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Construction / Future Vegas / Bally's / Grand Bazaar Shops / The Cromwell / Bill's Gambling Hall And Saloon / Name Changes / Barbary Coast / Openings / → All Tags
With a debut set for late this year, we should begin to see increased progress at the site of Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops.
A check of the construction site earlier today found that the steel framework for the outdoor mall is starting to take shape. Caesars Entertainment completely erased Bally's Strip-facing frontage, including its fountains and
non-moving sidewalk, so that 150 shops and eateries could be installed. If you've not seen the renderings yet for what's to come, you can view them here.
Everyone's fave Prince tribute show has been hard to pin down of late, jumping to stages both on and off the Strip. After landing at Planet Hollywood last September, VegasChatter reader Tommy in Toledo informs us that Purple Reign's time at the resort may be coming to an end.
Dining / Buddy V's / Venetian / Palazzo / Eating / Restaurants / → All Tags
All the buzz has been about the Boss Bakery across the hall, but the original Vegas home of Buddy V's has recently added a new attraction of its own. Within the past month, the Italian restaurant inside Venetian|Palazzo launched Sunday Brunch, filling a void in the neighborhood created after First Food and Bar closed up shop one year ago.
Buddy's Family Brunch is buffet-style served over five unique stations throughout the restaurant: an antipasto, carvery, chef's corner, kid's corner and a sweet table. Our favorite brunch dish is available in the form of a bottomless add-on ($14.95) and includes a choice of sangria, Bloody Marys, Bloody Caesars', mimosas, beers, frozen cocktails and wines by the glass. Grazie to Buddy V for the best bottomless liquid brunch deal we've seen in Vegas.
In this day and age, very few folks have a traditional camera, anymore. The overexposure of camera-equipped smart phones has changed how this generation captures memories. Even when folks do have a "real" camera, chances are it's seldom used for more than special occasions. And, printing photos? That's becoming a rarity too outside of compiling photo books online, at least for this writer. Lately, I can't even be bothered to update my digital frame.
So, it was a bit weird to hear that one of the tenants of The Linq would be Polaroid. Recently, Polaroid has begun opening a spate of Fotobars (all in Florida until now) where customers can print, you guessed it, photos and purchase products ranging from frames to shadowboxes for their, wait for it, photos, too. Naturally, there are accessories for sale for your camera phone, too.
Openings / Carlo's Bakery / Buddy Valastro / Buddy V's / Venetian / Palazzo / Grand Canal Shoppes / Eating / → All Tags
The latest outpost in the Buddy Valastro empire opened at Venetian|Palazzo last month when the Cake Boss and his whole crew opened another Carlo's Bakery to a throng of fans that lined up all the way down the hall and wrapped around the Grand Canal waiting to get a peek at his (baked) goods.
The shop was, in fact, so mobbed we vowed to come back when it was sure to be quieter. Fast forward two weeks and, even without the star owner's presence, interest hadn't waned one bit. The below snapshot of the crowded shop was taken this past Sunday.
While May 21 is the official debut date, The Cromwell could soft open in just days.
We're hearing from multiple sources that a transformed Bill's will be revealed as a swank boutique this Monday, April 21 at 4 p.m., specifically. Again, this is not official, but our tipsters say it's legit. From their physical appearances, we don't expect Drai's rooftop pool or Giada's restaurant to open until May, though.
Here's a sneak peek of a room that was posted on Instagram earlier today:
Now, a look at what else is becoming the talk of the town around Vegas:
VegasChatter Reviews / Music / Events / Flamingo / Olivia Newton-John / Vegas Residencies / → All Tags
Everyone seems to adore Olivia Newton-John. Her image and personality are as treasured as the songs she’s shared. Through decades of stardom (and bouncing back from numerous personal tragedies), Olivia continues to hold a place in our hearts. That was clear on the opening night of her Summer Nights residency at Flamingo.
Olivia Newton-John has been eyeing the Donny and Marie Showroom for quite some time. A previously announced April 2013 opening date was postponed after another sad event in her life. But finally on April 8 last week, she triumphantly strolled onstage with elegance and a voice that has never been stronger. For anyone who’s ever enjoyed an Olivia Newton-John song, Summer Nights will be a perfect evening of entertainment.
Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Bellagio / Vegas Rumors / Lago / Sensi / Circo / Julian Serrano / → All Tags
Word has it that Bellagio is about to shakeup its dining lineup.
We're told the center Strip resort is planning to add a new lake-side patio for dining. It's not clear yet if it would be a standalone concept or attached to a current or forthcoming restaurant, but we're all for having another gorgeous spot to enjoy the Vegas Strip.
The still under construction Cromwell still has a bit to go to get from this:
VegasChatter Reviews / Openings / Restaurants / Dining / Yusho / Monte Carlo / Eating / → All Tags
Last week ended with a sneak peek at the newest restaurant at Monte Carlo. More specifically, a look at six draught cocktails from Yusho, a Strip-side, Japanese street-style food joint by way of Chicago. We'll get to the food in a moment. First, which of those $13 concoctions were our favorite?
This writer isn't a fan of gin at all (or tonic for that matter), but keeps searching for a gin-based cocktail that may change his mind. Yusho's Gin & Tonic has come the closest to turning my opinion, to date. The navy strength gin and housemade tonic combines for a rusty color that goes down fairly smooth and is a gin drink I'd return to. My favorite by far, however, was the Chuhai (Sudachi Shochu, Jasmine Tea, Citrus). Push aside your favorite summertime mojito, sangria and lemonade cocktail because the Chuhai is that perfect light-and-refreshing outdoor drink. It holds its own indoors as well.
Nestled behind the Wynn and Encore resorts, intersected by fish-filled streams and ponds and surrounded by enough plant life to provide an intimate and private setting resides Wynn Golf Club (WGC), one of the few American golfing destinations brazen enough to carry a $500 price tag.
Opened to the public in 2005 on the site that used to house the old Desert Inn Golf Course, WGC is the second collaboration between casino mogul Steve Wynn and world-renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio. The first partnership between the duo resulted in the 1989 opening of Las Vegas' Shadow Creek, the city's top-ranked golf course and a track many believe serves as Fazio's greatest achievement in the sport.
Eating / Dining / Restaurants / The Mirage / Openings / Caribe Cafe / BB King's / → All Tags