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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:
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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:
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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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.
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.
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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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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It's not enough to have you upgrading to a suite, but your Total Rewards card can save you a few dollars here and there when dining. The problem is, however, that not every Caesars Entertainment hotel offers the reward of dining discounts. And, for those that do, not every restaurant in their portfolio takes part. That's the quandary VegasChatter fan @TravelClt on Twitter recently found themselves in:
@TotalRewards never responded to this plea for help so we picked up the challenge. After being just as unsuccessful going the corporate route, we simply ended up spending a few minutes letting our fingers do the walking -- visiting every single Caesars Entertainment resort website and then checking out every single dining menu. From there we compiled the list you see below, your complete guide to restaurants that offer Total Rewards. Of course, what's accurate now (May 23) may not be accurate tomorrow so drop us a line if you discover restaurants we should add (or remove) from our list!
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Editor's Note: Many folks said goodbye to O'Sheas in different ways on Monday. For our own East Coast Gambler, a trip to O'Sheas in its final hours also marked his first hours in the property as well. He recounts the sights from O'Sheas last day.
As we approached O'Sheas to check out its last hours, we were a little surprised by what we found. Walking across Las Vegas Boulevard the first thing we saw was the Burger King sign being wheeled out. It was a sign of what we'd see when we entered the casino itself. By 10 a.m. the food court was closed, empty (obviously) and being taken apart.
In fact, the back half of the casino was closed, including the poker room which was moved to the front of the casino, by the doors. Actually, it was just a few tables set up and they were packed.
The bars remained open and the mood was pretty festive, but there was no last beer pong action.
The mood was almost as if O'Sheas was already closed. A few revelers were having fun while most of the staff didn't seem to care. Maybe the staffers working were reassigned positions within Caesars properties or had new jobs lined up or maybe they were retiring. Unlike when Sahara closed, there was not an overwhelming sense of sadness.
Having never been in O'Sheas before it seemed as if few people besides dealers and security were even bothering with wearing a uniform. Cocktail waitresses were just in random shorts and t-shirts and only serving the remaining people that were gambling who were either only ordering beer or that's all they were serving.
After the casino closed and that dust settled it was already time to move on. There was an implosion of the parking garage later in the evening . While, a parking garage implosion isn't the same kind of a spectacle like a casino, its still fun to watch a building go boom.
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With Fitzgerald's now the D, the last Sin City hotel to bear an Irish name is just ten days away from becoming a piece of lost Vegas.
O'Sheas will close its doors at noon on April 30. Pulse of Vegas, the corporate blog of Caesars Entertainment, has already reported that the hotel's famed beer pong has moved over to Bill's. Resident performer Dirk Arthur will disappear after April 28. And, from its Facebook page, it sounds like Vince Neil Ink will also close on April 30 as well. Nearby at the Imperial Palace, Rockhouse is still set to shutter on May 5 while the hotel's Karaoke Club has already shut down.