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At Mandalay Bay, A Glimpse Of The Future?

Where: 89109
December 17, 2014 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (6)

First, it was the Four Seasons. Then, it was THEhotel's turn. Now, Mandalay proper will see the arrival of renovated digs.

The New Year will bring a new look for the resort's gleaming Y-shaped hotel tower. Back in August, we told you how a room remodel was on the books for 2015. The goal is to have revamped accommodations by the time that huge convention center expansion is complete.

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Mirage Poker Room To Go On Hiatus, Return Smaller

Where: 89109
December 16, 2014 at 4:39 PM | by | Comments (4)

One of the oldest poker rooms on the Las Vegas Strip is about to be dealt a new hand.

The poker room at The Mirage will reportedly close for renovations January 24, with a tentative reopening date set as May 15. When the new room emerges it will be noticeably smaller in size, clocking in at 12 tables, down from the 19 that are currently in use. The new room will be located in the same general area that it currently sits, however the elevated portion that is usually reserved for high-limit games will be removed. The casino’s main cage is also being relocated to an area that sits inside of the current poker room’s footprint. A source inside the poker room reports that all dealers will be laid off during the roughly four months of renovations and will then be rehired based on seniority.

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The Strip To Be Gifted With Smashburger This Month

Where: 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
December 10, 2014 at 8:24 PM | by | Comments (5)

Perhaps Smashburger can get a Hulk busker to help promote the opening of its new store at Caesars Palace. A Hulk Smashburger sounds like a natural menu item for the ever-expanding burger chain. They usually have a "celebrity smasher" for their openings and a busker would definitely fit in on The Strip. Smashburger will set up shop in the new food court at Caesars, its ninth Vegas location and first on the Strip.

If you haven’t had Smashburger yet, you’re missing out. No it’s not quite on the level of Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay or the sorely missed LBS at Red Rock, but it’s about half the price and really quite tasty. Don’t lump it in with other fast food burger joints because it’s far better, at least in this burger lover’s opinion.

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Carnegie Deli Closes For Remodeling

Where: 89109
November 25, 2014 at 12:09 PM | by | Comments (4)

If you tend to have carnivorous cravings of gargantuan proportions, brace yourself. Carnegie Deli at The Mirage will be unavailable to you for the next two weeks.

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iBar At Rio Adds Video Poker

Where: 3700 West Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
November 24, 2014 at 7:27 PM | by | Comments (5)

Though the Show in the Sky is no longer happening at Rio, several venues show the property is still alive and well in some areas. On a recent weekend visit, we enjoyed live entertainment at the stage near the former Show in the Sky area. A six-piece band performed for a sizeable crowd.

Another crowded spot in the casino was the recently renovated iBar. While the entire casino recently got new carpet, iBar got some additional upgrades. New bench-style seating around the perimeter has given the bar a much more loungy feel, making it a great spot to sit and sip while people watching from the center of the casino floor.

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When Hungry At Aria, Consider Its New Bar

Where: 89158
November 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

While the newly opened Alibi Cocktail Lounge at Aria touts itself as the "perfect convergence of premium spirits, imaginative ingredients & highly stylized opulence," there's another reason to drink it all in -- you can grab a bite there, too.

Not mentioned anywhere on its website, VegasChatter friend @paperposter alerted us to the -- dare we say -- secret menu. (Disclaimer: it's not secret as there's a printed menu. Secret menu just sounds so much cooler, tho. Kinda like writing 'tho.')

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Yes, The Pagodas Are On The Way Out

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
November 5, 2014 at 10:22 PM | by | Comments (6)

The LINQ Hotel is about to put its first week to bed, but while the inside is bringing all kinds of new, the outside still says "IP was here."

The center Strip property -- that once was The Quad and, before that, Imperial Palace -- has been working to shed its reputation as an eyesore, but it's hard to do that when you still have the themed pagodas from three names ago still gracing your roofline.

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The Last Trace Of The Imperial Palace Is Finally Disappearing From The Vegas Skyline

October 31, 2014 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (5)

The blue-tiled pagoda roofline that screamed Imperial Palace long beyond the name itself was regulated to Vegas past is finally, finally starting to come down.

VegasChatter reader Jeff C. spent the night at the newly renamed resort overnight -- now, officially, The LINQ Hotel -- and shared this photo of the blue tiles being removed. (He'll share details on his stay with us soon and, yes, we know to ask about the water pressure!)

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At Aria, Something New, Something Moved And A Few Rumors, Too

Where: 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89158
October 30, 2014 at 6:03 PM | by | Comments (20)

From a new bar to a high limit refresh, Aria is working to bring more new.

The resort officially debuts a new lounge today. Alibi Cocktail Lounge replaces what was City Bar originally. If you can't picture it, it's that bar that's just a stone chip's throw from the resort's casino cage.

Open round-the-clock, Alibi isn't keeping its standard upscale lounge concept under wraps, billing itself as the "perfect convergence of premium spirits, imaginative ingredients and highly stylized opulence." Or, as we translate it, trendy craft cocktails in a posh, new setting.

VegasChatter reader @paperposter sent in the photos of Alibi you see in the photo gallery below. He reports that the lounge offers video poker at the bar and also will be used for private, high-end blackjack and baccarat tournaments.

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At Last, The LINQ Hotel Rooms Are Ready To Be Revealed

October 28, 2014 at 4:54 PM | by | Comments (28)

There’s yet another new hotel in Las Vegas. Or, at the very least, everything old is new again.

The past year in Las Vegas has seen the opening of The Cromwell (formerly Bill’s Gamblin' Hall), SLS Las Vegas and Delano Las Vegas. Now comes The LINQ Hotel & Casino. But, if you know your Vegas, you know it’s not entirely new.

Most recently, The LINQ Hotel & Casino was known as The Quad and, before that, it was Imperial Palace. The IP first opened in 1979 and was consistently built up throughout the 80s. The 90s saw some interesting revelations about the IP’s owner at the time (he apparently had a Nazi memorabilia room on-site.) By 2005, the casino was acquired by Caesars Entertainment (the company went by Harrah’s back then), but was in desperate need of repairs. Then, the recession hit. Once the economy improved and construction began to turn an alley into the now neighboring Linq mall, the Imperial Palace brand was discarded and The Quad was born in late 2012, complete with a shiny, silver exterior. Much of the old Imperial Palace remained, though, including the rooms and the distinctive pagoda rooftops.

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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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