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Male Exploitation Is 'On The Rise' In Vegas

Where: 301 Fremont Street [map], 89101
July 17, 2015 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

When the former Fitzgerald’s Casino was renamed The D, many wondered if that new monicker stood for “Downtown”. Or perhaps “Detroit”, where owners Greg and Derek Stevens grew up. Starting this month, that fourth letter could also represent “Daring”, “Down Under”, or perhaps “Daily Dose of Derriere”, with the July 31 premiere of "Aussie Hunks".

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Hussong's Cantina Opens Summerlin Location

Where: 740 S. Rampart Blvd. #7 [map], 89145
July 17, 2015 at 1:51 PM | by | Comments (5)

When I heard Hussong’s Cantina was expanding to Boca Park, I was glad it was not heading into the “cursed” spot that used to house restaurants including Hannah’s, Sea Stone and Hotel California. The Hotel California folks even brought in a shaman to burn sage sticks when it opened, in hopes of cleansing the space. No joke. I still have a mini sage stick from the opening in my kitchen’s junk drawer. Alas, that concept didn’t last long and it’s now an animal hospital.

The ethereal-looking tequila selection above the bar.

Hussong’s isn’t in that location. Phew. As a fan of the Mandalay Place location of the Mexican cantina, I was eager to see how it translated to the ‘burbs. The concept isn’t quite the same as the Strip location, which is a typical full-service restaurant and bar. This Summerlin location is more of a hybrid fast-casual restaurant with a full-service bar.

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Bellagio To Get Even More Italian (and More Luxe) With a New Valentino Store

July 16, 2015 at 9:15 PM | by | Comments (3)

The Bellagio is not short on luxury designer stores as it's already home to a Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Prada, Hermes and a Harry Winston, but there's apparently room for one more--Valentino, an Italian fashion house.

A VegasChatter spy who was ambling through the property today told us that the super secret lobby project the hotel is working on has been revealed to be a Valentino store near the bell desk. Typically, the really high-end luxury stores are on the Via Bellagio but this one will be closer to the Bellagio's entrance. The construction walls have just gone up with the Valentino name but we don't have a timeline on the opening.

Valentino already has two other stores in Las Vegas--at The Forum Shops and The Shops at The Crystals--so we wonder if they will drop one of those. Or maybe demand for the brand's signature "Rockstud" shoes (retailing for nearly $1,000) and handbags (retailing for $3,000) really warrants a third store. We'll find out soon enough.

[Photo: Valentino/Facebook]

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Another Update on The Slowly But Surely Disappearing Harmon Hotel

July 16, 2015 at 6:47 PM | by | Comments (12)

A lot can change in a few weeks, especially in Turnover Sin City. And a lot more of the Harmon Hotel has disappeared in a few weeks too.

Above is what the Harmon Hotel looked like in mid-June. And here's what it looks like this week, thanks to these drive-by snapshots from VegasChatter's man on the streets, @PaperPoster.

Looks like this hotel will be gone in another few weeks' time.

[Photos: Greg C and @PaperPoster]

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Just One Dish: Traditional Potato Cakes At Ri Ra

Where: 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89119
July 16, 2015 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (3)

Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.

I love Irish music and the vibe at Mandalay Place’s Irish pub Ri Ra makes it one of my favorite spots even if I’m not the traditional Irish pub fan, at least food and drink-wise. I don’t care for Guinness nor bangers, but I’m all about the mash…ed potatoes that is. Ri Ra’s Traditional Potato Cakes appetizer ($10) is one of my favorites.

Served as two large patties on top of fancy lettuce, this appetizer eats like a meal. It’s much more of a fried mashed potato concept that something crispy all the way through like hash browns. While crispy on the edges, the soft texture inside is a nice contrast. Filled with potatoes, Irish (duh) cheddar and green onions, this dish covers all of the major bar food groups: potatoes, fried stuff and cheese.

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Off Strip Dining: Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

July 16, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

You may be familiar with the Blue Ribbon brand name from their restaurants in New York, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill at the Cosmopolitan or their food service at Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq.

Blue Ribbon is known for creative menus and quality food, but the dish they’re known for at all of their locations is fried chicken. Now they’ve taken their fried chicken to the Las Vegas suburbs and opened Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken at Downtown Summerlin.

Downtown Summerlin is evolving from being a just another shopping center to being a dining destination with excellent options ranging from quick serve restaurants like Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken to fine dining like Andiron Steak to simple desserts like Gelato Messina.

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Green Valley Ranch Goes Back to The 80s with 'Flashback Features'

July 16, 2015 at 11:53 AM | by | Comments (2)

It’s not often I can say “totally tubular” and mean it both literally and in that choice 80s slang way. Thank you, Flashback Features, for giving me this one in a million opportunity.

Green Valley Ranch is getting in on the “movies at the pool” game that the Cosmopolitan has successfully capitalized on for the past few summers. Unlike the Cosmo, GVR is going all 80s all the time. Gnarly!

Entry is free. Belvedere drink specials are $5 which is choice, but if they had Tab and Zima ready to go, it would be even more to the max!

Take the day off with Ferris Bueller on 7/26. Do The Truffle Shuffle with The Goonies on 8/2. Get your Molly Ringwald fix with Pretty In Pink on 8/9. Visit Wally World with The Griswolds in National Lampoon’s Vacation on 8/16. Rev up your Mr. Fusion to 1.21 gigawatts so you activate your flux capacitor and reach warp speed at 88 mph with Back To The Future on 9/6. The full schedule is available here:

It’s time to put on your best pair of Jams, hit the pool , and watch some righteous flicks. Remember. No guts. No glory.

[Photo: Green Valley Ranch/Facebook]

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Two Old Games Get a New Look at The Palazzo

July 15, 2015 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (2)

(Example of the LED Money Wheel, the dealer yelled and waved at us not to take photos on site)

The Palazzo recently debuted a couple of new table games on their casino floor. The casino game concepts aren’t new but their physical presentation is. The two games are an LED Money Wheel and the Chinese game Sic Bo. Both are very very bright and are manufactured by TCSJOHNHUXLEY.

The Palazzo is the only casino on the Vegas Strip that has this LED Money Wheel. The new LED Money Wheel is played similar to other any other Big Six Money Wheel you’ve seen in casinos, but it incorporates the latest illuminated technology, providing eye-catching attract modes with a flexible range of graphics to suit any casino interior or theme. Not only is the wheel brightly lit but the slots on the wheel change colors. The wheel really stands out in the cavernous and dimly lit casino floor of The Palazzo.

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There's Still No Word On When The Riviera Will Be Imploded

Where: 2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
July 15, 2015 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (9)

We recently received an email from reader Ckkrafty inquiring about the closed but not forgotten, Riviera. He asked:

Is there any word yet on when the buildings might be imploded? Spent many a fun night gambling there and stayed over on its final night May 4th and 5th. I would like to plan ahead to be there for the final goodbye. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated!

We reached out to a couple sources, but sadly there still is no actual date set for the implosion of the famous landmark. At first we heard whispers of the big bang happening at the beginning of the summer, but that obviously didn't happen. Then we heard the implosion could happen at the end of the summer, but now we're hearing it may get pushed back to the end of the year. But we don't know for sure.

We will definitely keep you updated on the implosion date so you can go about planning your implosion parties. But if any of you have deep connections within the implosion community, let us know what you've heard in comments below!

[Photo: Greg C.]

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A Look at The WSOP's November Nine

July 15, 2015 at 1:32 PM | by | Comments (11)

The World Series of Poker Main Event started July 5, with 6,420 players. They each paid the $10,000 buy-in which created a total prize pool of $60,348,000.

After a little more than a week of poker action, the WSOP has reached the final table of its marquee event, otherwise known as the November Nine. The final nine players will return to the Rio on November 8 for a chance to win the $7,680,021 first-place prize and a WSOP gold bracelet. But these players are already sort of winners since a spot in the November Nine guarantees a payday of at least $1,001,020 (that goes to the 9th place finisher).

So who are these lucky nine players? Below is a look at each November Nine player, their seat assignments and their chip count. Not on the list? Popular poker pro, Daniel Negreanu, who busted out just before making the final table. He finished 11th.

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Monte Carlo to Get a New 5,000-Seat Theater

July 15, 2015 at 10:47 AM | by | Comments (19)

It's not a new name, but it is a new venue.

MGM Resorts just announced plans for a new 5,000-seat theater at Monte Carlo, opening at the end of 2016. This new theater will be adjacent to The Park and the 20,000-seat Las Vegas Arena, going up in between Monte Carlo and New York-New York and which will open in mid-2016. Here are some excerpts from the official press release:

The new concert venue will amplify the vibrant entertainment district taking shape on the west side of the Las Vegas Strip with a robust calendar featuring special engagements by many of the music industry’s most-celebrated performers.

Unique to the market, the theater will offer dynamic seating that allows for easy transformation into multiple configurations, reflecting the flexibility of the space.

The construction of this new theater means that its current occupants--Blue Man Group--will be moving out. Blue Man Group will return to Luxor, where it first debuted in Vegas, and Jabbawockeez, which previously resided at Monte Carlo, will head to MGM Grand inside the newly renovated theater at Beacher's Madhouse. No word yet on whether another type of show or artist will have a residency in the new theater but we bet that will be announced closer to opening.

Well, at least it's not another CVS.

UPDATE: Here is the official project description filed with the city and a map to look at.

[Renderings: MGM Resorts]

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Just One Dish: Brussels Sprout Hearts at Cleo

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
July 14, 2015 at 7:10 PM | by | Comments (2)

Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.

After hearing from my vegetarian friends how delicious Cleo at SLS was, this omnivore was quite curious. When I go out for a nice meal, it’s either Italian or a typical steakhouse dinner of steak and some sides. Potatoes are a vegetable, right? I do love most vegetables but I wouldn’t normally choose a restaurant just for its veggie reputation.

I’m so glad I went out of my comfort zone because the meal I had at Cleo, which was recently sold to The One Group, was easily one of the ten best I’ve had in Vegas over a decade of overeating here. While the seasonal mushroom flatbread, spanakopita and mushrooms with puffed rice all were worth returning for on their own, the Brussels Sprouts Hearts from the mezze section of the menu were surprisingly great. They are $9 for a fairly large bowl that was a good size to share with a friend.

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