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Every week, we get a new glimpse at what a finished Quad, Linq and High Roller will look like. What was once O'Sheas now bears a growing glass-and-silver exterior. Next door, The Quad continues to lose a bit more of its Imperial-ness while adding an orange facade in places. Recently, the renamed property also gained a new exterior logo. Unfortunately, it's atop a building that still screams IP. Meantime, the High Roller observation wheel climbs ever skyward.
VegasChatter fan and all-around awesome guy @John_Nissan on Twitter recently (and happily) took on the huge task of chronically the latest visible changes for us. His fantastic images, all taken during the afternoon of February 19, can be found below.
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By year's end, The Linq will finally be (kinda) open. And,
Imperial Palace The Quad will be as quad-y as it's going to get. Between then and now, there's still much to do. But, it looks like we're on the verge of seeing some big changes.
Piece by piece, a sandstone-sque exterior is going up over the framework that once was O'Sheas. There were just a few panels when we walked by last week. Today, as seen above, the work is much more visible. Looking down the alleyway between The Quad and the Flamingo which will become The Linq (and ignoring the construction worker giving us the side eye), steel frames and concrete walls that will become restaurants, shops and bars look to be almost ready for their exteriors as well.
A press release issued earlier today reminds us all that the name Imperial Palace will officially slip into Vegas past this Friday, December 21 and encourages us to "utilize the property's new name going forward." Meaning, it's The Quad now, b*tch.
A few months ago when news broke that the long-suffering Imperial Palace would be replaced with a new "edgier" resort to be called The Quad, Vegas-loving folk around the world breathed a collective sigh of relief. Especially here at VegasChatter, where this room at the IP caused it to win our worst hotel award for 2010.
While it's true that plans for The Quad don't include room renovations yet (or, maybe never), the removal of the battered Imperial Palace sign and all that it conveys (essentially an old and neglected casino) got us excited about what's to come.
But, given that superstition and luck are rather important in Vegas, should we be slowing our roll when it comes to The Quad?
While Caesars Entertainment has designated December 21 as the official day Imperial Palace ceases to exist and we all begin
streaking through calling it The Quad, the change has already happened on the hotel-casino's social media accounts. Now, the next step is underway.
On Tuesday afternoon, the IP began losing its identity as, letter by letter, its name slowly began coming down from atop the property. As of 8:30 p.m. PST, a semi-darkened 'rial Palace remained.
Looks like we'll get that chance to see Human Nature in Vegas, after all.
Less than a week after they closed their show at
Imperial Palace The Quad, we can confirm that Human Nature will return to the Strip this January. And, to a huge step up -- The Venetian. A resort who just so happens to be missing a quartet of great looking and singing guys to plug. (Yes, we know they were technically at Palazzo, but go with us here.)
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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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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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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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?
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?
Note: Scroll down for added details, new rendering.
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: