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Nevada gaming revenue reports are fun to read and you don't have to be a nerd to enjoy them. You can learn a lot about people that gamble. How they gamble, where they gamble... it's all fascinating.
When perusing the year-end Nevada gaming revenue reports for 2014 there was a lot of obvious information that most people see on a regular basis. People on the Vegas Strip gamble less than people in Downtown Vegas. This isn’t news as the revenue has been trending this way for over 20 years. However, one bit of information really stood out.
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens might be good enough for Gaga, but two of our favorite things (besides pinball... it's a long list) are Vegas on TV and flipping through the pages of Lost Vegas. Put that lost Vegas on TV and our mind is blown quicker than a Clarion implosion.
Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Radio City Pizza / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Fremont Street / Fremont East / → All Tags
It has been quiet news among the food and beverage crowd and downtown citizens that the great minds behind The Goodwich are the new management of Radio City Pizza (now Radio City Pizzeria but still RCP, for short) on Fremont Street. Where once there was little more than a simple sports bar-slash-pizza place, now there is some of this city's most adventurous Italian fare and craftiest beers.
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The 24K Club used to be one single tier for everyone, but now has four tiers. Tiers start with 24 Karat and move up to Premier, Chairman and the top level of Elite which is earned once you reach 100,000 tier points. You can only earn points when gambling like most locals casinos. The benefits are also similar to other casino players clubs aimed at locals. (You can see the full list, here).
For the next season of Broadway at The Smith Center, it will be a mixture of first-time productions and the return of a few you may have missed, or wished you could see again. Here's what's on tap for this summer through next spring:
Couples in search of an unconventional way to say 'I do' have found it for years in Las Vegas. Here, you can exchange vows on a pirate ship, while dressed in medieval garb a la Game of Thrones, with Elvis at your side, or even aboard the world's tallest observation wheel. Back in 2013, lovers in love received another spot for matrimonial bliss -- Denny's on Fremont.
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Last week, a Las Vegas icon passed away. Jerry Tarkanian, former UNLV Men’s Basketball coach, passed away at the age of 84. The beloved coach manned the sidelines for UNLV from 1973-1992 and led the team to a NCAA college basketball championship in 1990. His leadership produced an up-tempo style and stifling defense. Tark took UNLV from being called “Tumbleweed Tech” to the Running Rebels you see today. Jerry Tarkanian became a legend not just for his coaching on the court, but for his feistiness off the court where he often battled the NCAA.
His passing has led to a lot of reflection. I’ve lived in Las Vegas for just over three years and I never realized the attachment many people had with coach Tarkanian. A public memorial is set for March 1 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
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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. 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 9:
Downtown brews up a new bar: Hop Nuts Brewing will mark its grand opening in the Downtown Vegas Arts District tonight. Located at 1120 S. Main Street (suite #150), the bar has been quietly serving up brews since New Year's Day. Stop by and find 12 beers on tap, ranging from an Hop Nuts IPA (7.4% ABV, 65 IBU) to an Hop Nuts Imperial Stout (8.5% ABV, 75 IBU). The brewery is open Sunday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday until 4 a.m. Tours are available, upon request. Call 702-816-5371 to inquire.
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Southern food options are on the rise in Vegas. While Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House and Lola’s have been around awhile, there has been an uptick in Southern-style restaurants. Fried chicken seems to be one of the new “it” foods and Yardbird at Venetian is off to a good start. Now, it’s time to get even more specific as the heart of downtown Las Vegas delves into a sub-genre of Southern cooking: Cajun cuisine.
Zydeco Po-Boys, opening possibly by April at 7th and Carson, will be the first restaurant by Louisiana-born chef Brandon Trahan. After working at notable Vegas establishments like Emeril’s Fish House and Marche Bacchus, Trahan has partnered with Downtown Project to open his first restaurant.
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Over the past year, Binion’s has been quietly making small changes to its casino (the hotel remains closed). It's updated some of its dining options and bars as well. Already this year, Binion’s added $1 Throwback Thursday blackjack to draw attention. The next phase of renovations and additions will be a cigar lounge.
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While the group behind a push to bring the NHL to Vegas are feeling good about their prospects after reaching the halfway mark of their goal in just two days, an ambitious dream to bring the MLS to Downtown Vegas has been served a harsh dose of reality.
Today, the City of Las Vegas received a letter from MLS Commissioner Don Garber stating that a franchise would not be coming to Vegas for 2017 or even 2018. The door was left open, however, for future consideration.
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It’s taken a long time, but Four Queens has finally relinquished its title as owner of the worst Las Vegas hotel website. When we last took a look, the outdated design and poorly functioning reservations system didn’t leave us wanting to return. 2015 marks a new era for Four Queens, however, as they’ve both upgraded their website and refreshed some of their guest rooms.
The new site is a huge improvement, without question. The previous incarnation, still partially accessible via Archive.org, wasn’t really worth visiting unless you wanted a laugh. Still, we can’t help but feel like Four Queens only made it to 2005 in terms of website design. Maybe it’s the old photos. Or, perhaps it’s just that seeing “no resort fee” makes us feel like we’ve stepped back in time.