse classics and throwbacks with modern enhancements. Bugsy & Meyer’s in-house dry aged program is showcased in the restaurant in a glass encased show cooler. Hand selected cuts include domestic prime, wet aged, dry aged prime, imported wagyu and more.

    Entrée enhancements include a single lobster tail, Alaskan king crab, foie gras, B&M scampi, Point Reyes cheese fondue and more. Traditional sides are included on the menu, but guests won’t want to miss signature sides like The Heater…Baked & Stuffed with white cheddar, The House sausage, and caramelized onion; truffle potato puree; and lobster mac & cheese. Seafood is a cornerstone of the menu, especially with the raw bar kitchen in the main dining room. Enjoy premium shellfish towers with charcoal grilled enhancements, shellfish cocktails and crudo. Other dish highlights include prime rib roasts, American wagyu short ribs, pan roasted lamb loin, fresh Dover sole meuniere and more. Dessert is no slouch with staples like The Big Apple, made with a white chocolate yuzu mousse, caramelized apples, soft caramel, and hazelnut café crumble.

    Joining the stunning steakhouse’s talented culinary team is the winner of the Food Network competition series, “Vegas Chef Prizefight,” Lamar Moore. Moore hails from Chicago, Illinois, and notably competed in the toughest job interview of his life, trying to impress a panel of judges, like Anne Burrell and Scott Conant, for the title of Head Chef at Bugsy & Meyer’s. While Moore is putting hard work in the kitchen, guests might be able to sway him into the dining room for a photo. Moore joins Executive Chef, Honorio Mecinas, who brings with him more than 15 years of Las Vegas Strip experience.

    The cocktail menu pays homage to the past while presenting new takes on the classics and originals. Hailing from the Caribbean and a favorite spirit of the 1940s, rum cocktails are heavily featured. Notable cocktails include The Apply Tamed made with Old Forester rye, Pére Magloire calvados VSOP, Lustau Palo cortado sherry, Benedictine liqueur, peychaud’s bitters, angostura bitters, apple chips and lemon swath; The Jungle Bird made with Cruzan black strap rum, Campari, pineapple juice, lime juice, simple syrup with a pineapple wedge and leaf; and the build-your-own Old Fashioned. Other creations include prohibition-era libations and unique contemporary cocktails. Bugsy & Meyer’s also offers a vast wine list with selections by the glass and bottle.

    Bugsy & Meyer’s follows Caesars Entertainment’s previously announced enhanced health and safety protocols, which build on existing plans and practices. Caesars management is focused on the well-being of team members, guests and the community, and is working to create an environment with enhanced standards of sanitization and physical distancing practices. Examples of these protocols in the restaurant include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Appropriate social distancing with tables 6 ft. apart;
    Restaurant occupancy reduced to 50% of fire code capacity in accordance with government directives;
    Place settings have been removed and will be brought throughout the meal;
    Team members are required to wear masks. Guests will also be provided masks and are required to wear them at all times, except when eating or drinking;
    Hand sanitizer will be provided at multiple points.

    For more information on Caesars’ health and safety protocols, visit:

    Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse is open Thursday- Monday from 5-10 p.m., closed Tuesday-Wednesday. It is located across from the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat main entrance.

    Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews Set to Open Las Vegas Location Labor Day Weekend
    A new dining experience gets its motor runnin’ as Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews shifts into gear inside Town Square Las Vegas. Opening Labor Day weekend, guests can fuel their hunger with an expansive menu of 50 award-winning burgers and 50 beers, among a vast selection of other items, while dining in a fun and funky garage-themed space underneath classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. This location adds to the other six Sickies Garage locations in Bismarck and Fargo, ND, East Grand Forks, MN, Sioux Falls, SD, Rapid City, SD, and Omaha, NE.
    The Award-Winning Sickies Burger
    “The Sickies Garage experience is perfect for Vegas. An over-the-top menu in the most over-the-top city in the world!” said CEO Ken Harris.

    Put the pedal to the metal with a selection of 50 burgers, each patty made from fresh, hand-formed Angus beef, or choose from American Kobe beef or ground turkey. Standouts include the Twin Cam (burger topped with peppered bacon and nacho cheese, dialed in between two grilled cheese sandwiches for buns); Glazed Doughnut Burger (American cheese and peppered bacon on a glazed doughnut bun); Macaroni and Cheese Burger (topped with extra cheesy macaroni, and bacon bits); and the fan favorite Sickies Burger (stacked with bacon, egg, pulled pork, and onion rings), which was featured by Yahoo as the “Most Over-The-Top Hamburger” in North Dakota. Black and silver football buffs can land a taste bud touchdown with the Black Hole (cheese curds, fried jalapenos, and Sickies special sauce). Sweeten your meal with a selection of eight old fashioned shakes and malts including Butterscotch, Raspberry and Coffee.
    The Unique and Delicious PB&J Wings
    The high-octane menu also features an expansive selection of award-winning burgers, beers, wings, appetizers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and malts. Take a warm-up lap with Tater Kegs (over-sized tater tots filled with bacon, cheddar and chives); Sickies Nachos (waffle fries loaded with nacho cheese, buffalo chicken strips, onions, black olives, pepperoncini, tomatoes and sour cream); or the Fried Pickles (lightly breaded sliced pickles served with Cajun horseradish dipping sauce).

    An expansive chicken wing selection features 24 sauces, many of which have received Best Of accolades, including Jameson Wings (smooth Jameson Irish Whiskey taste without the burn); PB&J Wings (featuring Sickies’ uniquely delicious, award-winning sauce), and Hurricane Wings (blending the worlds of buffalo, BBQ, and Jamaican jerk sauces).

    Sickies Garage Burgers & Brew at Town Square Las Vegas will be open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. For more information, please visit or call (725) 735-5400. Connect socially on Facebook and Instagram @SickiesLasVegas. Diners can sign up for Sickies Garage Rewards and earn free “Sick Bucks” and menu items starting with their first visit.

    House of Blues Restaurant & Bar Las Vegas, known for its renowned combination of a made-from-scratch, southern-inspired menu; handcrafted drinks; and spectacular live music, will reopen at Mandalay Bay for dine in, takeout and delivery beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 11 a.m. The restaurant and bar will offer all of its signature dishes and drinks along with live acoustic performances for guests to enjoy during their dining experience.

    “Combined with a musical experience featuring some great local artists, we're hoping to create a welcome return to a bit of excellent food and entertainment that everyone has been missing,” said House of Blues General Manager Will Hodgson.

    Putting its beloved community at the forefront, House of Blues will celebrate its return with the launch of the “Get Some, Give Some” meal-matching campaign to aid in the battle against hunger. For every single entrée purchased for dine in, takeout or delivery, House of Blues will provide one meal to Project 150, whose mission is to provide support and services to homeless, displaced and disadvantaged high school students so they can remain in school, graduate and build bright futures. Through this philanthropic campaign, House of Blues hopes to provide hundreds of meals to youth in need in their community.

    Hodgson added, “This has been such a difficult time these past few months, not just for our city but for communities everywhere. Our ‘Get Some, Give Some’ campaign will help feed our neighborhoods through our partnership with Project 150. Needed now more than ever, Project 150 does amazing work for our community; and together, we hope to be able to get meals to those struggling.”

    House of Blues has implemented all necessary protocols to ensure the safety, security and well-being of guests and employees. This includes reduced capacity, touchless hand sanitizer dispensers, physical distancing, employee temperature checks, increased cleaning and sanitizing, and much more. House of Blues will also offer a menu available for delivery via Grubhub and Uber Eats.

    Where: House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
    Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
    3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
    Las Vegas, NV 89119

    When: Beginning July 1 – Open to the public

    Restaurant & Bar Hours of Operation. Reservations recommended (702) 632-7607:
    • Open daily beginning at 7 a.m.
    • Dinner served until 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday; until midnight Friday & Saturday
    • Happy Hour daily from 2 – 5 p.m.
    • Full menu available for dine in and takeout
    • Delivery: Please visit Grubhub and Uber Eats
    Additional Information:
    Safety guidelines and video are available here. For more information, please call House of Blues at (702) 632-7600 or visit

    Vegas Vickie’s, Legacy Lounge highlight Circa’s venues By John Katsilometes

    Circa Las Vegas has ample hangs lined up in its beverage venues when the resort opens in two phases, in October and December.

    A half-dozen bar, lounge and coffee shop concepts are planned for the first new hotel to be built in downtown Las Vegas in 40 years. Get to know the Legacy Club, Mega Bar, Overhang Bar, Circa Bar and Jack Pots. Aside from Legacy Club, the venues open with the amenities on hotel’s first five floors on Oct. 28.

    The lineup:

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    LAVO launches Dolce Supper Club

    Dolce is a decadent new supper club experience taking place every Sunday at LAVO inside The Palazzo beginning August 16. Starting at 9:30 pm, the restaurant transforms, with live entertainment and a DJ enthralling guests while they enjoy signature Italian dishes. Feast on LAVO’s house specialties, including the famed meatball, along with seafood, pasta and prime meats while taking in the performances.

    As the night progresses, interactive desserts, along with decanter and bottle service emerge to extend the evening. Certain to capture the attention of every table in the room is the new Tartufo Fantasia, a Neapolitan Gelato Cake, Sicilian Pistachios and Popping Candy Chocolate Shell, unveiled by poured flaming hot syrup. This tantalizing dessert can be enjoyed on its own or combined into a full tasting complete with additional sweets and paired with Champagne and spirits.

    Guests can take in the sounds, expansive views of the Las Vegas Strip and a signature soirée only TAO Group Hospitality can provide.

    Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar Brunch All Weekend Long

    Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar and share the exciting news that they will now be offering brunch all weekend long with the addition of Saturdays to the lineup starting August 1, 2020, with dine-in, takeout and delivery options. The stylishly rustic American eatery located at Red Rock Casino Resort will offer a new menu curated by Chef Lee Davidson with savory bites, breakfast options, artisanal salads, shared plates and pizzas from resident pizzaiola Enzo Esposito. Highlights from the new menu will include the feta and watermelon salad, lollipop chicken wings, plant-based impossible burger, and breakfast pizza topped with the perfect combination of bacon, sausage and poached egg.

    Link to Menu + Images


    South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa has enhanced their dining experiences with updated menus at a few of its award-winning restaurants. Guests at Don Vito’s and Silverado Steak House will be able to celebrate the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence that was recently awarded to both restaurants with brand new menu items and updated prices.

    Don Vito’s has the same great quality and portion sizes with lower prices. The Italian favorite has also debuted delicious new appetizers and salads including burrata, melon and prosciutto ($9), antipasto board ($10 for one, $15 for two), stuffed clams imperial ($11) and the Italian wedge ($10). Diners can also try some new mouthwatering pasta dishes like the house-made fettuccini ($16), five cheese ravioli ($18), baked ziti ($19), gemelli with Italian sausage ($21) and braised short rib cannelloni ($23). Guest favorites, including Vito’s spaghetti and meatballs ($17), veal parmesan ($29) and chicken piccata ($24) are also available. Additional new specialties include the pan-seared salmon ($29), chianti-braised costa di Manzo ($29), old country lasagna ($19), steak pizzaiola ($31) and veal chop petroniana ($39). All entrees are served with an amazing artisan bread basket and dip, and guests have a choice of a salad tossed tableside, soup or veggies to accompany their entrees. Don Vito’s is now open seven nights a week from 5 to 10 p.m. The full menu, including new dishes, can be found HERE.

    Silverado Steak House has returned with the same menu that guests know and love, with a few twists. Guests can enjoy appetizer prices that are $1 lower, as well as entrée prices that are $2-3 lower. Silverado Steak House is open Sundays – Thursdays from 5 to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 11 p.m. The full menu can be found HERE.

    Restaurant reservations can be made online at or by calling 1.866.767.7111. Guests are required to follow social distancing guidelines.

    Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Reopens Its Buffet by Susan Stappleton

    Wicked Spoon, the high-end buffet at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, reopened on Friday with mandatory reservations, reduced seating, and dishes served by staff.

    The Cosmopolitan’s buffet includes less common menu items such as bone marrow, squid ink pasta, and elote, plus an incredible gelato selection for dessert.

    The buffet, the second to reopen on the Las Vegas Strip, asks diners to stand six feet apart while waiting to be seated and at food stations. Staff at one of six food stations hand out the dishes, while beverages are still served by employees. Diners have a two-hour limit to eat.

    The buffet reduces its hours from Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with brunch only for $36 for adults an $20 for children age 4 to 10.

    Bacchanal Buffet Targets a Late-August Return With COVID-19 Changes to Service by Susan Stapleton.

    Earlier this year, the $100 million, 25,000-square-foot, 600-seat Bacchanal Buffet filed paperwork for a remodel that included updates to the food line with an estimated construction budget of $2.4 million for the makeover. The renovation at the buffet at Caesars Palace focuses on a 2,120-square-foot area, and the changes will affect the existing food counters, service equipment, and the ceiling and floor finishes.

    Now comes word that Bacchanal Buffet plans to reopen in late August with even more changes on the horizon. A Caesars Palace spokeswoman tells The Washington Post that some of the changes when it reopens include no more shared tongs, smaller dishes, and table-side delivery of some favorites such as the Cajun seafood boil, cheeseburger bao buns, and lobster bisque. The resort still plans to offer hundreds of dishes at nine serving stations for a true gorge-yourself-silly experience.

    Bacchanal Buffet originally launched in September 2012 and served its millionth customer in August the following year. When it opened, about 80 percent of the cooking done right in front of the guests and served mini-dishes. The buffet gets its name from the former Bacchanal at Caesars Palace, the Roman feast that closed at the resort in 2000.

    A Crazy Karaoke Lounge With 40 Rooms for Singing Debuts on the Las Vegas Strip

    A new karaoke club with 40 different rooms, each with its own unique decor, opens at the Grand Canal Shoppes. The 17,000-square-foot Kamu Ultra Karaoke offers private lounges for groups of six to 40 people who want to sing their hearts out to the thousands of songs in the venue’s catalog.

    First to the safety measures put in place. Kamu originally planned to open in March, just as Gov. Steve Sisolak closed all nonessential businesses including casinos, restaurants, and bars to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Customers first walk through a thermographic disinfection door that screens for temperature and uses a full body disinfectant with ultrasonic vapor and UVC sterilizing lights. Each singer receives a disposable microphone cover to use. And each room undergoes a sanitation process after every use.

    The decor is out of this world, with each lounge decked out in its own design. One suite for eight features a waterfall motif while another features roses on the walls. Other themes include neon, the Milky Way, the circus, zebras, an inferno, and a rainbow.

    Executive chef Marty Lopez — a veteran in Vegas restaurants such as the former Herringbone at Aria, 35 Steaks + Martinis at the Hard Rock Hotel, the former Alizé at the Palms, Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian, and Bacchanal Buffet and Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace — takes over the kitchen. The menu features Korean fried chicken, kalbi tacos, bacon-wrapped scallops, and a 40-ounce wagyu tomahawk steak. The venue also offers a bar and bottle service.

    Kamu Ultra Karaoke, Grand Canal Shoppes, 702-445-7664. Open daily from noon to 8 a.m. Room pricing starts at $50 per hour from noon to 7 p.m. and $70 per hour from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.

    Chef Leticia Mitchell to Transform the Arts District’s El Sombrero Into Letty’s Mexican Restaurant

    Under an iconic neon sign, a 2,640-square-foot, stand-alone downtown building has been serving Mexican dishes on Main Street since 1950 as a home to the much-missed El Sombrero Cafe and most recently, El Zaguán Mexican Bistro. And now comes word a favorite local chef will continue the dining tradition, but offering a fast-casual experience.

    Located at 807 S. Main Street, just inside the northern border of the Arts District, restaurateur Leticia Mitchell recently filed paperwork to create Letty’s, a taqueria featuring traditional Mexican tortas, street tacos, and a casual spin on her own full-service Leticia’s Mexican Cocina, still open at the Fiesta Station.

    Work will soon begin remodeling the kitchen hood system, while the interior space has already been overhauled in recent years, following Irma Aguirre’s takeover of El Sombrero in 2014 and last year’s short-lived residency by the El Zaguán Mexican Bistro and its vegan-focused dishes.

    Announced as “coming soon,” chef Mitchell previously operated restaurants at Tivoli Village and The Village of Centennial Springs. A second Leticia’s Mexican Cocina is currently unable to reopen at the Fiesta Henderson until the resort returns to full operations.

    Born in Mexico City, Mitchell’s influences include the flavors of Puebla, Guadalajara, and the Mayan peninsula. Future opening hours downtown have not been revealed.

    Announced as “coming soon,” chef Mitchell previously operated restaurants at Tivoli Village and The Village of Centennial Springs. A second Leticia’s Mexican Cocina is currently unable to reopen at the Fiesta Henderson until the resort returns to full operations.

    Dick’s Last Resort to Expand Its Sassy Saloon to Fremont Street by Bradley Martin

    Rowdy restaurant and bar Dick’s Last Resort is on track to become the largest ground-floor tenant at downtown's Neonopolis, expanding from its 13-year residency at the Excalibur on the Strip and bringing its “Sassy Staff,” live entertainment, and “margs & mules” to Fremont Street.

    Replacing the shuttered Cannabition Museum, the 10,212-square-foot venue will add a 1,070-square-foot outdoor patio on the Neonopolis courtyard, across from the Toy Shack store, next door to Banger Brewing, and a short distance from its closest rival in size, the 6,400-square-foot Denny’s.

    Famed for its raucous atmosphere, self-described as “wacky, sports bar meets dive bar twist,” the Dick’s Last Resort chain has grown to 11 national locations since 1985 and last year was bought by the largest strip club operator in the world, the Las Vegas-based Deja Vu Services Inc.

    At Neonopolis, the outdoor patio will include room for 70, with 13 seats at a snaking bar that stretches inside and adds another 48 seats. Once customers navigate the hostess stand and merchandise area, 244 seats in the open plan dining room face a small stage and the nightly entertainment. At Excalibur, the Big Bang Dueling Pianos perform from 9 p.m., “til Late!” a loose schedule expected to continue downtown.

    On the future menu, generous portions of pub grub, including the over-sized “Macho Nachos,” fried alligator bites, wings, brisket platters, the low country boil created with shrimp, mussels, snow crab and Andouille sausage, and continuing the obnoxious-comedy theme, a “Crybaby” vegan burger designed for “sensitive” and “tree-hugger” diners.

    Meet the New Pizza Joint on the Las Vegas Strip at Aria, Replacing Five50 Pizza Bar by Susan Stapleton

    Shawn McClain’s ode to all things pizza departs Aria, replaced by pizza and beer from the Moneyline brand from MGM Resorts. The casino that reopened on July 1 brought in Moneyline Pizza & Bar from neighboring Park MGM, which is still closed, and extends the brand to Aria with the new pizza restaurant.

    Moneyline keeps the slice counter from McClain’s Five50 Pizza Bar space next to Aria’s BetMGM Race & Sports Book. So far, only four varieties make the menu: The OG with sweet and hot Italian sausage, pepperoni, and sopressata; Margherita with fresh buffalo mozzarella, basil, and olive oil; pepperoni with cup and char natural casing pepperoni slices; and artichoke with white sauce, grilled artichokes, burrata, spinach, onions, peppers, and lemon-basil pesto.

    Moneyline Pizza & Bar, Aria, 3730 Las Vegas Boulevard S. Open Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

    Smashburger Closes Three Las Vegas Locations by Bradley Martin

    In a surprise move, fast-casual chain Smashburger, once one of the most enthusiastic and confident burger restaurants spread across Las Vegas, closed three of its local outposts.

    Originally co-created by Tom Ryan, the eponymous namesake behind Tom’s Urban at the New York-New York, Jollibee Foods Corp. has owned the company outright since 2018.

    With five locations still in operation, the counter-service restaurants at 4725 S. Maryland Parkway near UNLV, 9101 W. Sahara Avenue on the westside, and the drive-thru equipped location at 7390 Las Vegas Boulevard S. close to Las Vegas South Premium Outlets are now all shut.

    First arriving in Las Vegas in 2010 and ominously proving high profile, national brands are not immune to economic uncertainty, the parent company has not announced the closures.

    The home of haystack onions and smashed and seasoned burgers, Ryan had envisioned a local portfolio of “15 to 20” Smashburgers, eventually expanding to the Strip in 2014, inside the Caesars Palace Forum Food Court.

    No replacements for the three empty spaces have been revealed.

    Chef Shawn McClain’s Outstanding Restaurant Sage Closes Permanently on the Las Vegas Strip by Susan Stapleton

    Chef Shawn McClain’s Sage, which served farm-to-table American fare from the James Beard Foundation winner for Best Chef Midwest in 2006, will not return to Aria.

    The restaurant, which closed after Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered all nonessential businesses including dine-in restaurants and casinos to shutter to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in March, featured a seasonal menu, a must-order foie gras creme brulee, and 10 types of absinthe served from a roving cart. Sage was a member of the Eater 38 since 2012.

    “After a 10-year run as one of Las Vegas’ most beloved dining destinations, the iconic Sage has closed,” Steve Zanella, Aria’s president and COO, tells Eater Vegas in an email. “We appreciate all that Shawn McClain and his team have invested in making this restaurant so special and successful. Five50 earned many accolades for creating a dynamic, new pizzeria experience and was widely recognized as one of the best slices in town. After a seven-year run, Aria will transition the location to in-house brand, Moneyline Pizza & Bar. We appreciate McClain Camarota Hospitality’s partnership at Aria and are pleased to continue our relationship with them at Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay.”

    The 14 Essential Pizza Restaurants of Las Vegas

    Where do Las Vegans turn for their pizza? Here now, a look at the essential pizza spots of Las Vegas, including those that have been around forever and a day and those with that have amassed a dedicated local following in that time. Tony Gemignani, who now has three locations in Las Vegas, the Detroit dish specialists at Northside Nathan's, and the Neapolitan pizza specialists at Settebello. Want something late at night and only by the slice? This list has that too. All offer takeout and delivery options for those who prefer to dine at home.

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    Where to Dine in the Arts District in Las Vegas

    The closest Las Vegas has to a bohemian enclave, the Las Vegas Arts District, also known as 18b for its original 18 block layout, is not just for the creative classes. As well known for the stretch of antique and vintage stores on Main Street and an authentically quirky bar scene, the downtown district's still expanding restaurant scene feeds a diverse group. From shift workers heading home in the mornings, politicians and lawyers at lunch, to the hip young things and local residents in the evenings, plus a growing number of adventurous tourists who take advantage of the easy access from the Strip, all find an excuse to dine here. Below are nine picks of the must-visit spots for dining in the heart of the Arts District.

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    Las Vegas landmark Piero’s sets reopening date by Al Mancini/LVRJ

    Piero’s Italian Cuisine, which has been closed since the COVID-19 shutdown in March, will reopen Oct. 2.

    The Las Vegas landmark, which was established in 1982, will test the waters this fall by opening Fridays and Saturdays with a limited menu.

    “We’ll probably pare the menu down to about 25 items, from about 56, and have some cool specials,” general manager Evan Glusman says. “If that does well, we’ll add Thursday.”

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    It’s a night of old-school glitz and glamour at The Mayfair Supper Club. A true throwback to the days of supper club ambiance, it’s more than just a meal, it’s an experience.

    The Mayfair’s dining room is reminiscent of Old Hollywood, with a stage set in the center of the room where live singers entertain with both classic and modern music. With live shows on hold in Las Vegas, this is one way guests can be entertained without sacrificing safety.

    The food and drink offerings are equally stellar. Dine on classic steakhouse starters like a seafood tower, caviar service, wedge salad, tuxedo scallops, oysters and shrimp cocktail. Move on to entrées including prime rib, filet mignon and branzino, or supper club classics like lobster thermidor and roasted chicken. There are also sushi selections like the spicy tuna roll, wagyu and caviar hand roll, and hamachi crudo. Desserts include sweets like strawberry cheesecake and black forest cake.

    Don’t forget about the cocktails, too, with classics like the melonball, lemon drop martini, Manhattan and champagne cocktail. Cheers!

    Bellagio, 702.693.8876


    Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar features a variety of margaritas concocted with multiple tequila types and brands, from Patrón to Casa Noble. House margaritas are available with blanco, reposada and añejo, in case a tasting is in order. There are plenty of other options as well, including daiquiris, mojitos, sangria and a michelada. One of those will pair perfectly with traditional chips and salsa, guacamole and chipotle wings.

    For your main course, try entrées such as a grilled shrimp burrito with Anaheim green Chile sauce, spiced chicken fajitas or sweet corn enchiladas. In the carne asada tacos, you’ll find blackened sirloin, pickled veggies and a molcajete salsa. If you want a burger or salad, Chayo has you covered. And weekend brunch at Chayo includes favorites like huevos rancheros, chilaquiles and pancakes, but you can also branch out with carne asada and chicken Tinga skillets.

    You have room for dessert, don’t you? The churros come stuffed with dulce de leche, strawberry and vanilla cream. We thought so.

    The Linq Promenade, 702.691.3773

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