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It's Out With The Victorian, In With The Contemporary For (Part Of) Casino Royale

Where: 89109
October 15, 2014 at 1:07 PM | by | Comments (9)

Casino Royale closed and demolished its northernmost flank in the beginning of the year to make way for a Walgreens as well as an improved Denny's. Now, we're getting our first look at the new facade and it calls to mind the jarring juxtaposition of Treasure Island and that casino's new addition.

While the south side of the budget property is still firmly entrenched in its Victorian trappings (see above), its northern frontage is now boxy and without ornament. The facade is another variant of the "timeless" office park contemporary design so popular these days, with sleek lines and tiling in varying shades of brown.

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Emeril's New Orleans Fish House Is Back With The New

Where: 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
October 13, 2014 at 7:15 PM | by | Comments (2)

Sometimes you just have to yell “BAM!” and knock out a wall or two. Emeril Lagasse and his team at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House decided to do just that and kick it up a notch when they revamped the restaurant that’s been an integral part of MGM Grand's dining scene for a whopping 19 years.

The redesign -- which recently called for the restaurant to close for a few days -- included knocking out a wall to create a more welcoming "patio" dining area at the dining spot's Studio Walk entrance. New custom upholstery in various shades of blue gives a water vibe to the seafood restaurant and definitely makes you forget you’re in the middle of the desert.

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Try To miX In One More Taste Of This Vegas Classic

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
October 10, 2014 at 6:06 PM | by | Comments (4)

Delano Las Vegas debuted September 1, but the infusion of new has yet to reach the 64th floor where miX will eventually evolve into French Chef/Restauranteur Alaine Ducasse’s third Rivea restaurant as well as a yet-unnamed integrated lounge concept.

While some of us at VegasChatter feel the time for miX has passed, this writer recommends you plan at least one more visit (or your first one) before this restaurant/nightclub toasts its final sunset.

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Bellagio Finally To Complete Room Remodel

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
October 8, 2014 at 8:23 PM | by | Comments (2)

Just over a year ago, we told you how Bellagio might do more remodeling soon, or not. The "or not" proved to be more the case as the resort is just now announcing the renovation of its main tower suites.

A 2011-12 project brought a new look for the deluxe (aka, standard) rooms in the Bellagio Tower as well as for all the accommodations in the Spa Tower. Just over 400 Bellagio Tower suites, however, were kept, umm, classic. Those suites will offer a whole new style (check the rendering above) in keeping with what's already been done to the Spa Tower suites.

Some remodeled suites will be available for stays as early as next month with a full project completion expected by February 2015.

(PHOTO: MGM Resorts)

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Sh*t You May Have Missed While At The MGM Festival Grounds

October 2, 2014 at 12:50 AM | by | Comments (2)

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.

NOW OPEN

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)

SHOWS AND ATTRACTIONS
· Tiësto three-song mix (Bellagio Fountains)
· Georgia On My Mind (Venetian)
· Guinness Live Music Record Attempt (Ri Ra) Now through October 17
· Limelight (Plaza)

SHOPPING
· 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)

OTHER SH*T
· 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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Our Thoughts After A Night At Delano

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
September 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM | by | Comments (22)

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.

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At Four Seasons, Verandah To Return Without The 'H'

Where: 89109
September 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

You won't have to remember a brand new name when Four Seasons' popular casual dining spot returns from a self-described $1 million "refresh," but you will need to remember to drop the "h."

Verandah will return as Veranda on Saturday, September 20. Technically, the restaurant's new, full name will be Veranda Cucina Italiana, but we're sure that's just to provide more reasons to use some sort of curlicue font on signage remind patrons that Italy is its thing. (Although, this writer never really knew that with my laser focus on weekend brunch. And, PRESS. And, fresh donuts. At brunch. Brunchhh. If you're picturing me as a drooling Homer Simpson, you're not far off base.)

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Changes At Caesars: New Sportsbook Bar And Food Court Renovations

Where: 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 8, 2014 at 9:29 PM | by | Comments (6)

Construction walls surround the former Cypress Street Marketplace at Caesars.

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.

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Excalibur's Buffet Will Be Closed For The Rest Of The Year

Where: 3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
September 4, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (4)

We know. You're probably meeting this news with a shrug, a "who cares," or an "it's okay if it never comes back." But, if you did enjoy Excalibur's buffet for what it was, or as a MyVEGAS freebie, just know that change will be a long time coming.

The hotel has announced that a remodeling, which called for the closure of the buffet on September 2, will last into the New Year. A revamped gorge-fest is expected to debut in January. We asked for details, but reps say there are none they are ready to provide at this time.

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It's A Very Small World In The SLS World Tower

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
August 29, 2014 at 7:26 PM | by | Comments (17)

The Sahara was one of the first Vegas hotels that this writer (and my other half) ever stayed in. After visiting many times, both alone and with pals, Sahara felt like an old friend. Unfortunately, our relationship faltered when the property and level of service fell into decay. After a particularly unpleasant experience in 2009, I vowed not to return as a guest. And, I kept that promise… until last weekend when it was reborn as SLS Las Vegas.

As soon as an opening date for SLS was announced, I was able to book a two-night stay in a World Tower accommodation (360 sq. ft.) for that weekend. The World Tower is, by SLS’ own description, the "functional” arm of its three towers, with the Story Tower rooms (325 sq. ft.) intended for partiers, and Lux Tower rooms (465 sq. ft.) designed for those with luxury tastes.

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It Sounds Like Casino Royale Will Have A Denny's Again Before Year's End

Where: 89109
August 29, 2014 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (5)

Torn down for expansion (and for, yes, another Strip-front pharmacy), Denny's should return to the center Strip sooner than we thought.

A representative of the 24/7 diner chain tells us the Casino Royale location -- which sees $8 million in revenue a year! -- is tentatively scheduled to reopen this November. Until now, we thought a return wouldn't happen until 2015.

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At MGM Grand, A Closure For Remodeling Will Be Over Like 'Bam!'

Where: 89109
August 29, 2014 at 2:14 PM | by | Comments (2)

A multi-year Grand Renovation project at MGM Grand has slowed down after kicking out new rooms, casino carpet, dining spots and nightlife, but some of the resort's oldest longest running destinations aren't being ignored.

Emeril's New Orleans Fish House will close September 2-11 while it kicks its design and menu up a notch. The plan will add new fare as well as an oyster bar while a remodel of the space will make it more airy and introduce new promenade-side seating as well. Don't worry, though, about the menu changes. We're told guest favorites will remain.

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