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If you’re wondering what’s Shakin’ at Planet Hollywood these days, head to Sin City Theatre on the mezz level to find out. Broadway performer and most recently a cast member of VEGAS! The Show, Eric Jordan Young, has set out on his own with his new production, Shakin'.
The high-energy show allows Young a chance to run through a laundry list of his favorites ranging from “Proud Mary” to “Old Black Magic,” which was one of his standard numbers from VEGAS! The Show. He runs through some Rat Pack classics like “Under My Skin” and pays special tribute to his idol, Sammy Davis Jr. with songs like “Candy Man.”
Caesars Palace / Openings / Dining / Border Grill / Restaurants / Eating / → All Tags
Rumor has it the new Border Grill location inside Forum Shops at Caesars Palace could be opening as early as this afternoon for dinner service. They’re just waiting on the liquor license to be finalized. They've been doing mock service since last week in preparation for what a Caesars’ concierge said would be a “fall opening.”
Taking over the former space of P.J. Clarke's, the new location will have a bar area as well as a patio extending into the area in front of the restaurant. Sources closer to the action say all the restaurant should be open for lunch service tomorrow at the latest, if things go according to plan.
It’s been just shy of two months since the newest resorts on The Strip, SLS Las Vegas and Delano Las Vegas, officially opened their doors. In that time, both properties have dealt with their share of setbacks.
At Delano, underwhelming furnishings, housekeeping delays, and a pillow problem (that, somehow, still hasn’t been resolved) are all contributing to a 3-star Yelp score that surely falls short of what the luxury resort was aiming for. At the other end of the Strip, SLS faces challenges of its own. Operation cutbacks and, now, staff layoffs suggest visitorship isn’t meeting expectations. How are these issues affecting room rates? Let’s take a look.
Drinking / Bars / Chocolate Bar / New York-New York / Twitter / → All Tags
It's the perfect time of day to indulge in a chocolaty treat at The Chocolate Bar. Which cocktail will you choose? pic.twitter.com/HDVOrpNrIV— NYNY Vegas (@NYNYVegas) September 27, 2014
VegasChatter Twitter follower Mark Sibley (@MLSDC) visits Vegas regularly. We know him as a lover of HOTEL32 at Monte Carlo and of fine food (his Twitter stream makes us drool every time), but we had no idea he was sweet on chocolate, too; that is, until he filled us in on his mission to try all seven chocolate martinis at the walk-up bar. While we initially thought he meant all at once, we soon found out he planned to spread them out over the course of four days. Probably, the better route.
The post -- which you can read in detail here -- places the debut of phase one in 2015.
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VegasChatter Facebook fan Taylor R. found a trademark filed by parent company Hakkasan for the name, Omnia Beach Club. A check also found a sister trademark for Omnia Day Club. But, while this week's news reports have highlighted the rooftop garden, nary a word has been uttered about a day life experience.
Future Vegas / Casino Royale / Renovations / Construction / Walgreens / Denny's / White Castle / → All Tags
Casino Royale closed and demolished its northernmost flank in the beginning of the year to make way for a Walgreens as well as an improved Denny's. Now, we're getting our first look at the new facade and it calls to mind the jarring juxtaposition of Treasure Island and that casino's new addition.
While the south side of the budget property is still firmly entrenched in its Victorian trappings (see above), its northern frontage is now boxy and without ornament. The facade is another variant of the "timeless"
office park contemporary design so popular these days, with sleek lines and tiling in varying shades of brown.
Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Giada / Giada de Laurentiis / The Cromwell / The Strip / → All Tags
Giada plus three square meals equals a continued reservation backlog.
At The Cromwell, the eponymous restaurant of Giada de Laurentiis now serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Starting your day with the Food Network personality (or, at the very least, surrounded by her presence) may be your best route if your interest in the dining destination is still high but your patience for waiting is low.
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Is it just us or does the new club sound like a sleep aid? Omnia. Saying it just makes us want to take a snooze, not dance with booze. Not really the thoughts that should pop into mind when thinking about a high-energy nightclub. What was once home to one of the original mega clubs, Pure, will now be revamped by Hakkasan Group to become Omnia at Caesars Palace. The word supposedly means “all” though we’re just hearing Ambien competitor.
The 75,000 square-foot space used to have celebrity appearances as its bread and butter but now will return as a performance-focused space much like recent additions to the scene, Light at Mandalay Bay and Life at SLS Las Vegas. Luckily, the venue will still utilize Pure’s famous patio space. It will be turned into a rooftop garden. In addition to the large main area downstairs, the venue will also feature a lounge and mezzanine area. Because the old footprint just wasn’t big enough, Omnia will also spill over into the former Caesars poker room area, giving it plenty of room for performance space.
A mainstay in the gay community is closing its doors tomorrow after a 12-year run. Blue Moon Resort off the Strip near Artisan announced last night it will be ending operations October 15. The message posted by owner John Hessling on the resort’s Facebook page cites only “circumstances beyond my control” as the reason for the closure. An employee cited the resort was “sold out from under the owner” in a mortgage situation.
From what we’ve heard, Blue Moon was home to some pretty epic pool parties and BBQs. What other Vegas hotel offers a free BBQ on Sunday with BYOB? Blue Moon’s Facebook page is full of comments from sad customers who don’t want to see the hotel close. They called trips to Blue Moon “the best vacation I ever had” and noted it had the “best service” while being “the most fun I had” in Vegas.
While working for a new hotel is exciting, it also carries an element of risk, too. Executives tend to over-staff when everything is shiny and hopeful and adjust when reality sets in. Just over a week ago, we reported on sweeping changes to the hours of operation for many SLS Las Vegas venues, most significantly its daily buffet transforming into a weekend-only affair. Now, SLS has confirmed publicly that about two percent of the resort's staff have been let go.