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While it's still possible a handful of venues may make their debut at The Linq -- the new outdoor mall under construction between The Quad and Flamingo -- by year's end, we've been able to confirm that many of the businesses won't open until early 2014.
Back in September, we shared the rumor that tenants were pushing back their move-in dates until The High Roller opens. Nervous business owners were allegedly concerned they wouldn't generate enough revenue without the foot traffic only the world's largest observation wheel would bring. That seems to be legit as we've reached out to every confirmed outlet and many have responded with the same target debut timeline:
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If all goes as planned, we should start to see portions of The Linq debut this month, including the return of O'Sheas by New Year's Eve. And, while we know a good deal of the brands to come (the latest accounting is below), there are still spaces that are TBA. Today, however, there is one less.
With 17 pods now securely fastened, the High Roller is on the fast track to at least looking like an observation wheel if not running like one, at least not yet. An opening isn't expected until early 2014, but that doesn't mean you can't buy into it now. Just not admissions, though. We're talking ads.
Ad Week reports that sponsorship opportunities are plenty, from within the cabins to the name of the wheel itself. Yep, even that is for sale, apparently, if the price is right:
The excitement is high for Vegas' High Roller, the tallest observation wheel in the world (but not if New York gets its way). We can't take our eyes off it these days as more and more pods are added. (Nine as of this afternoon with 19 to go.) Noticeable from all over the Las Vegas valley, it's really hard not to look at it. It's already become one of the dominant parts of the city's skyline and it's still months away from welcoming its first passengers on board.
When it does begin to send folks soaring and twirling (each pod will rotate as the wheel itself spins) above the Vegas cityscape, we'll be sure to be among the first to take a ride. But, that got us wondering who else we might find ourselves next to on that 30-minute, bathroom-less ride. People like...
The person who was more scared than they let on:
OMFG SO I AM ON A FERRIS WHEEL WITH MY COUSIN AND SHES SCARED OF FERRIS WHEELS AND WE'RE STUCK ON THE TOP 😂 pic.twitter.com/hR9B8OHFIt— the drummer (@irwins_laugh) October 25, 2013
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Look what's flying high at The Linq now!
After showing you the first photos of the High Roller's cabins on Monday, the very first pod was attached yesterday and hoisted to the top this morning.
Each cab weighs in at 44,000 pounds and will hold 40 passengers. There will be 28 pods in all. It will take two months to add them all to the wheel.
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No, The Rock is not about to begin filming a new installment of Witch Mountain in Vegas. Nor, are we to host the next film in the Ender's Game series. Nor, are these spacecraft-looking pods on the way to Area 51.
A member of the Vegas Rover Facebook group has instead captured the first glimpse of the High Roller observation wheel's passenger cabins. These images were snapped as Samia M. was on the road last night so the blurriness is understandable. We still think they're pretty awesome.
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We know what we're saying here, but if things go as planned (knocks on wood), we could see the first venues open at The Linq, that outdoor mall being created between The Quad and Flamingo, next month. Including, maybe, the new O'Sheas.
The return of the dive casino (although, it will likely be up to you to make it so) should join the debuts of a handful of other outlets. (Although, we hear that many venues are more inclined to wait until the High Roller begins to send folks soaring which isn't expected until the second quarter of '14). They may include -- and we really can't stress the may part enough as this information was yielded through Internet searches of information that was last updated at anyone's guess -- KOTO, an eclectic gift shop; Sprinkles Cupcakes; and Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. Although, it's a pretty safe bet that, at the very least, the last two are more likely a 'coming soon in 2014' thing. Update: We were able to confirm that Sprinkles won't open until "early 2014."
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While a new round of Vegas delays abound, we hope that's not the case for this next bit of joyous news.
We have it on very good authority that O'Sheas will return by New Year's Eve. Yes, if things go as planned, you could be back in O'Sheas -- albeit a completely new O'Sheas
buried in the heart of The Linq -- in nine weeks or less.
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It's another day for The Quad and The Linq, which means a few new things to look at and report. This writer walked through last week and again this morning, and I have some interesting tidbits to share.
Let's start with what still hasn't been touched. Though it's painful to say, unfortunately, the construction fairy didn't wiggle her nose to renovate the rooms overnight. While the rooms are quickly working their way up to the top of the to-do list, we're still left waiting with bated breath. On the positive side, if the Goretorium does wind up closing before Halloween maybe the Quad could get into the spirit, too.
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When we first heard of The Linq last August, we loved the idea. Who wouldn't? Turning a Vegas alley into a shopping, dining and entertainment destination that will "forever change the way people think" (as Caesars Entertainment framed it)? Very cool. Maybe even genius. And, then the names and types of brands began to be announced and we yawned. Literally. As in we wrote "yawn" in the headline. Cupcakes, booze and bowling. Snore.
We soon had a change of heart, though, when an East Coast friend filled us in on one of those coming soon tenants, Brooklyn Bowl. Bringing said bowling, paired with (if they're able to replicate their New York success) fab eats and great beats. We had to admit, stuffing our face while bowling and enjoying a rockin' concert sounded pretty rad so we tried to keep an open mind about how The Linq was more about the parts than the whole. Unofficial talk of additional tenants, including an off-shoot of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had us buzzed and ready to roll.
However, a fresh round of confirmed venues has us humming Adam Lambert right now. They are:
We've all been wondering what that Vortex is going to look like when it's all systems go. Well, recently we've captured a few shots of the Vortex in action, and it has us excited for the possibilities.
Last night, the Vortex was lit up in a blaze of white (seen at top) while the south side of The Quad was showing its colors, too. Seen below, this is the side you'll pass by as you enter The Linq. The wall features multi-colored LED panels. Execs have explained that they'll be programmed to complement the lights you'll see both on the marquee and the Vortex.
A few weeks back, we also snapped these shots of some waving American flags on the Vortex. And, we have to say, it looked great. Reps say the Vortex will never show ads so we're really curious as what will be displayed.