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Shows / Jeff Timmons / 98 Degrees / Pizza Rock / Men of the Strip / Vegas on TV / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
A while back, we did a little Q&A with Vegas resident (and one-time “boy bander”) Jeff Timmons. He told us of his plans to open a new male revue on The Strip sometime in the future. After a nationwide tour to stir up interest, Men of the Strip has returned home and is ready to become a reality. As in,”reality TV."
A few days ago, we caught wind of a rumor that Jeff Timmons and his hard-bodied Men of the Strip all-male revue had returned to Las Vegas, supposedly to settle in. We figured they’d be announcing the location for that planned residency any day. Instead, they're here to film segments for an upcoming docu-series. And, the male revue is still, apparently, looking for a home. Or maybe not, depending on how cynical you are towards the reality aspect of these TV shows. (We're talking to you, Pawn Stars).
A gambler named Mark Johnston is suing Downtown Grand for $500,000 saying the casino cheated him out of that much money Super Bowl weekend.
Johnston states he had way too much to drink and the casino should have stopped him from blowing all of that money. According to KNTV, Johnston says “I feel like they picked my pockets.” He continued saying, “I feel like they took a drunk guy . . . like a drunk guy walking down the street, and you reach in his pockets and grab all his money.” He also claims to have had multiple drinks before arriving at the casino and doesn’t remember anything after dinner at Triple George Grill.
Gaming regulations state that a casino isn’t supposed to allow a visibly drunk person gamble. Additionally, casinos aren’t supposed serve comp’d drinks to someone that’s visibly drunk. If any casino is caught letting a drunk person gamble, they are subject to discipline from the Nevada Gaming Commission. Johnston says that an investigation has begun, but the Commission won’t confirm that, only saying they’re aware of the situation.
Openings / Fremont East / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Inspire Theater / Fremont Street Experience / Fremont Street / Events / Entertainment / Shows / Bars / Drinking / → All Tags
Not long ago, we marveled at the amazing video marquee above the now-open Inspire Theater in Fremont East (on the corner of Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard). Ever since, we've been chomping at the bit to get a look inside. Well, recently, we not only got through the doors, but took in one of the venue's first shows. Was the theater inspiring enough (cough, cough) to give it a thumbs up?
Downtown Vegas is trading a courthouse for concerts. Before the sounds of music fill the air, however, the sounds of demolition must cease and there's still some work to do before that goal is reached.
Downtown Project / Shipping Container Park / Le Thai / Kerry Simon / Carson Kitchen / John E. Carson Hotel / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
The folks over at DTLV.com have shed some light on the remodel the John E. Carson Hotel building is undergoing.
The omnipresent Downtown Project owns the space at Sixth and Carson. You can read about the hotel's renovation in-depth here. But, to boil it down, the former hotel is going the way of the Container Park and divvying its space up into smaller parcels for local businesses. Look forward to a yoga studio, a florist, Black Spade Tattoo, a gourmet doughnut shop (from the folks behind Bin 702 at the Container Park), a sushi restaurant (from Le Thai's Dan Coughlin) and yet another Kerry Simon restaurant to be known as Carson Kitchen, among other enterprises.
Construction / Openings / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Fremont Street / Bars / Binion's / Cowgirl Up Cantina / Drinking / → All Tags
This one's been a long time coming, but Binion's has finally begun work on a second Fremont-side bar.
We shared the rumor that Binion's might be providing us with another way to liquor in the front before we poker in the rear almost a year ago. This morning, VegasChatter reader Charlie U. let us know that the Cowgirl Up Cantina is officially on the way.
When guests visit Vegas, one of the things they are frequently surprised by is the abundance of free parking. In cities like New York and LA where parking is a premium, it is just added in to the cost of a night out. In Las Vegas, where casinos are eager to take your money in other ways, parking on The Strip and downtown is largely free.
With the Zapposification/downtown revival, aided in large part by new dining opportunities and The Container Park, many venues are seeking to charge for parking now.
Coffee / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / The D Hotel / Golden Gate / → All Tags
At the D, guests who can't function without that morning cup of java will now need to head downstairs to grab some, or bring their own coffeemaker.
We've confirmed that the downtown hotel is removing all of its in-room Keurig machines and that there are no plans to replace them with something else right now. Guests will need to head to D Grill or McDonald's to get their caffeine fix if they don't want to bring a travel coffeemaker with them to Vegas.
Reopenings / Binion's / Binion's Cafe / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Fremont / Renovations / Construction / → All Tags
The new, improved and larger cafe made its debut on Friday. We stopped by on Saturday and found hungry patrons once again claiming stools at the counter and filling tables, too.
Eating / Beef Jerky / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / JoJo's Jerky / Vegas 808 / Las Vegas Jerky's / Beef Jerky Store / Fremont Street / → All Tags
Did you know there are four beef jerky stores in Downtown Vegas on or near Fremont Street? This is a high concentration of beef jerky stores for any area, let alone stores within a five to ten minute walk of one another. Beef jerky has always been somewhat popular, but that popularity has exploded as people try to remove carbohydrates from their diet. Jerky is a great low-carb snack option.
After diligently researching the beef jerky stores in Downtown Vegas, we’ve discovered that Hawaiians are big fans of jerky. Okay, maybe we didn’t do much research, but that’s a common link with two of the four beef jerky stores in the Fremont Street area. There are even more beef jerky stores around Las Vegas, but we'll save that for another day.
Events / UNLVino / Spring Wine Fest / The Strip / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Golden Nugget / → All Tags
Spring in Las Vegas means it’s the start of wine festival season. The Golden Nugget will celebrate grapes with its Spring Wine Fest April 4-6. Hot on the heels of that booze-filled weekend, UNLVino returns with a four-day extravaganza to celebrate the fundraiser’s 40th year, April 9-12.
Get your liver primed with the three day event at Golden Nugget that kicks off with a poolside wine and champagne party from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 4. Knowing Las Vegas, the weather should be perfect for this $40 soiree by the pool that will feature live music, too.
Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Plaza / The Orleans / Orleans Arena / Wranglers / Hockey / Vegas Sports / → All Tags
The downtown property will build a 3,500-seat arena on the fifth floor pool and event deck located between its hotel towers. The Wranglers have been playing their home games at the relatively cavernous Orleans Arena which holds almost 10,000, but their contract there was not renewed. The Wranglers' contract to play at The Plaza will be for the next five seasons with an option to extend another five. The Wranglers have been averaging almost 5,000 in attendance this season so games should be overflowing with intensity and excitement next season.