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It Sounds Like Casino Royale Will Have A Denny's Again Before Year's End

Where: 89109
August 29, 2014 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (5)

Torn down for expansion (and for, yes, another Strip-front pharmacy), Denny's should return to the center Strip sooner than we thought.

A representative of the 24/7 diner chain tells us the Casino Royale location -- which sees $8 million in revenue a year! -- is tentatively scheduled to reopen this November. Until now, we thought a return wouldn't happen until 2015.

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When The Adventuredome Is A Fright (On Purpose)

Where: 89109
August 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (2)

NOPE.

While the masses of excited children and quasi-drunk tourists who regularly pass through The Adventuredome at Circus Circus are a tad scary, itís time for something truly frightening as the metallic pink dome shifts into Halloween mode with Fright Dome. Opening Friday, October 3, Fright Dome will celebrate the 40th anniversary of classic horror flick The Texas Chainsaw Massacre by dedicating one of its six haunted houses to the theme.

Horror director Tobe Hooper and writer Kim Henkel are teaming up with Fright Dome to, hopefully, deliver quite the terrifying haunt. Attendees will see scenes from the flick as well brave the over-the-top sets and eerily accurate actors Fright Dome has become known for.

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The Griddle Cafe Worries Over Service, We Wonder Why

Where: 89109
August 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (10)

The Griddle Cafe at SLS Las Vegas might feel like it's in the frying pan as much as its eye-poppin', plate-sized pancakes are on the griddle. Since opening this weekend, we've heard of long lines and waits. Even when we strolled up around 10:30 a.m. Monday -- after passing a near empty casino -- we found every table taken. (Granted the room is small, by Vegas standards.)

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At SLS Las Vegas, Will Sayers Club Be As Cool As They Say?

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
August 26, 2014 at 9:18 PM | by | Comments (4)

It's nice to kick back and enjoy live music on the Strip.

Being an east coast transplant who hasnít become completely jaded (yet) by the bright lights of the Strip, this writer is occasionally still in awe of nightclub and lounge culture. Aside from the obvious amazement over women who choose to wear shoes and clothes that look so uncomfortable in order to fit in at some of these venues, I still get excited about live music in nightclub/lounge settings.

That is why, on what turns out to be my nine-year Vegas-versary of when I arrived in Sin City, Iím excited Sayers Club at SLS Las Vegas is finally open. I am especially hyped after hearing about Sayers Sessions at the outpost in LA and also the one-off events held at sister venue, Hyde Bellagio, featuring the Sayers Sessions band.

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Strip Changes In 18 Pics

Where: 89109
August 26, 2014 at 7:28 PM | by | Comments (10)

The Strip of today is not the Strip of tomorrow. And, when we say tomorrow, we don't just mean the near|distant future, we mean tomorrow tomorrow.

On-going construction continues to bring us a slightly different Vegas each day. Last week, we checked up on six different projects, from the tear-down of a never-completed resort to a casino remodel. The 18 photos below, snapped by Greg C. and @paperposter, were captured between August 19 and August 22. So, yeah, expect five of these projects to be slightly more advanced today.

The Harmon

(CityCenter)

At The Harmon, the latest phase of a year-long demolition brings a crane and black barrier drapes. The condo-hotel never opened due to construction errors.

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Sick of Hold'em? Here's Where to Head for Some Poker Variety

August 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (2)

Sure, Texas Holdíem is the game du jour of poker, the focal point of the vast majority of cash games and tournaments, but donít you sometimes get tired of playing it?

Yeah, this writer too.

Fortunately, if you, like me, prefer to branch out into other forms of poker you do have some other options in Vegas; though, not as much as you may like.

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The Story Behind The Happy Blob In Front Of SLS Las Vegas

Where: 89109
August 24, 2014 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (15)

In Las Vegas, there are plenty of things that can cause a double take. They're often, however, of the people-watching variety. At SLS, Sin City's newest resort, we expected to find things to give us pause. We did not, however, expect to stop and gawk before ever stepping foot inside.

Standing jubilantly in the center of the casino's main porte cochere is a mind-boggling sight -- a huge, smiley, silver-colored, starfish-esque, one-eyed blob with appendages upraised. When we shared a photo of the sight on the VegasChatter Facebook page, the majority of readers were just as befuddled labeling the... whatever.. as strange, creepy and weird, and comparing it to Patrick Star (from SpongeBob SquarePants) or something you might see at the Olympics.

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Live Blog: The Grand Opening Of SLS Las Vegas

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
August 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM | by | Comments (19)

More than three years after closing, the Sahara hotel will officially be reborn as SLS Las Vegas at midnight tonight.

When the iconic property first shuttered, skepticism was high regarding a promise by owners to be back soon. It wasn't soon, but it is back. We'll tour you around the completely redesigned and re-imagined resort via this live blog throughout the day and into the late hours of the evening. We'll also have live coverage on our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

(PHOTO: sbe)

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2014 PRIDE To Be Sleeker, 'Kinky'-er

August 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Las Vegas is ready to show its colors once more as the city's annual PRIDE celebration will blanket the valley in rainbow hues September 2-7. This yearís gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community features a slimmed-down roster and a new host hotel.

If you happened to catch our wrap-up of last yearís PRIDE events, you may remember this writer remarking on the chaotic presentation. Three separate organizations (Las Vegas PRIDE, Orlandoís GAY DAYS, and MGM's FABULOUS) were all vying for the pink dollar, consequently stepping on each othersí kinky boots (Iíll explain that reference later).

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First Impressions Of SLS Las Vegas

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
August 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (10)

[Ed. Note: Our sneak peek was actually part of the SLS Las Vegas invite-only "Play Days" which serve as a dress rehearsal of sorts for the SLS service team. Stay tuned for further impressions of the resort when it officially opens to the media and the public on Friday.]

Given the fun billboard ads showing the transition between the ďold Vegas” vibe of Sahara and the changing of the guard to the hip and trendy SLS Las Vegas, you might expect the entire resort to be a little more retro or at least a hybrid of the eras. After a sneak peek of SLS Las Vegas last night, there weren't as many old school elements hearkening back to the old Sahara as we may have all anticipated but this writer, at least, certainly wasnít let down by what I saw.

The renovated property has all the upscale hipster-ish feel of the Cosmo in a more easy to navigate package. And, that new casino smell is downright delicious. If body glitter had a scent and you mixed it with the aroma of a fruity tropical drink, thatís how I would describe the first whiff. It was sweet smelling and new, with a dash of seductive optimism.

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The Cafe At THEhotel Gets A New Name With No 'The' In It

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
August 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM | by | Comments (5)

THEhotel at Mandalay Bay will cease to exist in just days now. It's transformation into Delano Las Vegas remains firmly (defiantly?) set for September 1.

The new name will bring refreshed rooms and a rejuvenated spa menu (see what we did there?) while a redesigned lobby will add new lounge and dining spaces to the all-suite tower. Still to come will be the rebranding of miX and the arrival of its own pool (yes, miX is going away and, no, there won't be a pool "on site," so to speak.)

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The Harley-Davidson Dealership, Store Coming Soon To The Strip Is Still Coming Soon

Where: 5191 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
August 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM | by | Comments (2)

Soon, there will be a Harley-Davidson dealership as well as a Harley-Davidson Cafe on The Strip.

After a January groundbreaking, work continues to progress on a 50,000-square-foot space located just yards from the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Set for a fall opening (a more specific timeline is not yet ready to be announced although October has been bandied about), visitors will be able to purchase and rent hogs on site. There will be a retail store for souvenirs, too, meaning government planners should probably think about creating a pedestrian walkway from the sign over to the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard if they haven't already.

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