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Off Strip / Silver Sevens / Terrible's / Dining / BBQ / Eating / → All Tags
It’s been just over a month since Terrible’s officially became
Tolerable’s Silver Sevens. With a month of scooter giveaways and $7.77 steak and lobster specials now in the bag, we thought it an appropriate time to check in. Our destination? The former Bougainvillea Café, a wallet-friendly restaurant with consistently slow service. Now operating as The Sterling Spoon Café, the décor has improved greatly. Has anything else?
On the way up, we snooped around for any lingering Terrible’s signage. Silver Sevens did a thorough job with the transformation in late June, prior to making things official, and everything from the door handles to the parking garage signs had been updated. We miss Mr. Terrible and hope he finds a nice home at the Neon Museum.
In an email entitled, "Resort Fee Rant From A Hotel," an employee of Fortune Hotel, located on Flamingo near
Terrible's Silver Sevens, expressed dismay over the catch 22 every Vegas hotel is finding themselves in. Refuse to add resort fees and be a (profit-less) hero, or add one, be hated, but still beef up the bottom line while seeming competitive.
This is a Rant about Resort fees but from a hotel point of view. The resort fee craze that is at almost every Hotel on or around the Las Vegas Strip is forcing us to think about adding one also. It is hard for us to compete with Hotels offering $17.00 rooms. The $17.00 advertised room with resort fee of $15.00 now becomes a $32.00 room. If we advertise rooms for $32.00 with no resort fee but someone else advertises $17.00 rooms with a fee it's a loss every time for us.
Amenities typically part of the resort fee we already offer:
We have a remodel underway now that adds a Restaurant, Bar, and Gaming and unfortunately probably a resort fee as well.
It is going to end up either everyone charges a resort fee or no one does.
We can say we were there. Yes, indeed, we even got the t-shirt. Silver Sevens officially, finally, took over Terrible's with a sign lighting last night. Rather, a marquee lighting. And, we witnessed the actual millisecond it happened. Want proof? Dig this:
As the primary emblem of the new image, name and outlook, it's actually really nice. And, it frequently changes color. It will even be themed for holidays. A nice clean vibe.
Ladies, if sarongs and cover-ups never make it into your Vegas bag, why not flaunt what you've got in the hopes of scoring a jackpot that doesn't require you pour money into a Strip casino first?
Rehab will kick off its 2013 Bikini Invitational tonight at the Hard Rock. But, that doesn't mean you've missed your chance to sign up. Just head online between now and July 15 to create a profile. From there, it’s all about attending events and marketing yourself. A queen will be crowned at the end of July. The winner gets $25,000 and entry to the Miss USA State Pageant, but we consider ourselves, the viewers, winners, too.
Free Vegas / Deals / Hofbrauhaus / Drinking / Bars / Off Strip / → All Tags
Three ways to celebrate your 21st in Vegas? Make that four.
Off Strip Hofbräuhaus wants to toast patrons
trading fake IDs for legit ones celebrating their right to drink with a free liter of Hofbräu beer on their 21st birthday. We're sure quite a few will drink to that. But, if that ship has already sailed for you, here are some other Vegas deals you might want to redeem:
He’s over here now.
Andrew Dice Clay has jumped from the Strip to the Hard Rock Hotel. And, feels right at home. Tanned, rested and ready this is old-school Dice, energized and loaded for bear. He does the smoke thing. The insult thing. The nursery rhymes. All nicey nice. Been thinking about seeing him in concert? This is how to do it. But, be ready for some sticker shock.
Recently at the Riviera, a club room like Vinyl fits this sort of act. If you don't know what sort of act Andrew Dice Clay offers, we are pretty sure you do not want to go. If you can be offended, you will.
Events / Vegas Residencies / Hard Rock / Def Leppard / The Joint / Music / → All Tags
The Hard Rock has announced that Def Leppard will launch VIVA Hysteria starting March 22. The nine-week engagement will have the band performing every single song from their HYSTERIA album, as well as some of their greatest hits not found on said album. And, yes, that means you'll be able to sing along to "Pour Some Sugar On Me."
Music / Shows / Events / Guns N' Roses / Hard Rock / Vegas Residencies / → All Tags
Getting a key to the city is passe. Having a street named in your honor, well, that's a pretty big deal.
Under a warm October sun, members of Guns 'N Roses (minus Axl Rose... obviously...) welcomed everyone to their jungle as Paradise Road was dubbed Paradise City Road earlier today.
The aim is lounge meets a kind-a-club meets upscale sports bar. Exposed wood paneling, gilded accents, chandeliers and we counted 21 TVs, many bracketed by gold picture frames that can revert back to mirrors when the sports are off. Located between Nobu and Vinyl, Hard Rock is hoping for a different kind of lounger than you'll find gathered round the usual tavern TV.
Thanksgiving or even Christmas is coming early for devoted fans of Capriotti's. The sandwich shop chain with multiple Vegas area branches has gone all-out at their Paradise Road location and is now offering 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week service.
Long hailed as a superior fast food choice for this writer and many others, it's the Thanksgiving sandwich, or the 'Bobbie,' that's the star of the show. Turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and a bit of mayo. It's clearly not rocket science, but that combo is easy to turn-out dry and could go tragically wrong. These guys don't have that problem, though, and the Bobbie has even been voted "America's Greatest Sandwich." That's across the whole country, people. And, from a restaurant chain.
Openings / Culinary Dropout / Vinyl / Hard Rock / Restaurants / Events / Music / Dining / The Ainsworth / F.U. Noodles / → All Tags
The Hard Rock's next stage of upgrades is starting to roll out. And, on time. This past weekend, the inside/outside gastropub Culinary Dropout premiered and Vinyl, their new boutique music venue started packing them in. We'd been included in a tour of the unfinished properties back in July and were looking forward to dropping in on the Dropouts to sample more of their wares. We were glad we did.
Culinary features an open-plan kitchen, raw bar and pasta-making station. That free and open policy extends to the servers, all who wear their own clothing. That's unusual. Particularly since you'll often be hard pressed to recognize which is a fellow customer, or the friendly soul who took your drink order. This no-fuss approach stamps its mark on the restaurant's look, from place settings and mis-matched furniture to its open industrial loft motif. But, don't let the casual tone distract you from the very hip core values driving this venture.
As soon as you walk in, you'll be able to witness busy-bee culinary preparation.
Aside from the informal design, the menu is all business. We're a fan. We'd previously tried their fried chicken with honey drizzled biscuits. On this return trip, we only sampled a couple of extra items. The soft pretzels with provolone fondue is a very fine dish to share. A staffer recommend pairing the molten cheese with other dishes. They also highly recommended the 36-hour pork ribs for a follow-up visit. We think they are probably right.
We also tried the pork belly cubano sandwich with bonus ham and swiss cheese. Another winner.
Renovations / Hard Rock / Vinyl / Music / Events / Culinary Dropout / Eating / Restaurants / Dining / Openings / Mr. Lucky's / Backstage Pass / Players Clubs / The Peacock / Shopping / Souvenirs / The Ainsworth / The Joint / → All Tags
There's a whole lot of shakin' up at the Hard Rock. Venues, restaurants, bars, souvenirs... It's all a go-go. On a media tour to roll out the fresh changes to the resort, VegasChatter tasted and toured the minty new-ness and we think you're going to feel a renewed sense of energy throughout the place.
In no order of preference, here's a rundown of the changes you'll see: