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Lots of fun stuff has been happening downtown lately. But, "happening" and Binion's don't usually get mentioned in the same news article. Perhaps that is about to change as we are seeing (small) signs of life from the rusty old Horseshoe.
Last month, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline tried to check into Binion’s Hotel for a raunchy bachelor party. Alas, they were turned away as the hotel was closed for renovations. Or, so claimed a character in the "Hangover for senior citizens" movie, Last Vegas. Back in 2011, Binion’s claimed the same thing when SyFy channel’s Haunted Collector showed up to investigate paranormal activity on the property. We saw no ghosts and no proof of a renovation (although, we did get a peek at the old rooms and that was pretty neat).
This week, as the newest issue of Southwest Airline’s Spirit magazine stated that “a closed Fremont Street hotel tower” might be converted to residences for Zappos employees, we’re seeing a little activity at the former Mint/Horseshoe. As Binion’s announced via their Facebook page late last month, new carpeting is being installed throughout the casino. We got a glimpse of it this past weekend and the black-and-red floral pattern is a much needed (albeit familiar looking) improvement.
It wasn't that long ago that we were remarking that we were surprised it was still open. But, now there's something even more surprising to report about the King's Ransom Elvis exhibit at Binion's. It's now free.
After opening in August after a series of Vegas delays, the downtown "museum" had been charging folks $10 admission in order to see "personal treasures" of the King, from clothing and jewelry to the last car he ever purchased. But, a few days ago, the attraction announced that entry will now be complimentary to its Facebook fans:
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A year ago, we culled a list of 15 spots, surprisingly, still open. A list partial tongue-in-cheek, partial kudos and a whole lotta shock. In drafting a 2013 follow-up, if
Mr. Pappagiorgio hadn't taken a vacation and we'd published just two weeks ago, we would've looked like bonafide geniuses. Goretorium and Heraea are two spots that would've topped the list and have just shut their doors. The Las Vegas Zoo may have even made the cut if we'd looked far enough away from The Strip and downtown. Timing is everything, after all. But, we're up to a challenge and are ready to callout less easy pickin's.
Our latest VegasChatter Question comes from reader John H. who was desperate to get lucky (hot tamales) in Vegas:
"Quick question, the candy cable car located in the back of Binion's has long been a destination for every one of my 4-6 yearly trips to Las Vegas. I think most people were unaware the candy was lucky, especially the hot tamales. I noticed back in June, when the King's Ransom was under construction, the cable car was gone. I had hoped it would reappear but I was unable to locate it last weekend. Any idea where it went? I need my lucky hot tamales!"
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We joke that VegasChatter has become more like Vegas(Scaffolding)Chatter, but it's one of those yuks where you sort of grimace and shake your head as you say it. So, it's probably no surprise that seven of these eight updates involve, you guessed it, construction. Here's the latest news you can use (or not) from Las Vegas Boulevard to Fremont Street. The plus side is, no hard hat is required!
1. Work It Out For Free
We've been so focused on the tasty bites, yummy drinks and comfy outdoor patio of Four Seasons' new lobby bar, PRESS -- and with good reason, we might add -- that we failed to notice the sweet workstation set-up inside.
Ghost of Vegas Past be warned. Las Vegas Paracon is headed to downtown in late August.
The conference, now in its second year, brings paranormal experts to Sin City and allows enthusiasts the chance to not only meet the celebrities they see on television (from shows such as Ghost Hunters), but also follow them on a few "investigations" at Binion's.
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A King's Ransom awaits.. for those who can wait.
Binion's forthcoming Elvis Presley exhibit was due to open last Thursday. And, then on Friday. But, unfortunately, it has now become yet another Vegas delay. This message was shared with Facebook fans on the 5th:
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We've previously mentioned The King's Ransom, the long gone Elvis Presley exhibit at the Imperial Palace, whenever we've pondered why there's so few local tributes to the King. Michael Jackson is our new king of pop culture. But, fear not, the King's Ransom is back. And, heading downtown.
Binion's will host an updated version of the former touring exhibit and the creators are talking like it'll become a permanent home for this collection. Where exactly in Binion's? We don't yet know. We'll need to talk a walk around.
Doesn't it seem like reports from Downtown Vegas are a daily, non-stop series of new project announcements? Ready for another one?
While Binion's Gambling Hall added the Whisky Liquor Bar last March and, more recently, a gift shop, there have been tales of a major property renovation on the way ever since the hotel and coffee shop closed four years ago. Many of the sensible rumors suggested fixes to the mothballed pre-2009 areas of the building. Sounds like we've all been looking in the wrong place.
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Suckers for Reality TV. VegasChatter and any Vegas-based show sitting in a tree. You know the drill. We eat, sleep, and drink it. Last year, we even pitched a casino reality show starring Binion's. It seems TLC
stole focused that idea into a show solely shot at the downtown casino.
Casino Confidential premieres Thursday, April 4 for an initial six-episode run. The show promises to capture stories of "unruly high rollers, all-night party goers, and bachelor parties gone rogue" from the perspective of casino staff. Judging by the below trailer, the show looks two parts American Casino and The Casino, one part Binion's storied past, and marinated with plenty of Vegas Strip.
The former valet area at Binion's is a bit of a ghost town since the casino sent the valets home for good a couple years ago. The one constant has been the presence of the the very Binion's-specific, long-horned limo parked in front an elevator. Guests who self-park are likely to pass it each time they enter the casino. Those who stick to Fremont may have seen it periodically decorated and displayed out front before it was put in park out back.
Other than admiring and being tempted to stroke the horns without raising the ire of either the ghosts of Binion's or security, we knew little of the history of ol' Bessie. Our name for Binion's limo (not to be confused with Benny Binion's limo) since she has to be a Bessie, yes?
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A well-sourced tipster tells us the downtown casino is seriously considering the addition of a second outdoor bar (a la Whiskey Licker) closer to the east side of the property.