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At Plaza, 'Lovers Or Losers' Isn't Always An Either Or...

Where: 1 South Main Street [map], 89101
April 16, 2015 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (7)

Plaza's newest production, Lovers or Losers, hasn't fallen into the latter category just yet. It's still hanging around since we first spied signage for the show, hosted by actor actor Todd Bridges of Diff’rent Strokes, in early March.

The downtown hotel-casino hosts the live game show, which promises fast-paced fun "with a dash of sexy Vegas attitude, at 8 p.m. nightly, with the exception of Sunday and Thursday. VegasChatter fans Les & Flori J. (pictured above) attended recently and informed us that losers are, initially, winners, too, but may not feel that way for long:

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VegeNation Opens In Fremont East

Where: 616 East Carson Avenue [map], 89101
April 14, 2015 at 9:29 PM | by | Comments (9)

Two new Fremont East eateries, with two different visions. While indulgence is the name of the game at Glutton, which opened Friday, VegeNation, located right next door and which opened Monday, focuses on health-conscious fare.

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No More Unlimited Bubbly At Golden Nugget's Weekend Brunch

Where: 129 E. Fremont St. [map], 89101
April 10, 2015 at 3:11 PM | by | Comments (7)

Outside of "open" bars or plunking yourself down in the casino for a while, buffets are the last bastion for unlimited booze. Over the last few years, though, there's usually been an up-charge attached to that.

Downtown's Golden Nugget is known for its weekend champagne brunch, but VegasChatter reader @ivyboy recently discovered the bubbly doesn't flow freely, anymore:

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In Downtown, A Place For Gluttons Opening Friday

Where: 616 E. Carson Ave., #110 [map], 89101
April 8, 2015 at 12:19 PM | by | Comments (3)

After many months of delays and a teasing sign beckoning all to closed doors, Glutton will finally do its best to bust waistlines beginning this Friday at 5 p.m. in downtown's Fremont East.

Set on the corner of Carson and 7th (across from the Container Park as seen from the photo above), the spot is being opened by Chef Bradley Manchester. The mission statement of the new venture is that of culinary excitement, with dishes geared to be as interesting as they are delicious.

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In Fremont East, PublicUs Is The Epitome Of Hip

Where: 1126 Fremont St. [map], 89101
April 3, 2015 at 4:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Downtown is not only growing up, but also growing out. As the area becomes safer, cleaner and filled with more resources, businesses are becoming more and more comfortable with their general distance from the epicenter that is the Fremont Street Experience. PublicUs is pushing that boundary, and is doing so with some of the hippest food off the Strip.

PublicUs is located on a very nondescript corner of Fremont East, "way" down at Maryland Parkway (Google map here). From the outside, it is very minimal; inside, it is a palace dedicated to hipness. Custom-warped wood benches, modernist wall treatments, and a centerpiece of a giant, beautiful espresso machine. This machine and all things coffee are manned by Cole McBride, one of the most awarded competitive baristas in the world. This man practically has a PhD in coffee. The restaurant even boasts laboratory-grade water treatment equipment.

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UPDATED: At Plaza, Louie Anderson's Run Is Over

Where: 1 South Main Street [map], 89101
March 30, 2015 at 11:56 PM | by | Comments (5)

Unfortunately, a succinct headline will have to do, for now at least, when it comes to Louie Anderson's departure from the Plaza.

VegasChatter Facebook fan Johnny K. first alerted us to the possibility the comedian's run at the downtown casino may be over last week. We were able to confirm it today through two separate enquiries. The reason why, however, is a mystery right now. We've emailed Anderson's management for a statement.

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The Market Brings More Options For Downtown Visitors

Where: 611 East Fremont Street [map], 89101
March 20, 2015 at 12:47 PM | by | Comments (5)

Downtown Las Vegas continues to evolve as a work/play/live community. In the past few years, we’ve witnessed the transformation of Fremont East from a depressed area into a thriving neighborhood and nightspot. Closed storefronts and empty lots have been reclaimed by a variety of unique shops and restaurants as well as a mall made of shipping containers. The one thing lacking had been a grocery store. That changed last October with the opening of The Market.

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At El Cortez, A First Taste Of Siegel's 1941

Where: 600 East Fremont Street [map], 89101
March 10, 2015 at 7:39 PM | by | Comment (1)

Sometimes you just happen to be at the right place at the right time. Last Wednesday afternoon, while nursing a hangover enjoying a nap at Oasis at Gold Spike, I was awakened by an email alert with a tempting offer. It was an invitation to head over to El Cortez for a taste of the menu to come for the not-yet-open, mobster-inspired Siegel's 1941.

Siegel's 1941 -- replacing the old school (and sorely missed) Flame -- once targeted a winter opening. Unfortunately, it's still under construction and playing catchup after various delays. A May 28 opening is now in the crosshairs, and the staff I spoke to seem to think they'll make it this time. Siegel's Executive Chef Aaron Neeley (who honed his skills inside restaurants at Caesars Palace, Venetian and Monarch Bistro of Houston, TX) is using the down time to try out some new dishes on diners at Cafe Cortez.

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Plaza's New Show Is For Lovers... Or Losers

Where: 1 S. Main St. [map], 89101
March 10, 2015 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

It looks like the Plaza is back with another short-lived new show. Lovers or Losers: The Game Show is a live production sure to please fans of the Game Show Network (GSN). Whether those people are the ones frequenting Plaza and will actually buy tickets remains to be seen.

The game show takes advantage of the fact that thousands of couples come to Las Vegas either on vacation or specifically to get married. Why not put them on the spot and test their love? Couples are pitted against each other and must use their skills and love to make sure they come out as lovers and not losers. #seewhatthey #ohyoudid

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The D Next To Defend 'The Caveman'

Where: 89101
March 9, 2015 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

After promising to be back in February and failing, Defending the Caveman is finally laying its spear down in Downtown Vegas. The one-man show lost its home at Harrah's in January on the cusp of its four-year anniversary at the Strip hotel.

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Radio City Pizza Rebrands With Ambitious New Menu

Where: 508 Freemont St. [map], 89101
February 25, 2015 at 8:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

It has been quiet news among the food and beverage crowd and downtown citizens that the great minds behind The Goodwich are the new management of Radio City Pizza (now Radio City Pizzeria but still RCP, for short) on Fremont Street. Where once there was little more than a simple sports bar-slash-pizza place, now there is some of this city's most adventurous Italian fare and craftiest beers.

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Denny's On Fremont Now Has Three Ways To Make Matrimony A Grand Slam

Where: 450 Fremont St. [map], 89101
February 18, 2015 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (6)

Couples in search of an unconventional way to say 'I do' have found it for years in Las Vegas. Here, you can exchange vows on a pirate ship, while dressed in medieval garb a la Game of Thrones, with Elvis at your side, or even aboard the world's tallest observation wheel. Back in 2013, lovers in love received another spot for matrimonial bliss -- Denny's on Fremont.

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