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Checking In On The Grand Bazaar Shops At Bally's

June 18, 2015 at 2:54 PM | by | ()

If you build it, they will come. It might have worked for baseball ghosts in “Field of Dreams” but so far, the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s is looking like an actual ghost town.

A recent visit found exactly two shops and one bar occupied, out of a total of 84 outlets (according to the list of open and soon-to-be-open shops on the venue’s website). Now obviously we weren’t in all places at one time to get an accurate headcount, but as we strolled along, these were the only non-employee folks we saw.

This thing is still pretty.

Ooh, food from the future?! Sounds awesome!

And speaking of employees, each looked more bored than the last because they unfortunately didn’t have any human contact at all very many customers. The rows of small shops had a lot of repeats such as the pair of salon/hair places right next to each other that had a forthcoming “beauty center” for a soon-to-be neighbor.

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The LINQ Getting Another Purple Zebra, Coffee Spot

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
February 24, 2015 at 12:11 PM | by | ()

If the Purple Zebra and Starbucks in The LINQ promenade is too far of a stroll for you, there's a Purple Zebra and a coffee spot opening soon inside The LINQ Hotel (formerly The Quad).

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Starbucks At The Linq Offers Late-Night Happy Hour

Where: 89109
September 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM | by | ()

If you think Starbucks is a whole latte lotta money, the location at The Linq has just the offer for you... if you're up for it. Literally.

Located near The Linq's Strip entrance, the now 24-hour Starbucks offers a late-night happy hour. Drop in between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., buy two drinks, and receive 50 percent off the cheaper of the two. (If they're both the same price, you'll still get the discount.) And, yes, with markup, you're probably still paying for two drinks, but if you were Jonesing for a late-night caffeine fix and would have picked up some, anyway, why not save a few bucks?

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Searching For Coffee Breaks On The Strip That Won't Break The Bank

June 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM | by | ()

While many Vegas visitors are looking for the largest drinking vessel at the lowest price for alcoholic beverages, some just want a good cup of coffee. The goal is to still have a little left to spend at the tables. Starbucks are pretty much on every corner, with some hotels offering multiple locations, though VegasChatter reader Tom G. wanted to know where to get a decent cup of coffee on the Strip that’s actually affordable. The easy answer is you can get good coffee or cheap coffee, but not both. More often the easiest to find is moderately to expensively priced mediocre coffee. Most of the Starbucks on The Strip are even more pricey than their off-Strip incarnations.

The newest coffee shop on The Strip is one of the best. Though not what we would call cheap, Sambalatte on the plaza at Monte Carlo offers high-quality products and serves them with flair. Think fancy frothy designs in your cappuccino foam. You should ask them to try and recreate the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Why not? You might get lucky. While coffee purists may not value the literal fluff, rest assured you are also getting a beverage that’s as delicious as it is beautiful. Personal favorites include the Nutella Latte and White Chocolate Mocha. For those not into the sweet stuff, a small coffee is $3.78 and a cappuccino is $4.86.

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A Closer Look At The 'Park' That's Coming To The Strip

May 5, 2014 at 2:12 PM | by | ()

New plans for Monte Carlo and New York-New York as well as the land between them creates an expanded plaza while bringing new dining options to both sides of a reconfigured Rue de Monte Carlo.

The project's reboot was announced last week. Full details can be read here. Essentially, executives will give the main road leading to Monte Carlo's porte cochere a serpentine twist to add new structures to the south side of Monte Carlo. They've also greatly enlarged a promenade on the north side of New York-New York while providing additional eateries on that side as well.

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What Phase Two Of The Linq Brings You Now

Where: 89109
March 3, 2014 at 11:05 AM | by | ()

It's not even fully realized yet but The Linq has already accomplished its main goal. It's rerouting the flow of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip.

This weekend, phase two of the outdoor mall dining and retail destination located between Flamingo and The Quad revealed itself to the public and this writer watched as lots of passersby chose to veer off Las Vegas Boulevard and stroll down the promenade to discover what was inside. The construction wall preventing folks from traversing the full-length of the promenade has finally been removed, allowing full access from The Strip to The High Roller. There's still not much in terms of open venues. In addition to the six tenants that debuted right before year's end -- KOTO, Starbucks, O'Sheas, Chayo, Purple Zebra and Haute Doggery -- Bella Scarpa and Ruby Blue (both boutiques for the ladies); Ghirardelli (chocolate shop); Chilli Beans (Brazilian eyewear brand); Yard House (a chain bar/restaurant); a Concierge Services office; and Sky Shop (the retail shop for the High Roller) all made their debuts over the weekend.

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What The Linq Has To Offer Right Now

Where: 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 29, 2013 at 12:58 PM | by | ()

Caesars Entertainment has revealed the first section of The Linq, the newly created outdoor mall between The Quad (formerly Imperial Palace) and the Flamingo, but instead of beginning with six, there's just five right now.

What was once an alley is now an inviting, paver-lined promenade stretching from Las Vegas Boulevard down to the High Roller observation wheel. Or, rather it will stretch that far as soon as construction is complete. For now, pedestrians on the east side of The Strip can stroll down just a portion of The Linq before running into a barrier just beyond O'Sheas. Oh, yes. O'Sheas is back. But, first let's start at the very beginning.

From Las Vegas Boulevard, you can't miss The Linq, mostly due to its towering Strip-side pylon which is simply stunning in its clarity. Also jaw-dropping? The awkward street dancers which are frequently featured on the marquee. We're not too sure what is going on with that aside from an attempt to get youngsters to venture inside. No, that's not right. We're not sure what's up with that aside from an attempt to get the youngsters to venture inside, dawg. Yeah, that's better.

Despite the eye-catching pylon, this writer sat and watched as crowds of passersby streamed by The Linq without even a glance on Saturday afternoon. Others did at least swivel their heads for a look (most probably at the High Roller which gleamed in the background), but still kept right on by. Only handfuls of people here and there actually turned off the Strip and ventured down the promenade to discover what was within.

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The Linq To Begin With Six

December 18, 2013 at 9:24 PM | by | ()

On December 27, we'll get our first taste of The Linq.

The first six venues to make their debut within the newly created outdoor mall have been officially revealed and O'Sheas (yay!), Purple Zebra (mm'kay?) and Haute Doggery (hot diggity dog would be the most appropriate response, we're guessing) are among them.

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At New York-New York, A Street Closes As New Shops Prepare To Debut

Where: 89109
December 18, 2013 at 4:46 PM | by | ()

We don't even know if it even had an official name, but the road separating New York-New York from what used to be the CityCenter Sales Pavilion has been officially closed.

Execs asked county officials for permission to close the thoroughfare back in July. The plan is to remove it entirely and replace it with a "pedestrian access easement." What's commonly referred to as a walkway. Although, this one will have a spot for dining and drinking, too. The pathway will also link New York-New York with the new shops and dining experiences that will eventually take over the land where the sales pavilion once stood. Those coming soon venues will include the city's first Shake Shack. (Don't get too excited for that just yet. Shake Shack isn't expected to open until late 2014.)

In the meantime, the first phase of the $100 million project, which is transforming the Strip-side facades of New York-New York and Monte Carlo as well as the land between the resorts, will debut officially December 28. It will introduce three shops and a 24/7 Starbucks to New York-New York. But, from what we saw yesterday, the venues could soft open any day now.

A black drape now shields the venues from view where a floor-to-ceiling construction wall was once found. Signage for I Love NYNY, Starbucks and Swatch is clearly visible above it. We're still not all that crazy about a Swatch store (or any of the other brands, frankly) but its signage is certainly eye-catching. Its brightly lit storefront immediately caught our attention from across the casino floor.

Peeking through a gap in the drape showed us that store shelves are up and even stocked with merchandise at I Love NYNY. We couldn't, however, view the interiors of Starbucks or Swatch. We also didn't see signage up for Stupidiotic, although, we think we spied what had to be its storefront to the right of Swatch. Still, we got the impression that the venues could open very soon. At least, via their casino entrances. The Strip-side entrances? Not so much. At least, not right now.

The front of the property is still blocked to pedestrians, but, we did notice that the construction wall has come down from around the renovated Nine Fine Irishmen patio as well as the addition of pavers and quite a few trees. Also, the changes to the Brooklyn Bridge look fantastic, even from far away. The renovation, which included the loss of the garbage-strewn faux waterways along its perimeter, are a drastic improvement.

Hershey's Chocolate World, that open, dirt-filled area you see above at screen left, still has a long way to go, though. That opening has been pushed to "spring." We watched a construction worker walk inside the space from the casino and it doesn't look any better from that vantage point.

At the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard, piping seems to have been placed for the return of the water feature which surrounded Lady Liberty. The reduced footprint, we hazard to guess, will allow for an additional walkway behind the replica. You can see how it's changed below. More pavers have been installed and you'll find more trees over here, too. In no way, "park-like," but definitely more than we were expecting.

If you're not sure where all these new venues will be found at New York-New York, Hershey's will be two levels and will be found right next to the escalators that take you from the mezzanine to the casino level, and vice versa. Starbucks, I Love NYNY, and Swatch are where the old Broadway Theater used to be. (Or, Rok Vegas, if that helps.)

If you want to know how things are going over at sister resort, Monte Carlo, check out the photo gallery below. Its new venues, which will include Double Barrel Roadhouse, 800 Degrees pizzeria, and Sambalatte, won't start to debut until early 2014.

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There's A Starbucks Brewing In Vdara Now

December 9, 2013 at 6:05 PM | by | ()

In case three Starbucks weren't enough for you at CityCenter, a new one -- yes, the fourth -- has made its debut.

The coffee shop brand started popping up around the mega-resort complex earlier this year and now locations can be found within Crystals, in front of Mandarin Oriental on The Strip and inside Aria.

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New York-New York's Transformation To Begin Reveal Before Year's End

Where: 89109
November 25, 2013 at 7:54 PM | by | ()

What will $100 million get you these days on The Strip? At New York-New York, a portion of that amount (shared with sister resort Monte Carlo) will get you a revamped facade featuring a Hershey's Chocolate World, Swatch boutique, Stupidiotic and I Love NYNY novelty shops, and a Strip-side 24/7 Starbucks with patio dining. Or, in other words, everything you could possibly need.

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Vdara is Turning The Silk Road Resto into a Starbucks and Some Meeting Space

October 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM | by | ()

When Vdara shut down their Silk Road restaurant a few years ago, they instantly opened up The Market Cafe, a classy place where guests could get quality, made-to-order food for either "stay" or "to go" as well as gourmet market essentials like bottled water, milk, ice cream, cheese, meats and even bottles of wines. Oh, and the Market Cafe also serves as a coffee bar. But, we guess that wasn't enough to liven up the place.

Vdara is now in the process of opening a Starbucks across from the Market Cafe, in front of the old Silk Road restaurant. (The shot above was snapped from The Market Cafe.) And, thanks to a heads up from tipster, Brian G., the Starbucks will open in December which is also when we presume Silk Road will reopen as a meeting space for up to 200 attendees. He also found this rendering, too:

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