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A VegasChatter Reader Dishes On His Love For Pizza Rock

Where: 201 N 3rd Street [map], 89101
April 18, 2014 at 5:47 PM | by | Comments (6)

As much as we love reporting on Vegas, we love hearing your take on the city, too. From rants to raves, you're always welcome to fill up the ol' VegasChatter in-box.

We've yet to get around to a proper review of Pizza Rock which blasted onto the Downtown scene last year. Now, there seems to be a reason for that as VegasChatter fan @ronnievegas13 has shared his own experience at the downtown pizza joint. Here's his review, in his own words:

But, does it Rock? Pizza Rock, that is. North 3rd Street in Downtown Vegas has transformed! A new exciting casino resort, Downtown Grand, greets you as you step off the Fremont Street Experience and there are also attractive new sidewalks under the feet of the burly bikers standing outside Hogs & Heifers. Wait a minute, is that a pizza shop?

If you greet your customers with blaring music, a custom 18-wheeler in your dining room and a menu so expansive it has everything from “fried string beans” to a “dirty steak,” you had better be able feed those dropping jaws. “Wait you say, isn’t this a pizza shop.” It is a pizza shop in the same spirit as Las Vegas is a decent place to find a card game. Pizza, you say? Sure. Would you prefer that from the 900 degree Wood Stefano Ferrara or from the Electric Brick Oven registering 700 degrees? Oh, and there is also the American Gas Brick oven putting out 550 degrees of pizza cooking perfection!

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Kerry Simon To Open Carson Kitchen In Downtown Vegas

Where: South 124 6th St. [map], 89101
April 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Your next downtown destination is taking shape and it won't be long before we can see if it's to our taste.

The old John E. Carson Hotel building just off Fremont Street in Fremont East is the current focus of downtown's continued transformation. Soon, the derelict structure will house a yoga studio, florist, tattoo shop, doughnut spot, sushi eatery and Carson Kitchen, the newest venture by Chef Kerry Simon best known in Vegas for Simon at Palms and KGB at Harrah's.

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Shakespeare's 'Tempest' Washes Ashore In Vegas And It's Magical

Where: 361 Symphony Park Ave [map], 89106
April 15, 2014 at 4:42 PM | by | Comment (1)

One of the things Las Vegas gets criticized for is its lack of culture. It is a relatively new place without the historical roots of New York or Chicago, and culture takes time. While big Strip casinos occasionally showcase a Broadway production like Avenue Q or Jersey Boys, we are usually stuck with some variation of French Canadian sky ballet.

In Downtown Vegas, 2012 saw the introduction of The Smith Center, providing the valley with a guaranteed spot for live theatre to reach a new audience. It is here that Las Vegas legend Teller (of famed magic act Penn & Teller), working with longtime theatre partner Aaron Posner and Harvard’s American Repetory Theatre, has brought a new twist on a famous production to a town that has probably never seen it.

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Downtown Slots Pay Back 11.61 Percent More (In 2010)

April 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM | by | Comments (8)

All gamblers care about returns. We all want to get the most bang for our buck. Unfortunately, that's becoming more and more difficult. Casinos on the Vegas Strip continue to increase their profit margin from blackjack by offering more low limits 6:5 blackjack than ever before. You'll even find some off Strip casinos only offering 6:5 blackjack if you play for less than $100 per hand. Gah!

If you look away from the table games on The Strip for other gambling options, you might think that some casino operators have slot machines that aren't paying out like they once did. Tight slots aren't a myth and slot machines payouts are getting tighter all over the country. What's a gambler to do? Head to Downtown Vegas.

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We'll Soon Be Able To Cowgirl Up At Binion's

Where: 128 Fremont Street [map], 89101
April 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Elvis has left the building, but soon Binion's will have a new attraction for guests -- a second walk-up bar on Fremont.

Construction began on the Cowgirl Up Cantina in late February and now it's almost ready for its debut.

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Kitchen Creations Now Being Served In Downtown Vegas

Where: 500 South Grand Central Parkway [map], 89155
April 10, 2014 at 12:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's a new spot to eat in Downtown Vegas and that will leave you with a full tummy and heart.

Kitchen Creations Cafe celebrates its grand opening today at the Clark County Government Center. That's the sandstone building complete with mini-pyramid across from downtown's outlet mall, if you're having trouble picturing the location.

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In Downtown Vegas, An Inside Look At Casino Cheats

April 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's such a fascinating topic that even Hollywood can't resist it -- cheating the casino. Odds are you've never done it, but have you wondered about it? The answer is likely yes. And, if that's you, the Mob Museum's next speakers series has your fingerprints name all over it.

On May 21, the downtown attraction will host, "Beating the Odds, An Inside Look At Casino Cheating." The title pretty much says it all, but it becomes even more interesting when we hear that a "former card counter, a casino surveillance director and (the) Nevada Gaming Control Board Chief" will all take part. Here's a brief look at the panelists:

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Downtown Vegas: The Impact Of One On The Many

April 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (15)

Downtown Vegas has seen a lot changes over the past few years, most of which has been documented right here on VegasChatter. Some would argue all that's new have been improvements, others would call it a mixed bag, while a few might even say it didn't need to be touched. From the injection of the Zappos culture into downtown to the buildout of Fremont East, changes have been many. There's also been the transformation of Fitzgeralds into the D. The Las Vegas Club's strategy of holding steady against a Binion's that slowly tries to re-invent itself while staying true to its roots. And of course, Downtown Grand's attempt to set itself apart from the rest of the old regime. And, that's just to name just a few.

Just under three years ago, excitement was building for the re-emergence of another classic downtown property, the Plaza. Since opening to a tepid response, the remodeled Plaza has seen its share of big changes right under its own roof. Mostly in its entertainment lineup, but also the introduction of a resort fee. And, what once looked like a survivor, Exposed Salon is (breaking news)... now gone.

Not all has disappeared or been replaced at the Plaza. Oscar's is still alive and well, though the restaurant within a resturant that was Simpatico went to culinary heaven long ago. Hash House A Go Go, still there. Poker, too, although in a different form. The announcement of a professional hockey team making its way to the Plaza means the pool deck will soon have a different look, and feel.. brrrr.

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Riverboat Roulette Arrives At Golden Gate

Where: 1 Fremont Street [map], 89101
April 1, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (10)

Riverboat Roulette debuts at the Golden Gate today. No, this isn’t an April Fools gag, but it is a different take on the traditional roulette game.

Riverboat Roulette was first revealed to the gaming industry at the 2012 Global Gaming Expo and has since been crowned one of the “Top New Table Games of 2013” by Casino Journal. The game finally hits Vegas casinos in 2014 starting with the Golden Gate. Riverboat Roulette retains full functionality for traditional roulette play and includes the option of multiple spin wagers with six new neighborhoods on the wheel.

There are two colored sections with five slots (orange and blue), two colored sections with four slots each (purple and red), two colored sections with three slots each (teal and yellow) and two sections of white that each occupy four slots. If the ball lands in a colored section you bet on, you will be paid based on the color it lands on (see details below). If a ball lands in a colored section that you didn’t bet, your bet is pushed and you get to keep your original bet. If the ball lands in a white section, you lose your Riverboat Roulette bet. You can also choose to bet that the ball will land in the white section. Here’s a breakdown of the payouts:

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Downtown Grand Quietly Opens PICNIC (And, That's Probably For The Best)

Where: 89101
March 31, 2014 at 6:08 PM | by | Comments (6)

We were so eager to experience it that we labeled it one of 2014's top game changers. A new downtown pool experience perched on the rooftop of a new downtown hotel-casino. Surely, it would give the Golden Nugget a run for its money.

Before Downtown Grand made its public debut in October 2013, we had already fallen in love with the concept of its rooftop pool experience, PICNIC. There would be real grass! Anyone could drop in! There would be concerts and movie screenings! But, when we slipped up to the roof for a peek on opening day, we were disappointed to find turf of the plastic variety instead. We should have tempered our expectations then.

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In Vegas, Union Workers Prepare To Picket On Fremont Street

Where: 89101
March 31, 2014 at 3:22 PM | by | Comments (8)

Union workers picketing The Cosmopolitan in 2013.

The local news in Las Vegas isn’t always that interesting outside of Las Vegas. As last week ended, the local news turned into news that would affect tourists and residents alike. The local Culinary and Bartenders Union approved a strike against 10 Downtown Vegas casinos

Binion's, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas Club, Main Street Station, Plaza and The D all have expired contracts with the union. Shortly after the strike was approved, the union started getting their troops in order to picket outside the hotels beginning April 12.

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Where Llamas Stay Free

March 28, 2014 at 9:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

You can't check in, but you can check out this bit of Lost Vegas neon (with a Downtown Project twist) in Fremont East.

This sign can be found downtown at the old site of the Ambassador Motel. The complex was torn down in 2007. The motel welcomed guests from 1952 to 1996. The land is now being used as a parking lot, for the most part. The llama reference refers to the land that the Downtown Project owns and the shape it sorta resembles. (It's a hipster thing, as photographer Greg Clarke concurs.)

As we put another week to bed, here are a few articles to keep you busy until we return on Monday:

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