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Elvis fans need to head over to Binion’s soon to view some of the entertainer's prized possessions before they leave town. Vital Vegas and Las Vegas Advisor have discovered that the King is about to leave the building.
We all have that friend who claims to have a water bottle from Bono or a pen Katy Perry touched. (We all have friends like that, right? No? Just us?) In fact, this writer is in possession of an earplug from Benji Madden of Good Charlotte. I know, kind of gross, but what’s a diehard fan to do? And, when it comes to diehard fans, Elvis’ are among the most loyal.
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This one's been a long time coming, but Binion's has finally begun work on a second Fremont-side bar.
We shared the rumor that Binion's might be providing us with another way to liquor in the front before we poker in the rear almost a year ago. This morning, VegasChatter reader Charlie U. let us know that the Cowgirl Up Cantina is officially on the way.
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The new, improved and larger cafe made its debut on Friday. We stopped by on Saturday and found hungry patrons once again claiming stools at the counter and filling tables, too.
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It won't be long now before Binion's reveals an all-new cafe.
Our @sammasseur stopped in for a peek at the renovation underway (as well as a bite inside its temporary location downstairs) earlier this week and found rust-colored paint on the walls and a brick-lined facade taking shape. Sam's cashier reports that the re-opening should be a week, week and a half away.
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Binion's is still in the process of remodeling its cafe, but a new menu has already debuted. Downstairs. In the old coffeeshop. Where the new temporary Binion's Cafe can now be found. Got it?
The cafe was moved into the shuttered coffee shop space two weeks ago so big things could happen in the space where it was. And, will return to. Oy. If you're still with us, it gets easier from here.
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Binion's isn't renovating its hotel rooms (yet?) but it is giving its cafe a big revamp that will include more square footage.
A renovation is underway that will double the cafe's size. The expanded space should debut around the first week of March, according to Binion's Facebook page. In the meantime, folks can now find cafe fare downstairs in Binion's old coffeeshop which has been closed since 2009. The downtown casino shuttered its 365-room hotel tower a year later.
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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.