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The weekend is calling, but before we head out, two interesting tidbits to share in regards to Future Vegas.
The local FOX affiliate is reporting a groundbreaking ceremony will take place for Resorts World May 5. Construction on the multi-billion dollar resort by Genting was due to have begun last summer. Resorts World would take over the failed Echelon project by Boyd Gaming. The land was once home to the iconic Stardust.
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With less than two months to go to its debut, MGM Resorts' City of Rock continues to take shape across from the SLS on the north Strip. The outdoor festival grounds will launch in May with the two-weekend, mega-concert event, Rock in Rio, set to take place May 8-9 and 15-16.
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The Mirage is building a new dream experience. We know this because it says so right on the construction wall.
Where poker was once the only name of the game will rise two new drinking spots, Center Bar and Parlor Lounge. Since an official announcement has yet to be made, here's what we can surmise from those same construction wraps:
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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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Over the past year, Binion’s has been quietly making small changes to its casino (the hotel remains closed). It's updated some of its dining options and bars as well. Already this year, Binion’s added $1 Throwback Thursday blackjack to draw attention. The next phase of renovations and additions will be a cigar lounge.
The front of Fashion Show Mall is getting a redesign, but it looks like the familiar “spaceship” feature will remain. A recent walk by the façade’s construction area shows some progress, but no more hints about what’s to come, other than the vague sign saying “exciting new dining destinations.”
From the inside of the mall, the two-story, soon-to-be triple its former size Zara men’s and women’s clothing store is the most visible change. Its large footprint looks strange while it is closed during the renovation. Construction walls are completely sealed up, offering no hints as to progress. Signs say it’ll be up and running around fall of this year.
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The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports today that "the company hopes to break ground on the development sometime between April and June." Business writer Howard Stutz also states the project's top executive, Christian Goode, has left the project. He'll be replaced by another Genting exec, Gerald Gardner.
On CSI, the Lucky Dragon was a fictional Vegas casino (not to be confused with the Red Dragon Vegas casino in Rush Hour 2). In 2016, it may actually be a real destination.
We first started reporting on the dream to bring the Lucky Dragon hotel-casino to Las Vegas in January 2012. Back then, it was envisioned as an Asian-themed resort with a 10-story hotel tower squeezed between the Allure condo tower on Sahara (just off Las Vegas Boulevard) and the Golden Steer steakhouse. Today, that remains the case. The planned property would boast about 200 rooms and a (roughly) 19,000-square-foot casino as well as a handful of restaurants and shops. A major entertainment space is not in the plans.
Not the most ideal traffic setups even before construction got underway in 2014 for an arena and a host of new dining experiences, visitors who arrive at New York-New York or Monte Carlo via something other than their own foot power have found they need to be especially aware behind the wheel.
Traffic lanes leading into and out of the resorts have been closed, switched to just one way, or completely moved, depending on where you are. Even the straightaway that was Rue de Monte Carlo now boasts a new serpentine shape as well as a new name, Park Avenue. The new moniker is a nod to the experience still to come which will add new dining spots between the two resorts leading up to the new arena. Some will be attached to the southern side of Monte Carlo, others will be closer to the northern flank of New York-New York.
With no bridge or crosswalk, visiting the Welcome to Las Vegas sign is safest by car. Problem is, the small parking lot is usually full and there tends to be a few vehicles illegally parked to compound the fun.
Our @sammasseur, however, spotted a new expansion underway that will add more spaces. Although the exact number is not known, Sam thought it looked like the lot would triple in size.
It's nigh impossible to tell from the photo above, but work has begun in a big way to bring more conventioneers to Mandalay Bay.
VegasChatter reader Bryon V. noticed a few weeks ago that construction was underway on a massive 350,000-square-foot expansion of the resort's already expansive 1.7 million-square-foot convention center. The $66 million dollar project, announced back in April, will consume most of the surface parking lot at Russell and Las Vegas Boulevard on the south Strip. (A rendering of what's to come is below.)
After being around for so long it became a fixture for not one but three different hotel concepts, it's still a bit surprising to see the
Imperial Palace The Quad The LINQ Hotel without those trademark blue tiles and winged pagodas.
A few VegasChatter members have asked for a visual update on the work being done to erase the dated sight from the Vegas skyline so here it is courtesy fellow reader Jeff C. Blue tiles have been replaced with white panels while the pagodas have been disassembled. The underlying structures have been squared off and are now being given a new, understated facade, too.
So that we can all pause and pour out some of our latte, soda, tea, or Ol' E right now, here are some shots of IP in its glory days, as captured by our Greg C.