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The Cosmopolitan's dining choices have remained unchanged since it first debuted in December 2010. Soon, that will change.
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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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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.
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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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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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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For some, it might mean a trip to enjoy a few more hands of $1 blackjack. For others, it will mean loading quarters into a few more pinball machines, or being entertained by some Crazy Girls. Others will book their final (or first) stay. If you'd like to lay claim to being among the hotel's final guests, there's still availability.
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VegasChatter photographer Greg Clarke snapped the above image just before Clarion's implosion earlier this month. A random juxtaposition at the time, the photo is now strangely prophetic. It's not yet known when Riviera will become a pile of rubble, too, after a sale of the property to the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Authority became official on Friday, but we now know the exact moment it will lock its doors forever.
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Is Flamingo launching an intensive top-to-bottom overhaul which will bring more room updates? Or, is what's happening around the center Strip hotel-casino meant to update, but not overdo? The big picture over at Flamingo is still unknown, but one thing's certain -- this dirty bird is molting.
Yesterday, the resort's Tropical Breeze Cafe marked its last day of service while the Paradise Garden Buffet scaled back hours last month to just 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Now, VegasChatter fan Jeff C. brings us our latest report on Flamingo, complete with images captured this past weekend.
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Another gay club in Las Vegas has run its course. Liaison Nightclub at Bally’s didn’t even make it to the year mark. There was much excitement about its opening last June when it took over the temporary space Drai’s Afterhours occupied before reopening at The Cromwell. But, even with club guru Victor Drai's guidance and an impressive lineup of LGBTQ celebs, the club closed its doors last night.
The news comes as no surprise to many. We had heard rumblings of unhappy employees and fans alike. The club was rarely full and cut back its nights of operation soon after opening.
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