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Off-Strip / Westgate / Elvis / Museums / → All Tags
“Elvis is back in the building” is a tagline so wrong it’s right. Westgate Las Vegas is now home to “Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition,” in addition to a stage show that may not be around long, at least in its current form. The building used to be home to Elvis when it was The International. After gracing the stage there for years, some of his prized possessions are now all that’s left of one of Las Vegas’ most storied careers.
The exhibition is sponsored by Graceland so you can expect some decent artifacts such as some of Elvis’ gold albums, his classic bejeweled jumpsuits, cars, movie posters and random items like his pay stubs and church hymnals. There are even clothing and jewelry from Lisa Marie and Priscilla’s closets. If you want to know more about any of the displays, ask the staff as they are quite knowledgeable. If you want to hear some fun insider stories, seek out Shaun, who used to work at Graceland and has a multitude of tales from Elvis’ time in Las Vegas.
Restaurants / Openings / Closings / Palms Place / Cafe 6 / The Pub / The Cafe at Monte Carlo / Rivea / Mix / Alain Ducasse / → All Tags
Restaurant changes in Vegas are as frequent as people waking up with a hangover. Here's the latest menu swap you should know about.
A NEW BURGER PLACE FOR PALMS PLACE--CAFE 6
Chef Kerry Simon's legendary Simon restaurant closed on May 22 and in its place has sprung up Cafe 6, which opened on Friday, serving gourmet burgers from basic to exotic with an average price of $17. There is no official update to the Palms or Palms Place website yet but the OpenTable listing for Simon redirects to a Cafe 6 page. A source tells us Cafe 6 is "a higher-end casual restaurant." Already, we're salivating over that Smoke-Out Burger shown above. Is it lunchtime yet?
THE CAFE AT MONTE CARLO
On Sunday, June 7 at 2:30pm, The Café at Monte Carlo will close down until further notice. The space will undergo a remodel that will include adding a variety of meeting and event space for guests. No word yet on when it will reopen. During the remodel, guests can get casual meals over at The Pub at Monte Carlo, including pancakes, omelets, and fresh fruits and juices. Diners have the option of dining out on The Pub patio, at the bar counter, or in the main dining area. The Pub will also change its hours to accommodate early diners and will open at 7 a.m. beginning Monday, June 8.
ALAIN DUCASSE AT MIX AT MANDALAY BAY
Mix, the top-floor restaurant of Delano Las Vegas (formerly THEhotel) will reportedly close on May 30 (which we told you about last month.) We are still waiting on verifcation from chef Alain Ducasse's rep as well as from the hotel itself but the closure is coming sooner than later. Ducasse will install a new concept called Rivea in the space, which will probably be unveiled later this fall. UPDATE: 5.26.15; 2:00pm: Mix's last day will be May 31 with the official closing happening on June 1. So get to Mix on May 31 to have your last bite/sip!
[Photo via Cafe 6]
Sometimes a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe it's a restaurant we've written about before. Or a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish or drink worth writing about. Here's the latest installment in our Just One Drink series.
Though all of the bars at Bellagio are pretty nice, I’m partial to Petrossian Bar, just off the beautiful lobby. There’s piano music and delicious cocktails, plus caviar, if you can afford it. I’ll stick to the cocktails.
The bar staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. If you can’t find something on the menu to suit your tastes, the bartenders can whip you up something that ought to do the trick. If you go, consult with Michael and he’ll be sure to create you something tasty.
After discussing what I was looking for, he recommended the Jasmine ($17) and it was delicious. I’ve since been back for another. The Jasmine has Grey Goose La Poire (that’s pear flavor for you non-French speakers), St. Germain, white cranberry juice, hand-squeezed lemon juice and “secrets,” topped with edible rose petals. It’s sweet but not overly so as the cranberry and lemon tartness balance it out. I’ll have to buddy up to Michael a bit more to find out just what these “secrets” are but for now, I’ll let you in on a little secret: this drink is awesome.
Auditions / The Strip / Vegas Jobs / Blue Man Group / Shows / → All Tags
If you’re feeling blue this week, you can use it to your advantage. Blue Man Group is hosting a national open call to find performers for its shows in Orlando, Las Vegas, Boston and Chicago. If you’re musically talented and not opposed to large amounts of body paint, head over to Monte Carlo’s Blue Man Theater on Wednesday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Despite the title of the show, the audition is open to male and female performers. Ideal candidates must have experience with physical theater and improvisation. Remember, the Blue Men don’t speak so you’ve got to be good at nonverbal storytelling. And marshmallow consumption. And Twinkies.
When people ask us what to do in Vegas, we always have to remind them about The Adventuredome. Maybe it’s because you don’t get a $5 dollar off coupon for it every time you check into a hotel (cough, cough, High Roller). Or, maybe it’s because Circus Circus is all the way up in no man’s land. The bright pink structure catches the eye, but unless you’re staying at Circus Circus or are rocking in Rio, there’s not much of a reason to be in the area. The ‘Dome has been thrilling and chilling for more than twenty years, however, and there’s never been a better time to visit.
Mariah Carey / Shows / Divas / Entertainment / Concerts / Caesars Palace / → All Tags
Miss Mariah Carey kicked off what will be a two-year residency (over 50 shows) last night at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Mariah #1 to Infinity includes all 18 of Carey’s number one hit singles in chronological order from 1990 to 2008, beginning with Vision of Love. She also debuted a new song Infinity, which she sang live for the first time.
Carey had six costume changes and one hair change during the almost two-hour performance. On-stage entrances included a pink 1950’s style car car for Dreamlover, and a jet ski for Honey (because, of course.) We didn’t attend the show last night (we will at a later date) but we do have spies all over town who attended. Word is she interacted with audience, made fun of herself, walked through the crowd, brought an audience member on stage, and was humble throughout the whole show.
Apple Pay / Technology / Hotels / The Cosmopolitan / Check-In / → All Tags
And the first Local casino-resort to have Apple Pay will be… The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas! Other casinos, you better step your game up. The pin pads that will make Apple Pay transactions possible will be available at the casino this summer.
There are a few points of sales already live, but by early June many more areas of the casino will have the technology including the front desk, VIP services, concierge, restaurants, lounges, bars, and a variety of their retailers.
End of The Road / Closings / Riviera / Crazy Girls / Vegas History / Versailles Theater / Dirk Arthur / → All Tags
Look closely at the photograph above. It seems fitting that Riviera Hotel Casino's Diamond Jubilee display should end up this way, with the word "Classic" being shattered into pieces. One could easily visualize that a mini wrecking ball had come through, perhaps to drive home the fate of this iconic and legendary resort.
April 30, 2016. That's the new official opening date of The Las Vegas Arena (or according to the countdown clock on the Arena's website--361 days, 11 hours, and 50 minutes. MGM Resorts International and AEG broke ground almost exactly a year ago and they have hundreds of staff members working extra hard to meet the finish date deadline on time.
During a recent construction update, we were able to get a tour of the facilities (wearing hard hats, construction vests, and all. Serious stuff). The Las Vegas Arena is located behind New York New York and to the south of The Monte Carlo. But despite the heavy construction going on, the Arena is taking shape and looking good.
Events / Floyd Mayweather / Manny Pacquiao / Boxing / Lagasse's Stadium / Palazzo / Al Bernstein / Sportsbooks / Fights / → All Tags
With a career spanning more than 30 years, Bernstein will analyze the fight for fans, and will also answer some of their questions, too. Bernstein, who will be ringside Saturday, May 2 for one of the most anticipated fights in years, will go on-air with Yahoo! Sports Radio’s Ken Thomson at Lagasse's, too. Bernstein will chat with Thomson at 7:30 p.m. with the Q&A set for 8 p.m. sharp.
Music / Concerts / Entertainment / North Strip / MGM Resorts Festival Grounds / MGM Resorts / Rock in Rio / → All Tags
With the US debut of Rock in Rio just seven days away, the festival grounds where it will take place are almost done taking shape on the north Strip.
The two-weekend mega-concert event is set for May 8-9 and 15-16 on what, until recently, had been a long abandoned plot of land at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara, across from SLS. (Vegas geeks will remember when plans for the acreage once called for a mega-resort.) VegasChatter photographer Greg Clarke captured what the space looks like now. Gone are the tumbleweeds and in their place are stages, turf, a zip line, a DJ platform resembling a mechanical spider, an expansive VIP tent (capable of holding up to 4,000) and curving, white speaker towers. He did not, however, see the promised Ferris wheel, though. There's still some time, however, to erect that, too.
With The LINQ set to finish the complete remodel of its accommodations by next week (and see the opening of its brand new spa, too), Caesars Entertainment is turning its attention to sprucing up neighboring sister property, Harrah's.
VegasChatter Twitter follower @mspenn1013 tells us the word
on the street at the front desk: