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The Mirage Sale No Longer Just a Mirage

July 28, 2015 at 12:51 PM | by | ()

Alright then, you've heard the news but don't be too sad as we are still publishing through Friday.

Looks like we're not the only ones cashing out in Vegas this week.

Vital Vegas, our other favorite Vegas website, has a good story on the rumors surrounding the likely sale of The Mirage to Starwood Capital Group, the former owners of the now-shuttered Riviera. (FYI: Starwood Capital Group is run by Barry Sternlicht, the man who created W Hotels for Starwood Hotels. Even though his new company has a similar name, Starwood Hotels are not a part of Starwood Capital.)

VV writes:

Rumors are swirling that The Mirage, owned by MGM Resorts International, will be purchased by Starwood Capital Group, former owners of the now-closed Riviera for an undisclosed sum. We’re betting it will be “many millions of dollars.”

Parties involved with the sale have been sworn to secrecy, but the official announcement should be made in the next few weeks. Once the sale of The Mirage is complete, the casino will be managed by Paragon Gaming, the company which took over operations of Westgate Las Vegas after the sale and closure of the Riviera.

Paragon Gaming managed Riviera’s casino for two years prior to the Riviera closing on May 4, 2015.

The Mirage no longer a part of MGM Resorts? Well, that's pretty hard to imagine. But these things can and do happen. Meanwhile, The Mirage has already cut back on their volcano eruptions, so change is a-coming whether you like it or not.

(PHOTO: Foursquare)

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Is El Cortez 'Amenities Fee' About To Nearly Double?

Where: 600 E. FREMONT STREET LAS VEGAS, NV [map], 89101
July 20, 2015 at 12:51 PM | by | ()

Update 7/22/15: A small victory for VegasChatter fans? Our helpful tipster "Brad" has tipped us off that El Cortez has possibly changed their mind about raising their "amenities fees" (or perhaps just delayed the decision) after reading our post. In his own words: "Vegas Chatter was responsible for rattling the cages and having El Cortez think twice about an increase. Hotels.com was contacted to change the resort fee back to $10.02. LMAO..." We checked hotels.com, using the same selections as earlier this week. Sure enough, the old rate has been restored.

An entire seven days has passed since our last update on controversial resort fees. We’d be thrilled to let another seventy pass by before the next announcement…but no such luck. VegasChatter fan “Brad” tipped us off on Saturday that El Cortez was raising its daily mandatory surcharge to $15.00.

It all began three years ago this week, when the newly-renovated Plaza Hotel, which caps off the west end of Fremont Street, became the first major Downtown hotel to impose a mandatory daily fee (the little Gold Spike beat them to that dubious honor back in 2010 with a negligible $1.99 fee).

Since then, the primarily Strip-centric resort fee trend has rolled down Fremont Street like a bowling ball, eventually striking into the old-timey El Cortez Hotel Casino.

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What the Hard Rock Looks Like Now Without The Center Bar

July 13, 2015 at 1:14 PM | by | ()

The Hard Rock's Center Bar closed down on June 28 and thanks to VegasChatter reader @PaperPoster we have a glimpse of what the space looks like now. And nope, it's not exciting at all.

That's the Center Bar area all boarded up as it undergoes a transformation into a new watering hole with a new name. We've not yet heard what that name will be but let's hope the space can recapture the magic of the old Center Bar. The bar is set to open sometime in September.

Meanwhile, we've heard whispers that the former space of Body English, which also closed recently at the Hard Rock, may get refilled by a club from an outside nightlife group like Hakkasan. We'll have to wait and see who that nightlife company may be.

[Photo: @PaperPoster]

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Downtown Promises a New Luxury Movie Theater Concept

July 10, 2015 at 7:22 PM | by | ()

It seems like Sin City’s passion for movie-going is about to grow deeper. The multiplex concept is making a return engagement to the Downtown area with Eclipse Theaters. And while the multi-screen Galaxy Theaters at Neonopolis have been vacant since 2009 (despite promises from Neonopolis guru Rohit Joshi to reopen it someday), a new luxury cinema will be built not far away...from the ground up.

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Has BLVD Cocktail Company Stopped Shaking and Stirring?

July 8, 2015 at 2:18 PM | by | ()

It looks like BLVD Cocktail Company at The Linq has poured its very last drink expertly crafted cocktail.

A VegasChatter tipster sent us this photo of the closed bar last night at 10pm, during what should have been open business hours. We had heard whispers back in April that the bar would be closing, but it looks like they got at least a few months of reprieve.

Another VegasChatter contributor says the place was "open, but dead" last Thursday, so the closing could have happened immediately following the 4th of July holiday.

We've reached out to a rep for BLVD for an official comment but in the meantime, it's worth noting that their Facebook page hasn't been updated since May 4, which as we've seen before, is pretty much a sure sign the place is closing. Another positive sign of closure? There is no mention of BLVD Cocktail Company on The LINQ's website.

UPDATE: A source familiar with The Linq tells us BLVD closed on July 5 and a new concept will open "soon."

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Body English to Speak No More After July 3?

June 25, 2015 at 7:37 PM | by | ()

UPDATE 6.29.15: Yup, Body English is closing for good on July 3. The Hard Rock included the closing news in their weekly e-newsletter.

A tipster told us that Body English, the long-standing nightclub at the Hard Rock Las Vegas, will no longer be speaking English, body talk or any other language after July 3. That's because the club, which has been like a second Shore house for DJ Pauly D, is closing up shop on that day.

This is just a rumor but in Vegas, where there is a Facebook status update smoke, there's usually fire. Interestingly, Body English has not updated their social media profiles since May 24, which is like six months in Vegas time and in these heady social media days, pretty much means the death knell. Whether this closure is permanent or not, we don't know but signs are pointing to "CLOSED FOREVER." A few years ago, Body English closed down but returned by the time the Rapture of 2012 had come and gone.

As for this weekend, the club is still open at its usual times on Friday and Saturday from 10:30 pm until "close." Ladies are expected to pay $20 at the door while the "gents" should cough up $30. Perhaps you should do a shot at Center Bar and then pour some sugar liquor out at Body English. Just in case you don't get a chance to say a final goodbye.

[Photo: Body English/Facebook]

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Will The Girls of Seamless Get Some New Professional Dance Moves?

Where: 4740 Arville St, Las Vegas, NV [map], 89103
May 8, 2015 at 11:50 AM | by | ()

Here's a little background information, for readers who are uninitiated in the secrets of strip club culture. At strip clubs nationwide, the dancers do not receive any formal training in the art of stage dancing. Instead, dancers are expected to choreograph their stage performances on their own.

Newly hired dancers watch the other girls dance, and imitate their moves. They check out routines on the internet, and they practice them in their spare time. They sometimes practice pole tricks on an empty stage during slow times at the club. Or, as many unimpressed customers have witnessed, many strippers just don't know how to dance very well, and they just walk around the stage with one hand on the pole.

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Latest Rumor for Hooters Casino: A Partnership with Holiday Inn?

Where: 115 East Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada [map], 89109
April 22, 2015 at 2:47 PM | by | ()

For at least the last three years, as shown here, here, and here, rumors of room upgrades, an alignment with a national hotel brand, and pool improvements have swirled around Hooters Casino. And, in three years, not much has happened. So, on my most recent visits to Hooters, I asked multiple employees (including table game supervisiors and casino hosts) what the latest secret plans are for Hooters Casino.

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Dining Changes Rumored For Gold Coast

Where: 4000 West Flamingo Road [map], 89103
March 16, 2015 at 3:59 PM | by | ()

If the whispers are true, Gold Coast's dining scene could be in for a major shakeup.

We hear the off-Strip casino's sole fine dining experience, the Cortez Room, could be closed this year to make way for a rebranding. Word on the street is that the Ports o' Call Buffet is also slated for a closure and that it would be replaced with a 24-hour cafe concept similar to Courtyard Cafe at sister casino, The Orleans. After (barely) surviving a five-night run at the $10 buffet a few years back, we won't be sad to hear that ship has finally sailed.

We reached out to parent company Boyd Gaming for comment. A rep relayed that they didn't have anything to share at the moment, but have a lot planned for their Vegas properties this year.

(PHOTO: GoldCoastCasino.com)

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LVCVA Makes It Official: Wants To Purchase, Close Riviera

Where: 89109
February 17, 2015 at 1:51 PM | by | ()

Another Vegas rumor becomes reality. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) made its interest in purchasing the Riviera official today.

Board members will convene a special meeting Friday to put forth the purchase of the iconic north Strip property for $182.5 million. As whispered about, the hotel's land (26.4 acres, in all) would be used to help create a multi-billion dollar business district. Rumblings had put a possible closure at June, but the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports this morning that the timeline would call for a mid-August shutdown, possibly around August 20.

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Riviera Rumors Build, Could Be Gone By June's End

Where: 89109
February 13, 2015 at 1:30 PM | by | ()

Another news outlet is joining the rumblings building around the Riviera that point to not just a possible sale, but a closure, too.

The whispers reached a new crescendo yesterday when the Las Vegas Advisor attributed a forthcoming sale of the north Strip property to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCA) to a "reliable, but unofficial source." The LVA further reported that the Riv would be razed to expand the LVCVA's footprint.

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Riviera Rumored To Be Sold, To Eventually Close

February 12, 2015 at 4:36 PM | by | ()

What started out as whispers last week after reports by Vital Vegas and EDGe Vegas has built into a likely indisputable buzz -- word on the street is that the Riviera is being sold. And, while most would have hoped for a comeback of major renovation proportions, it seems we may have to say goodbye to the iconic property for good.

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