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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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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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Raising A Glass At Bin 702

Where: 707 Fremont St., #1220 [map], 89101
March 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

A pleasant change of pace from the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip, Bin 702 is a repurposed shipping container with a modern bistro feel. Bin 702 is located within downtown's Container Park which is five miles north of The Strip and a few blocks east of Slotzilla in the revamped Fremont East district.

The Container Park has transformed the area from skid row to family friendly oasis. A giant fire-breathing praying mantis sculpture greets you at the entrance. Inside the park are selections of restaurants and retail outlets. The shining star for these VegasChatter contributors, however, was wine bar, Bin 702.

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Sheryl Crow's Playing WHERE?

Where: 707 Fremont St. [map], 89101
March 27, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (7)

When you hear Sheryl Crow is coming to Las Vegas you might wonder if she’s playing the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay or maybe even Caesars' Colosseum. All would be wrong in this case because she’s actually coming to the Container Park of all places on April 4.

The First Friday Foundation is presenting “An Intimate Performance by Sheryl Crow” and by intimate, they really mean intimate. More used to selling out large arenas, the folksy rocker will play to a much smaller crowd in downtown Vegas.

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Drinking In Some Great Spots Downtown

March 21, 2014 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (3)

Get ready! Coming straight at you is a special version of Sip or Pour where we head downtown to highlight some awesome drinking spots. So let's get to it! Here are two bars that'll either have you savoring the evening ahead or pouring on a little fun!


For a quite unorthodox drinking experience, you should try your best to get into The Laundry Room. One of downtown's -- and perhaps Vegas' best open secrets -- this little bar is actually a backroom of the Commonwealth. You can only get in with a reservation or a password, but for those who are able to drop in for cocktails, it will be memorable.

Named 'Best Las Vegas Cocktail Bar' by the Nightlife & Bar Awards (the secret's out), the Fremont East venue is small, intimate and quiet which goes against just about every bar experience in Vegas. But, it works. Styled after a prohibition speakeasy, it's the creative cocktails that are the standout feature here.

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Inspire Theater Is The Gateway To A New Fremont Experience

Where: 89101
March 4, 2014 at 7:55 PM | by | Comments (4)

Not long ago, we marveled at the amazing video marquee above the now-open Inspire Theater in Fremont East (on the corner of Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard). Ever since, we've been chomping at the bit to get a look inside. Well, recently, we not only got through the doors, but took in one of the venue's first shows. Was the theater inspiring enough (cough, cough) to give it a thumbs up?

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Downtown's Coming Inspire Theater Has Awesome Outdoor Screens

Where: 89101
December 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM | by | Comments (4)

Surely this photo has been retouched or photoshopped, right? If that's what you're thinking, this writer was right there with you at first. But, my colleague @sammasseur, who sent me this image of Inspire earlier this week (as well as quite a few others of the coming soon venue), assured me the photo was the real deal. Amazing, right?

For those who may also be wondering just what an Inspire is, it's a new venue coming soon to Fremont East that will offer, obviously, a theater, but will also feature a newsstand, a coffee bar, a bar bar, a rooftop lounge, and working space for laptop hobos. We mapped it out in September, if you want to see the floorplans. A few months before that, we toured the venue via renderings which featured the mega-screens.

As time passed, we forgot they were coming. There's no way we're forgetting about them now.

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Container Park Opens Today, But Not All Of It

November 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

After a once anticipated debut of spring, the Downtown Container Park has instead arrived in time for the holiday shopping season. Well, at least some of it.

The flyer below proclaims all the shops and eateries expected to open today at 1 p.m. PST, but even this list was a bit too hopeful.

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Downtown's Container Park Won't Be Here This Month, After All

October 16, 2013 at 4:26 PM | by | Comments (3)

Man, if you can't trust something you overhear while walking down Fremont, what can you trust?

Last month, we eavesdropped as what seemed to be a downtown executive fielded questions on the coming Container Park. The suit cited an opening weekend of October 31-November 3. But, yesterday, a report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal stated an expected debut of mid-November. Worrisome, however, was the additional phrase, "scheduled to open as early as next month."

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October May Be Awesome, But Downtown Could Be... Messy

September 30, 2013 at 4:43 PM | by | Comments (3)

Good thing Vegas police have had some time to practice implementing stepped up security. Why? Because while October will be awesome, some super-sized events have the potential to cause quite a mess, especially when two collide.

This weekend, the city's monthly First Friday event falls in the middle of Las Vegas Bikefest. With swelling First Friday crowds expected to mix with thousands of bikers, security measures on Fremont Street's 30,000-person-capacity pedestrian mall will reportedly become very New Year's Eve-like.

Visitors to Fremont should expect to encounter barricades restricting access to those 21 and over beginning this Friday night (Oct. 4) and continuing into early Saturday morning. So, bring ID, expect large crowds and long lines, and remember open container laws are being enforced in downtown.

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Things You Overhear About The Container Park While Walking Down Fremont

September 30, 2013 at 12:17 PM | by | Comment (1)

Curious about the current state of downtown's Container Park, this writer wandered that way to check things out last week. And, just happened to walk abreast of a trio of gentlemen who began to discuss the very object of my interest. So, naturally, I slowed down my pace to nonchalantly listen in because, duh. (It helps when you pretend to be absorbed with your smart phone.)

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Checking Up On Fremont's Construction Projects

September 17, 2013 at 5:57 PM | by | Comments (5)

As you know, Golden Nugget isn't the only downtown property with hard hat-clad workers walking around. We snooped around this past weekend to see what else is new as Fremont Street competes with the Strip in the 'most on-going construction' category. Not one to disappoint, we found some more progress to share.

At the Plaza's future Beer Garden, exterior walls have been cut through to open the space up to the exterior and posts have been installed for the fencing or gating that will line the street.

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