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Chef Kerry Simon is closing the doors at two of his Las Vegas restaurants this spring. Simon has been battling debilitating Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). The incurable disease has rendered Simon unable to speak or eat normally and has confined him to a wheelchair.
As their leases expire this spring, Simon Restaurant and Lounge at Palms Place and KGB (Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers) at Harrah’s will close. Simon’s other restaurants in Palm Springs, Chicago, Los Angeles and the Dominican Republic plus Carson Kitchen in downtown Las Vegas will remain open.
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of February 23:
Route 91 Tickets On Sale Soon: Country lovers, mark your calendars. The Route 91 concert series will return to the MGM Resorts Village (the
parking events lot across from Luxor) October 2-4 and tickets go on sale March 13. For its second Vegas stop, the three-day, two-stage event will feature Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen and more. Purchase tickets online. Make sure you check out the upgraded VIP options (now with shade and better restrooms!) before you buy.
Traditional room service is on its last legs. With pricey menus and auto gratuities deciding how much guests will tip regardless of service or quality, it's not surprising. A 2013 survey found a whopping 75 percent of hotel guests no longer dialed room service. The ease of ordering fare from a less expensive outside restaurant and still have it delivered to your hotel is likely another factor in the waning popularity of in-room dining.
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The VegasChatter inbox has been on fire of late with lots of rumors, both on Strip and off. We decided to round them up and dispel or confirm what we could. Here's what's being buzzed about around town:
Subject: The Cosmo
Rumor: With the sale of The Cosmopolitan to Blackstone, its official alignment with Hilton is just a matter of time. (Blackstone already counted Hilton within its portfolio.) The question has been how it will be affiliated with Hilton. Now, a VegasChatter tipster thinks it might be placed in the CONRAD category after noticing a Las Vegas location listed for the brand, which touts "smart luxury," on an internal (read: employee only) site.
Truth: The validity of this rumor is yet to be seen. The public website for CONRAD does not make mention of a Las Vegas location. You can review Hilton's brand hierarchy here and make your own guess as to where Cosmo might fall.
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Red Bull doesn’t really give you wings, but a new vodka brand can actually give you real resort credits at Palms. Jackpot Spirits is launching a new product, Jackpot Vodka, in the Arizona and Nevada markets and has a pretty sweet deal for guests of the off-Strip resort.
The new vodka, available locally at Lee’s Discount Liquor locations, comes with a unique five-character code on the cap that can be redeemed for a $25 resort credit at Palms. If you’re wondering if it’s on the inside of the actual cap like those fun facts on Snapple lids, which would sort of force you to only use it after you finished the whole bottle, we were wondering, too. The answer is no. The code is attached to the capsule (the fancy word for the foil wrapper over the top of a liquor or wine bottle), so you can use it immediately and not sacrifice your bottle cap.
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This week's auction is already making headlines, but probably not in the way the actor would have wished. He's felt compelled to publicly deny being in serious final need while publications have not held back in their descriptions of the event, from Vocativ.com heralding it as Reynolds "personal garbage fire sale" to Gawker terming the items up for bid as "insane garbage." Starting to see a theme? If you're in need of a good laugh, you should click on both of those hyperlinks as I dare you not to LOL at some of the commentary.
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The sportsbook operator formerly known as Cantor Gaming and now known as CG Technology has a pretty great cash back promotion. They’ll refund 5% (up to $5,000) of net losses from wagers of $100 or more. The caveats are that bets must be placed through your CG Technology account (not in person) and that only sports wagers will qualify. And no, it's not limited to new members only.
Here are specifics on how the promotion works:
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Over the summer, we brought you some great options for enjoying a movie in Vegas. Based on your comments, it seems we’re not alone in our love for a flick, even while on vacation. We’re back now with more possibilities, as well as details on how you can see the blockbuster film Interstellar the way it was meant to be seen.
If high-priced theater tickets aren’t your thing, then Regency Tropicana Cinemas is your best bet. All shows here are just two bucks. Better yet, swing by on a Tuesday and get in for half off. Trade-offs? There are plenty. The screens are smaller, the movies are older, they don’t have stadium seating, and it occasionally seems like parents use the place as a daycare. Concessions are just as expensive as at any other theater, but when you can get five tickets for the price of one, it’s OK to splurge a bit. The Regency is located about four miles east of The Strip on Tropicana. It’s way too far to walk, but not a bad drive if you’re at the southern end of The Strip.
With the fall season upon us ushering in cooler weather, the party doesn’t wait until nighttime to get started. Ghostbar Dayclub at Palms throws open the doors to its patio each Saturday this fall and winter for the ultimate indoor-outdoor party atmosphere.
This isn’t the bandage dress and heels crowd you’d expect at a nightclub, but rather an anything goes dress code where crazy costumes are encouraged. Think lots of neon spandex, tutus and furry vests. When we dropped by recently, there was an entire crew in ‘80s workout wear and another dressed as the Power Rangers. In other words, jeans and t-shirts are allowed, but you might actually stand out if you don’t opt for something crazier.
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The eagerly anticipated Chinese spot at Palms is now open. The trope is almost mandatory now: gambling establishments with over 100 slot machines must have bathrooms, emergency exits, and a Chinese restaurant. But, at least this new dining destination isn't like the dens of grease/MSG many claim and features a proper chef doing proper Chinese specialties.
Szechuan food is characterized by two ingredients: chili oil and Szechuan peppercorns. Both play a heavy part in the food at Lao Sze Chuan, especially in the Spicy Szechuan Rabbit appetizer ($7.95). This is a dish for those looking to satiate that peppercorn addiction, applying almost medical-grade numbing to every surface in your mouth. If you wanted to scare away a novice, this would be the dish to do it with. The dish, served cold, is quite tasty, just watch out for the many sharp bones and don't start popping it in your mouth like this writer did.
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Lao Sze Chuan, a Chicago transplant from the famous "Mayor of Chinatown," Tony Hu, will officially debut at Palms this August (although, we hear a end-of-July soft opening may not be out of the question). The darling of critics and lauded by Michelin with their "Bib Gourmand" designation, Tony Hu is bringing Sze Chuan spice to Vegas.