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The Strip / The Harmon / Harmon Hotel / Demolitions / Failed Vegas / Lawsuits / → All Tags
A 3.6 earthquake just outside Las Vegas on October 5 jolted quite a few residents in Southern Nevada and also served to shake loose a host of Harmon jokes, too. While the condo-hotel stood strong, the failed building -- deemed a hazard due to construction errors and -- will continue to come down, just in a more controlled and very precise way.
Demolition of the property began in May with the removal of scrap metal, construction materials and other debris from the interior. It was in June when most passersby registered the renewed activity on the site. That's when protective materials began going up, from coverings for the adjacent pedestrian bridge to netting around the building, and the facade's pretty blue-hued glass started coming down. In August, a crane was erected to assist in lowering materials to the ground.
A MGM Resorts representative tells us the project is now in the final stages of removing equipment from the roof of the building. The photos above and below detail the current state of the project as captured by VegasChatter photographer Greg C. earlier this week. The photo gallery details the demolition's progression so far.
Aria recently opened a new spot for gaming. Thatís gaming, not gambling.
The resort has traded in its previous coin-operated arcade on the second floor promenade for a new, state-of-the-art Game Room. The venue includes a bank of giant 50-inch TVs with a choice of PlayStation 4s and Xbox Ones available for play. Guests will find Call of Duty and Lego Marvel Super Heroes, rather than Space Invaders and Centipede. There are nearly 20 different games to chose from and the catalogue will be updated often to include popular titles.
Closings / Drinking / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Aria / City Bar / American Fish / Michael Mina / Bardot Brasserie / → All Tags
On the center Strip, Aria is preparing to close both a bar and a restaurant. To come? Another restaurant and -- maybe -- another bar.
City Bar, the drinking spot you walk by to get to the casino, a restaurant, Zarkana, or your hotel room, will close this Sunday, June 22. We're told a new concept will be announced in the coming weeks. Rumor has it a new lounge is on the way. We couldn't confirm that, but we'll pretend to be surprised when we see the announcement.
Closings / SHe by Morton's / The Crystals / Beso / Eva Longoria / Steakhouses / Dining / Eating / Restaurants / → All Tags
After a somewhat predictable social experiment in an Eva Longoria-helmed steakhouse, SHe by Mortonís has finally served itís last plate of ďMac N SHeESE.Ē (Yes, that was a real menu item.)
Itís the culmination of the question: If we put an actress/fashion designer (Eva Longoria) in charge of a steakhouse, will that be a success? Unfortunately, there wasnít a sane person in that room so the bizarre identity crisis of SHe opened at the Shops at Crystals mall in December of 2012 (in the spot that once held Beso, also by Longoria). It was a nightclub (for seven weeks, once), a fashion show (runway and all), a burlesque immersive show (kind of thing), and something approaching the definition of a steakhouse.
Vegas Changes / Shows / Entertainment / Aria / Zarkana / Cirque du Soleil / → All Tags
After a one-month hiatus dedicated to upgrading the popular variety act, Cirque du Soleil's production of Zarkana re-opened its doors to the public in February. New characters, music and an additional acrobatic act were among the key changes made to the ocular spectacle that debuted at Aria in late 2012.
Vdara / Name Changes / ESPA at Vdara / Spas / Salons / Green Vegas / Fitness / → All Tags
How long has it been since you visited Vdara, that oh-so-mellow (non-smoking and casino-free) resort and spa tucked away behind Aria? We donít hear very much about Vdara (aside from those endless "death ray" jokes), probably because all of the guests are in aromatherapy trances. You see, Vdara's spa was recently acquired by ESPA. This rebranding has brought the ESPA spa line and operating philosophy to the existing facility, focusing on the high-end products and services the company has become famous for (in other parts of the world, that is).
Openings / Burgers / Restaurants / The Crystals / Bobby's Burger Palace / Eating / Dining / Bobby Flay / → All Tags
It may just be one of a sea of burger joints now on the Strip, but Bobby's Burger Palace (BBP) still attracted a line of hungry passersby for its Vegas debut.
While the restaurant has the star power of a celebrity chef behind it (Bobby Flay), it will be its location that will draw in the crowds. You don't have to wind your way through a hotel or casino to reach it. You need simply step off the sidewalk lining Las Vegas Boulevard. It's just that easy.
Earlier this month, we told you that Crystals is getting a movie theater.
The news was greeted with approval by the VegasChatter community with @Dee Dee42 stating that "an upscale (clean) theatre on the Strip would be a nice alternative" to gambling and @sco5123 saying it was a grand idea that would "bring some middle-of-the-road people in(to) the spot and generate traffic as well as word-of-mouth."
Beer / Aria / Bars / Restaurants / Lounges / Drinking / Brass Tacks / → All Tags
When it comes to craft beer on The Strip, our cups may soon overfloweth. And, that's definitely not a bad thing.
When Public House at Venetian opened back in 2011 it claimed bragging rights for having not just the city's, but the state of Nevada's first certified beer cicerone (read: know-it-all). Fast forward to this past November when Mandalay Bay hired the state's only female cicerone to help helm its food and beverage program, with a special focus on expanding the resort's beer menus.
Openings / Burgers / Bobby's Burger Palace / The Strip / Bobby Flay / The Crystals / Vegas Delays / Restaurants / Eating / Dining / → All Tags
Vegas' newest burger joint will fire up the grills by month's end.
Bobby's Burger Palace (BBP) announced a date for its Vegas debut on Facebook while offering fans a chance to meet the
man chef himself, Bobby Flay, during the grand opening:
Crystals, the most exclusive mall on the Strip, will soon have something in common with one of the most middle-of-the-road shopping centers in the country, the Mall of America. Both will have movie theaters.
Vegas Delays / Openings / Crystals / Bobby's Burger Palace / Restaurants / Eating / Dining / → All Tags
Oh, what a difference three month's make. Or, in this case, don't make.
In September, Bobby's Burger Palace promised a debut by year's end for its first west coast location. Set to open at Crystals, the burger joint (yes, another burger joint) will be located between Starbucks and Pinkberry in front of Mandarin Oriental on the Las Vegas Strip... eventually. A walk by the venue today found an open
window door of opportunity for inquisitive eyes. Inside, unfinished floors, drywall and exposed steelwork could still be seen.