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Which Casino Will Be The Next One to Change or (Gasp!) Close?

May 13, 2015 at 6:37 PM | by | Comments (45)

Only in Vegas are closings just as big as openings, especially when implosions are involved. So we have to wonder, who's next?

In 2011, one of the legendary icons of the Vegas Strip,The Sahara, closed its doors to transform into the SLS Las Vegas.

Recently another historic hotel and casino on the Vegas Strip closed its doors. But unlike the Sahara, Riviera won’t be renovated and a new casino resort won't take its place. Instead, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has purchased the Riv and will demolish it to expand the convention center once the insides are sold off in a liquidation sale.

Now, Monte Carlo name looks to be next on the chopping block. MGM Resorts is currently renovating the hotel and according to VegasInc, is mulling a new name to go with the new look.

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Hooters Casino Hotel Will Get a New Name, But Which One Will It Be?

May 11, 2015 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (14)

Hooters is not just sagging, it's going away for good.

A few weeks ago, we gave you the scoop from employees at the long-suffering Hooters Casino Hotel--that Hooters would partner up with Holiday Inn and that the entire property would be renovated to fit the Holiday Inn brand standards.

Indeed the sale of Hooters Casino has gone through (for about $53.8 million to the Trinity Hotel Investments of New York. But Johnny Kats of the Las Vegas Sun says the hotel may not turn into a Holiday Inn. Kats reports:

Trinity, which is expected to change the Hooters name, has entered into partnerships with hotels operated by such resort companies as Crown Plaza, DoubleTree By Hilton and Holiday Inn. It is expected, though not yet verified, that the last company will take over the property — but not under the Holiday Inn brand.

FWIW, Holiday Inn is a part of the InterContinental Hotel Group which also has Crowne Plaza, Candlewood Suites and Hotel Indigo as part of their company.

So, no motel hotel Holiday Inn for Las Vegas? Perhaps that's a good thing. But given Trinity's history of partnering up with budget select service brands similar to Holiday Inn, we wouldn't hope for something super flashy.

Meanwhile, there will still be plenty of Hooters in Las Vegas. VegasChatter member PaperPoster submitted these snaps of the Hooters under construction at The Palms.

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The Day That Classic Vegas Died: Riviera's Final Dawn

Where: 2901 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV [map], 89109
May 5, 2015 at 4:31 PM | by | Comments (26)

Look closely at the photograph above. It seems fitting that Riviera Hotel Casino's Diamond Jubilee display should end up this way, with the word "Classic" being shattered into pieces. One could easily visualize that a mini wrecking ball had come through, perhaps to drive home the fate of this iconic and legendary resort.

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Au Revoir Riviera: Some Snapshots of the Casino's Last Day

May 4, 2015 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (8)

Well, the day has come. No, not "May the 4th Be With You" (although that's happening for you Star Wars nerds today too.) No, we're talking about saying goodbye to another long-standing casino on the Strip.

Although The Riviera's closure hasn't warranted the tears and outrage that came with the closing of The Sahara, it's still a sad day on an already sad end of the Las Vegas Strip.

VegasChatter resident lensman Greg C. has snapped a few shots of the nearly emptied-out joint yesterday. We'll have more updates on the last moments inside The Riv for you tomorrow.

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Riviera Closure Almost Here, But(t) First: A Crazy Girls Update

April 29, 2015 at 7:49 PM | by | Comments (4)

With the shutter of the Riviera just days away (doors close at noon on Monday), at least one of its resident shows has found a new home.

The Las Vegas Sun is reporting Crazy Girls will live to see another cheeky (ahem) day with an agreement in place to appear center Strip at Planet Hollywood. Vegas gossip Robin Leach reports the long-running show will take over the Sin City Theater beginning May 13.

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UPDATED: At Plaza, Louie Anderson's Run Is Over

Where: 1 South Main Street [map], 89101
March 30, 2015 at 11:56 PM | by | Comments (5)

Unfortunately, a succinct headline will have to do, for now at least, when it comes to Louie Anderson's departure from the Plaza.

VegasChatter Facebook fan Johnny K. first alerted us to the possibility the comedian's run at the downtown casino may be over last week. We were able to confirm it today through two separate enquiries. The reason why, however, is a mystery right now. We've emailed Anderson's management for a statement.

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Comme Ca Closing At Cosmo

Where: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 17, 2015 at 11:21 AM | by | Comments (6)

The Cosmopolitan's dining choices have remained unchanged since it first debuted in December 2010. Soon, that will change.

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Zooming In On Riviera's 'Secret' Pool

Where: 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
March 13, 2015 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (20)

VegasChatter readers have been quite busy sharing their opinions of the soon-to-be-gone Riviera. While some see it as an eyesore that's long overdue for implosion, others recognize it as a symbol of what Las Vegas once was: an era of impeccable glamour, service, splendor and class.

Behind the walls of the neon-clad Riviera are rooms filled with forgotten relics, collectibles and pieces of history, many waiting to be rediscovered (check out Ebay if you doubt their value). Members of the staff are rushing to identify and catalog everything they find, hoping to archive all of it before the May 4th closure. But, there's one enormous treasure they won't be able to pack up and store away. It's so large, in fact, that it can be seen from space... or at least via Google Earth. We're talking about Riviera's "secret" rooftop pool.

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Riviera Relics Are Waiting For You On eBay

March 10, 2015 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (2)

With Riviera’s death knell tolling in less than two months, it’s time to start scooping up trinkets and items that will let the property’s memory live on even after its doors close May 4. While some are visiting the hotel itself in search of souvenirs, we turned to eBay to see what items are up for bid. We found a plethora of ashtrays and oh-so-stylish jean jackets plus matchbooks galore. Here are a few of the more interesting items you might want to scoop up while you still can:

The Riv will hardly make it to its 60th anniversary, but you can remember its 50th with this gold medallion necklace for $19.95 (pictured above). If wrist jewelry is more your style, you can get a Riviera watch but the seller couldn’t be troubled to take a non-blurry photo so it’s anyone’s guess what condition it’s in. The seller already admits it’s not working and needs to be cleaned. That non-functioning relic could be yours for $17.95.

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A VegasChatter Reader Drops By Riviera One Final Time

Where: 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
March 9, 2015 at 1:08 PM | by | Comments (19)

As Riviera draws closer to its closure, many Las Vegas tourists and residents alike are finding time to drop by for one last time.

The iconic north Strip hotel-casino will close at noon on May 4 after being sold to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for $191 million in February.

Over the weekend, a VegasChatter reader made his pilgrimage and shared what he found:

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Simon And Kerry's Gourmet Burgers To Close This Spring

March 2, 2015 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (9)

Chef Kerry Simon is closing the doors at two of his Las Vegas restaurants this spring. Simon has been battling debilitating Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). The incurable disease has rendered Simon unable to speak or eat normally and has confined him to a wheelchair.

As their leases expire this spring, Simon Restaurant and Lounge at Palms Place and KGB (Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers) at Harrah’s will close. Simon’s other restaurants in Palm Springs, Chicago, Los Angeles and the Dominican Republic plus Carson Kitchen in downtown Las Vegas will remain open.

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Hooters Says Bye Bye To Poker

Where: 115 East Tropicana Avenue [map], 89109
March 2, 2015 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (7)

Without much fanfare, Hooters closed their poker room area Saturday night.

The off-Strip resort debuted its small, three table offering back in 2006, right in the middle of the "poker boom" when casinos in Las Vegas and across the country were opening poker rooms left and right. Poker always seemed to be somewhat of an afterthought at Hooters, as they never really had a legitimate room, more like a sectioned off little corner of the casino devoted to the game. Despite its lack of status as a must-visit destination for card players, poker did manage to chug along at Hooters for nearly ten years. There is no word yet on what the casino has in store for the area.

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