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Check-Out Folio: Pizza Madness, March Madness, And More

January 30, 2015 at 9:20 PM | by | Comment (1)

There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site. 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 January 26:

March Madness: Yes, the Big Game isn't even over but folks have been talking about March Madness in Vegas since the end of last year. (Shout-out to the March Madness in Las Vegas Facebook group! Holla!) If you're dying for info, we can now share TI's plans. The resort will host basketball fans March 19-21 in its ballroom. Entry will be free and seating will be banquet-style (first come, first serve). There will be a cash bar, concessions and satellite betting stations so you won't miss a moment of action (unless you're in the restroom). Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. each day.

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Our First Thoughts On Venetian's Yardbird

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 30, 2015 at 8:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re a southern transplant like myself or just love that style of food, Yardbird at Venetian should satisfy your cravings. After attending an evening media event and a Sunday brunch, this writer got a taste of what all the clucking’s been about. I’m happy to report most of the dishes sampled lived up to the hype. The second branch of the Miami-based restaurant has gotten high praise from the likes of Bon Appetit, James Beard Foundation and Southern Living, plus awards for its bourbon selection.

When VegasChatter stopped in for brunch, we were greeted promptly but the ensuing service was quite slow. Presented with a prix fixe experience, dishes came out in a very random order (read: in reverse) or were not ours at all (we were offered another table's dishes at several points during our meal). Though we were told brunch would be served tapas style with things coming out when they were ready, the randomness of it all was a little frustrating. (Especially since we weren't told it would be shared plates until each of us had ordered our own thing, and several of us had already gravitated to the same choices. The good news is that brunch is normally a la carte, although still meant to be shared.) Hopefully, our experience can be attributed to the growing pains of a new restaurant. (They also ran out of coffee cups and ramekins during our visit.) These kinks will likely be worked out with a little more practice (and surplus).

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TI Has A Resort Fee Change, Too, But For The Better

Where: 89109
January 30, 2015 at 4:39 PM | by | Comments (3)

After news of not one, but two new resort fee hikes (if you haven't heard, read here and here) and the enacting of brand new resort fee in downtown this month, we were quite wary when an email from Treasure Island referencing the nightly charge hit our inbox. This time, however, we're much relieved to pass on a spot of good news. No, TI is not rescinding its resort fee, but it is making it more of a value and it is still optional, if you book your stay a certain way.

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Rock In Rio Begins Selling Shuttle, Monorail Passes

January 30, 2015 at 3:12 PM | by | Comment (1)

Not Rock in Rio Vegas, but still Rock in Rio.

With no on-site parking and nearby garages at SLS Las Vegas, Circus Circus, Stratosphere and Riviera likely to already be packed by guests, the majority of Rock in Rio ticket holders will need to consider public transportation options before they rock out on the north Strip.

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Eyebrow-Raising Numbers On Gaming

January 30, 2015 at 2:22 PM | by | Comments (27)

Those who know me well, know that I'm not much of a gambler. Sure, I may drop few bucks here and there, but I'd rather spend on restaurants, spas or shows. New numbers show I'm not the only one walking through instead of stopping on the casino floor.

Vegas Inc. reports gaming revenue is down not just for last month (December 2014) but for all of last year. The business publication states numbers released by the Gaming Control Board show Nevada "casinos won a little more than $11 billion in 2014, a 1.1 percent drop from the previous year when gaming revenue increased by 2.6 percent." If you look at gaming revenue solely on the Strip, it's down 2.1 percent when comparing 2014 to 2013. Interestingly, downtown's numbers are up the same amount.

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Will Luck Be A Lady And Keep 'Frank' At Palazzo?

Where: 89109
January 30, 2015 at 11:34 AM | by | Comments (3)

Though the now classic tunes of Frank Sinatra used to bring out showgoers in droves, times have changed. What was popular then and still respected now isn’t likely to garner the same numbers. The Venetian|Palazzo’s latest gamble, "Frank - The Man. The Music," is just that. It’s (pretty much) the man and his music. Of course, we’re not talking just any music, but rather the iconic hits of musical legend Frank Sinatra. His heyday was decades ago, but execs are betting his legacy is strong enough to bring in enough ticket sales to cover the cost of that 32-piece orchestra.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the show, which takes place in the expansive 1,733-seat Palazzo Theatre, will have to sell approximately 600 seats nightly to turn a profit. Though the Vegas crowds these days tend to skew toward more modern shows and nightclubs, hopefully there will be enough interest in this high-class tribute show because it really does deserve to be seen.

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100x Craps Odds Returns To Casino Royale

January 29, 2015 at 4:18 PM | by | Comments (8)

Last year, Casino Royale stopped offering 100x odds on their craps game and went to only offering 20x odds (which was still the best on the Vegas Strip). Well, happy days are here again as the much-loved 100x odds returned earlier this year.

Why the excitement? When playing full 100x odds in craps, you’re basically eliminating the house advantage the casino has in the game. When you combine your pass line wager with the full 100x odds, the overall house edge is 0.021%, according to Wizard of Vegas.

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Griddle Cafe Closing At SLS, Northside Cafe Taking Spot

January 29, 2015 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (17)

Another restaurant closure for SLS Las Vegas. But, unlike its buffet (which continues to sit dormant despite talk that it could reopen again this month), a new eatery will take over immediately.

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Y'all Keep Shutting Down The 24-7 White Castle

Where: 89109
January 29, 2015 at 2:36 PM | by | Comments (12)

Joke all you want about White Castle's arrival on the Strip. The beloved burger chain is laughing all the way to the bank.

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An Update On The Fashion Show Mall Expansion

January 28, 2015 at 7:53 PM | by | Comments (3)

The front of Fashion Show Mall is getting a redesign, but it looks like the familiar “spaceship” feature will remain. A recent walk by the façade’s construction area shows some progress, but no more hints about what’s to come, other than the vague sign saying “exciting new dining destinations.”

From the inside of the mall, the two-story, soon-to-be triple its former size Zara men’s and women’s clothing store is the most visible change. Its large footprint looks strange while it is closed during the renovation. Construction walls are completely sealed up, offering no hints as to progress. Signs say it’ll be up and running around fall of this year.

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Planet Hollywood Will Really Make Waves This Pool Season

Where: 89109
January 28, 2015 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (5)



What was teased Tuesday on social media was revealed on the same medium early this morning.

Planet Hollywood took to its Facebook and Twitter accounts yesterday to tease followers about the purpose of an enormous crane parked out front of the resort. We thought the answer would logically be revealed today by the hotel, but fans only received another 'wait and see':

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The Cosmopolitan Preparing To Raise Resort Fee

Where: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 27, 2015 at 7:30 PM | by | Comments (35)

With a new owner, new leader and new changes taking shape, The Cosmopolitan has at least one more new item on the agenda -- a higher resort fee.

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