Caesars could have released information that Brooklyn Bowl was opening to a music blog like Brooklyn Vegan or Pitchfork. Instead the information was released to local press who had to do some digging to discover just what to expect. The ho-hum response to bowling on The Strip is understood, but promoting a concert venue with good food, drink and bowling isn't nearly as lame.
This beer drinker wants to know if Brooklyn Bowl will bring their neighbors, Brooklyn Brewery, west or if they will use local brewer, like Tenaya Creek, as its fresh brew. The real test with Brooklyn Bowl will be if they can bring good music to Las Vegas.
The same could be said for releasing news of Sprinkles Cupcakes. Sprinkles coming to Las Vegas three years ago may have been cool, but now it's just another post-hipster-now-way-too-mainstream bakery that even Honey Boo Boo enjoys. So, what if it's not cutting edge? It's a cupcake joint! Besides, Caesars' customer base is 50+ years old and they don't need new and cutting edge. Sprinkles is probably new to them. Sugar Factory isn't exactly cutting edge for sweets, but it's locations are always crowded.
Taking a look at The Linq from another way, one can say that Caesars is actually creating a retail area on The Strip that suits their clientele perfectly.
Yard House really sums up the potential for The Linq being awesome, yet unspectacular. What beer drinker is going to complain about a new bar/restaurant coming to The Strip with a couple hundred beers on tap? None. Especially one that has multiple happy hours per day. Sure, Yard House is a chain and the mediocre mall food isn't anything special, but there's nothing bad there. The two other Las Vegas locations are always crowded and isn't that what Caesars wants?
It is possible to spin a positive for almost every retailer coming to The Linq -- even F.A.M.E. which has the most lame K-Pop video to promote their inclusion in The Linq. Rather than look at The Linq as boring, this writer would rather look at the good he'll get from The Linq. Ultimately, we have no say in the tenants until The Linq is open. If it's meh, we can take our dollars elsewhere.