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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Sold to Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels

Find Search for: We’ve sharing the rumors for months, but insiders are now confirming the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas has been purchased by bajillionaire Richard Branson and Virgin Hotels. We first wrote about Hard Rock changing hands back in March 2017. The first obvious sign a sale was in the works was a picket by Teamsters Union Local 986 meant to encourage the retention of their workforce if the sale moved forward. Apparently, it has. Boom, sold, as the kids say. Details of the sale haven’t yet been made public, but a well-placed source confirms staffers at the resort have been informed of deal. The Hard Rock is currently owned by Brookfield Asset Management. The resort is operated by Brookfield and Warner Gaming. Word is the off-Strip casino hasn’t been doing gangbuster business in recent months, so Sir Richard Branson probably got a great deal on the place. Venues like MB Steak have been struggling mightily. Virgin Hotels got its start in 2010 and is based in Miami. The one in Florida. Please try and keep up. At one time, the stated business plan of Virgin Hotels was to “acquire distressed properties in North America cheaply,” and that’s the scenario which has unfolded at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Fun fact: Las Vegas has long been associated with the word “virgin.” Note: We are...

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O.J. Simpson LOVES Vegas, Ditches Florida Plans

What commits crimes in Vegas, stays in Vegas … at least, when it comes to O.J. Simpson.  The Juice has officially scratched pre-prison release plans to move to Florida because he’s fallen in love with Sin City, and the fact that he gets to play…...

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Mon Ami Gabi Takes a Poke at Paid Parking

How far things have come in Las Vegas. Paid parking is now the norm, and at least one Strip restaurant is attempting to use customer frustration about the “new normal” as a marketing tool. Mon Ami Gabi, a popular restaurant at Paris Las Vegas, is openly offering a deal to help customers offset their parking fees. Las Vegas restaurants listen to their customers, and many are saying a sentence with just three letters, “WTF?” Sometimes followed by “bro.” Mon Ami Gabi is offering guests $20 off their bill (with a $40 minimum purchase). It’s a fairly standard discount, but the marketing hook is what’s new in Las Vegas. While casinos are doing great business, we’ve heard anecdotally restaurants, shows and retail stores inside casino resorts have taken a hit due to the roll-out of paid parking. There are still a few Las Vegas casinos where parking is free, but the majority aren’t on the Las Vegas Strip. It would be funnier if it were inaccurate. These Strip casinos still have free parking: Tropicana, Planet Hollywood, Treasure Island, Venetian and Palazzo, Casino Royale, Circus Circus, SLS Las Vegas and Stratosphere. Our favorite way to bypass parking fees is to get the MGM Resorts credit card. The M Life Rewards Master Card bumps players up to a loyalty club tier where parking is free. Caesars Entertainment’s credit card does the same...

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Squeeze Juice Bar Closes at Linq Promenade

Squeeze Juice Bar at Linq promenade, which opened in 2014, has closed. Squeeze specialized in fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies as well as mimosas, sangria, margaritas, mojitos. Apparently, the fruit-based bar didn’t have enough appeal. We have no idea if the liquor-infused libations at Squeeze were actually healthier than their non-fresh counterparts, but we know a number of people who quite enjoyed the place. The Watermelon Margaritas were particularly beloved. We hope you find another gig soon, juice guy. Reasons for the closure of Squeeze Juice Bar haven’t been made public, but the general rule is: Successful things don’t close in Las Vegas. And, yes, that rule even applies to Britney Spears. It’s unknown what will replace Squeeze Juice Bar, but the space is in a prime location in the Linq promenade. It’s the first thing guests see as they enter the shopping mall from Las Vegas Blvd. Thanks to Ryan H. on the Twitters for the tip on the closure of Squeeze. [Read More...

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