Month: November 2017

10 Reasons the North Las Vegas Strip is About to Explode

Find Search for: The struggle is real on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. SLS Las Vegas, formerly the Sahara Hotel and Casino, has struggled. Lucky Dragon has struggled. All Net Resort and Arena, Resorts World and Fontainebleau Resort have all served as symbols of the struggle. Ownership of SLS is just one of the big changes coming to the north Strip, so bid farewell to this goofball. But all that, all of it, is about to change. In recent months, there have been numerous signs the north end of The Strip is about to explode. Here’s a quick look at what’s happening now, what’s coming soon and what’s on the horizon. 1. Resorts World is Alive The long-delayed Asian-themed resort has had more construction activity in the last month than in the previous year, and word is Resorts World is shifting into full-blown construction mode. The company has awarded $400 million in contracts, and new cranes are popping up on the site with each passing week. The wait is finally over, and the construction of Resorts World is shaking loose other dormant projects, too. The start of something big at Resorts World. 2. All Net Resort and Arena is Funded We honestly thought we’d never see those words in that order, but “All Net Resort and Arena is funded.” Many thought this resort, which will be...

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 67: Hand Pays, Restaurant Scoop and So Many Seats to Fill

In this installment of the 11th best Las Vegas podcast out there, we’ve got a slew of exclusives and insider scoop to help get the most from your next Sin City visit. From thoughts about MGM Resorts severing ties with celebrity chef Todd English due to sexual harassment accusations to rumors about Barry Manilow’s return to Las Vegas and the location of the Raider’s new training facility, we’re driving P.R. departments crazy and couldn’t be prouder. Rumor has it Barry Manilow will be back for another Las Vegas residency, this time at Westgate, in 2018. This week’s listicle is a recap of all the biggest sports and entertainment venues in town and their capacities. In fact, here’s the listicle now! 11 Top Las Vegas Sports and Entertainment Venues and Their Seat Counts Orleans Arena – 9,500 MGM Grand Garden Arena – 16,800 Mandalay Bay Events Center – 12,000 Thomas & Mack Center – 18,000 T-Mobile Arena – 20,000 (see below) Colosseum Caesars Palace – 4,300 Axis at Planet Hollywood – 7,000 Park Theater – 5,200 Planned All Net Resort and Arena – 22,000 Planned Sands Concert Venue – 18,500 Planned Las Vegas (Raiders) Stadium – 65,000 The point: With all those seats, Las Vegas may be looking at a severe shortage of keisters, or whatever the kids are calling them these days. Think of this as a sonogram of...

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Fifteen Years Later, Casino Royale’s $1 Beer Promotion Ends, Now $2

A 15-year-long casino promotion at Casino Royale is coming to an end. The Strip casino says it’s sold more than seven million bottles of Michelob for $1. All good things must come to an end, and that includes this ridiculously good deal. The good news is Casino Royale will now serve that same bottle of beer for (wait for it) $2. Casino Royale may be small in size, but it’s big on value. While we have never personally had a beer (no, really), this, too, seems like a ridiculously good deal. On its Facebook page, Casino Royale shared, “We will still enjoy providing everyone with the lowest-priced drinks on The Strip and look forward to seeing you soon.” Casino Royale and its beer promotion are a throwback to a different era in Las Vegas where low prices were enticements to get gamblers through the doors, rather than rewards for player loyalty. Strip location, downtown vibe. Feel free to use that in your ads, Casino Royale. The cost of a bottle of beer for a casino is about a buck, so while a $1 bottle isn’t a loss-leader, it’s break-even, with gambling revenue taking up the slack. Fifteen years was a long run in casino promotion years, and few would begrudge Casino Royale a price adjustment after seven million beers. It’s worth noting Casino Royale is on an ever-shorter list of...

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Todd English is Out at Aria’s Todd English P.U.B.

What is Todd English P.U.B. without Todd English? We’re about to find out. Rumors are celebrity chef Todd English is on his way out at Todd English P.U.B., although the venue will continue as a brew pub. P.U.B. stands for “Public Urban Bar,” which is likely to remain the case even after Todd English’s name has been removed from the place. Ironically, the Todd English P.U.B. logo contains an hour glass, a way of measuring time running out. From what we hear, the management team of Beerhaus could take over operation of whatever Todd English P.U.B. becomes, which is disappointing (if true) as Beerhaus is easily the weakest offering in The Park’s restaurant row. Todd English is probably best known for his cooking show, “Food Trip with Todd English,” on PBS. His original restaurant was Olives in Boston. Todd English’s Olives at Bellagio will close this winter. That venue will be replaced by Spago which will relocate from the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. There will be a quiz. Celebrity chefs, of course, have little to do with the day-to-day operation of Las Vegas restaurants with their name on them. The chefs are contractually obligated to make appearances at the restaurant for publicity purposes, then receive about five percent of the restaurant’s gross sales. (See also chef Gordon Ramsay.) People seem to have a fondness for Todd English P.U.B.,...

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Clique’s Salute is Out at Red Rock Resort, Replacement Rumored

If you stick to The Strip and downtown when you visit Las Vegas, you won’t care too much about this news. Keep reading, anyway. You’re probably at work, and it’s a way of sticking it to The Man. Clique Hospitality’s Salute Trattoria Italiana at Red Rock Resort is set to close by the end of 2017, as foretold in a story back in June 2017. “Salute” is a way of saying “cheers” in Italian. An alternative is “cin cin,” which means “to your health.” Red Rock Resorts is rumored to be phasing out five under-performing Clique restaurants, although the company has denied it’s doing so. The company’s partnership with Clique isn’t ending, as Clique will operate new venues (unrelated to food) at Palms resort as part of its $485 million overhaul. In an awkward turn of events, we’ve learned Salute is likely to be replaced with another Italian restaurant. A source says the new restaurant will be operated by LDV Hospitality, the folks behind Scarpetta, the Italian eatery at Cosmopolitan. While our experience at Scarpetta wasn’t particularly memorable, we have high hopes for the new offering at Red Rock Resort, about 20 minutes west of the Las Vegas Strip. Since we’re learning foreign languages, try this: “Ute” is Swedish for “out,” as in “Salute is out at Red Rock Resort.” That’s really how the sign looked during our recent visit....

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