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If you’re wondering what’s Shakin’ at Planet Hollywood these days, head to Sin City Theatre on the mezz level to find out. Broadway performer and most recently a cast member of VEGAS! The Show, Eric Jordan Young, has set out on his own with his new production, Shakin'.
The high-energy show allows Young a chance to run through a laundry list of his favorites ranging from “Proud Mary” to “Old Black Magic,” which was one of his standard numbers from VEGAS! The Show. He runs through some Rat Pack classics like “Under My Skin” and pays special tribute to his idol, Sammy Davis Jr. with songs like “Candy Man.”
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Rumor has it the new Border Grill location inside Forum Shops at Caesars Palace could be opening as early as this afternoon for dinner service. They’re just waiting on the liquor license to be finalized. They've been doing mock service since last week in preparation for what a Caesars’ concierge said would be a “fall opening.”
Taking over the former space of P.J. Clarke's, the new location will have a bar area as well as a patio extending into the area in front of the restaurant. Sources closer to the action say all the restaurant should be open for lunch service tomorrow at the latest, if things go according to plan.
A year and a half later, the off-Fremont, now casino-less bar will finally open its accommodations to the public once again. In early 2013, curious rumors about the future included whispers that a boutique hotel could be on its way. That's now a reality.
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What could be a better way to carbo-load for a full day of shopping than ridiculously large portions? We've already filled you in on the upcoming expansion, but now we know one of the restaurant tenants to expect.
Cheesecake Factory is coming to Las Vegas Premium Outlets North. The chain has been approved for a “supper club” permit which is legalese for a restaurant with alcohol. It is proposed to be a 8,861-square-foot space with a 1,613-square-foot patio.
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Is it just us or does the new club sound like a sleep aid? Omnia. Saying it just makes us want to take a snooze, not dance with booze. Not really the thoughts that should pop into mind when thinking about a high-energy nightclub. What was once home to one of the original mega clubs, Pure, will now be revamped by Hakkasan Group to become Omnia at Caesars Palace. The word supposedly means “all” though we’re just hearing Ambien competitor.
The 75,000 square-foot space used to have celebrity appearances as its bread and butter but now will return as a performance-focused space much like recent additions to the scene, Light at Mandalay Bay and Life at SLS Las Vegas. Luckily, the venue will still utilize Pure’s famous patio space. It will be turned into a rooftop garden. In addition to the large main area downstairs, the venue will also feature a lounge and mezzanine area. Because the old footprint just wasn’t big enough, Omnia will also spill over into the former Caesars poker room area, giving it plenty of room for performance space.
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If you’re wondering what will be taking Jan Rouven’s spot at Riviera, the wait is over. Dirk Arthur's Wild Illusions! is the second show with an exclamation point to hit the Strip. Opening December 1, Arthur is no stranger to the Las Vegas stage, having headlined at Tropicana and O’Shea’s in the past.
This version of his show promises dancers, comedy, magic and, of course, tigers. In a press release, Arthur joked that he’s happy Riviera is a pet-friendly hotel since he’ll be bringing in some big cats. Just this spring Arthur’s own pet friendliness was questioned as the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited the performer’s shows in Reno and Laughlin for declawing large cats and for the poor conditions in which his animals resided, like rusty cages and dwellings that were too small. Arthur corrected the issues, but PETA is still not on board.
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Prince tribute act Purple Reign continues its rule of Las Vegas from a new home at Westgate. It’s hard to name a casino this show hasn’t been in during its 15-year run. Most recently at The D and at Planet Hollywood before that, tribute artist Jason Tenner and his almost too convincing act have now set up shop in the Shimmer Showroom at Westgate. His falsetto could rival Mariah Carey's dog whistle, likely aided by his incredibly tight pants.
This intimate showroom is a great venue for the show. The sides don’t extend much past the stage so there are no awkward angles and the tiered seating means there’s a good view, even from the back by the bar. The drum kit is up in the air too, so you literally can see every performer easily. With costumes as flashy as these, you surely wouldn’t want to miss any details.
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Just two short weeks ago, Pot Liquor CAS (short for Contemporary American Smokehouse) opened in Town Square. While any non-chain BBQ opening in Vegas is a good thing, there are several points that make this particular brand of smoked meats a bit more than what meets the eye.
A fairly hip space, Pot Liquor CAS has an impressively pedigreed chef at the helm. Chef/Owner Doug Bell was once the exec chef at StripSteak and now serves as corporate executive chef for The One Group. Just before that, he was at New York City's Plaza Hotel, heading up The Todd English Food Hall. With a maestro like that, there are sure to be some interesting eating ahead.
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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.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
· Pantry (Mirage)
· The Perch (Downtown Container Park)
· Pot Liquor CAS (Town Square)
· Fulton Street Food Hall (Harrah's)
· Martorano's and Yong Kang Street (Paris)
· Ciao Gourmet Market, Chili's (McCarran Airport, Terminal 3 and D concourse)
· Lao Sze Chuan (Palms)
· Chocolate Bar (NY-NY)
· CraftHaus Brewery (Off Strip)
· UFC Retail Outlet (McCarran Airport, C concourse)
· Stein Mart (Sahara Center on West Sahara Ave.)
· Armani (Grand Canal Shoppes)
· American Federation of Arts Gallery (Forum Shops)
· Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (Downtown)
· Butterfly Habitat (Springs Preserve)
· MyVEGAS Blackjack (Facebook, apps)
· B Connected sports betting app (Boyd Gaming)
· Game Room (Aria)
· Game Plane (Allegiant Air)
· .Vegas domains
· Gazillionaire web series
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Hakkasan North will be here before we know it.
Okay, that's not really the new name of the club destined to replace PURE at Caesars Palace (that we know of), but it's now our designated placeholder. While still nameless (or, at the very least, still unannounced), the mega-club will be a sister to Hakkasan at MGM Grand. An extensive renovation of the space includes an expansion into the resort's old poker room.
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We'll have to wait a tad longer to see what singer and dancer Eric Jordan Young’s got “Shakin’” in the Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood. Young’s new show has been pushed back a week to get all the details finalized. It will now open Saturday, October 4.
The former Vegas! The Show standout will now have his own show. Expect a live band and modern renditions of popular pop, rock, funk, R&B and jazz songs as Young puts his own spin on classic hits with the help of other Broadway-caliber co-directors and technical crew.
Bellagio / Lago / Openings / Julian Serrano / Closings / Circo / Eating / Dining / Fine Dining / Restaurants / → All Tags
Remember those restaurant rumblings coming out of Bellagio in April? One is finally coming to fruition. Circo closed over the weekend to make way for Lago, a new concept by Julian Serrano (behind Picasso at Bellagio and Serrano at Aria.)