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We know what we're saying here, but if things go as planned (knocks on wood), we could see the first venues open at The Linq, that outdoor mall being created between The Quad and Flamingo, next month. Including, maybe, the new O'Sheas.
The return of the dive casino (although, it will likely be up to you to make it so) should join the debuts of a handful of other outlets. (Although, we hear that many venues are more inclined to wait until the High Roller begins to send folks soaring which isn't expected until the second quarter of '14). They may include -- and we really can't stress the may part enough as this information was yielded through Internet searches of information that was last updated at anyone's guess -- KOTO, an eclectic gift shop; Sprinkles Cupcakes; and Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. Although, it's a pretty safe bet that, at the very least, the last two are more likely a 'coming soon in 2014' thing. Update: We were able to confirm that Sprinkles won't open until "early 2014."
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While a new round of Vegas delays abound, we hope that's not the case for this next bit of joyous news.
We have it on very good authority that O'Sheas will return by New Year's Eve. Yes, if things go as planned, you could be back in O'Sheas -- albeit a completely new O'Sheas
buried in the heart of The Linq -- in nine weeks or less.
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A media hard hat tour had us pacing carefully down a still dirt thoroughfare, skirting uneven patches, stepping over this, being careful to avoid that while craning our necks up and all around, snapping off pics, and scribbling notes. All the while, wondering if an intentional, we mean, unintentional stumble would maybe score of us one of the first trips on The High Roller.
The latest media tour of The Linq, an open-air destination (i.e., head here for dining, drinking, shopping and general partying) where once an alley stood, was meant to focus on its architecture. Although, the most interest continued to focus (at least ours, anyway) on the Vortex, that.. umm.. vortex-shaped, silvery LED display building thing atop where O'Sheas once stood, and that already impressive observation wheel towering at the project's end.
As you can start to tell by simply peering down The Linq from The Strip, faux urbanism will await within. Lots of brick-lined walls and tree-lined sidewalks will be found. There will even be a large fountain to enjoy. Think a 2013 version of what New York-New York was melded with what, it sounds like, it's hoping to be. Comparisons may also be drawn to Town Square and Downtown Grand when all is said and done.
A narrative of futuristic (Vortex) to old-timey (the majority of the Linq's facade) was even trotted out. The journey of Las Vegas past to Vegas present and into future Vegas as you're pulled into the open-air mall by the Vortex. An interesting
story idea. A colleague could see it. This writer thought it was a good way to explain a very apparent clash. One made even larger when the IP's old blue-tiled towers crept into view. Which was often. We asked about that. The party line is that future renovation phases over at The Quad will transform those. Sometime in the future. We had a year 2000 sense about that.
The media event yielded no major news, only providing a chance to view the state of things now. But, being the nosey sort, we do have several things to share. Ok, make that a lot. Caesars Entertainment says more official announcements will be released soon. We're pretty sure they'll make official those additional tenants we've previously revealed (here and here) as well as some additional venues not yet on our radar.
First, despite what most news reports continue to state, The Linq doesn't open this December. It begins to open this December. VegasChatter has been stating that it will be a multi-phased opening for a while now. We're not tooting our own horn (much), we just wish a larger majority would do the same. It's confusing to the general public and it's a fairly simple fact to deduce and report. (End rant.)
Here's what we now know after the tour: The Linq will soft open in December. What does that mean? The thoroughfare will open to pedestrians. Maybe, probably, a handful of venues. Mostly, the thoroughfare. In February is when things will really launch and the majority of the Linq will come online. But, not the High Roller which is aiming for a debut around the second quarter of 2014.
The above photo shows what will be an entrance to the Flamingo from within The Linq, not too far off The Strip. The pink-mirrored glass will help you find it. So, will the oversized, towering flamingos that will flank its doors.
Yes, O'Sheas will be back. Its old signage, saved from demolition, now hangs over its new home, tucked out of sight from The Strip. Expect gaming, booze and beer pong. And, it might open in December, but February seems more likely.
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Caesars Entertainment giveth, taketh, and giveth again.
It's been just over a year since O'Sheas shuttered on The Strip. At the time, execs promised it would return and now there's a sure sign of it. Actually, there's a real sign. O'Sheas' sign. The VP of The Linq posted this photo of the sign's return yesterday on Instagram.
Our Jeff Prozeller swung by the construction site last night and again this morning to snap new pics of the $500 million project. You can view them in the photo gallery below. The one thing he couldn't see from The Strip, however, was said O'Sheas sign indicating it's new home will be tucked further into the
outdoor mall open-air promenade.
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Every week, we get a new glimpse at what a finished Quad, Linq and High Roller will look like. What was once O'Sheas now bears a growing glass-and-silver exterior. Next door, The Quad continues to lose a bit more of its Imperial-ness while adding an orange facade in places. Recently, the renamed property also gained a new exterior logo. Unfortunately, it's atop a building that still screams IP. Meantime, the High Roller observation wheel climbs ever skyward.
VegasChatter fan and all-around awesome guy @John_Nissan on Twitter recently (and happily) took on the huge task of chronically the latest visible changes for us. His fantastic images, all taken during the afternoon of February 19, can be found below.
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By year's end, The Linq will finally be (kinda) open. And,
Imperial Palace The Quad will be as quad-y as it's going to get. Between then and now, there's still much to do. But, it looks like we're on the verge of seeing some big changes.
Piece by piece, a sandstone-sque exterior is going up over the framework that once was O'Sheas. There were just a few panels when we walked by last week. Today, as seen above, the work is much more visible. Looking down the alleyway between The Quad and the Flamingo which will become The Linq (and ignoring the construction worker giving us the side eye), steel frames and concrete walls that will become restaurants, shops and bars look to be almost ready for their exteriors as well.
Sure, as many people likely said good riddance as bid it adieu, but the day Irish eyes stopped smilin' on The Strip is still the most memorable moment of 2012.
O'Sheas shutdown on April 30 after one last, weekend-long drinkfest to make way for The Linq. A haven for those in search of a no-frills good time on The Strip, O'Sheas was one of the few places where what you saw was what you got. It never tried to be more than it was, knowing the formula for its success was cheap beer, cheap play and beer pong. And, that's why we loved it. Even if we did splash on the Purell after we left.
Caesars Entertainment promises that the spirit of O'Sheas will live on at The Linq. But, will it be even better than the real thing? Or, at least just as good? We'll be there to try it out. We just hope it's not stuck in a corner somewhere. 'Cause you know what they say about corners. They're perpendicular.
Back in the summer, we asked whether you preferred "drinking" or "cocktailing" in Vegas. Obviously, that was an easy answer (both!), and now we want details.
We're wondering: What's your poison of preference in Vegas? A yard of beer around the neck on the Strip? A mix-o-logical Cosmo at Vesper? Ping-pong flavored Bud at Bill's? By the way, anyone else miss O'Sheas?
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We're in the middle of a major change to the Vegas Strip right now. It actually began a few years ago with CityCenter. Right now, Caesars Entertainment is renovating a large portion of the center of the Strip.
O'Sheas closed earlier this year to make way for The Linq and Imperial Palace is being transformed into The Quad. The next transformation will be when Bill's Gambling Hall & Saloon closes in February to make way for a new boutique clubby hotel-casino. One common denominator of each of these properties is their cheap gambling.
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We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for one of VegasChatter's newest writers, who pens stories under Wake and Wander, to tell us about his.
My first visit to Vegas suffered the metaphorical equivalent of a flight delay. I found myself waiting in the lobby of The Mirage for 45 minutes, suitcase at my side, until my friend "found his phone" and returned my call. When I finally got the room number and met him upstairs, he could barely stand up. The room reeked of rum and Coke, cologne, and the steam of a hot iron. Clothes were all over, suitcases in every corner. I saw that the space under the desk was vacant so I slid in my suitcase. I turned to the dresser and saw the bottles of booze. This wasn’t just any hotel room – this was a Vegas hotel room, for sure.
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It's been almost two months since we last showed you the covered walkways, gaping holes, and rubble being caused by The Linq, that open-air destination that will bring us amazing shopping, dining and entertainment options late next year. (Or, so we hope.)
A return to that section of The Strip earlier this week found much the same, and a lot of change as well. All the walkways, holes, and rubble were still there, but since we last visited, O'Sheas and Rockhouse have closed. Both, now, stripped down husks. (See below as well as the attached gallery.)
And, while it looks like O'Sheas is being removed completely (they were tearing down exterior walls when we walked by on Tuesday), a Caesars Entertainment rep notes that the structure itself will remain in place:
The existing skin of O'Sheas will be completely off in 4-6 weeks and then scaffolding will be erected so that we can begin to install the new skin.