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Downtown Vegas has seen a lot changes over the past few years, most of which has been documented right here on VegasChatter. Some would argue all that's new have been improvements, others would call it a mixed bag, while a few might even say it didn't need to be touched. From the injection of the Zappos culture into downtown to the buildout of Fremont East, changes have been many. There's also been the transformation of Fitzgeralds into the D. The Las Vegas Club's strategy of holding steady against a Binion's that slowly tries to re-invent itself while staying true to its roots. And of course, Downtown Grand's attempt to set itself apart from the rest of the old regime. And, that's just to name just a few.
Just under three years ago, excitement was building for the re-emergence of another classic downtown property, the Plaza. Since opening to a tepid response, the remodeled Plaza has seen its share of big changes right under its own roof. Mostly in its entertainment lineup, but also the introduction of a resort fee. And, what once looked like a survivor, Exposed Salon is (breaking news)... now gone.
Not all has disappeared or been replaced at the Plaza. Oscar's is still alive and well, though the restaurant within a resturant that was Simpatico went to culinary heaven long ago. Hash House A Go Go, still there. Poker, too, although in a different form. The announcement of a professional hockey team making its way to the Plaza means the pool deck will soon have a different look, and feel.. brrrr.
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The local news in Las Vegas isn’t always that interesting outside of Las Vegas. As last week ended, the local news turned into news that would affect tourists and residents alike. The local Culinary and Bartenders Union approved a strike against 10 Downtown Vegas casinos.
Binion's, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas Club, Main Street Station, Plaza and The D all have expired contracts with the union. Shortly after the strike was approved, the union started getting their troops in order to picket outside the hotels beginning April 12.
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The downtown property will build a 3,500-seat arena on the fifth floor pool and event deck located between its hotel towers. The Wranglers have been playing their home games at the relatively cavernous Orleans Arena which holds almost 10,000, but their contract there was not renewed. The Wranglers' contract to play at The Plaza will be for the next five seasons with an option to extend another five. The Wranglers have been averaging almost 5,000 in attendance this season so games should be overflowing with intensity and excitement next season.
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It's a soft opening, though. The indoor/outdoor beer garden, a sister joint to our fave Pop Up Pizza, quietly debuted over Super Bowl weekend. The space, however, is not quite ready for the limelight. A drop by this morning found a few projects still underway. And, while that (grassy green) patch of heaven along Main Street beckons, its owner is working to get that bed of sod just right before seating can be claimed.
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We're not sure if 2014 will see more Downtown Vegas hotels jump on the resort fee bandwagon, however, we do know at least one is planning to increase its fee soon. (Update: We wrote too soon. A new downtown hotel is joining the resort fee gang.)
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Last week, we took a look at some awfully disappointing casino giveaways. From complimentary socks to slices of pie, casinos haven’t been overly generous with the freebies. This week, we take a look at some other casino promotions, specifically those aimed at blackjack players.
If you’ve got a formal holiday event coming up, but still want to party, then Gold Coast has the perfect promotion for you. Players who hit a suited blackjack win a fashionable tuxedo t-shirt. The odds on receiving a suited blackjack when dealt any two random cards? Just over 1%, assuming a six deck shoe. It might take a bit of time to earn, but this shirt has class written all over it. We wouldn’t give it up for anything, not even five free cans of beer.
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We don't have an updated opening timeline yet, but we can't wait to sink our toes into the real grass that now adorns Bier Garten at the Plaza.
Once hoped to open in November, reps are being more cautious now about announcing a new debut date. Although, a partial reveal could take place this month.
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At Downtown's Plaza, the taps still aren't on for beer garden, Bier Garten. But, while visitors won't be able to pick up a mug just yet, they can now pick up some Louie merchandise just a few steps away.
Our @sammasseur snapped these shots of Bier Garten on Friday night. They show there's still work to be done on a venue that was originally due to open last month. We asked for a new timeline today, but were told reps were "working on it."
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They’re strange. They’re subversive! They're secretly living in your neighborhood. They are... the vegans!
Sounds like the tagline for a sexy 1960s potboiler playing at your local drive-in theater, doesn’t it? Well, to some, vegans might seem very odd, indeed. But, with 2014 around the corner, the lifestyle of plant-based eating is no longer considered strange. Nor, is it very rare. Vegan dining, much like vegetarianism, has grown exponentially as people become more aware of its benefits (and are seeking non-pharmaceutical ways to improve health and longevity). Las Vegas, forever on the cutting edge of dining, is keeping pace with this growth. Let’s take a look at what’s cooking in the vegan kitchens of Vegas. Or, growing in the gardens, if you will.
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Last week, we reported that Downtown Grand lowered its video poker pay tables shortly after they opened. Nobody was happy to see this reduction so quickly, but Downtown Grand's video poker only went from bad to worse. Most people concerned with playing good video poker games wouldn't have played the better option at Downtown Grand, anyway.
The reaction to Downtown Grand's video poker pay tables led us to check out how other downtown casinos compare. According to vpFREE2, there are plenty of good video poker games to be found downtown. Here's a list of the best games in each casino with percentage of return. They're broken down only by the best game(s) offered. Click on each game listed to find details on how many of those games are in that casino, where they are located, and what other good video poker games are available.
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The trio, comprised of Phantom of the Opera castmates from when it ran at Venetian, belt out everything from Broadway standards to originals. An almost year-long run at Plaza is coming to an end, however, it's not over 'til it's over. And, in this case, it's not over, at all. Phat Pack will take to the stage at Bally's beginning next month. Pretty awesome door/window if you ask us.