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The Vegas of tomorrow is changing rapidly with construction projects not just limited to the interiors of resorts, anymore. It won't be long before the Vegas of today will only be found in archival searches of Vegas past. Future Vegas isn't here quite yet, but its construction is.
One of the more dramatic changes will be found at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo where, on one side, Bill's (for lack of a better moniker) still sits gutted this week as construction workers transform the aging property into a swank, new boutique while, across the way, workers have begun to remove the Strip-side frontage of Bally's to make way for a sprawling outdoor
VegasChatter's @sammasseur captured these images on Monday of two properties in transition. At Bally's, workers have started to dig up large sections of sidewalk and plantings, too. Pedestrian access has been blocked to the resort's (non) moving sidewalks both on The Strip as well as inside the hotel. You'll find a bit of quiet Vegas has been lost with foot traffic blocked from entering parts of the landscaped area out front. Sam tells us that guests trying to get to the Strip from Bally's must walk out the valet entrance and take the stairs towards the sidewalk on Flamingo or walk through the south side of the gardens (at least until that's closed, too, anyways).
Renovations / Vegas Carpet / Binion's / Fremont Street / Downtown / Construction / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
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.
Vegas Delays / Construction / Circus Circus / Openings / The Adventuredome / El Loco / Roller Coasters / Attractions / Fun Vegas / → All Tags
Well, we should have crossed our fingers, knocked on wood, tossed some salt over our shoulder and wished on a star 'cause, unfortunately, we were the crazy ones. Our @sammasseur stopped by The Adventuredome over the weekend and saw a ride still not fully constructed.
VegasChatter's @sammasseur found construction fencing hemming in foot traffic on both sides this morning. Some blockades kept pedestrians away from an area along Las Vegas Boulevard where landscaping was being removed (seen below) while other barriers prevented folks from walking too close to the exterior of Paris where a new raised patio is taking shape (shown above).
It's one of the more popular ways to ring in the New Year -- Strip-side on New York-New York's Brooklyn Bridge. But, it appears that on-going construction on the hotel-casino's facade may have folks searching for a new party spot.
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So, which is the last casino on the Vegas Strip that you’d expect to have major renovations? If you said Casino Royale, you’d be wrong. The Denny’s at Casino Royale will be closing at the end of the month to make way for major construction in 2014. Denny's will become larger and a new drugstore will go into the Strip frontage at Casino Royale, too.
Altogether, this $14 million renovation will take up over 22,000 square feet and two floors. Here's a rough sketch:
If you’re staying at the Best Western at Casino Royale and want breakfast without going elsewhere, you can still grab a Cinnabon or an egg sandwich from Subway. Denny's is the only restaurant at Casino Royale that will be closing. All other restaurants, including Outback Steakhouse, will remain open.
Construction / Attractions / Treasure Island / TI / Sirens of TI / Phil Ruffin / Vegas Observations / Rumors / Senor Frog's / → All Tags
As we begin to learn more about the new shopping venue on the way at TI, the demolition out front continues to change the resort’s appearance. When the lagoon went dry last month, the pirate-inspired rock façade began to come down. While it seems that a decision has been made to leave the upper portions intact, we were surprised to walk by recently and see the lower jaw of the facade's craggy skull was missing. Even worse, we found a solid wall behind it. Where’s that cavern full of looted gold? Here's a before and after:
Construction / Openings / Vegas Delays / Venetian / Palazzo / B And B Burger And Beer / DBGB Kitchen And Bar / → All Tags
Hungry for new experiences in Vegas? So are we. But, as is often the case, we'll need to wait a while longer than what was once promised. Here are updates on four Vegas venues with TBA timelines:
B&B Burger and Beer (Venetian)
Having missed a once touted September debut, look for B&B Burger and Beer, coming soon to Venetian by Chef Mario Batali, to open next month. Under construction in the space formerly occupied by Rattlecan near the sportsbook, head here for -- now this is a wild guess -- burgers and beers.
DBGB Kitchen And Bar (Palazzo)
The second DBGB Kitchen and Bar outpost of Chef Daniel Boulud was due to open late this year, but now it sounds like 2014 is where it's at. When we asked a Venetian spokesperson for an updated timeline recently, we were told there wasn't one. Since Valentino, the eatery it will replace, just closed at the beginning of this month, we're going to go with early 2014 here. The first DBGB Kitchen can be found in NYC.
Pinkberry (750 S. Rampart)
A summer opening changed to by December and now, sadly, Las Vegas won't see its second yum-tastic Pinkberry location until 2014. A new inquiry to the froyo chain has provided a new opening month for its first off-Strip (find it in Summerlin's Boca Park) location -- late January.
Bier Garten (Plaza)
Construction / Future Vegas / SLS Las Vegas / Sahara / Vegas Transformations / Renovations / → All Tags
Work is still progressing to transform Sahara into SLS Las Vegas, but it seems the pace has slowed quite a bit. Where the aging hotel's iconic dome and sign were gone like that and visible demolition once moved along at a quick pace, change is occurring much more leisurely now.
A stop by the construction site last Thursday found not much different from a visit in mid-September. The most noticeable change is the addition of bright white paint which we hope is just step one in a multi-step plan since they're simply painting over large sections of the exterior and not making any structural or design changes before they do. Just check out those now white diamonds above. Hashtag ugh. We just hope that beautiful aqua tile work (seen below) isn't about to receive the same treatment. (SLS, just send it to us. We'll think of something crafty for it, for sure. Thanks.)
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The multi-million dollar project currently transforming New York-New York and Monte Carlo will bring new restaurants, shops and attractions to that part of The Strip beginning this spring. And, when those venues begin to make their debut, New York-New York's Lady Liberty will welcome the masses looking Vegas hot.
Vegas Observations / Construction / Caesars Palace / Kemo Sabe / FIZZ Las Vegas / Gods of the Festival / Fall of Atlantis / Forum Shops / → All Tags
As part of the launch of Vegas(scaffolding)Chatter (okay, not really), this writer decided to take a stroll through one of Vegas' biggest properties, Caesars Palace, to bring you updates on all that's happening.
I started at the Forum Shops. The Fall of Atlantis fountain show appears just about ready to rise again. The barricades are down, new statues are in place, and the screens surrounding the area are on. Now we're just waiting for water.
Attractions / Roller Coasters / Circus Circus / Adventuredome / El Loco / Openings / Construction / Fun Vegas / → All Tags
Over the past few months, with a litany of delays and questionable marketing techniques, Rio has shown us how not to launch a new attraction. Downtown’s monstrous Slotzilla hasn’t fared much better. Fortunately for thrill seekers, Circus Circus is on top of things when it comes to adding a new Las Vegas thrill ride. Who would have guessed?
The Adventuredome, the indoor amusement park at Circus Circus, announced the new El Loco rollercoaster at the beginning of the year. Along with the news came a projected opening date of December 2013. If the VooDoo Zip Line or Slotzilla construction schedules are to be used as guides, we should realistically expect a mid to late 2014 opening, right? We were pleasantly surprised when we checked in and found not only a bustling construction site, but also an expected opening timeframe that matches initial projections.
A new ride in Vegas opening on time... How can this be? Where are the delays? Where’s the Indiegogo campaign to pay for the rollercoaster track?