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Five Quickie Snapshot Updates From Around The Strip

February 20, 2013 at 11:13 PM | by | ()

A failed trip to check out the new Citizens Kitchen at Mandalay Bay for breakfast didn't satisfy our hunger (we ended up at Raffles Cafe, sad face), but it did provide us with several new updates to share. The first we learned the hard way -- the newly opened, 24/7 Citizens turns away new guests for about 45-60 minutes between breakfast and lunch service. You can probably guess what time we happened to arrive. A rep says they're working out some transitional kinks in the kitchen and hope to eliminate that closure within the next few weeks. Until then, stay away from around 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

After breakfast, we journeyed down The Strip and made the following discoveries:

Rollin' with the homies... by Hakkasan.

Hakkasan, that five-story restaurant-slash-lounge-slash-nightclub coming to MGM Grand, still won't say when it's opening exactly, but there's at least a sign for it now. And, some patterned ironwork. And, a big a** video screen.

A bit further down the Strip, Twin Peaks breastaurant at Harmon Corner is ticking along towards an early March opening after several postponements. We finally spied a sign while driving by on Wednesday. Its top four attractions in order of importance: scantily clad LumberJills, 29-degree frosted beer mugs, 87 TVs and rock climbing walls. It'll officially open on March 4.

At TI we parked and discovered that the Starbucks across from Mystere is getting a makeover. A red curtain is meant to keep changes under wraps; but, as you can see, super curious peeping Toms won't have a problem scoping them out. No word on when it reopens. Multiple signs direct folks to the Strip-side Starbucks for their caffeine fix until it does.

And, a quick tram ride over to The Mirage, revealed a giant brown construction wall for Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak, opening sometime this summer. On our walk by, nary a construction sound drifted out from within its borders. The steakhouse will replace kokomo's. It should be noted that the lobby bar that fronts the space is still in operation.

(PHOTOS: VegasChatter)

Archived Comments:

At Mirage

Any word on what might take the spot of BB Kings Blues Restaurant that was over by the elevators?


No, not a peep yet. I walked by and the marquee was down and the entry blocked by a sign stating its closure. The interior looked the same, though.