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Openings / Downtown Vegas / Limelight / Plaza / Burlesque / Downtown / Entertainment / Shows / → All Tags
The trouble with approaching anything with any sort of expectation is you’ll often be let down. Even if your own preconceived notions are all you’re battling, a good show might not live up to expectations based on your past experiences with the venue, a given performer, director, etc. It’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised and even better to be (borderline) blown away!
Limelight opened this past weekend at Plaza in Downtown Vegas. With it came the stigma of the venue’s failed productions and the challenge of getting people to go see a downtown show in the first place. Luckily, this isn’t your average burlesque revue. For starters, it’s from LA producers so it’s literally bringing a fresh perspective to Vegas.
VegasChatter Reviews / Delano Las Vegas / THEhotel at Mandalay Bay / Name Changes / Mandalay Bay / Openings / Renovations / Room Remodels / → All Tags
As a 14-year resident of south Florida (and longtime fan of Las Vegas), this writer was excited to learn that Delano, a Miami/South Beach landmark since 1947, was going to bring its upscale Floridian flavor to THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. Nearby Tropicana had already introduced this motif --rather successfully IMHO -- so I was interested to see how Delano would approach their own Miami-in-the-desert theme.
Not having stayed here previously, I found it easy to view Delano Las Vegas as a completely new lodging experience. What wasn’t so easy was finding my way to the lobby as the valet gave no directions or information before dashing away with my car. Nor did he mention the $20 daily valet charge that you may have already read about here.
After a false start into the nearest entrance (the Delano doorway within the Mandalay Bay parking garage is barely marked), I was surprised by the lack of Miami-inspired decor throughout the foyer. (PR reps will, however, point out the white sheers as very "Delano.") At least the air was fresh smelling as Delano is entirely smoke (and gaming) free. The large boulders as well as rock sculptures are very lovely and impressive and the hotel's version of melding Florida with Vegas. If you aren't told that (or didn't read it here), though, it could be a real headscratcher.
Delano is known for exemplary service, which has clearly carried over to its Nevada sister. Desk agents, concierge and bell staff were all buzzing efficiently and courteously at their tasks as sleek lighting and sexy music set a Wynn-like tone. Check-in was fast and pleasant, with my agent eagerly urging me to try her favorite new citrus juice at 3940 Coffee + Tea (the lobby coffeeshop) and describing the locations of the recently overhauled Franklin Bar (the lobby bar) and Della’s Kitchen (the ground-floor cafe).
My king suite on the 26th floor was easy to find, halfway down a corridor that was simple and tasteful. Thankfully, there were no feelings of vertigo like during my recent stroll through the SLS World Tower funhouse corridors. That relief quickly turned to deja vu, though, once inside the suite. Was this the Delano or the SLS? It’s easy to spot the many similarities as designer Philippe Starck’s vintage-meets-modern stylings were introduced to the Delano Miami during its ‘94 renovation, and he put a similar stamp on Sahara's rebirth.
Openings / Future Vegas / Bally's / Grand Bazaar Shops / Shopping / Dining / Eating / → All Tags
One of the first questions folks want to know about the forthcoming Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's -- aside from why -- is when. Signage has only stated the vague timeline of fall, which could be anytime between September 22 and December 20. A recent report by the RJ narrowed that down to late December. Now, we may have a specific date (or rather dates) to pin to its debut.
It's been 12 years, but Bellagio is finally getting egg-y with it again. Ok, that was horrible. We can guarantee, however, that the resort's newest art exhibition will be anything but.
Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art will once again host a presentation of exquisite Fabergé creations beginning November 14. The last time it did so was back in 2002.
Caesars Palace / Openings / Closings / Renovations / Sportsbooks / Food Courts / Dining / Gambling / Drinking / Bars / Casinos / → All Tags
Caesars Palace, the sprawling compound that it is, has gotten a sports book facelift and is undergoing renovations to its food court, previously known as Cypress Street Marketplace. The former food court always had steady traffic and especially long lines whenever this writer wanted to pop in for her beloved BBQ pork sandwiches, mac & cheese and creamed spinach at the Bar BQ outpost.
Granted Mesa Grill, Rao’s and Nobu are also at Caesars and clearly in a different class, but the various Cypress Street offerings were solid food court options for those with less time or a smaller budget.
Openings / Eating / Dining / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / The Market / Fremont Street / Fremont East / → All Tags
You won't, however, find what's being described as an urban grocery under the Fremont Street Experience canopy. You'll need to venture beyond Slotzilla into Fremont East if you're in search of "traditional groceries, fresh produce, exceptional coffee and pastries, gourmet sandwiches, craft beer and wine, a carefully curated hot and cold salad bar, and a selection of enticing grab-and-go meals, sides, and snacks prepared daily."
Fees / Delano Las Vegas / THEhotel at Mandalay Bay / Mandalay Bay / Name Changes / Openings / → All Tags
It's enough to make you feel like you're stuck between a 126,000-pound rock and a hard place. Luggage-laden guests who choose to valet at Delano Las Vegas will also end up handing over at least $20 along with their car keys.
The Delano's Sin City arrival brings with it an overnight valet parking fee of $20. Yes, that's per night. A statement from MGM Resorts reads as follows:
Openings / Eating / Dining / The Mirage / Pantry / Restaurants / → All Tags
The Mirage will finally gain another much-needed dining destination this week. Pantry, a new 24/7 concept, will debut this Wednesday, September 10. It takes over the space that once housed B.B. King's and, before that, Caribe Cafe.
A glimpse inside courtesy VegasChatter M.J. reveals a contemporary country decor with white walls and ceilings, blue-and-white tiles featuring a repeating starburst pattern on the floor, and tables paired with galvanized steel chairs for dining. There also will be bar-top and high-boy seating as well.
Vegas News / Events / Openings / Closings / Vegas Delays / Entertainment / Shit You May Have Missed / → All Tags
A lot of sh*t comes and goes in Las Vegas and some of it actually sticks (although, not in the case of Planet Hollywood's Viva Veracruz which folded before it even began last month.) 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, BARS AND NIGHTLIFE
· Bunkhouse (Downtown)
· Chili's (Center Strip)
· Made.LV (Tivoli Village)
· 17° South (Tahiti Village)
· Mochiko Chicken (Off Strip)
· Wiener's Circle (Santa Fe Station)
· Bad Beat Brewing (Henderson)
· Giada's for lunch (The Cromwell)
· Guy's Vegas Kitchen for breakfast (The Quad)
· Mulberry (Forum Shops)
· Columbia Sportswear (Las Vegas South Premium Outlets)
· Spanx (Fashion Show Mall)
Dining / Eating / Restaurants / Off Strip / Tivoli Village / Elizabeth Blau / Bradley Ogden / Openings / → All Tags
The off-Strip, suburban mall of Tivoli Village has been looking to fill its empty Bradley Ogden space for some time, with small luck. It seemed like no one could hold onto a business there for more than a couple months, almost as if it was cursed. Some folks say Old Man Odgen still wanders those very halls...
But now, and perhaps for the last time, we have a new spot in that space: Made.LV. From the minds behind Honey Salt (Vegas F&B dynamos Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla), what else could we expect but greatness?
TI / Treasure Island / Shopping / Dining / CVS / Openings / → All Tags
In April, a Treasure Island rep told us its new, self-described "retail-tainment center" would make its debut in September. Now, a few days into the last month of summer, it looks like they may need a bit more time.
We drove by the mall earlier this week and found an exterior nearing completion, but the three-story addition -- tacked onto the resort's northeast corner at Spring Mountain and eating into a portion of the now-silent cove -- appeared to have largely unfinished interiors. Execs have never announced a tenant beyond CVS for the structure. The pharmacy will occupy the entire ground floor, covering some 12,000 square feet.
With the plethora of bandage dresses seen on ladies in Las Vegas clubs, it makes perfect sense for Spanx to open its first Vegas retail store right on The Strip. Vegas is a place to wear whatever you want, even if you might not be caught dead wearing it in your hometown. Ladies (and anyone!) should have the confidence to strut their stuff on the Strip without fear since, of course, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
Ok, the dream sequence for a Las Vegas commercial is OVER! The reality is we’re not all 21, anymore, or at the gym as often as we’d like to be, and what happens in Vegas usually ends up on Instagram. If you’re not comfortable wearing that snug-fitting dress or white pants (d'oh, it’s after Labor Day, anyway!), it’s a short drive or walk from your Strip hotel to the new Spanx store at Fashion Show Mall.