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There have been plenty of new additions to the Fremont East scene for us to crow about. Want a new Urban Market? You got it. A Downtown gay nightlife event? Round two is coming up. An assortment of new restaurants and nightclubs? Ta-da, they're everywhere. And right under our nose is a sorta-free weekly screening of fun films that apparently nobody felt the need to tell us about. For the price of a drink, you can experience "Boozy Movies".
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Sometimes it doesn’t take long for a project to be declared an utter failure. In the case of Downtown Grand, what started out as an less-than-Grand opening quickly spiraled into near-irrelevance. Now signs are pointing (both literally and figuratively) towards a relaunch of the ill-fated property. But is it too late to restore good fortune to the former Lady Luck?
This writer was the first VegasChatter-er to publish a review of Downtown Grand’s contemporary new rooms. Initially as a pampered invited guest, then two days later (incognito and on my own dime) for a different perspective. Feel free to look back at those write-ups here and here.
During that first stay, the Grand’s marketing team described ambitious future offerings, like “Commissary After Dark”, a nightclub-style venue that was to rise nightly inside "The Commissary" food court. And “Picnic”, downtown’s first and only daytime pool club.
Well, "After Dark" never happened and "The Commissary" went from an elaborate concept to a scaled-down food court with limited choices and hours. It now exists primarily as a place to get your "Grand Experience" (resort fee) coffee and maybe a sandwich or bar bites.
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Today is the first day of Las Vegas Restaurant Week so why not kick it off with a story about...restaurants. Specifically, two new restaurants on the scene in Downtown Las Vegas.
Opening today is Siegel's 1941 at El Cortez Hotel & Casino. The restaurant, as you probably guessed is named after gangster and Vegas pioneer, Bugsy Siegel and it takes over El Cortez's beloved former spot, The Flame.
Siegel's 1941 (can we just call it 1941 from now on?) has new floor-to-ceiling windows inside, a tiled ceiling with vintage style-lighting, 150 seats with extra at the bar, wooden tabletops and red leather booths.
The restaurant is open 24-hours a day and its “Morning, Noon and Night” is overseen by Chef Aaron Neeley, featuring "modern twists on American standards." Here's a bit on what to expect. If you were a big fan of The Flame, you'll be happy to see some old signature items on the new menu. Also, prepare to eat meat. Lots of meat.
As promised, Chef Neeley honors The Flame with beloved signature items including Roast Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus, Seasonal Stone Crab and Matzo Ball Soup with Challah. Diners can enjoy the Fat Irish Green Corned Beef Hash with three eggs from the Breakfast Anytime menu, the Seven Layer Lasagna Bolognese from Al & Lucky’s Favorites, the Classic Shrimp Scampi from the From the Sea menu, and the Monte Cristo with ham, gruyere cheese, and grilled brioche or the Carolina Pulled Porkwith slaw on top and sesame bun from the Nation’s Best Sandwiches menu.
In a nod to Bugsy’s inner circle, the menu also hosts a selection of Bugsy’s Burgers featuring charbroiled half-pound burgers including the Lucky Luciano Burger with marinara, caramelized onion, Romano cheese and fresh mozzarella, the Meyer Lansky Burger with pastrami, Swiss cheese, house made coleslaw, pickles and Russian Dressing, the Virginia Hill “Flamingo” Burger a turkey burger with avocado, tomato marmalade, Monterrey jack cheese and onion rings and the Moe Green Veggie with grilled Portobello for the vegetarian mobsters.
Downtown Grand recently shuffled their executive staff. The casino replaced their initial CEO, Seth Schorr, with Jim Simms. Schorr, has transitioned to a newly created position of chairman while Simms was brought in from a non-Las Vegas property to lead Downtown Grand’s operations. His main job will be to grow its restaurant and entertainment offerings.
Downtown Grand is owned by CIM Group and operated by Fifth Street Gaming who also operates Downtown 3rd which is home to popular and successful restaurants and bars like Pizza Rock, Triple George and Hogs and Heifers.
Simms isn’t a stranger to Las Vegas but he hasn’t worked here in a while. He was most recently president and general manager of Miami Valley Gaming in Ohio. He’s been in the gaming and hospitality business for 20 years and before Miami Valley Gaming he worked in West Virginia, Chicago and at Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas.
At the start of this month, VegasChatter got a sneak preview of Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whisky, a new restaurant in Downtown. One month later, another VC contributor has a more in-depth, but still underwhelmed take on Itsy Bitsy.
The star attraction for Itsy Bitsy is not on their menu nor is it found in the space (which is rather small), but rather, in the names behind it. In our original piece on the opening of the restaurant, as well as in the press materials, the concept was billed a partnership between restauranteur of Raku (Micheal Koleff) and Corner Bar Management (the group behind Whist: Stove and Spirits and Park on Fremont.)
One would guess that this means the food for Itsy Bitsy would be created by the minds behind Raku (a place known for food) while the design and cocktails would be created by CBM (a group known for crazy awesome design and cocktails, but not so good food). Makes sense, right?
Turns out, this is not the case.
The line-up for the 2015 Life is Beautiful Festival, happening in Downtown Vegas from September 25-27, was released yesterday and boy, is it an interesting mix.
For starters, it's headlined by legendary Stevie Wonder, followed by hometown band Imagine Dragons and then rapper-of-the-moment Kendrick Lamar. Rounding out the other performers is an eclectic but rather awesome mix of bands and musicians such as Duran Duran, Hozier, Kid Cudi, Weezer (!!!), Death Cab for Cutie and The Killers frontman (and Vegas native son), Brandon Flowers.
There are moments where by the time certain trends reach Las Vegas, they’re already on their way out of being trendy. That’s not the case with craft beer, which has moved beyond just being a trend as craft beer sales continue to grow nationwide as do the amount of brewing companies.
Put it this way--five years ago, you had to search up, down and all around Las Vegas to find a craft beer. Today you can find craft beer on just about every menu all around Las Vegas.
The Fest takes place from 2p.m. and 6p.m. and will feature Nevada Craft Brewers Association members Banger Brewing (hosts of the event), Barley’s, Hop Nuts, 777, Joseph James, CraftHaus, Bad Beat, Tenaya Creek, Big Dog’s, Chicago Brewery, Ellis Island, Old School, Gordon Biersch and Sin City. There will also be a couple home brewers featured at the beer fest.
The new location of the slot machines that were once inside the Riviera was revealed about an hour before the casino closed its doors on May 4th at noon. Not too many people saw or heard the news as it happened since it was revealed during a live video tour by part-owner of the Riviera, Derek Stevens, who was sharing with his followers through Periscope.
If you’re the kind of dork that has to be up on the latest everything in technology like this writer you may have been one of the few hundred people watching and listening Stevens' last walk through the casino while it was open.
Periscope is a live video streaming app that’s currently available to those who use Apple iOS mobile devices like an iPhone or iPad (Android versions are being worked on). The company that created Periscope was purchased by Twitter for approximately $100 million in March last year but the app wasn’t released until earlier this year. The technology of live video streaming isn’t entirely new but this new version of live streaming links directly with the operators twitter account and with their followers through the app on their mobile devices. You can learn more about Periscope here.
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While there will be plenty of poker action at the host hotel--The Rio Las Vegas--there will be more players than normal at all of your large poker rooms on the Strip. There will even be a few more players heading Downtown's poker rooms.
Most of the big poker action is on The Strip but you can still find competitive games in two or three Downtown Vegas casinos. We say two or three because not everyone considers the electronic poker tables at Plaza a viable option.
Keep reading for a quick tour of poker rooms in Downtown Vegas:
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After the announcement of Glutton's downtown arrival, there wasn't much info released until its opening. Until very recently, there even wasn't much of a publicly available menu. But, it seems the new dining destination is up and running at what feels to be cruising speed after serving up its first customers on April 10.
The next time you head to downtown Vegas, come hungry. And, in loose fitting clothing.
There's less than a month before Las Vegas North Premium Outlets in downtown Vegas debuts an expansion set to bring dozens of new brands to the open-air mall.
Shoppers should mark Thursday, May 14 as the day their lives will change forever. Okay, maybe it's not all that dramatic -- okay, it's not dramatic at all -- but that date is when you'll find savings on merchandise from close to 40 new retailers.