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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 73: The Latest in Vegas WTF

Find Search for: Despite a quarter million downloads under our belt, we’re still not sure you should listen to our podcast. Fair warning. If you do, you’ll hear news and opinions and quite possibly things that will get us sued. The things we do for you. In this episode, we share our experiences at three new downtown restaurants: Eureka on Fremont East (pictured below), Flock & Fowl at the Ogden and Good Pie at Pawn Plaza. Eureka’s management informed us we couldn’t take photos inside the restaurant. Eureka’s management can suck it. We round up all the latest scoop about Steve Wynn and his mind-boggling fall from grace in recent weeks, including news about what Wynn Resorts projects are likely to move forward (Wynn Paradise Park, but without a hotel) and which could be shelved. We’ve also got exclusives about Lucky Dragon and SLS Las Vegas. Somebody has to. Have exclusives. In case that wasn’t clear. This lowly podcast has all the skinny you need to stay in the loop about what’s opening when (The Drew Las Vegas), who’s building what (MSG Sphere) and what else is coming down the pike (upgrades to the Fremont Street Experience). Mark our words, the MSG Sphere is going to put somebody’s eye out. The Vital Vegas Podcast has “vital” right in the title, so kick back, push the play button and long...

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SLS Buyer Alex Meruelo Could Also Acquire Lucky Dragon

You want scoop, you’ve got it. We’re hearing Alex Meruelo, buyer of SLS Las Vegas, is working on a deal to acquire the ailing Lucky Dragon. A source shares that Meruelo goes before gaming next week related the SLS sale, but is expected to also express his intention to buy the Lucky Dragon. The potential of SLS and Lucky Dragon being owned by the same company opens up some fascinating possibilities. Lucky Dragon closed its casino and restaurants in Jan. 2018, and was supposed to go on the auction block on Feb. 6, but the auction was pushed back to Feb. 22, 2018. That new date could very well have been impacted by discussions between Lucky Dragon, its lenders and Meruelo Group. In an interesting twist, it was the closure of Lucky Dragon that apparently shook loose the stalled sale of SLS. Dibs on this guy. Again. The sale of SLS has been a tad bumpy, with investor lawsuits flying and the powerful Culinary Union taking jabs at Alex Meruelo because he might oust the union as a cost-saving measure. In SLS news, a source with direct access to SLS insiders says the rebranded resort is likely to be called Grand Sahara. It’s believed all the existing SLS restaurants will be out when the new ownership takes over, with an eye toward mirroring amenities of Grand Sierra Resort in...

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Longtime Vegas Resident, Performer Marty Allen Dies at 95

As a comedian, Marty Allen saw it all and did it all. Now, he’s yucking it up in the great beyond. Allen, a longtime Las Vegas resident and frequent performer, has died at 95. We bumped into Marty Allen often here in Vegas, as he stayed active until very recently. His distinctive eyes and hair made him impossible to miss. Marty Allen used a custom cane fashioned from a baseball bat. Here, he attends an event on Fremont Street to honor veterans in Nov. 2015. To many, Marty Allen was best-known as half of the comedy team of Allen & Rossi. Which probably sounds like we’re speaking in tongues to millennials, but trust us, he was very popular. Marty Allen’s career spanned decades, starting in the 1950s. One of Marty Allen’s claims to fame was he appeared 44 times on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Allen later became a staple on game shows like “Password” and “Hollywood Squares.” Most importantly, though, Marty Allen performed on the Las Vegas Strip on a regular basis for a good portion of his life. Here’s a look at some of his shtick. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkdK5f9f43c We honestly have no idea why Marty Allen’s passing has struck such a nerve with us. Maybe it’s because he chose Las Vegas as his favorite place to live and work. Maybe it’s because of his mischievous comedic persona. Maybe it’s...

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Fontainebleau Will Be The Drew Las Vegas, Strip’s First JW Marriott

The abandoned Fontainebleau project has been given another shot at success, this time with the name The Drew Las Vegas. Yes, The Drew. We had the same reaction, but it will presumably have a casino, so we’ll cut them some slack. Fontainebleau will now be named after the past tense of “draw.” Developers say The Drew will open in 2020, a partnership between real estate firm Witkoff and Marriott International. Construction was halted on Fontainebleau in 2009 due to the economic downturn, and because Las Vegas occasionally needs failures to make its successes all the more impressive. The building was about 70% complete when work stopped, and Fontainebleau has been a running gag ever since. No, really, this is the last time we’ll share this. As we were the first to report, Fontainebleau was sold in August 2017 for $600 million to Witkoff and another real estate firm, New Valley. The resort is located across from Circus Circus, next to the former Riviera casino, currently a parking lot. Yep, that former Riviera. The Drew Las Vegas will be at left. The Drew Las Vegas (we’re going to keep repeating it until the wooziness subsides) will have 4,000 rooms and 500,000 square feet of convention and meeting space. Plans for The Drew also include entertainment, nightlife, retail and dining venues, including an aspirational 20 restaurant options. The Drew will mark...

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