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It's BAZ, baby, BAZ!
Here's a cheat sheet for what's happening in Las Vegas this weekend. These are events and listings that we picked because we think they're cool, noteworthy and/or funny. This is not a complete listing of everything that's happening in Vegas this weekend so simma' down now. Remember, what happens in Vegas...should probably be shared with VegasChatter. XOXO.
Melody Sweets Presents "Big Top Circus and Burlesque": The tassle-wearing vixen of Absinthe kicks off her break-out show tonight in the Absinthe Tent at Caesars Palace. Melody will perform both covers and originals from her album Burlesque in the Black accompanied by live Vegas musicians and a mix of aerial and burlesque acts (including Dirty Martinai, Buttercup Delight, and Absinthe Duo Fevrier.) Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Doors open at midnight.
"For The Record: BAZ" Opens Tonight: Not into the prodcution style of Absinthe? Head on over to Mandalay Bay's Light nightclub to check out the newest but most intimate Cirque du Soleil production yet, based on the music and style of movie director Baz Luhrmann who's best known for "Moulin Rouge", "Romeo + Juliet" and most recently, "The Great Gatsby." Tickets start at $55, plus fees.
Hard Rock's "Final Toast" for Center Bar: On Sunday, June 28, Hard Rock will host a “Final Toast” party for locals and visitors as well as past and current employees from 7 to 10 p.m. Top music hits from 1995 will be playing, and attendees can sign their name on the original Center Bar before it closes for good. The final toast will be given by Robin Leach, which may or may not affect your decision to be there at closing time. Meanwhile, guests can still enjoy the bar's "Last Call" promotion through Sunday. That gets them five of the bar's most popular shots for just $5 and which also come in with a limited-edition Center Bar shot glass.
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In continuing to keep you "abreast" of the newest openings in town, we thought you'd like to know that the world's largest Hooters Restaurant is now open at The Palms. Here's a snapshot posted on the restaurant's Facebook page, inviting everyone in for a visit.
The restaurant is also now officially listed on The Palms website. Hours for the beer and wings joint are 10am to 10pm Monday-Thursday and 9am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday. (Sorry, no Sunday brunches here for now.)
There are no surprises on the menu with the joint serving wings, quesadillas, tater tots, mozzarella sticks, sandwiches and burgers, including a Double D for $16.99 and which has two 1/2 pound patties served on a brioche bun with your choice of cheese.
Hooters is also promising "a tremendous bar experience" with comfortable booths and high-back chairs as well as nearly 50 TVs. Remember, the mammary joint will also have a poolside bar. We'll let you know when that part opens.
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Mondays. Case of them. We got 'em. And we're sure you do too. But hold on tight to your morning
squeeze coffee. Here's a bunch of newsy tidbits that are bound to perk you back up. Wink, wink.
Bally's Has a New Restaurant With Odd Hours: Tequila Taqueria, the newest pizza and beer joint from "restauranteur" Robert Earl of Earl Sandwiches is now officially open at Bally's. Christening the first slice and pour is everyone's favorite Italian actor, Mario Lopez. Er, whoops. Wait, this is a Mexican eatery serving premium tequila, 10 different Mexican beers, and dishes such as tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, tortas and guacamole (made tableside.) Sorry, the name had us confused about what sort of cuisine was on the menu. Anyhoo, the joint is now open Sunday-Thursday from
3pm to 5pm and then again from 10pm to 12am. Which are odd hours but hopefully those will get extended to real times when people want to eat tacos. noon to 6am.
Tipster PaperPoster has been keeping abreast of the construction progress for the two-story restaurant and its poolside bar, totaling about 15,200-sq.ft. of Hooters hotness. Here are the latest snaps.
Not much going on there yet but recent hooting suggests that the poolside bar will open on June 1, after the Memorial Day festivities. There hasn't been an official date announced but in the meantime, you can get an idea of the poolside view from the Hooters at The Palms Facebook page:
Now, when is O'Nutters opening on The Strip???
[Photos: PaperPoster and Hooters/Facebook]
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Hooters is not just sagging, it's going away for good.
A few weeks ago, we gave you the scoop from employees at the long-suffering Hooters Casino Hotel--that Hooters would partner up with Holiday Inn and that the entire property would be renovated to fit the Holiday Inn brand standards.
Indeed the sale of Hooters Casino has gone through (for about $53.8 million to the Trinity Hotel Investments of New York. But Johnny Kats of the Las Vegas Sun says the hotel may not turn into a Holiday Inn. Kats reports:
Trinity, which is expected to change the Hooters name, has entered into partnerships with hotels operated by such resort companies as Crown Plaza, DoubleTree By Hilton and Holiday Inn. It is expected, though not yet verified, that the last company will take over the property — but not under the Holiday Inn brand.
FWIW, Holiday Inn is a part of the InterContinental Hotel Group which also has Crowne Plaza, Candlewood Suites and Hotel Indigo as part of their company.
So, no motel hotel Holiday Inn for Las Vegas? Perhaps that's a good thing. But given Trinity's history of partnering up with
budget select service brands similar to Holiday Inn, we wouldn't hope for something super flashy.
Meanwhile, there will still be plenty of Hooters in Las Vegas. VegasChatter member PaperPoster submitted these snaps of the Hooters under construction at The Palms.
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This is the 22nd year Casino Player magazine has released national results for loosest slots in America. They gather public slot information from various local gaming commissions for a 12-month period and report where the casinos with the loosest slots can be found.
Without going too deep into the definition of "loose slots", a term created by Casino Player, the looser the slot machine, the more money it returns to players. Loose slots doesn't mean the player has an advantage. The casino still has a house edge, but looser slots offer better returns. While there isn’t public information on which specific machines offer the best returns, this research is still helpful by pointing players in the right direction.
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With the Playboy Club long gone, Palms is ready to sex things back up again. The off-Strip resort is planning to add the world's largest Hooters to its lineup. Sorry, Hooters Casino Hotel. (Side note: is that place still open? Cue overly dramatic music.)
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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.