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Construction / Renovations / Openings / Bill's Gamblin' Hall And Saloon / Bally's / Future Vegas / Vegas Transformations / → All Tags
The Vegas of tomorrow is changing rapidly with construction projects not just limited to the interiors of resorts, anymore. It won't be long before the Vegas of today will only be found in archival searches of Vegas past. Future Vegas isn't here quite yet, but its construction is.
One of the more dramatic changes will be found at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo where, on one side, Bill's (for lack of a better moniker) still sits gutted this week as construction workers transform the aging property into a swank, new boutique while, across the way, workers have begun to remove the Strip-side frontage of Bally's to make way for a sprawling outdoor
VegasChatter's @sammasseur captured these images on Monday of two properties in transition. At Bally's, workers have started to dig up large sections of sidewalk and plantings, too. Pedestrian access has been blocked to the resort's (non) moving sidewalks both on The Strip as well as inside the hotel. You'll find a bit of quiet Vegas has been lost with foot traffic blocked from entering parts of the landscaped area out front. Sam tells us that guests trying to get to the Strip from Bally's must walk out the valet entrance and take the stairs towards the sidewalk on Flamingo or walk through the south side of the gardens (at least until that's closed, too, anyways).
Venetian / B And B Burger And Beer / Eating / Drinking / Restaurants / Openings / Mario Batali / → All Tags
Gone are the graffiti-covered walls where the Rattlecan burger joint used to reside at the Venetian. In their place, you'll find a bright, contemporary and very orange burger joint -- B&B Burger and Beer.
The new restaurant opened its doors to the public over the weekend after missing a once hoped for September debut. Brought to us by restauranteurs Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Bastianich -- who together operate B&B Hospitality Group -- you can definitely take the eatery at its word as to what you'll find inside.
Vegas Delays / Construction / Circus Circus / Openings / The Adventuredome / El Loco / Roller Coasters / Attractions / Fun Vegas / → All Tags
Well, we should have crossed our fingers, knocked on wood, tossed some salt over our shoulder and wished on a star 'cause, unfortunately, we were the crazy ones. Our @sammasseur stopped by The Adventuredome over the weekend and saw a ride still not fully constructed.
VegasChatter's @sammasseur found construction fencing hemming in foot traffic on both sides this morning. Some blockades kept pedestrians away from an area along Las Vegas Boulevard where landscaping was being removed (seen below) while other barriers prevented folks from walking too close to the exterior of Paris where a new raised patio is taking shape (shown above).
MGM Grand's Hollywood Theatre may not stray far from its tried-and-true formula of entertainment success these days (Rodney Carrington, David Copperfield and repeat, for the most part), but it does have one new thing to offer -- a whole new look.
After we popped in to check out a show this weekend, we discovered the venue had been given a recent facelift, trading a bright red interior for an entirely neutral one. The remodel is so new that the theatre's website page still shows the old look right now.
Deals / Planet Hollywood / V Theater / Miracle Mile / Shows / Entertainment / Evil Dead The Musical / → All Tags
The V Theater musical, which has been killing it (hee) on The Strip since July 2012, will offer a special, see-what-we-did-there $13 ticket price this Friday (and Saturday, too). General admission is normally $49.99.
While it's still possible a handful of venues may make their debut at The Linq -- the new outdoor mall under construction between The Quad and Flamingo -- by year's end, we've been able to confirm that many of the businesses won't open until early 2014.
Back in September, we shared the rumor that tenants were pushing back their move-in dates until The High Roller opens. Nervous business owners were allegedly concerned they wouldn't generate enough revenue without the foot traffic only the world's largest observation wheel would bring. That seems to be legit as we've reached out to every confirmed outlet and many have responded with the same target debut timeline:
Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Guy Fieri / The Quad / Rumors / Openings / Vegas Delays / → All Tags
The Quad's website still heralds it as coming soon in late 2013, but we don't need a trip to
Flavor Town The Strip to tell you that Guy Fieri's forthcoming restaurant is another Vegas delay in the works.
Also still in the works? Its name. There have been reports that say it's Guy's American Kitchen like his NYC outpost, but a Caesars rep confirmed to us there is no official name yet. They hope, however, to announce one next month.
It's that time a year again. Holiday cheer is in the air and, of course, decorations are beginning to pop up all over The Strip. We took a quick stroll through the Palace of Caesar to take in the sights this Christmas season.
The main lobby is, without question, the most decorated area of the whole property. And, if you're dying for a picture in front of the tree, you'll find them just off the entrance.
Deals / Morels Steakhouse / Steakhouses / Eating / Dining / Fine Dining / → All Tags
A couple years ago, this writer was staying at the Palazzo and noticed a sign for a special at Morels French Steakhouse on the elevator TV screen. Later, I found out that it was $40 for a full dinner, which included salad, NY Strip, mashed potatoes and creme brulee. I added some wine and charcuterie to the meal and it was delicious.
Even though the steak was a smaller cut than what was offered on the menu (12 ounce vs. 16 ounce), this was still a bargain as a full-sized NY Strip was $50 on the menu. When adding the salad and dessert this was a small savings and a great excuse to try an often overlooked steakhouse near the entrance of Palazzo.
Vegas Residencies / Britney Spears / Planet Hollywood / Music / Events / Concerts / Shows / Entertainment / → All Tags
Britney Spears officially arrived in Vegas tonight and was welcomed to her new home at Planet Hollywood with a 'blink and ya missed it' appearance. Where outrageous and traffic-stopping was expected, instead crowds received a brief performance by some Britney impersonators before the real deal arrived. But, seeing as how she likely has a lot of work, b*tch before her December 27 debut (oops, we did
see what we did it, again), we're sure her true fans understood the brevity of her ceremony.
When she did appear, Brit Brit greeted a swell of onlookers with this address: