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  • Everything Las Vegas Issue # 953

    Everything Las Vegas Issue # 953

    The Plaza Hotel & Casino celebrates 50th anniversary
    The Plaza Hotel & Casino officially opened on July 2, 1971 in downtown Las Vegas as the largest hotel & casino in the world. It has enjoyed a storied history over the last five decades as an iconic destination that continues to evolve, elevate downtown culture, and enhance the guest experience. The Plaza will celebrate its 50th anniversary with exclusive promotions and special events throughout 2021.

    Hotel guests can book a memorable getaway with the Plaza’s 50 Years of Fun hotel package, which offers a stay in a traditional guest room or the Plaza’s upgraded Luxe rooms and suites as well as: $50 food and beverage credit (per stay), $75 bingo match play per day, up to $50 in free slot play ($10 per day up to 5 days), a 50 Years of Plaza memorabilia gift, late check out / early check-in (pending availability), and free parking. The package requires a minimum two-night stay and is valid for up to 5-nights. To book the Plaza 50 Years of Fun hotel package visit: https://www.plazahotelcasino.com/50-years-room-offer.

    The Plaza will giveaway $50,000 in cash prizes to 50 winners, including a grand prize of $20,000. Players can earn entries to win via slot play, and winners will be selected during a live drawing on the casino floor at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20. New Players Club members can also earn up to $50 in free slot play. Details on all casino offers online. The Plaza Casino will also use special commemorative anniversary casino chips on all table games in 2021, and it will offer guests limited edition t-shirts, pins, and keychains as mementos of the anniversary.

    Couples who are celebrating 10 years of marriage or more in 2021 can enter to win a special wedding anniversary vow renewal celebration at the Plaza. The prize includes a full reception in the Plaza’s Sierra ballroom or an intimate dinner at Oscar’s steakhouse as well as a complimentary two-night hotel stay, wedding cake, champagne toast, bouquet, and boutonniere. Couples can enter to win online at https://www.plazahotelcasino.com/50-years-of-fun/.

    The Plaza will also offer for purchase at any property bar a 20 oz. 50th Anniversary Souvenir Disco Cup for a double cocktail (well or call drinks) for $10 or refills for $8.

    Finally, the Plaza plans to celebrate with yet-to-be announced special events in 2021, including during the July 4th holiday / anniversary weekend. For updates visit: www.plazahotelcasino.com.

    Editor’s Note: Plaza Hotel & Casino – 50 years in classic downtown Vegas

    Officially opening July 2, 1971, the Plaza Hotel & Casino was originally named “Union Plaza” paying homage to the Union Pacific Railroad Depot where it was built. Passenger train service continued until 1997 via Amtrak’s Desert Wind. The Amtrak station and ticket windows were connected to the hotel, giving it the distinction of being the only U.S. train station located in a casino.

    At it’s opening, the Plaza was the largest downtown property at 22-stories, 504 rooms and a 66,000 sq. ft. casino. In the 1980’s the second tower and convention center were added, making the Plaza the first downtown hotel to cater to the meetings and events market. Once a one-of-a-kind swimming pool, the Plaza’s iconic glass dome overlooking Main and Fremont Streets was where a popular scene in the movie Casino was filmed and is now home to the renowned Oscar’s steakhouse.

    During its fifty years, the Plaza has earned a revered place in Vegas history – from its Rat Pack-era roots to its prominent place in pop culture as featured in numerous films, TV shows and music videos. Over the last decade, the Plaza has undergone numerous and significant renovations and improvements to enhance the guest experience and further revitalize its historic location on Main Street in downtown Las Vegas.

    Guest rooms were fully refurbished in 2011 when the Plaza completed a property-wide renovation. In 2019, a $15 million renovation created the upgraded Luxe Rooms and Suites on the top floors of the North Tower, offering premium guest accommodations with high end décor and energy efficiency and technology upgrades.

    The Plaza also transformed its rooftop pool into a “retro Palm Springs meets classic downtown Las Vegas” inspired outdoor space with a wet deck, hot tub, private cabanas, bar, and food truck. With 12 Pickleball courts, the Plaza is the only hotel/ casino in Las Vegas with so many courts dedicated to this fast-growing sport. Upgraded hotel suites with direct balcony access to the pool offer a unique amenity.

    Committed to supporting public art, the Plaza boasts three unforgettable 21-story murals by internationally known artists, Shepard Fairey, D*Face and Faile on its North Tower. The trio of murals – likely the largest ever installed on a single building – adds a vibrant artistic flare without compromising the Plaza’s historic integrity.

    The Plaza also opened the Core Arena, downtown’s first and only equestrian center bringing rodeo back to downtown Las Vegas. The Core Arena is a multipurpose venue that can host everything from monster truck shows and demolition derbies to various sporting events – further diversifying the downtown experience and attracting more business and people to the area all year long.

    Guests at the Plaza enjoy a variety of amenities that have been upgraded over the years, including an expansive casino floor with players’ favorite slot machines and table games, a fully renovated William Hill Race & Sports Book, a classic Vegas showroom, refurbished ballroom and meeting space, and downtown’s only bingo hall, offering six daily sessions and the highest payouts in Las Vegas.

    The Plaza has enjoyed 50 years of historic memories and is poised to create even more with plans to further revitalize Main Street and improve connectivity with the burgeoning Symphony Park development.

    The Venetian, Palazzo, Sands Expo Sold for $6.25 Billion on the Las Vegas Strip by Susan Stapleton

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    Before Las Vegas Sands Corp. chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson died in January, he teased that he was willing to part with his Las Vegas properties. Now two months after the 87-year-old casino magnate died from complications of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the casino operator agreed to sell its Las Vegas properties for $6.25 billion to Apollo Global Management and VICI Properties Inc.

    In October, Adelson said he was interested in selling his Las Vegas properties for an asking price of $6 billion.

    New York-based Apollo, founded by real estate investor and former CEO Leon Black, acquires the operating assets and liabilities of the Las Vegas business for approximately $1.05 billion in cash and $1.2 billion in seller financing while New York-based Vici Properties Inc., a real estate investment trust affiliated with Caesars Entertainment, acquires subsidiaries that hold the real estate and real estate-related assets of the Venetian for approximately $4 billion in cash.

    The sale, which Las Vegas Sands chairman and CEO Robert Goldstein calls “bittersweet,” lets the gaming operator focus on Asia, where it has properties in Macao and Singapore. “Asia remains the backbone of this company and our developments in Macao and Singapore are the center of our attention,” Goldstein says in a press statement. “There are also potential development opportunities domestically.” In recent months, Sands looked into gaming opportunities in Texas.

    More form Vegas Eater
    https://vegas.eater.com/2021/3/3/223...d-6-25-billion

    LIVE IS BACK! Life is Beautiful Returns to Downtown Las Vegas, Sept. 17-19, 2021

    LIVE IS BACK! Early Bird tickets for Las Vegas’ premier music, arts, culinary, comedy, and ideas festival, Life is Beautiful, will go on sale Thursday, March 4 at 10 a.m. (PST). Returning Friday, Sept. 17 – 19, loyal fans have the opportunity to purchase specially priced tickets to the three-day festival, which will once again take over 18 city blocks of the bustling streets of Downtown Las Vegas with unparalleled talent, world-renowned culinary offerings, experiential artists and more.

    “It’s a good day when you get to announce that LIVE is back,” said Justin Weniger, Partner of Life is Beautiful. “In the darkest days of 2020 when everything else stopped, the Life is Beautiful community kept us moving forward. We're eagerly awaiting a return to the festival grounds where we will reunite our community and celebrate the role of art and music in providing us hope when we need it the most.”

    Born as part of a community transformation project, Life is Beautiful has helped revitalize a critical urban core and given young creators and small businesses a reason to call Downtown Las Vegas home. The 2021 festival promises to deliver more of the chart-topping acts, culinary experiences, and public art that it is known for. This moment in arts and culture has never been more important to Downtown Las Vegas.

    “While there is still uncertainty in the world, we are watching problems evolve into possibilities and are beginning to see all the right signs,” added Weniger. “Much like most of our audience, we’re excited to reacquaint ourselves with a world where discovery and serendipity are once again the norm. We’re ready to hear those three magical words echo from the stage, ‘Are you ready?’ Most importantly, we’re ready to feel the power and connection that comes with Live experiences.”

    Early Bird Ticket Pricing:

    General Admission (GA) Tickets:
    • Early Bird 3-day GA: $295 plus taxes/fees
    VIP Tickets:
    • Early Bird 3-day VIP: $635 plus taxes/fees
    VIP+ Tickets:
    • Early Bird 3-day VIP+: $1,420 plus taxes/fees

    All-In Tickets:
    • Early Bird 3-day All-In+: $2,895 plus taxes/fees
    More than a traditional festival, Life is Beautiful is a three-day celebration that unifies the concepts of art, music, good, comedy, and ideas. The festival has sparked a desire for change and beauty, not just in Downtown Las Vegas, but across the world. Over the years, Life is Beautiful has featured top performing artists, such as Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Lionel Ritchie, Stevie Wonder, Mumford & Sons, Billie Eilish and Post Malone. In addition, the festival generates new thoughts with a series of prominent speakers who challenge attendees’ preconceived notions about the world. Previous IDEAS Series headliners of the include television personality, author, model and drag queen, RuPaul Charles, and science educator Bill Nye.

    Additional information about the Life is Beautiful lineup and general on sale details will be released in the coming weeks. For more information on Life is Beautiful, please visit www.lifeisbeautiful.com or follow along on social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    March Mania parties return at the Plaza Hotel & Casino

    The Plaza Hotel & Casino will again host its annual March Mania viewing parties Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 in its Plaza Event Center, a nearly 5,000 sq. ft. event space that has 18 large screen high-definition televisions, two projectors and a state-of-the-art sound system, making it one of the city’s most popular sports event viewing experiences.

    At the March Mania Viewing Party, guests will receive a code to scan to place a food order from Pop Up Pizza, and food can also be brought into the Plaza Event Center from any other dining outlet on property. A cocktail bar will be open inside the Plaza Event Center.

    Admission to the Plaza’s March Mania Viewing Party is $25 per day (plus taxes and fees). Capacity and seating will be limited due to social distancing requirements. Doors open at 8 a.m. each day.

    Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.plazahotelcasino.com/ent...t/march-mania/, at the Casino Box Office, or by calling 702-386-2580.

    Emporium Arcade Bar Las Vegas Offers Lively Space For Private, Corporate Events

    Emporium Arcade Bar Las Vegas, the lively new bar known for its classic arcade games, innovative bar menu and colorful artistic ambiance, also provides a dynamic addition to the city’s lineup of private event venues. Located at AREA15, Las Vegas’ brand-new art and entertainment district minutes from the Strip, Emporium Arcade Bar offers everything from free table reservations for small casual gatherings, to full venue buyouts for larger events.

    “Emporium Arcade Bar offers a completely hassle-free experience for small and large groups,” said Danny Marks, co-founder, Emporium Arcade Bar. “We offer corporate packages for groups who want to pre-plan the entire experience, as well as free and easy table reservations for smaller groups looking to host a laid-back birthday party in a fun-filled atmosphere.”

    Emporium’s unusually flexible array of options make it ideal for company parties, birthday celebrations, team-building events, fundraisers, meetups, bachelor and bachelorette parties and bar crawls. For larger events, the space accommodates up to 600 guests: 150 downstairs and 450 upstairs*.

    Meanwhile, Emporium allows for ample branding opportunities on customizable LED monitors located throughout the venue. For events requiring advanced audio-visual elements, Emporium offers an in-house team to set up any necessary presentation or AV equipment. In addition, Emporium has comprehensive list of talented local DJs who can set the right vibe for any function.

    Drink and game token packages can be booked for parties of any size, and full catering packages are also available. For more information about Emporium Arcade Bar + Venue or to inquire about booking a private group, visit www.emporiumlv.com/groups.

    Emporium Arcade Bar is open seven days a week. Its hours of operation are posted at www.EmporiumLV.com.

    *Current capacity regulations affect the maximum number of guests Emporium Arcade Bar can accommodate. Please inquire for specifics.

    New High-Limit Room at El Cortez

    El Cortez Hotel & Casino has opened its first-ever high-limit room as part of its $25 million remodel. The room has two high-limit blackjack tables and three high-limit slot machines, including Aristocrat's Dragon Cash and two Ainsworth Super Charged 7s, with the maximum limit in the high-limit room being $2,000.

    According to General Manager Adam Wiesberg, “We’re excited about it. We just spent $25 million remodeling the El Cortez. The carpet, ceilings, hallways, and entire tower of 200 rooms have been completely renovated. We have the most beautiful rooms in town now and we’re going to start on the hotel lobby, with a whole new floor and ceiling. When the idea of the high-limit room came up, it materialized quickly. It’s a focal point of our casino next to the cage and all this beautiful design.”

    Harrah’s Las Vegas First to Offer Aruze Gaming’s Roll To Win Craps® on the Las Vegas Strip

    Aruze Gaming America Inc.’s (“Aruze”) Roll to Win Craps®, the only game of its kind on The Strip, is now live at Harrah’s Las Vegas. This hybrid table game allows players to shoot live dice across a large LED playing field and place all their bets electronically.

    Recently awarded the Platinum Award for Most Innovative Gaming Technology by Casino Journal, Roll to Win Craps has been thrilling players since its first install at Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino, a sister property to Harrah’s Las Vegas.

    “The Harrah’s Las Vegas gaming floor is a must-stop destination for players, especially now with the debut of Roll to Win Craps,” said Dan Walsh, SVP and General Manager of Harrah’s Las Vegas. “We anticipate our guests will gravitate towards the game’s approachability and exciting features. We strive to provide the best products and technology to our customers, whether experienced or novice, and Roll to Win Craps offers that exclusively at Harrah’s Las Vegas.”

    “We are thrilled to have our first installation in Nevada be in such a fantastic location, “ said Rob Ziems, President of Aruze. “The team at Harrah’s Las Vegas, and at Caesars have been great partners in our rollout of Roll to Win Craps. We now have nine units installed at Caesars properties across the United States, and they have shown their commitment to being early adopters of this groundbreaking technology.”

    Utilizing the same footprint as a traditional craps table, Roll To Win Craps’ bright LED panels display amazing graphics and eye-catching animations. Individual player stations accept cash and provide tickets, so no physical chips are needed for play. Players can place bets privately on their screen, and then see their virtual chips displayed on the main playing field.

    Player stations contain an Easy Help feature, allowing players to select any bet area and instantly see key information about the bet, such as the odds, when bets can be placed, and how they can win. Designed to help new players become comfortable with the game of craps, Roll to Win Craps also announces the game stages, such as a Come Out Roll, on the main playing field and player stations.

    For players already comfortable with betting on craps, Roll to Win Craps allows for easy bet placements and the ability to turn multiple bets on or off quickly. Bet amounts are also more flexible, as the calculations are automatic.

    With no physical chips on the table, the touchpoints for players and dealers have been significantly reduced. The installation of Roll to Win Craps at Harrah’s Las Vegas has been outfitted with plexiglass dividers to provide additional safety.

    FANTASY, Las Vegas’ ‘Best Production Show of 2020,’ Announces Return to Luxor Stage

    Las Vegas’ iconic female revue, FANTASY, is returning to Luxor Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip Friday, Feb. 19, following the state-wide pause. Recently relocated to the Luxor Theater, the captivating production will remain socially distanced while entertaining audiences with a cast of gorgeous showgirls and the powerhouse vocals of Lorena Peril. Due to popular demand, FANTASY also will offer an additional show at 8 p.m. every Sunday, beginning February 28.

    Despite the recent challenges for Vegas shows, FANTASY has remained on top, honored with multiple accolades within the past year, including “Best All-Time Female Revue” by Las Vegas Weekly, and “Best Production Show,” “Best Female Revue” and “Best Bachelor Party” by Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” Awards. Most recently, FANTASY was inducted into Las Vegas Magazine’s Hall of Fame. Dazzling audiences on the Las Vegas Strip for 21 years and counting, the always-evolving, sexy show features high-energy numbers set to contemporary hits, breathtaking aerial acrobatics and more.

    “I couldn’t be prouder of our outstanding cast for remaining strong and optimistic during these challenging times,” said FANTASY producer and Emmy-winning choreographer, Anita Mann. “Although 2020 was a heartbreaking year, we are coming back stronger than ever. We’re thrilled to safely return to the stage and celebrate our recent accomplishments in front of live audiences.”

    Las Vegas comedian and magician, Murray SawChuck, also will return to mesmerize audiences with illusions while accompanied by stunningly beautiful showgirl, Dani Elizabeth, as his assistant. A veteran performer on the Las Vegas Strip, SawChuck has had over one billion online views, is a regular on “Pawn Stars” and was a finalist on “America’s Got Talent.”

    Shows are scheduled nightly at 10:30 p.m. at the Luxor Theater, plus a second show at 8 p.m. every Sunday, beginning February 28. Tickets are available for purchase at the Luxor box office, online at fantasyluxor.com or by calling 702.262.4400.

    FANTASY strictly adheres to MGM Resorts’ Seven-Point Safety Plan and abides by health and safety mandates set forth by the state of Nevada. All audience members and dancers are required to wear masks throughout the duration of the show.

    Tape Face Increases Audience Capacity to 100 Guests

    Increased capacity, increased laughter. The Tape Face show is upping its guest capacity to 100 seats inside Harrah’s Showroom following the recent easing of restrictions by Governor Sisolak. The audience increase takes effect Thursday, Feb. 18, allowing for more guests to enjoy the fan-favorite comedy show centered around the character brought to fame on “America’s Got Talent,” while continuing to adhere to Caesars Entertainment’s enhanced health and safety protocols.

    “It’s nice to see the bad numbers come down and the good ones go up!” says Tape Face creator and actor Sam Wills. “The FUNNIEST SHOW IN LAS VEGAS continues its endeavor to provide safe, surreal silliness for comedy-loving audiences.”

    Before he puts the tape on his face, guests have the chance to hear from Wills in a Q&A from the stage as he comedically discusses his journey to becoming Tape Face (and jokes about the “AGT” judges!).

    Show begins at 7:30 p.m. and is dark on Monday and Tuesday. Ticket prices begin at $66, plus applicable tax and fees. VIP tickets include a Tape Face swag bag with a Tape Face T-shirt, Signed Cartoon Tape Face Photo, Souvenir Poker Chip, and Tape Face Lanyard.

    For more information on schedule and tickets, visit www.caesars.com/shows. ;

    The Pool Marquee Returns March 5

    The Pool Marquee at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas offers an amplified, more mature pool experience for guests 21 years or older with reservations.

    Surrounded by the energy of the Las Vegas Strip, The Pool Marquee is the perfect daytime escape: a truly experiential evolution of music, food and sunlight. Relax in an exclusive socially distant poolside environment and enjoy Marquee's signature food menu - with new items added for the season, specialty cocktails, and bottle service offerings. Sip Champagne and enjoy sushi in a cabana while listening to the soundtrack of your getaway provided by the resident DJs of Marquee.

    The 2021 pool season brings expanded seating areas, including an exclusive new section by the DJ, and the addition of five new bungalow cabanas.

    The Pool Marquee will be open from 11 a.m. to sunset each Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning March 5. Reservations are required. Daybeds, Cabanas and Tables are available. For reservations, call 702.333.9000 or visit https://marqueelasvegas.com/pool/

    The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod to Raise the Stakes with New High Limit Lounge

    The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod is raising the stakes with a new high limit lounge, a lush room with eight table games and VIP amenities. The STRAT celebrated the opening of the new lounge and welcomed Chinese New Year with a traditional lion dance on Sunday, Feb. 14.

    The 3,600-square-foot lounge is modern in design and feel, with triangular mirrors suspended from the ceiling. The lounge includes two double-deck blackjack games, one six-deck stand soft 17 blackjack table and five baccarat tables. Additionally, the room’s lavish VIP area provides attentive support by a casino host, tea service and additional amenities, plus five high-definition TVs around the lounge’s center columns.

    “We are taking our top-notch service to the next level with the introduction of this new, high-limit lounge—which is the perfect complement to our newly renovated casino floor,” said Brian Stanton, vice president of casino operations. “Players are now able to take in riveting casino games while being treated to VIP amenities in a stylish, upscale setting. We are excited to welcome guests while they test their luck and enjoy the iconic, Vegas experience you can only find at The STRAT.”

    The new lounge comes just one year after The STRAT celebrated a full remodel of the entire 80,000-square-foot casino, which encompasses 750 slot machines and 44 tables, including a baccarat pit. Designed to improve sight lines and the flow of traffic to enhance the overall guest experience, the casino has been completely transformed. From the carpet to décor, the colors were inspired by the sky, sun, stars and moon with shades of blue and amber. The STRAT also holds the distinction of welcoming guests to take selfies while enjoying the excitement of the casino.

    A Golden Entertainment, Inc. casino, The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod has implemented broad safety measures in accordance with the company’s “Golden Commitment” standards. These measures include sanitation protocols at every touch point, from the casino and restaurants to the elevators and rooms. A full outline of the “Golden Commitment” standards is available at https://goldenent.com/commitment.html.

    Complimentary parking and valet are always available at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod.

    For more information on the high limit room and all of The STRAT’s casino floor offerings, visit thestrat.com/casino.

    Caesars Palace to Introduce Stadia Bar

    ​Caesars Palace is proud to announce the all-new Stadia Bar, anticipated to debut spring of 2021. Stadia will offer a next-level sports viewing experience with lavish amenities, numerous large HD TVs, a menu overflowing with high-end and unique cocktail selections and more. Guests can casually hang out or catch the big game in style with Stadia’s rentable spaces to create an intimate viewing experience for small groups.

    "Caesars Palace has a long-standing history in sports from hosting iconic events like the first outdoor hockey game to legendary boxing matches,” said Caesars Entertainment Regional President Gary Selesner. “Stadia, located at the busy Forum Shops entrance, is the embodiment of Caesars’ commitment to sports. It offers a comfortable yet luxe environment for fans to catch the action or wager on their favorite team or championship fight, as well as a state-of-the-art, stylish lounge space to experience beyond the game.”

    The 120-seat bar and lounge will be a destination beyond game days, with its modern seating and craft cocktail menu. Stadia’s cocktail menu will feature an array of unique curated selections and an impressive list of highly allocated supreme spirits. These sought-after brands are so rare, they are only available for purchase once a year, with the entire state receiving less than a case. Some of these include Kentucky Owl 10 Year Rye, Pappy Van Winkle 13 Year Rye, Elmer T. Lee 100 Year Tribute and more. Stadia will also carry signature blends of whiskey that are purchased by the barrel, providing guests a one-of-a-kind flavor profile that can only be tasted at Caesars Palace. Food items will also be available via mobile ordering.

    Designed by the award-winning global architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, the all-new 2,186-square-foot sports hub will feature the excitement, drama and grandeur of being seated in a live sports arena. Guests can choose to rise above the frenzy and sit at the elevated bar or reserve one of the five VIP leather-wrapped domes, exclusively designed for Stadia Bar. Each dome creates the feeling of sitting within a vintage leather football helmet and gives guests an intimate viewing area with their own LED screen. The domes are lined with a metal mesh and artwork by San Francisco-based public artist and mural painter, Apexer. Guests will also notice sports-inspired design details such as net-like chandeliers, sconces that look like deconstructed baseballs and glove-like leather banquettes. Rockwell Group has previously designed several Caesars Palace venues such as the first Nobu Hotel, one of the largest Nobu restaurants in the world, OMNIA Nightclub and Montecristo Cigar Bar.

    Replacing Slice Bar, Stadia will be located adjacent to the Forum Food Court and across from Vanderpump Cocktail Garden.

    Stadia will implement 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.

    Three Resorts Reopen 24/7 on the Las Vegas Strip in Early March by Susan Stapleton

    Operations at three resorts from MGM Resorts International on the Las Vegas Strip reopen for 24 hour a day operations starting on Wednesday, March 3.

    Mandalay Bay, Park MGM, and the Mirage return to business as usual. MGM Resorts reports that the company decided to fully reopen the three resorts with increased interest in travel to Las Vegas. Previously, each property had implemented selective mid-week closures related to decreased business volumes due to COVID-19.

    “As we begin to see positive signs around the public’s sentiment about traveling, coupled with important progress on the vaccination front and decreasing COVID-19 case numbers, bringing Mandalay Bay, Park MGM, and the Mirage back to full-week operations is an important step for us,” Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts CEO and president, says in a press statement. “We remain optimistic about Las Vegas’ recovery and our ability to bring employees back to work as business volumes allow us to do so.”

    The Mirage and Mandalay Bay closed for mid-week hotel stays in late November, while the Park MGM did the same earlier in November. Some restaurants and bars remained open while the hotels closed during the week.

    The moves come after the state allowed businesses including casinos and resorts to increase their capacity to 35 percent on February 15. Gov. Steve Sisolak lifted his pause on reopening the state, ending nearly three months of 25 percent capacity limitations to slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition Sisolak says that if the state’s COVID-19 infections continue to decline and hospitals maintain capacity to handle cases, casinos can expand capacity to 50 percent on March 15. As long as COVID-19 numbers remain low, he says he will turn over authority to expand openings to counties on May 1.

    Encore Las Vegas remains closed for mid-week stays and the off-Strip Rio only accepts hotel guests four nights a week.

    https://vegas.eater.com/2021/2/17/22...virus-pandemic

    Museum of Gaming History Debuts Moulin Rouge Exhibit at The Neon Museum

    The Museum of Gaming History (MoGH) installed at The Neon Museum a new exhibit of artifacts from the Moulin Rouge Casino and Hotel, the first major racially integrated gaming property that also played a crucial role in ending segregation in Las Vegas.

    Located in the museum’s La Concha visitor center, the exhibit includes artifacts such as promotional materials, gaming chips, souvenirs, dinnerware, and postcards, all providing a glimpse into the groundbreaking property that made history when it opened and as the location of a pivotal civil rights meeting in March 1960 that led to the beginning of the end of segregation in hotels and casinos.

    Among the many artifacts in the exhibit, guests will see a Moulin Rouge promotional flyer that epitomizes the property’s historical significance: “For years men have dreamed of a resort where everyone would be welcomed regardless of color, race or creed. Today that bold dream has come true in Las Vegas, and it has come true in breath-taking fashion.”

    Last year, The Neon Museum reassembled and re-illuminated the monumental Moulin Rouge sign to accurately portray how it was originally displayed. Adding the MoGH exhibit complements the museum’s commitment to showcasing the unique history and culture of Las Vegas.

    Early on, boxer Joe Louis and the iconic Rat Pack frequented and endorsed the property. Though the original run of the casino was brief, its impact on the Las Vegas community and history is long lasting. The property was revived multiple times throughout its history, including in the 1980s and 1990s when community members and preservationists worked together to get the property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The Museum of Gaming History offers visitors and casino history enthusiasts the opportunity to explore more of Las Vegas, while viewing it through the lens of the city’s past. The MoGH now sponsors eight unique gaming memorabilia exhibits located all over town, including the most recent Moulin Rouge exhibit at The Neon Museum.

    Cirque gearing up for ‘O’ return July 4 By John Katsilometes Las Vegas Review-Journal

    The fuse has been excruciatingly long, spanning the globe and smoldering for more than a year. But Cirque du Soleil is eager to set off a firecracker on the Fourth of July by reopening its long-running aquatic hit “O” on the Las Vegas Strip.

    “I think at this point, we feel we need to draw a line in the sand because of the amount of time it would require for us to return to work, given the complexity of our shows and the physical performance, getting our artists back in the show in ready condition,” Cirque Senior Vice President Eric Grilly said in a phone interview Thursday. “We’re planning to open this summer. I’m being hopeful. I would love to open by July 4th weekend.”

    Grilly, who was named to his executive role in Cirque in November 2019, confirmed the tentative order of progression of reopening would be “O” at Bellagio, followed by “Mystere” at Treasure Island, then a still-to-be-determined procession of “Love” at The Mirage, “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay, and “Ka” at MGM Grand.

    Starting in July, a Cirque show would open every month, roughly, through the end of 2021.

    More here:
    https://www.reviewjournal.com/entert...uly-4-2290769/

    ‘MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS’ MOVES OPENING AT SAHARA TO AUGUST 27 by Brock Radke

    March might be the month when several Las Vegas Strip shows reopen for live performances, but it will not see the debut of popular male revue Magic Mike Live in a new theater as previously planned. The show announced today that the opening date has been pushed back, from March 26 to August 27, at the north Strip resort.

    Today’s statement notes: “The entire Magic Mike Live team remains committed to delivering an experience that’s bigger, better and more magical than ever before, and promises it’ll be worth the wait.” It cites the uncertainty around public gatherings and entertainment events due to the pandemic and the availability of the creative and producing teams as reasons for the delay.

    Ticketholders will be contacted directly by the box office to refund or reschedule, according to the statement.

    Co-created by Magic Mike movie star Channing Tatum and produced by Base Entertainment, the show originally opened in 2017 at the former Body English nightclub space at the Hard Rock Hotel. After nearly 1,500 shows, it closed in November 2019 after announcing the move to the Sahara on the Las Vegas Strip, which was initially planned for spring 2020.

    The new Magic Mike Live Theater seats 450 and is located just off the casino floor on the way to the Sahara’s meeting and convention spaces. It will have a two-story bar that doubles as performance space, with state-of-the-art lighting and surround sound systems, a variety of seating options from couches and easy chairs to cabaret tables, and ziplines spanning the venue, allowing performers to fly across the room in seconds.

    For more information, visit magicmikelivelasvegas.com.

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    THESE SCRAPPY OFF-STRIP VENUES HAVE KEPT LAS VEGAS’ LIVE ENTERTAINMENT HEART BEATING by Brock Radke

    On February 15, the rules changed for the first time since November. The maximum capacity permitted inside restaurants, bars, lounges, showrooms and other businesses and entertainment venues was bumped up to 35% or 100 people, whichever is fewer. More importantly, March 15 was set as the date for the next adjustment, returning those venues to 50% capacity or 250 people, giving them all a much greater chance of surviving what we all hope are the last months of this pandemic.

    Since that change, almost all of the Las Vegas Strip production shows that had reopened in the fall and then closed again in November have announced plans to get back onstage in March. Among those comebacks are Absinthe at Caesars Palace on March 17, MJ Live at the Strat and Terry Fator at New York-New York on March 18, and David Copperfield at MGM Grand on March 21. And other shows at such smaller Strip venues as the V Theater at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood are expected to reopen next month for the first time in a year.

    While all types of businesses have struggled through this thing, casinos have been open. Restaurants and bars have been open. Nightclubs and dayclubs have been open, though not operating in their usual way, and pro sports events have been happening, even if fans haven’t been able to buy tickets and fill arenas.

    It’s important to recognize that when you see that “Vegas is back!” proclamation, the Vegas being talked about is live entertainment. Maybe it should be “Live Entertainment is back!”

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    VIRGIN HOTELS LAS VEGAS HAS A BROAD ENTERTAINMENT ARRAY COMING OUR WAY by Brock Radke

    We’re less than a month from the opening of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, and I’m thinking you’re not as excited as you should be. Sure, it’s been pushed back—from November to January to March 25—but that shouldn’t dampen your enthusiasm. Pandemic stuff. If it made sense to swing open the doors to that shiny new grand entrance in the fall, it would have happened. This place wants to see you really badly.

    Your Virgin anticipation should be reaching near-frenzy for a variety of reasons, some of which you already know about. Plenty of info about the hotel, casino and restaurants has been released, and the dining lineup in particular should give you a tingly sensation: Hakkasan Group’s Mexican cantina Casa Calavera, LA Thai street food phenom Night + Market, the coastal Italian-themed Kassi Beach Club, the return of Todd English’s Olives, plus an evolution of the original Vegas Nobu and the Morton Brothers’ renovation and expansion of their stellar Hard Rock Hotel restaurant into One Steakhouse.

    You probably already know the legendary concert hall formerly known as the Joint will get a new name (it’s currently being called the Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas) and continue to be a major space for music and entertainment events, thanks to a partnership with AEG Las Vegas. What hasn’t been completely revealed—only teased to entertainment writer folks like me—is the full entertainment picture at Virgin and the innovative, organic way its versatile venues might work together to create a very different experience for a Vegas resort.

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    ‘Rock of Ages’ sets gnarly return to the Strip By John Katsilometes Las Vegas Review-Journal

    The final notes of “Don’t Stop Believin’” never subside. They just go on and on, and on, and on …

    You’re welcome for the earworm from Journey, and also the stage show “Rock of Ages.” The 1980s rock musical is once more hitting “Play” in VegasVille. The show is all but signed, dotted-line style, for the former Cabaret space at Planet Hollywood Resort.

    That’s why you might have spotted co-producers Scott Prisand and Matt Weaver at the hotel last weekend. The joyous revival is likely to move into the space in December, where fans will kick it up again with a shot of Dennis Dupree’s Good Time Juice.

    The vision again is to expand the “Rock of Ages” concept to include the popular Bourbon Room nightspot. The club, which featured live performances and rowdy MTV videos, did silly business when the show was at The Venetian from 2012-16.

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    The Australian Bee Gees Show brings the party back to Excalibur by Brock Radke/LV Sun

    The coronavirus pandemic has affected employment for so many Southern Nevadans in so many different, devastating ways, but it’s hard to make sense of the extreme challenges that most Vegas entertainers have faced. Several Strip shows reopened in the fall and were forced to close again quickly, meaning those performers and crews have worked for just two or three weeks over the course of an entire year.

    That is the situation for “The Australian Bee Gees Show,” a long-running musical tribute set to reopen at Excalibur on the Strip on March 15.

    “It’s interesting to think that at first we thought it might be for six weeks, and you think about a proper lockdown and everyone wearing masks, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case and it kept spreading,” says Michael Clift, who co-created the show in 1996 and performs in the Barry Gibb. “We would have been devastated back then at the thought of being down for three months. If you told people then it would be a year, you’d probably have mayhem in the streets. But like everyone else, after initial panic and a bit of a scramble, we tried to remain positive. You want to get back to work but you want to be safe as well and keep your friends, family and loved ones from getting sick.”

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    Hunger Pains: The Food & Restaurant Section

    Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar Launches New Menu


    Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar located at the luxurious Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa has announced the launch of its new menu created by Executive Chef Lee Davidson which will begin plating on March 1, 2021. Nestled in the heart of the Red Rock Canyon, Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar is known as the perfect off-strip getaway that offers dinners carefully crafted house-made fare offering artisanal salads, signature main dishes while providing the perfect ambiance for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening night to dine under the stars or weekend brunch with friends, Hearthstone’s scenic patio is the ultimate dining oasis for al fresco dining or opt for Hearthstone’s spacious banquets to catch a game. Come join us for the new menu loaded with all new appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, entrees and plant-based items.

    For appetizers guests can expect new bites including spicy curry hummus, Wagyu beef tataki, tuna pizza, spicy shrimp scampi skillet and a yellowfin tuna crudo. Chef Davidson has added a roasted tomato soup coupled with a salami and grilled cheddar cheese sandwich, harvest salad with a blend of mixed greens, roasted butternut squash, pears and goat cheese tossed in a maple balsamic vinaigrette, hearts of palm salad served in a jalapeno vinaigrette, and beet salad with marcona almonds and whipped goat cheese. New entree items include crispy duck served with steamed pancakes and julienne sliced cucumber and scallions, spaghetti lobster homard with maple smoked bacon and brandy cream, hearth roasted Scottish salmon with steamed veggies and fresh lemon, baja striped sea bass with cherry tomatoes & fennel ragout and hearth roasted tomahawk pork chop with roasted apples and onions and bourbon au jus. Add to your plate with their new creamed street corn side served with roasted jalapenos and Mexican crema with dash of tajin or their roasted broccolini with caramelized onions and chili butter. For those looking to opt for a plant-based option, Hearthstone will offer roasted baby carrots with sesame almond crunch and spicy vegan yogurt and buffalo cauliflower served with a vegan blue cheese sauce.

    Whether you’re looking for an ideal location for date night, a dinner meeting or a casual get together with loved ones, Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar creates a lively and airy atmosphere that your guests will enjoy.

    Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar

    Sunday - Thursday 5 - 9:00 p.m.

    Friday & Saturday 5 - 10:00 p.m.

    Weekend Brunch

    Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge to Open at Resorts World Las Vegas

    Raising the bar and bringing the bubbles, Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge will be an upscale escape offering a cache of vintage and rare champagnes, vivid artisanal cocktails and aromatic wines when it opens its doors this summer in conjunction with the Las Vegas Strip’s most anticipated new 3,500-room luxury resort, Resorts World Las Vegas.

    A Clique Hospitality project, Gatsby’s is a senses-stimulating experience that’s smart and sophisticated. Located in the heart of the resort, just off the buzzing casino floor, Gatsby’s will give guests a fizzing respite with a 360-degree bar and palpable energy thanks to an evolving soundtrack, including DJ sets, thoughtfully cultivated playlists and live music.

    “Gatsby’s is about to up the ante for Las Vegas lounges,” said John Pettei, Managing Partner. “Attention to detail is our calling card – from the thoughtful cocktail program and vast champagne selection, to the lounge’s beautiful design and spirited ambience.”

    Gatsby’s identity lies in its attentive service and masterful cocktail collection of one-of-a-kind sips with over-the-top effects – many of them champagne-themed – along with timeless and whimsical selections served in elegantly designed crystal-cut tumblers. In addition, a secret drink menu will keep the offerings fresh and celebratory with a monthly rotating selection of featured champagne, seasonal libations and limited-time spirits.

    Conceptualized by the internationally acclaimed design firm Kudos, the 4,090-square-foot lounge boasts spacious couches, inviting high-top tables and a pristine bar. Overhead, a captivating congregation of illuminated orbs provides a nod to the bevy of bubbles available by the glass.

    Additional concept and programming details will be made available in the coming months.

    DAYLIGHT BEACH AT MANDALAY BAY RESORT AND CASINO MAKES A SPLASH INTO THE 2021 POOL SEASON

    Daylight Beach located at the iconic Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino returns for the 2021 pool season and is set to kick off the official opening on Friday, March 5, 2021. Known as the leading Las Vegas daytime hotspot with its sprawling 50,000 square-foot open-air property equipped with a 4,400 square-foot main pool and two additional private pools for cabana guests.

    Daylight Beach will debut on Friday, March 5 and will operate on Friday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m offering hand-crafted cocktails, bottle service and made-to-order beachside bites with exceptional service. The poolside destination will transform into a luxurious evening under the stars with Daylight Beach at Night, starting Friday, April 30. The adult-only night swim will provide ambiance and scenery with sounds by local resident DJs on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

    Guests must be of 21 years of age or older. For more information, guest list access and cabana reservations, call 702-632-4700 or visit daylightvegas.com. Reservations are strongly recommended in advance to adhere to social distancing standards while keeping the number of guests limited.

    HOURS OF OPERATION:

    Daylight Beach | Friday - Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Daylight Beach at Night | Friday & Saturday: 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

    SOUTH POINT HOTEL, CASINO AND SPA OFFERS SPECIALTY MENUS TO CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY, MARCH 17

    This St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate at South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa Las Vegas where specialty menus featuring traditional Irish dishes will be available on Tuesday, March 17 at Coronado Café and Garden Buffet.

    Coronado Café will serve a special St. Patrick’s Day breakfast available from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. which will include a Guinness marinated sirloin steak with two eggs, boxty potato cakes and Irish soda bread served for $9.95. From 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., the café will be serving a two-course meal for $11.95 per person, starting with O’Flaherty’s split pea soup or an Emerald Isle salad bowl. Guests can then choose between the traditional corned beef and cabbage with boiled potatoes and carrots or the “Irish” Rueben, corned beef on grilled sourdough bread with braised cabbage, Kerry gold cheese, watercress and cucumber salad and pot of gold mustard cream. Finish the delicious meal with bread pudding with Jameson’s whiskey sauce for $3.95. Drink specials at the café include Bailey’s Irish cream and coffee for $2 or a bottle of Guinness draught for $3.

    The staff-served Garden Buffet will be serving a variety of St. Patrick’s Day favorites on three different menus throughout the holiday. The full breakfast buffet will return and is available from 7 – 10 a.m. for $12.95 per person or $9.95 per person with a Club card and will include Bacon, Irish bangers, scrambled eggs with chives, colcannon, sautéed mushrooms, broiled tomatoes, baked beans, sliced Irish soda bread and bottomless Bloody Marys. Guests can enjoy the lunch buffet from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for $14.95 per person or $12.95 per person with a Club card or the dinner buffet from 4 p.m. to close for $22.95 per person or $19.95 per person with a Club card. Both the lunch and dinner menus will offer a variety of Irish favorites at the soup station, salad bar, carving station and dessert station. Some of the featured dishes include corned beef and cabbage, leprechaun boiled potatoes and Shillelagh carrots, Paddy’s Irish lamb stew, county Kerry fettuccini, Guinness braised beef steak and much more. The lunch buffet will be served with a complimentary draft beer or glass of wine, while the dinner buffet will feature two complimentary draft beers or glasses of wine.

    All guests must be 21 years of age or older with valid form of ID to order alcohol. Tax and gratuity are not included. For the full St. Patrick’s Day menus, please visit www.southpointcasino.com/dining/holiday-menus.

    Brand-New Starbucks at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa Opening Spring 2021

    South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa will welcome one of the world’s most recognized brands, Starbucks, to the property with a state-of-the art café location opening in mid-April 2021. Construction on the newest location began on Feb. 1, 2021.

    “Our team is constantly looking for ways to enhance the property, not only for our amazing guests but for our staff as well. We look forward to combining an iconic brand, Starbucks, with the customer service our guests know and love,” said Michael Kennedy, director of food operations at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa.

    The café will be conveniently located off the property’s main entrance, where Seattle’s Best was formerly located. On Feb. 12, the property will be opening a Starbucks pop-up cart, which will be operating until the permanent location opens. The cart will be located on the first floor, near the Benny Binion statue. Open seven days a week from 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., the cart will serve a selection classic coffee and tea beverages and fan favorite snacks.

    For more information, go to southpointcasino.com.

    Adult PB&J, Lobster Rolls, Cinnamon Churro French Toast and Hendertucky Moco Loco Debut on Revamped Happy Hour and Breakfast Menu at all Distill and Remedy’s

    Early birds and Happy Hour enthusiasts will rave over the revamped Happy Hour and 24-hour breakfast menu at select Distill and Remedy’s Taverns locations. The beloved local establishments are welcoming back an elevated Happy Hour with two servings daily from 2-6 p.m. and 2-6 a.m., along with delicious new food items and drink specials. The 24-hour breakfast menu also debuts new dishes that will satisfy both sweet and savory cravings at any time of day. Locals can enjoy the new selections starting Monday, March 15 at all bars, excluding the Decatur and Flamingo locations. Follow Distill (@distillbar) and Remedy’s Taverns (@remedystavernlv) on social media for a QR code for Buy One, Get One breakfast menu items from March 15 – April 15. For more information, to place an order or to find the nearest location, visit www.distillbar.com or www.remedystavern.com.

    Happy Hour menu includes:

    Adult PB&J – Crunchy peanut butter, homemade spicy strawberry jam on cinnamon sugar-dipped and deep-fried brioche bread, served with Bailey’s whipped cream. $6

    Pork Belly Bourbon Biscuits – Bourbon-braised pork belly biscuits, honey hot sauce, Cajun slaw, vegetables and Cajun aioli, served with homemade kettle chips. $7

    Colossal Wings – Jumbo wings baked with homemade BBQ rub and deep-fried, tossed in honey hot sauce and finished on the grill. $7

    Lobster Rolls – Lobster tossed in lemon-mayo on buttered slider buns, served with homemade kettle chips. $7

    Animal-style Tater Tots – Crispy tater tots with ground beef, American cheese, grilled onions and homemade thousand-island dressing. $6

    Crispy-fried Artichokes - $4

    Homemade Blackened Kettle Chips - $5

    Dirty Martini – New Amsterdam vodka, olive juice and blue cheese-stuffed olives. $5

    Modelo Michelada – Modelo Especial, homemade michelada mix and tajin rim. $5

    Watermelon Margarita – Corralejo Silver, watermelon pucker, agave nectar, sweet and sour and tajin rim. $5

    Pinky – New Amsterdam Pink Whitney lemonade vodka, Lo-Fi Aperitifs, lemonade and soda water $5

    Breakfast menu includes:

    Hendertucky Moco Loco – Grilled Angus steak patty, chicken fried rice, gravy, fried eggs, crispy-fried onions and spicy aioli. $10.95

    Hangover Street Tacos – Scrambled eggs, cheddar-jack cheese, Applewood bacon, pico de gallo and corn tortillas, topped with chipotle sour cream and cotija cheese. $8.95

    Chilaquiles – Homemade chili rojo sauce, shredded chicken and hand-cut tortillas, topped with eggs, cilantro crema, avocado, pickled red onions and cotija cheese. $9.95

    French Toast - Traditional French toast. $7.95. Add Applewood bacon or sausage $3.

    Cinnamon Churro French Toast – Cinnamon sugar-crusted brioche bread in crème brûlée batter, topped with chocolate sauce, powdered sugar and churro crumble. $10.50

    Luck of the Irish French Toast – Battered brioche bread crusted in cereal and topped with cereal frosting and berries, served with Irish whiskey maple syrup. $10.50

    Bacon & Bourbon Waffle with Pretzel-crusted Chicken – pretzel-crusted fried chicken and Belgium waffle topped with sriracha-candied bacon, toasted pecans and powdered sugar, served with bourbon maple syrup. $11.95

    Peach Cobbler Waffle – Belgium waffle with roasted peach cobbler filling, topped with cobbler crumble and whipped cream. $10.50

    Belgium Waffle – Belgium waffle with whipped butter, powdered sugar and maple syrup. $8 Add fresh berry compote $2. Add Applewood bacon $3.

    ABOUT DISTILL AND REMEDY’S
    From Summerlin to Henderson to Southern Highlands and Centennial Hills, Distill and Remedy’s and are Vegas locals’ “homes away from home.” All locations feature fun and casual good times in beautiful and eclectic atmospheres with state-of-the-art gaming, hand-crafted cocktails, house-made tavern fare, friendly staff, fun events, two daily happy hours and the ultimate home for sports action. All locations feature the RED Loyalty, a frequent dining program allowing guests to earn points at all RED properties for discounts and promotions. For a full list of events and information, please visit www.distillbar.com or www.remedystavern.com.

    Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts Welcome College Hoops Fans with Specials for Tournament Action

    Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts are offering a deep roster of college basketball tournament experiences with exclusive Hoops on the Strip specials and packages from Thursday, March 18 through Monday, April 5. Hoops on the Strip embraces the action Vegas-style, with unobstructed views of the games, betting stations, food and drink specials and more. From upscale lounges to high-energy sports bars and sportsbooks, fans can enjoy all the games from tip-off to the final whistle. For more information or to book packages, please visit caesars.com/hoopsonthestrip.

    Caesars Palace

    The Race & Sports Book at Caesars Palace is consistently recognized among the best places in Las Vegas for sports fans to visit. In an environment where energy runs high and winning runs rampant, college basketball fans will feel like they are right on the court. During the tournament, the Race & Sports Book will offer specials on bleacher, main zone and VIP packages. The VIP package includes exclusive seating, a beverage wristband, expedited access to the betting line and access to mobile food ordering. The main zone package includes main zone seating and four drink tickets and bleacher packages include bleacher seating and three drink tickets.

    A 208-inch video wall and screens throughout make Montecristo Cigar Bar the prime spot to experience the madness. Dark wood, leather couches, and oversized armchairs set the tone for the perfect “fan cave” experience with drinks, cigars, and basketball – there is no better way to spend this epic weekend. Packages range from $100 for a table for two to four guests to a VIP “fan cave” package at the Old Homestead Clubhouse inside Montecristo for up to six guests, which includes $1,000 credit towards beverages and cigars.

    VISTA Cocktail Lounge, Alto Bar and Cleopatra’s Barge will offer packages for groups of two to four that include bottle service and a prime viewing experience to watch the games.

    Watch college basketball tournament games in a casual, fun dining atmosphere at Searsucker, located near the Caesars Palace Race & Sports Book. Searsucker welcomes basketball fans into the madness with a special “all you care to eat” menu, as well as beer and craft cocktail specials. For more information, see here; to book experiences, see here. Restrictions apply. Management reserves all rights to alter or cancel this promotion at any time.

    Bally’s Las Vegas

    Watch and wager on all the games at Bally’s Race & Sports Book, located on the lower level of the hotel and casino. Packages for two to four guests include a drink ticket and prime viewing on multiple big-screen projections and high-definition televisions for non-stop hoops action.

    Indigo Lounge and Lobby Bar welcome guests to come in and cheer on their favorite teams during the tournament. Entry to both venues includes three drink tickets per guest.

    The Cromwell

    The first and only boutique hotel located on the Las Vegas Strip, The Cromwell welcomes guests to packages that include seating and table options as well as food credit at the Sports Book, Bound Bar and Interlude Lounge.


    Flamingo Las Vegas

    Flamingo Las Vegas Race & Sports Book offers guests a place to bet on their favorite teams and follow all the Las Vegas sports betting action on numerous large-screen TVs and projection screens situated throughout the venue. The sportsbook’s package includes two dedicated seats and two complimentary drink tickets per guest.

    Guests can flock to Bird Bar, Garden Bar or Flamingo Las Vegas’ 21+ pool, GO POOL, during the college basketball tournament to check out the games and get their beak wet with drink specials and giveaways.

    Harrah’s Las Vegas

    With more than 30 HDTVs, as well as two giant screens, fans won’t miss a single possession at Harrah’s Las Vegas’ Race & Sports Book. The sportsbook will offer mobile food ordering and drink specials at their general, railing and recliner seating areas. Guests can also opt for a more private experience with the VIP booth package, including seating for up to four, with two drink tickets per person. Piano Bar is also getting in on the action with festive décor and drink specials.

    The LINQ Hotel + Experience

    Celebrating all the hoops action is a slam dunk at The Book at The LINQ Hotel + Experience. The Book is home to an amazing array of first-of-its-kind fan caves, complete with their own TV and audio, where guests can watch up to six different games at once while enjoying anything from beer to bottle service. Food service from Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar is also available to be delivered directly to each fan cave or bar seat.

    Splash J’s and catch rays at Influence, The Pool at The LINQ. Guests are welcome to enjoy draft beer and specialty cocktails while watching the games like a VIP in a private cabana. Guests can also choose to sit at the open-air bar or take a dip in the heated pool. Don’t miss a minute of the tournament action at 3535, where up to four guests can reserve a spot with their own TV and two drink tickets per person.

    Paris Las Vegas

    Guests can join the excitement at the Race & Sports Book at Paris Las Vegas by reserving a “sports lounge package,” or beverage package at Napoleon’s Lounge and Le Cabaret Bar that includes three beverage tickets and game viewing.

    Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

    College basketball enthusiasts can watch all the madness at an array of Planet Hollywood’s bars including Extra Lounge, Heart Bar and Blue Moon Bar. All three establishments will offer packages for up to four guests that include a $100 beverage credit.

    Located adjacent to the sportsbook, Ringer offers guests to enjoy games, drinks, energy and action by reserving a package that includes a table and beverages or a VIP package.

    Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

    Feel all the energy of basketball tournament action at Rio’s Race & Sports Book with a variety of experiences from leather lounge chairs, tables and premium booths available for rent. Each selection includes a beverage credit. Additional packages that include seating adjacent to the sportsbook will be available and include a $10 off beverage credit.

    A Comprehensive Guide to 15 Dive Bars of Las Vegas by Bradley Martin & Susan Stapleton

    In a city that's not short of classy cocktail joints, but long on thrifty and thirsty patrons, it makes sense that economical dive bars litter the Las Vegas valley. Many of these bars possess a novelty value that might help patrons overlook some obvious flaws in their business plans. Others simply fit the bill of a locals-only dive bar, and might provide the adventurous with an off-Strip experience absent from any tourist guide book. Find gems such as Dino's Lounge, the Double Down Saloon with its "Shut Up and Drink" attitude, the Dispensary Lounge with its great burgers, LGBTQ destination Fun Hog Ranch with peanut shells on the floor, and more.

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    World Famous Randy’s Donuts to Roll into Las Vegas From L.A. by Bradley Martin


    Two-and-half years since it first promised to expand to Las Vegas, an iconic star of film, television, and music videos is headed to the southwest, bringing a landmark symbol of Southern California street architecture and a 24-hour menu of classic glazed doughnuts.

    Randy’s Donuts has filed paperwork to construct a 1,500-square-foot drive-thru doughnut shop at 4693 Blue Diamond Road, currently an empty plot of land. The angled roof concept will sit close to Cameron Street, a Dutch Bros Coffee outpost, and a mile from the Silverton Casino resort.

    An Inglewood destination for almost 60 years, the Randy’s Donuts brand operates five California stores, but it is the original property not far from the Los Angeles International Airport that has transformed into a famed attraction for its 32-foot-tall doughnut sign mounted on the roof.

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    MGM Grand Reopens Its Pan-Asian Restaurant With a New Name and Wok-Tossed Noodles by Susan Stapleton


    Grand Wok Noodle Bar returns at the MGM Grand with a name change. The former Grand Wok & Sushi Bar now serves wok-tossed noodles, black pepper beef, fresh seafood, tofu, and pot stickers.

    The restaurant next to Avenue Cafe serves lunch on the weekends and dinner Friday and Saturday, specializing in traditional pan-Asian dishes. The menu now features dan dan noodles, Hong Kong-style beef chow fun, black pepper steak, honey walnut shrimp, Thai basil beef fried rice, Sichuan chicken,, and salt and pepper tofu. Desserts include mango sticky rice and mochi.

    The restaurant is open Fridays from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    The MGM Grand was one of the first casinos to reopen in June after the state closed nonessential businesses last March to slow the spread of COVID-19. Only a handful of restaurants reopened there, including one of the most recent, Morimoto, the Japanese restaurant from Masaharu Morimoto, which reopened in early January for weekend service.

    https://vegas.eater.com/2021/2/16/22...rant-mgm-grand

    39 Vital Breakfast Spots to Know in Las Vegas by Susan Stapleton

    Experts say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Las Vegas has its fair share of great places to start the day or even recuperate from the night before. Some even serve breakfast around the clock.

    Get off the Strip and try BabyStacks, SkinnyFats, CraftKitchen, Kitchen Table, Eat, or Jamm's Restaurant. On the Strip, find Mon Ami Gabi with its great views at Paris Las Vegas, or Tableau at Wynn Las Vegas.

    Here, 39 restaurants in Las Vegas that serve up a great breakfast.

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    PT’s Taverns Announces March Promotions

    PT’s Tavern’s will offerHockey & Hoops specials, St. Patrick’s Day-themed food and beverage offerings, plus an Apple Watch giveaway and VGK special edition True Rewards cards throughout the month of March.

    PT’s Hockey & Hoops specials will be available at all of PT’s 64 locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley, including PT’s Pub, PT’s Gold, PT’s Ranch, PT’s Brewing Company, Sean Patrick’s, Sierra Gold and SG Bar during all professional hockey and college tournament basketball games. Food offerings will include Nathan’s classic hot dog, priced at $3; vegetable spring rolls served with orange chili sauce, priced at $4; Southwest chicken egg rolls served with spicy ranch, priced at $5; crispy buffalo shrimp, priced at $6; and boneless chicken wings served with fries, priced at $6. Hockey & Hoops beverage offerings will include beer buckets of Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Michelob Ultra, Corona, Modelo, Bud Light Seltzer or White Claw, priced at $20 for five beers; and $5 Mango Cart Micheladas.

    To celebrate the luck of the Irish, all day on Wednesday, March 17, all PT’s Taverns will offer an Irish-inspired beverage offering, PT’s Sean Patrick’s Red or PT’s Hualapai IPA served with a shot of Screwball peanut butter whiskey, priced at $6.

    The St. Patrick’s Day menu items, available at Sean Patrick’s, only, will include fish & chips, priced at $14; corned beef and cabbage; priced at $14; potato soup, priced at $6 for a cup and $9 for a bowl; Jameson wing basket, priced at $13; drunken skins, priced at $10; and the pub classic burger served with fries, priced at $12. Sean Patrick’s tavern guests will also receive a complimentary Sean Patrick’s T-shirt, while supplies last.

    Throughout March, True Rewards members will earn one entry into PT’s Apple Watch giveaway for every 100 base points earned. Entries are electronic and one player will be randomly selected to win every day.

    Additionally, VGK special edition True Rewards cards will be available to all True Rewards members throughout March, while supplies last.

    Recently awarded “All-Time Best of Vegas” for its happy hour, PT’s offers daily drink specials, available at all taverns from 5 to 7 p.m., and midnight to 2 a.m. Specials include a 50% discount on wines by the glass, premium spirits and all craft and import beer, including craft brews and guest favorites like Michelob Ultra and Blue Moon. Happy hour will not be available on St. Patrick’s Day at Sean Patrick’s. A list of all open taverns may be found here.

    The 25 Most Important Restaurant Openings in Las Vegas in 2020 by Susan Stapleton

    Even during a pandemic, more than 100 restaurants opened in Las Vegas in 2020. The breadth of Asian cuisines in Las Vegas only grew with robata grills, omakase specialists, and more. Casual restaurants such as Take It Easy, the Taco Stand, and Más Por Favor added to the diversity of Chinatown, while neighborhoods in Summerlin and on Water Street in Henderson landed new restaurants those areas desperately needed. Downtown’s new Vegas Test Kitchen gives diners a chance to try out new restaurants before the owners commit to a location, while the arrival of Circa on the Fremont Street Experience brings chef Barry Dakake back to the kitchen and Dan Coughlin offering his take on Asian fare. Even the Strip landed a new steakhouse, robot servers, an over-the-top karaoke lounge, and an ode to pizza and cake from Cake Boss Buddy Valastro. Here now are the 25 most important restaurant openings in 2020.

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    March Brings the Madness with Sports-Centric Food and Beverage Specials, Unique Seating

    Topgolf Las Vegas
    4627 Koval Lane
    www.topgolf.com/lasvegas or 702-933-8458

    Practice your golf swing while cheering on your favorite college teams at Topgolf Las Vegas! The four-level entertainment venue is offering multiple seatings during the First Round weekend from March 19-21, where guests can watch the games from an array of seating areas and lounges. Fans can make a reservation by contacting [email protected] or 702-933-8458. A $250 food & beverage minimum is required per reservation for up to six people. Masks are also required at all times on property except when actively eating or drinking. For more information, visit www.topgolf.com/lasvegas.

    Rampart Casino
    221 N Rampart Blvd.
    https://theresortatsummerlin.com/

    The Race & Sports Book at the Rampart Casino is hosting a Book Bracket Buster Drawings from March 18-21. Players will receive $100 in Free Slot Play every time an underdog beats a higher ranked team in the college basketball tournaments. Ranks are based on Seed and not betting line. Guests can earn entries for every $20 wagered and there is a maximum of 10 entries per window. Entries must be earned on day of the event only. Drawing barrels will be empties at the end of game.

    Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews
    Town Square Las Vegas (near the kids’ park)
    www.sickiesburgers.com

    Get into all the action at Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews in the heart of Town Square as they present College Hoops. With 30 television screens, 25 flavors of wings, 50 burgers and 50 brews, Sickies Garage is the perfect place for all the basketball viewing. Reserve a table for the first and second rounds of the tournament. Reservations include a table for three hours for up to six guests, seven drink vouchers per person, and choice of items from the special four course menu which includes Sickies Garage favorites like the Glazed Doughnut Burger, the Mushroom & Swiss Burger, and both traditional and boneless wings. Seatings begin at 9 a.m. and cost is $100 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity).

    Guests can also play along throughout the tournament with the MJM Sports Hoops Pick ‘Em game. Make picks for every round and along the way, you’ll earn prizes from Sickies Garage, and one grand prize winner will take home a brand new, flat screen television courtesy of MJM Sports. Details available starting March 1 at www.sickiesburgers.com.

    To make Table Reservations, visit https://shop.sickiesburgers.com/ or call (725) 735-5400.

    Nacho Daddy
    Downtown – 113 N 4th St.
    West Sahara – Village Square 9560 W Sahara Ave.
    The Strip – Miracle Mile Shops 3663 S Las Vegas Blvd.
    www.nachodaddy.com

    Basketball gets spicy at Nacho Daddy. With hi-definition TVs tuned into all the hoops hysteria, Nacho Daddy is the perfect place to catch the games and check your brackets. Enjoy refreshing Nacho Daddy beer, house-made margaritas and amazing nachos at all three locations. Carry out and delivery are also available if you prefer to watch the games from the comfort of home.

    Distill and Remedy’s
    All locations
    www.distillbar.com or www.remedystavern.com

    No need to travel far to have some fun at locals’ favorite neighborhood bars Distill and Remedy’s Tavern as they host a tournament bracket board at all locations across the valley. Guests can earn tickets by ordering the March Beer Special from March 1-4 or by earning 250 credits or more in gaming. Guests can also enjoy delicious food and drink specials while watching all the game action.

    Drink Specials:
    • Stone Buenaveza - $4
    • 805 Cerveza - $4
    • Crown Royal - $6
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    • Peach
    • Apple
    Food Specials:
    • Crispy Street Corn Fries - $5
      • crispy French fries topped with charred street corn, cilantro lime cream, tajin, cotija cheese, homemade pickled onions and fresh cilantro for garnish
    • Pepper Jack Beer Cheese - $5
      • Pepper jack cheese, fresh jalapenos, roasted red peppers, cerveza, pico de gallo, green onions, served with hand-cut chili lime corn tortilla chips
    • Smoked Brisket Tots - $7
      • Smoked brisket, pepper jack beer cheese, topped with pico de gallo and green onions
    • Chicken Ranch Sliders - $7
      • Marinated grilled chicken breast and blackened ranch slaw served on fresh baked buns and homemade honey hot sauce, served with French fries
    15 Must-Eat Iconic Burgers in Las Vegas by Susan Stapleton

    Iconic burgers have a few things in common. Some of these burgers are insanely popular or very well-executed. Others have stood the test of time, or have a significant place in Las Vegas burger history. Still others are newer burgers that have already made a splash after a relatively brief time on Las Vegas menus. What they have in common: they're all worth a try. Here, the 15 iconic burgers that you can always turn to in Las Vegas.

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    A New Italian Restaurant Brings a Taste of Milan to the Venetian’s St. Marks Square by Susan Stapleton


    Matteo Ferdinandi and chef Angelo Auriana, the team behind Eater 38 member Matteo’s Italian Ristorante at the Venetian, opened Brera Osteria, taking over their Sixth + Mill space at the Grand Canal Shoppes.

    The restaurant on the resort’s replica of St. Mark’s Square takes its name from the Brera neighborhood in Milan, Italy, the inspiration for the eatery. Ferdinandi says the artsy-cool sidewalk cafes found in the neighborhood inform the menu, which explores the regions and flavors of Italy, where both Auriana and Ferdinandi grew up. “Chef Angelo is inspired by countryside recipes, and personal culinary identity emphasizes the importance of the highest quality fresh ingredients and the use of cooking techniques that are meant to highlight their true flavors, with food presented in a minimalistic way,” Ferdinandi says.

    The restaurant’s location near the convention center made it seem like a destination for post-meeting cocktails and appetizers. The duo decided to swap out Sixth + Mill with Brera after seeing success with the restaurant in Los Angeles, where Brera Ristorante opened in the Los Angeles arts district in 2016. “We knew this concept was destined for Las Vegas, where diners are looking for unique experiences,” he says.

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    Hawaiian Fusion 9th Island LV Brings Huli Huli Chicken to Henderson Soon by Bradley Martin

    A generous portion of Aloha spirit will soon debut in Henderson, replacing the substantial 7,084-square-foot Rusty Putter Loungewith a Hawaiian fusion bar and restaurant.

    Upgraded with a new surf and beach design theme, 9th Island LV is leasing the space from Rusty Putter’s owner Carl Fronabarger at 891 DeMarco Drive, a mile from Lake Las Vegas and across E. Lake Mead Parkway from the Mountainside Restaurant & Tavern.

    The Hawaiian restaurant is refinishing the floors to inspire memories of sand and breaking waves and installing bubbling water behind the large bar serving Kona Brewing Co. beer. Colorful floral decor now covers 9th Island LV’s walls and bathrooms. Current plans include scheduling live entertainment, performed on a corner stage for as many as 98 indoor customers as well as five gaming machines.

    The restaurant has not revealed the full Polynesian and Hawaiian menu, but has been testing its huli huli chicken recipes on two outdoor grills. Future opening hours have not been revealed.

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    Spring Into Outdoor Dining This March at LINQ

    The LINQ Promenade offers a diverse roster of outdoor dining experiences with tempting options from breakfast, lunch and happy hour to dinner and late-night bites. While social distancing remains top of mind, The LINQ Promenade’s open-air district provides an ideal setting for guests to enjoy outdoor patio dining at numerous restaurants.

    Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar:The two-story restaurant offers spacious patios on both levels and outdoor seating with an unobstructed view of the High Roller. Its menu offers a variety of burritos, fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, burgers, sandwiches and salads.

    Favorite Bistro: At this elegant venue with an appealing outdoor setting, guests can savor Favorite Bistro’s French cuisine with American flair. From the Le Petit Déjeuner (breakfast) menu to the lunch and dinner menu, Favorite offers classics with a twist.

    Maxie’s: Breakfast and lunch are served up in Maxie’s outdoor dining area near the base of the High Roller Observation Wheel daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu features ostentatious breakfast and lunch classics, as well as a collection of contemporary deli dishes and vibrant milkshakes.

    Off The Strip Bistro & Bar:A Las Vegas locals’ favorite since 2007, Off The Strip offers guests classic bistro and bar comfort food and genuine, personalized service on its outdoor patio. Its menu offers an array of starters, salads, brunch items, fresh and fit bowls, and signature dishes. 

    Flour & Barley - Brick Oven Pizza: With a 1,200-square-foot patio, Flour & Barley – Brick Oven Pizza offers a large outdoor space for guests to enjoy. The creative menu includes individual brick oven-style pizzas, pasta dishes, sandwiches and salads. The pizzeria also features handcrafted and barrel-aged cocktails, as well as an extensive craft beer menu. On the go? Flour & Barley also offers a to-go window.

    In-N-Out Burger: Located near the fountain stage, In-N-Out Burger’s scenic patio area is ideal for enjoying fresh burgers, hand-cut French fries and its signature shakes.

    Virgil’s Real Barbecue: Virgil’s Real Barbecue boasts patios on both levels of its two-story establishment. Sit outside and enjoy views of the High Roller and The LINQ Promenade while savoring world-famous barbecue tastes of Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, the Carolinas and Missouri with menu items such as Texas Beef Brisket and the Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich.

    Yard House: Adjacent to the High Roller is one of Yard House’s largest locations. With a two-level outdoor patio and beer garden space, guests enjoy panoramic views of The LINQ Promenade. The extensive menu of contemporary American cuisine features appetizers, salads, pastas, sandwiches, street tacos, grilled burgers, individual-size pizzas, seafood, steaks and ribs.

    ameriCAN Beer & Cocktails: In the heart of The LINQ Promenade, guests can enjoy ameriCAN’s open outdoor patio. ameriCAN’s food menu includes all-American snack foods such as corn dogs, soft pretzels, chips and popcorn, while its extensive drink menu comprises cocktails and nearly 70 canned beers. Happy hour specials include $5 beers from every time zone 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

    Located just steps away from The LINQ Promenade, guests can also take a trip to Flavortown on Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen + Bar’s patio at The LINQ Hotel + Experience. Bringing bold flavors and tasty twists to comfort food, guests will enjoy over-the-top creations from celebrity chef, Guy Fieri in an open-air environment.

    St. Patrick’s Day Specials

    Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Caesars Entertainment resorts with these shamrockin’ food and beverage specials:

    Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Harrah’s Las Vegas will feature a four-course specialty menu. The menu includes onion soup with toasted croutons, Swiss cheese and gruyere gratin for the first course; Shepherd's pie with braised lamb and beef, English peas and vegetables for the second course; 8-ounce filet mignon with a choice of Brussels sprouts or cauliflower au gratin for the entrée; and grasshopper mousse cake for dessert. Guests will also receive a complimentary shot of Jameson whiskey or Guinness beer with the purchase of this specialty menu.

    Oyster Bar & Grill at Harrah’s Las Vegas will offer pan-seared halibut served with snow pea purée and sautéed Irish whiskey onions, priced at $37.99; mussels and linguine, priced at $33.99; and chocolate mint cake, priced at $8.99.

    Fulton Street Food Hall at Harrah’s Las Vegas – the chef-driven marketplace with various selections made fresh throughout the day – will offer an array of savory and sweet options for the holiday. Savory options include traditional corned beef and cabbage, priced at $25.99, or Guinness lamb stew, priced at $23.99. Sweet options include pot o’ gold brownie, Bailey’s cheesecake, mint chocolate cupcakes, shamrock cookies and Irish whiskey chocolate cake.

    Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen + Bar at The LINQ Hotel + Experience will serve “The Guyrish Man” -- corned beef and cabbage steak, smoked bangers and mashed potatoes, topped with Guinness-infused onion gravy and crispy onion straws, priced at $28.99.

    The High Roller Observation Wheel at The LINQ Promenade and Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck at Paris Las Vegas will light up the Vegas skyline with various shades of green throughout the evening to celebrate the Celtic-themed holiday.

    Sky Lounge, the bar on the way up to the tallest observation when in the world, the High Roller, will offer the “Shamrock Sour” made with Irish whiskey, melon liqueur, sour mix and Sierra Mist. The Shamrock Sour is available on St. Patrick’s Day for $11.

    Evan Glusman of Piero’s Italian Cuisine Finds Navigating the New Normal a Challenge at Best by Susan Stapleton

    Piero’sPiero’s Italian Cuisine is the kind of place people go to celebrate a special occasion, run into a celebrity, or broker a big deal. Regulars have their favorite booths in the A-Room, the high-profile dining room where servers in white tuxedo jackets and white shirts with black bow ties and black slacks roll out dishes on garadons. Aldo Luongo lithographs and original oils by José Bellver line the walls as diners order osso bucco or garbage Caesar salads, two of the restaurant’s most popular dishes. Back in the 1980s when Evan Glusman’s father Freddie opened the restaurant, everyone from Sammy Davis Jr. to Phyllis McGuire frequented the high-end Italian eatery. Even now, amid a pandemic, the restaurant stays hush-hush about the celebrity clientele who continue to visit, preferring to let the big names dine in relative privacy next to power brokers in their $3,000 suits.

    Since last March, most major conventions canceled plans in Las Vegas as the state essentially shut down large gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19. Guaranteed money makers such as the Consumer Electronics Show with its 182,000 attendees in January went virtual. Piero’s remained closed until October, and now only operates on Friday and Saturday nights. As Nevada moves to expand occupancy rates inside restaurants, food and beverage industry workers are finding the new restrictions still difficult to manage. Glusman, the general manager at Piero’s, which has been operating for 39 years near the Las Vegas Convention Center, finds navigating the new normal a challenge at best.

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