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Sh*t You May Have Missed Anxiously Waiting For 'Step Up All In'

July 31, 2014 at 9:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Paris, Bally's and another installment of Step Up? Aww, yea... it's on now.

A lot of sh*t comes and goes in Las Vegas and some of it actually sticks. Since the flow of updates can come fast and furious, each month we'll point out Sh*t You May Have Missed as an easy way to keep score of what's new, who's coming soon, which doors may have closed and what you better catch now before it's gone forever.

And, if you really are waiting for Step Up All In, it hits theaters August 8.

NOW OPEN

HOTELS-CASINOS
· Westgate Las Vegas (Former LVH formerly Las Vegas Hilton formerly Intercontinental)

RESTAURANTS, BARS AND NIGHTLIFE
· Giada's for lunch (The Cromwell)
· PGA Tour Grill (McCarran Airport)
· Japanese Cuisine by Omae (3650 Decatur Blvd.)
· Oak & Ivy (Downtown Container Park)
· Distill (Southern Highlands)
· Equalibrium (Tommy Wind Theater)
· Benny's Smokin' BBQ & Brews (Binion's)

SHOWS AND ATTRACTIONS
· Sydney After Dark (Planet Hollywood)
· Cowabunga Bay (Henderson)
· GameWorks (Town Square)
· Lion cubs (The Mirage)
· Animal Encounters (Shark Reef, Mandalay Bay)

SHOPPING
· Zippo (Luxor)
· AllSaints (Forum Shops)
· Pas de Deux Children's Couture (Tivoli Village)
· Collective Souls Fine Art (Tivoli Village)
· SprayTans (Tivoli Village)
· Dana Delgado Dance Studios (Tivoli Village)
· Michael Kors (McCarran Airport, Terminal 3)
· Ted Baker (Fashion Show Mall)

OTHER SH*T
· Priefert Pavilion (South Point)
· Jimmy Hopper residency (Laguna Champagne Bar, Palazzo)

BETTER NOT BE OPEN
· Bags of Liquor (Downtown)

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Three Questions For Michael Mina On BARDOT

Where: 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
July 31, 2014 at 7:42 PM | by | Comment (1)

After the announcement that BARDOT Brasserie would be taking the spot of American Fish at Aria, many questions surrounded the motivations behind changing Michael Mina's American gastro-pub concept into a French Brasserie. Even more questions swirled around how it would define itself from others and be a unique concept.

We at VegasChatter were lucky enough to wrangle the celebrity chef for a spare moment to straighten a few things out, and to illuminate the dark corners surrounding this much-anticipated opening.

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Hold The Phone: Could This Be The End For Bally's Pylon?

July 30, 2014 at 7:59 PM | by | Comments (13)

A view of Bally's from May 2010.

While renderings of the still forthcoming Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's show an untouched pylon could that be changing?

A VegasChatter tipster tells us a T-Mobile flagship store has been signed for the corner across from The Cromwell. It will join some 150+ brands at the outdoor mall that will mostly feature retailers of the tiny kiosk variety but with a few larger shops and a handful of eateries sprinkled in, too.

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With Krave's Departure Comes Equalibrium

Where: 3765 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
July 29, 2014 at 6:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Krave may be gone (again) but that, apparently, doesn't mean Vegas will have one less LGBT nightclub. Or, that the Tommy Wind Theater will... which Krave just vacated.

In a twist that should probably require an accompanying flowchart, Krave has been replaced by Equalibrium. The also gay friendly nightspot will make its debut this Friday, August 1 in the exact same space Krave called home up until this past weekend (for its most recent incarnation, anyway). That, however, is where the similarities end as Equalibrium is quick to note on its Facebook page.

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Zinger's Shutters At Hawaiian Marketplace

Where: 3743 Las Vegas Blvd S [map], 89109
July 29, 2014 at 5:32 PM | by | Comments (4)

The best worst dive bar on The Strip is no more.

Zinger's, known for its karaoke and definitely not for its food, has closed at Hawaiian Marketplace. That's the strip mall across from Aria. You know, where they're building that Chili's? In fact, we hear the chain's two-story takeover of a large section of Hawaiian Marketplace is to blame for the shutter of Zinger's.

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A Look Inside Lao Sze Chuan At Palms

July 29, 2014 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Officially slated to debut late August, Palms' forthcoming dining destination -- Lao Sze Chuan -- appears ready from a pure design point of view.

VegasChatter friend @paperposter sent us these images of the yet-to-open Chinese eatery. The Chicago outpost is taking over the space that once belonged to Little Buddha.

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From Smoking to Pets: More Things To Know About SLS Las Vegas

July 25, 2014 at 6:38 PM | by | Comments (9)

A view today of the SLS porte cochere. That empty lot will host MGM's City of Rock.

We may have to wait until August 23 to step foot inside SLS Las Vegas, but we didn't have to wait that long to get some of our 'must know' questions answered.

SLS COO Rob Oseland held a Facebook chat on Wednesday and answered a host of queries on everything from whether the renovated resort would be gay friendly (it will) to whether guests will be able to opt out of the resort fee (they won't). Here are a few more responses you should know:

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More Information On Blackjack At SLS Las Vegas

July 25, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (7)

One of the things about having a great vocal community is that people listen. Wednesday, we revealed more details about gaming at SLS Las Vegas and you voiced concerns about what blackjack games will actually be offered when the renovated resort reopens August 23. SLS was listening and offers up more information to interested fans.

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The SLS Las Vegas Casino Looks Like It Will Live Up To Its Promises

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
July 24, 2014 at 12:08 AM | by | Comments (14)

SLS Las Vegas opens in a month on August 23 and this gambler gets more and more excited with each bit of news he hears about the casino. And, now I'm hearing SLS could have the most player friendly gaming on The Strip!

Last May when SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara) shared that it wouldn’t open with a poker room (execs will reconsider if there is demand) or a traditional sportsbook, I was slightly concerned about the kind of gaming that might be offered. A combination sportsbook-slash-restaurant sounds like a very modern way to extract revenue as opposed to offering an amenity to guests.

Earlier this year, however, promising details were revealed about the SLS Las Vegas casino itself. I became cautiously optimistic given the tagline, "generous pay tables you love." When details were revealed on Bazaar Casino (an evenings only gaming concept), I was pleased to learn there would be some very playable blackjack games available.

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Mamma Mia! Trop's Curse Continues

Where: 3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
July 23, 2014 at 8:14 PM | by | Comments (15)

It's another grand opening, grand closing for Tropicana.

After debuting May 8, Trop's version of the Broadway hit, Mamma Mia!, has turned into a big miss. It's been announced the show will close August 3. We once had high hopes that the production would finally turn things around for the WTF-plagued property, but that changed after we actually saw it and felt the vocals (kind of a major thing here) did not stand out.

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Renovations At Palace Station Bring Upgrades To Its Sportsbook

Where: 2411 West Sahara Avenue [map], 89102
July 22, 2014 at 7:56 PM | by | Comments (2)

It’s great to see older casinos become more modern. Last week, this writer checked out Palace Station to see what their new steakhouse, Charcoal Room, was all about. I was pleasantly surprised with the food, decor and level of service. The restaurant, however, felt like an anachronism compared to the rest of the casino. I'm happy to report the Charcoal Room won’t be the only updated destination inside the off Strip property.

Palace Station has recently renovated their sportsbook, too. There are two key features to the upgrade. New, large-screen TVs have the ability to feature one game across a number of monitors or the screens can be split so patrons can watch multiple games at once. The other change is the addition of 85 new plush, faux leather chairs. The chairs are among the nicest you’ll find in any Vegas sportsbook. VIP booths have been added as well.

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Not Yet Officially Here, There's Still An Early Word On Delano

July 22, 2014 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (10)

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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