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SLS Las Vegas isn’t the only new hotel on the block. Well, technically, the Strip has several blocks, but you get the reference. On the southern end of the Strip, Mandalay Bay is about to be home to Delano Las Vegas, in addition to its other hotel-within-a-hotel, Four Seasons.
On September 1, Delano Las Vegas officially opens its doors to guests (although, visitors have found themselves inside remodeled rooms for weeks now.) We’ve been informed 99% of the rooms are complete and the new café, Della's Kitchen, the new lobby bar, Franklin, and the new 3940 Coffee+Tea will all be ready for guests. The coffee shop’s name may sound a little hipster pretentious, but it’s actually just the address (which, now that we think of it, is a little hipster-ish.) If you want the scoop on Della’s Kitchen, we’ve got details on its menu here.
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Soon, you won't have to trek all the way to the south Strip for crowd fave, Border Grill.
A forthcoming Forum Shops location just held a hiring call last weekend. That already told us a debut was soon, but VegasChatter reader @CCORD can pin it down a little more. He sent us a Border Grill newsletter that touts an official opening this October. Will a September soft opening be possible? Keep those fingers crossed as best you can around that marg; but, if not, October will be here before we know it.
You'll find Border Grill in the old PJ Clarke's space at the Forum Shops. The Mandalay Bay location will not be closing so don't panic about that.
(Border Grill Las Vegas on Facebook)
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Debuting next month at Delano Las Vegas (formerly THEhotel... we can start saying that now, can't we?), Della's Kitchen will bring a "historic farmhouse meets urban eatery" concept to the property's old cafe space. If you were like us, you were like, sweet! And then you were all like, what the hell does that mean?
A press release on Monday touted a "desert-sustainable breakfast and lunch menu" with fresh juices, "delectable" breakfast options, "savory" salads, and signature paninis, sandwiches and burgers, but again, what exactly would that end up being on our plate? And, how much would it cost us to be so health conscious?
Well, wonder no more as we've obtained the full menu for Della's Kitchen, including pricing. While there are a few items for those with an intolerance to gluten (noted below in blue), if you have a nut intolerance, you'll need to dine elsewhere. The menu is heavy with nut allergy warnings. Pricing seems fairly par for the course when it comes to Strip dining, even at a "cafe," with most items ranging from $5 to $18; although, there are naturally some that are lower and some that are much higher (for instance, you'll pay $26 for the Ahi Burger). Peruse the full menu below. Della's will be open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.
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It’s not even Labor Day weekend, but it’s already time to start planning for 2015. Whether you’re a bargain hunter or just a neurotic planner like this writer, you’re always looking for an excuse to plan your next fun experience. When it comes to planning Las Vegas vacations, there are always times when everyone knows it will be busy. New Year's Eve, The Big Game, March Madness, Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend are among the busiest. Cinco de Mayo weekend is also a big one because there’s usually a big boxing match and the Kentucky Derby to go along with all the Cinco de Mayo parties.
In between these busy periods, you’ll find some less expensive times of the year to visit Las Vegas. My favorite time of year is in between Thanksgiving and Christmas (not counting when National Finals Rodeo moseys into town). It’s relatively quiet (for Vegas) and hotels are less expensive. Even living in Las Vegas, I still take a few days off to enjoy the Strip while it isn’t as crowded. I like when the hospitality industry isn’t run so ragged by the constant barrage of tourists and they can pay a little more attention to me. I’m a real fancy boy like that.
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The new name will bring refreshed rooms and a rejuvenated spa menu (see what we did there?) while a redesigned lobby will add new lounge and dining spaces to the all-suite tower. Still to come will be the rebranding of miX and the arrival of its own pool (yes, miX is going away and, no, there won't be a pool "on site," so to speak.)
At some point in time everything great in Las Vegas becomes a trend. A few of years ago, it was difficult to find a good beer. That’s finally changed as more and more bars and restaurants expand their menus to include imported and craft beers. Now there’s a beer revolution in Vegas.
September 12-14, Mandalay Bay will host its first-ever BEER Weekend, a three-day beer-ganza featuring special events and menus. Events will include a dinner at miX with acclaimed brewmasters; a beer brunch at Fleur; a beer festival at Mandalay Bay Beach; and, a craft beer panel discussion led by Sarah Johnson, the first woman to be certified as a cicerone (beer expert) in Nevada and who also serves as the resort's Food & Beverage Director.
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Boxing has its ups and downs, but it still has its fans as we can see every time there’s a big fight in town. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has its fans, too, and now there’s a new form trying to capture the attention of both sets of fans. It's called Big Knockout Boxing.
Even though Big Knockout Boxing is positioned to grab the attention of MMA fans it is still boxing. Rounds last only two minutes, with five rounds for non-championship bouts and seven for championship match-ups. You won't find a traditional boxing ring here. Instead a round, rope-less fighting space is dubbed “The Pit." Just 17 feet in diameter, the space is much smaller than traditional rings. The smaller space is meant to force fighters into confrontation.
THEhotel is just weeks away from becoming Delano Las Vegas, a transformation that includes a full remodel of its all-suite tower. Four Seasons completely renovated its floors within Mandalay Bay in 2012. Now it sounds like the resort's main tower will be next for an update.
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Sure, you know all about match plays and “lucky bucks,” but have you ever used a WIN card?
These promotional cards and accompanying casino chips are the hidden secret for advantage gamblers seeking a little extra edge at the tables. (Just don’t ask us why WIN is in all caps as it doesn’t appear to be an acronym. Perhaps, they don’t want you to realize you can still LOSE.)
In addition to seeing more than 2,000 animals, guests can now get up close and personal with select creatures such as stingrays, green sea turtles and zebra sharks. The new Animal Encounters include the Stingray Feed, Sea Turtle Feed and, if you’re brave enough, the Shark Feed.
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A series of Vegas delays means the debut of Delano Las Vegas -- while defiantly inspired (whatever that means) -- will definitely be overshadowed by the almost simultaneous debut of SLS Las Vegas. SLS will take its bow August 23 while Delano steps onto the Vegas scene, officially, September 1.
We say officially because more and more folks have already stayed at the remodeled and renamed THEhotel at Mandalay Bay as a floor-by-floor takeover continues to move towards completion. And, with more stays, more early reviews are popping up. We'll disregard talk of construction noise and construction walls for obvious reasons, but it was interesting to read early reactions to the completed rooms. And, while a handful complained of inadequate storage and uncomfortable couches, it was a few small rectangles that bent most guests out of shape:
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Once again, the holidays have snuck up on us and while it isn't yet time for Labor Day, National Scotch Day is right around the corner. If it isn't already set in your fave calendar app, July 27 is the annual date you want to mark.