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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.
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Slotzilla, the multi-story zipline experience that now towers over Neonopolis at the far end of the Fremont Street Experience, has a certain glow about these nights. What it doesn't have about it anywhere, though, is signage telling us when we can give it a try. So, how do we know it might debut soon? Well, while we haven't been able to find an opening date, we have discovered that Slotzilla did issue a hiring call on Craigslist about a month ago. And, was still looking for folks as of this week. The attraction was originally due to open in June.
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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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We love the free drinks that are so readily available throughout Vegas casinos. Sometimes, we won’t even be playing and will still be offered our favorite beverage by a cocktail sever who knows us too well. The downside to all the freebies comes when we step away from the tables and are reminded that, in the real world, pouring from the tap comes with a tab.
In Vegas casino restaurants, this situation can be especially frustrating. While on the gaming floor, we can drink ourselves silly for next to nothing. Once we step into a restaurant, often just feet away from the nearest slot machine, the comps end and the pricey brews begin. The easy solution, of course, would be to bring in free drinks from the casino floor. The restaurants typically see us coming from miles away, however, and make us finish or trash them prior to entering. A few will let it slide, but most (especially chain restaurants) are strict about their no-outside-drinks policies. We’ve tried every trick in the book to get out of paying for cocktails and will even dash out mid-meal to quickly down a glass if we see our server making her rounds.
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The microbrewery-slash-bar, still a work in progress in Neonopolis, is the dream of a group of guys who met while working at Bellagio. A once hoped for debut of March, however, has been pushed back, and back. And, back. Just last month, the plan was to be open by, well, now, but that's since been delayed to mid to late November. (Probably, the last week of November, according to Facebook. So, yeah, maybe look to December, but we'll remain hopeful for November.)
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While cruising around downtown recently, we came across a new way to gamble. And, no, it’s not by throwing quarters at the almost finished Slotzilla. This wager is in regards to the speed of service at one of Main Street Station’s restaurants. Perhaps inspired by the old Domino’s pizza guarantee, Main Street’s Triple 7 Brewery is betting they can serve you lunch in 20 minutes or less. If they fail, you don’t pay.
The offer is only available on weekdays. Our guess is that it’s designed to attract employees of nearby businesses who don’t have time for a leisurely lunch. Triple 7 typically isn’t an in-n-out type of place. With a great selection of award-winning microbrews, many patrons opt to stick around for awhile. That likely will not be the case during lunchtime, however, as Triple 7’s full menu isn’t available as a part of the promotion. It looks like they have selected mostly easier to prepare items, so don’t count on winning this proposition.
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Is it wrong that we wish Slotzilla was a working slot machine? While we won't ever get to spin the wheels, we will get to go for a spin before the year's out.
Vital Vegas captured the image above of a nearly complete thrill ride over the weekend. And, where once things moved at a snail's pace, check out what a difference a day makes as documented by VegasChatter fan Danial Mente who captured this snapshot early this evening:
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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.
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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It's been ten days since our last Downtown Vegas construction roundup and we agree. It's been way too long. We trod from the Plaza to the Western and back again earlier this week. Here's your latest updates on where all those endless construction projects stand now:
Yes, Downtown Grand has quite a glow around it. As well as a old-timey casino sign (shown above) and striped canopies (below).
Depending on how well you know your Vegas, the Western could call to mind memories of a time gone by, or cause you to draw a blank.
The downtown hotel and casino quietly slipped into Vegas past in January 2012. A year later, we wondered what was happening at the shuttered Fremont Street casino. Or, what would. In March 2013, we had the beginnings of an answer when Downtown Project purchased the property for a reported $14 million.
Since then, parts of the Western have slowly turned to rubble with VegasChatter friend Greg C. documenting the slow loss of the 1960s motel wing over the summer on Flickr. Now, another section has vanished, too.
We captured the images just above this graph this morning. A few construction workers were on site shifting through the rubble, but not much else was occurring. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported earlier today that Downtown Project "plans to keep the main building that once housed the casino, but it is unlikely to ever be a gambling hall."
Here's how the building once stood, as captured by Greg C.:
As for the future of the remaining structure, a construction notice yields no clues. It simply titles the project as "Western Hotel Casino." The permit is good through May 2014.
The demolition of the old motel wing is sad (but, not that sad), however, its timing may have been a bit poor as one side of it had just been transformed into street art for the upcoming Life Is Beautiful festival.
History, and beauty, proving to both be fleeting for the Western.
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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.