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The Quad Rooms Will Remain Among The Cheapest On The Strip For A Reason

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
November 29, 2012 at 7:51 PM | by | Comments (11)

The biggest mystery about the changeover of the Imperial Palace to The Quad has been about the rooms.

Most press from the changeover has focused on the casino part of The Quad and not the hotel. For a while, there was speculation and rumors that the rooms would be renovated along with the rest of the casino. Why not assume that an entire hotel and casino remodel would include the rooms? When the news was released the Las Vegas Review Journal pointed out that rooms were not scheduled as part of the renovation.

Hotel rooms have been discussed as part of the renovation but, coyly, have never been said to be renovated. Note how rooms are mentioned in between actual renovations in this article in Vegas Inc.

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Human Nature Out At The IP, Err, Quad

November 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM | by | Comments (2)

It was a show we always talked about wanting to see if it weren't at the IP, but now we've lost our chance when it comes to Human Nature.

The Aussie singing group held their final performance Sunday at Imperial Palace (soon to be The Quad). It had been their home since 2009. Caesars Entertainment says the group will now tour Florida before returning to the outback. No word on whether this was a mutual decision or more of a 'well, it's been nice having ya.'

Earlier this month, Vegas entertainment columnist John Katsilometes foretold HN's departure, and pegged Recycled Percussion (formerly of the Tropicana) as their replacement. It's not official just yet but, according to Kats, it is a certainty. Here's what else is making headlines about Vegas:

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Yes, We'll Have A Skull of Beer

October 22, 2012 at 7:33 PM | by | Comments (3)

We think we have found our new favorite souvenir cup on The Strip!

Last week, we met up with Denver Gambler to watch the Broncos play Monday Night Football. In search of a drink at Treasure Island, we ended up at the Margarita Bar just outside of the casino next to the Starbucks. After waiting in line a few minutes, we found a plastic skull mug that they would fill with our choice of frozen drink or micro brew, if purchased. We opted for a micro brew because sipping a skull of frozen drinks seemed less awesome then drinking a skull of beer.

This is the first time we've seen this kind of souvenir mug. The skull mugs cost about $13 (it was an odd number because of taxes) and holds about 30 ounces of booze. $13 for two Longboard Lager's isn't a bad price at all AND we walked away with a skull mug. The skull mug isn't a huge mug compared to some of the other offerings on The Strip that range anywhere from 50 ounces of Red Bull &Vodka at Planet Hollywood to 80-ounce booze guitars that were once available at Imperial Palace.

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Speaker City Coming To The Linq?

September 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Caesars Entertainment has a big announcement scheduled for October 1, which also happens to be the first day of the Global Gaming Expo (aka, G2E). At first we thought that the big announcement from Caesars would be the rebranding of Imperial Palace as The Quad, but that cat's out of the bag. So what's the big news?

Frank: "[out of breath] We're... We're going streaking…! We're going up the quad and to the gymnasium."

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What Is The Linq Announcement Set For October 1?

September 19, 2012 at 2:51 PM | by | Comments (3)

On Monday, VegasChatter received an invite to attend a "special announcement for The LINQ, the new social center of The Strip," with the teaser of a "fresh perspective." We just assumed that the press conference would reveal the new name for the Imperial Palace... until that was announced later that day.

Now, we wonder -- just what will be unveiled next? Which chains brands will join Yard House in the LINQ? Will newer renderings like the one that was provided of The Quad's exterior be revealed? More updated details, perhaps, on the project's timeline that seems to have been extended into 2014?

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Imperial Palace To Become The Quad

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
September 17, 2012 at 5:18 PM | by | Comments (12)

Note: Scroll down for added details, new rendering.

After much speculation and trademark searching, it's now official. Imperial Palace will soon be dubbed The Quad.

Pulse of Vegas blog, the corporate blog of Caesars Entertainment, broke the news earlier today and provided insight as to just how that name came to be:

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To Find The Linq, Just Look For A Sign

August 8, 2012 at 6:19 PM | by | Comment (1)

And, today on the Strip's most awesome construction cam...

Learning from CityCenter's no signage oops, The Linq is making sure everyone will know just what they are walking or driving by.

Government officials have approved The Linq's plan to erect a free-standing marquee on the Vegas Strip. The 130-foot-tall sign will feature a three-sided "wedge" configuration that will face north, south and east. For your inner geek, here's all the specifics:

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Imperial Palace Auto Collection Revs Up A New Feature

July 24, 2012 at 8:33 PM | by | Comment (1)

What's the connection between Metallica, Marilyn Monroe and Tony Soprano? All have cars on display, and for sale, at the Imperial Palace Auto Collection. Head right to the back of the casino and take the elevator to the fifth floor and you'll discover one of the world's largest car collections. Really. A car museum's back there. This writer's been visiting this often over-looked attraction for years and, every few months, we print up a free entry ticket and check out the new inventory and rotated exhibits. (Yep for free. We'll tell you how below.)

Recently, the collection announced they were providing an audio commentary tour for visitors so it seemed a good excuse to brave the Imperial Palace construction and see if they have good sale price on a Stutz Bearcat.

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The Queen At The Palace Shows No Sign Of Giving Up The Crown

July 23, 2012 at 8:23 PM | by | Comment (1)

Chalking up over 200,000 Las Vegas performances, 350,000 costume changes and more than 25 years of performing on the Las Vegas Strip, female impersonator Frank Marino has earned the right to the title of Vegas performing legend.

But, his show isn't called Legends. Frank's is accurately called Divas and presents an all male cast of celebrity impersonators who imitate the look of female superstars. Just the look. These are look-a-likes, not sound-a-likes. The music and singing are on tape and taken directly from the original performers. Your admiration and enjoyment derives from the accuracy of the gentleman's transformation from man to songstress. And, how much you really like old-school, Vegas-style diva-ism combined with yards of Bob Mackie gowns and boas.

Divas Las Vegas just celebrated its 1000th performance and, despite the mammoth human transformational work done backstage to prepare for each segment, the show's format is simple. Marino, as Joan Rivers, welcomes with an opening segment of introductions and jokes. Then Marino and the Divas alternate. A singer is glorified, Marino changes gowns, returns to tell jokes and introduces the next singer. And, repeat. Rhianna, Madonna, Celine, Cher, a roster of iconic women are given high-octane drag interpretations and tributes. Think Diva -- they got 'em. That includes Frank Marino himself.

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Trademarks, The Linq and the IP

June 25, 2012 at 4:22 PM | by | Comments (5)

If you're a long-time reader of VegasChatter, you know that our Denver Gambler is the king of trademark sleuthing. If you're not, please know that Denver Gambler is the king of trademark sleuthing. He unearthed the redesigned logo of Total Rewards and uncovered Fitzgeralds' plans to become the D before anyone else. So, when Denver Gambler put up a post on his blog, Neon Dice, concerning the Imperial Palace and trademarks, we took note.

After spending time trolling trademark registries, Denver Gambler has discovered what he believes to be two potential names for the new IP (which Caesars has already stated won't keep the Imperial Palace brand when The Linq debuts) -- The Quad and 3535. Or, at least the names for some new venues inside The Linq.

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Jeff Civillico Moves From Hollywood To A Palace

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard S. [map], 89109
May 31, 2012 at 6:22 PM | by | Comment (1)

No idea if the chimp is part of the new show, but chimps are funny so we're going with the chimp pic.

Planet Hollywood, the restaurant chain inside Forum Shops and not Planet Hollywood the resort outside Miracle Mile shops, recently moved into the spot formerly occupied by BOA Steakhouse. Soon after, Carmine's a New York family style Italian restaurant, announced it was moving into the former Planet Hollywood location. The restaurant, not the resort. Get all that? BOA Steakhouse: closed. Planet Hollywood, the restaurant chain, relocated to BOA. Carmine's: coming soon to the former Planet Hollywood restaurant location. Planet Hollywood the resort: still open.

In the aftermath, we wondered if movers had also packed up the performance stage we discovered last summer inside the PH restaurant. Before we got around to answering that question, Imperial Palace announced its latest headliner, Jeff Civillico.

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The Linq Marches On

May 24, 2012 at 7:27 PM | by | Comments (4)

It's been almost two months since we last showed you the covered walkways, gaping holes, and rubble being caused by The Linq, that open-air destination that will bring us amazing shopping, dining and entertainment options late next year. (Or, so we hope.)

A return to that section of The Strip earlier this week found much the same, and a lot of change as well. All the walkways, holes, and rubble were still there, but since we last visited, O'Sheas and Rockhouse have closed. Both, now, stripped down husks. (See below as well as the attached gallery.)

And, while it looks like O'Sheas is being removed completely (they were tearing down exterior walls when we walked by on Tuesday), a Caesars Entertainment rep notes that the structure itself will remain in place:

The existing skin of O'Sheas will be completely off in 4-6 weeks and then scaffolding will be erected so that we can begin to install the new skin.

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