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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).
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 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.
Closings / Raack N Roll / The D Hotel / Entertainment / Shows / → All Tags
VegasChatter Twitter friend and Raack N Roll fan @George Addams brought us news of the impeding closure on Sunday. We were able to confirm yesterday that the topless production's one-year run was coming to an end tonight.
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.
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.
Eating / Dining / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Binion's / Binion's Cafe / Renovations / → All Tags
It won't be long now before Binion's reveals an all-new cafe.
Our @sammasseur stopped in for a peek at the renovation underway (as well as a bite inside its temporary location downstairs) earlier this week and found rust-colored paint on the walls and a brick-lined facade taking shape. Sam's cashier reports that the re-opening should be a week, week and a half away.
Pawn Stars / Pawn Shop Live / Golden Nugget / Downtown / Entertainment / Shows / Show Reviews / Openings / → All Tags
What happens when you produce a Vegas stage spoof of a television program that’s already a fabricated portrayal of real life? Well, in the proper hands, it could be something brilliant. Or, it winds up being the steaming pile of juvenile humor and grade C acting that gets barfed up onto the stage in Pawn Shop Live.
Openings / Restaurants / Bars / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Bier Garten / Plaza / → All Tags
It's a soft opening, though. The indoor/outdoor beer garden, a sister joint to our fave Pop Up Pizza, quietly debuted over Super Bowl weekend. The space, however, is not quite ready for the limelight. A drop by this morning found a few projects still underway. And, while that (grassy green) patch of heaven along Main Street beckons, its owner is working to get that bed of sod just right before seating can be claimed.