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Eric Jordan Young Is Officially Shakin' Up Planet Hollywood

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
October 21, 2014 at 6:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.”

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The Strip's New Border Grill Could Be Open As Soon As...

Where: 3500 S. Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
October 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM | by | Comments (5)

A look at some of the dishes from the new location.

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.

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One Of The World's Largest Solar Arrays Now Can Be Found At Mandalay Bay

Where: 89109
October 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (12)

The next time you peer down from an airplane in the skies above McCarran or from your room at Mandalay Bay (or Delano), you may see the glint of one of the world's largest roof-top solar arrays.

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How Low Will They Go? Room Rates Plunge At SLS While Delano Plays Hardball

Where: 89109
October 16, 2014 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (25)

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.

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Ranking The Chocolate Martinis Of New York-New York's Chocolate Bar

Where: 89109
October 16, 2014 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (2)

It's one thing to dream about the chocolate-y concotions of New York-New York's new Chocolate Bar. It's another to take them as a personal challenge.

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.

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So, When Will Resorts World Las Vegas Arrive?

Where: 89109
October 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM | by | Comments (13)

Calling it a game-changer and telling Wynn, Caesars and MGM to pay attention, Motley Fool expresses its excitement for Resorts World Las Vegas in an October 14 article.

The post -- which you can read in detail here -- places the debut of phase one in 2015.

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Will There Be An Omnia Beach Club, Too?

Where: 89109
October 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Omnia, the new mega-nightclub headed to Caesars Palace early next year, is said to mean "all," but will that mean a party pool, too?

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.

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It's Out With The Victorian, In With The Contemporary For (Part Of) Casino Royale

Where: 89109
October 15, 2014 at 1:07 PM | by | Comments (9)

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.

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Get Your Giada On For Breakfast Now, Too (But, Dinner Still Requires Patience)

Where: 89109
October 14, 2014 at 8:06 PM | by | Comments (8)

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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While It May Sound Like A Sleep Aid, Omnia Aims To Keep You Up All Night

Where: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
October 14, 2014 at 5:38 PM | by | Comments (6)

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.

A shot of construction progress so far.

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.

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Blue Moon Closing Its Doors

Where: 2651 Westwood Drive [map], 89109
October 14, 2014 at 3:38 PM | by | Comments (3)

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.

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At SLS Las Vegas, Layoffs And Requests For Tips On Top Of Tips

Where: 89109
October 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (18)

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.

The news started popping up around the Internet on Saturday with one upset employee blogging about his unexpected departure and another ranting about the layoffs on Craigslist.

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