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AUGUST 2014

August 1, 2014

SLS Las Vegas Opens Doors Aug. 23

Las Vegas' newest resort will open its doors on Aug. 23. SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is an all-encompassing resort and casino with more than 1,600 guest rooms and suites in three distinctive towers, 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, and a collection of sbe's acclaimed restaurant and nightlife brands. Opening this month, SLS Las Vegas provides an approachable experience featuring multiple unparalleled nightlife offerings including a reinvention of the popular live music hotspot, The Sayers Club, the edgy and sophisticated nightclub and lounge, Foxtail, and the 20,000-square-foot mega-club, LiFE. Additionally, SLS Las Vegas features an impressive selection of dining concepts including Ku Noodle and Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Katsuya, Cleo, Umami Burger, The Griddle Cafe, The SLS Buffet and The Perq. The property also hosts a 10,000-square-foot Fred Segal retail experience and a sports book operated by global gaming leader, William Hill. For more information, contact Michael Bertetto, SLS Las Vegas, Michael.bertetto@slshotels.com

 

Westgate Resorts Acquires The LVH

Westgate Resorts recently announced the acquisition of the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino as the newest addition to its portfolio of 28 resorts. Westgate LVH, LLC, which is a wholly-owned by Westgate Resorts, Ltd., has acquired 100% of the membership interests in 3000 Paradise Road, LLC, the owner of the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel ("LVH") & Casino. The property was formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton and will be renamed Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The LVH is a landmark property that, at one time, was the largest hotel in the world and was home to such legendary greats as Elvis Presley and Liberace during Vegas's golden age.  The new Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is located just one block off the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, is adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, and is one of seven stations on the Las Vegas Monorail. With nearly 3,000 rooms, including 300 opulent suites, Westgate will convert some of the rooms to luxury timeshare villas while still operating the resort hotel rooms and suites. For more information, contact Gina Yager, Preferred Public Relations, gina@preferredpublicrelations.com

 

Delano Las Vegas to Open in September

Delano Las Vegas, the luxury all-suite hotel that will debut at Mandalay Bay in September has completed the installation of its first exterior DELANO sign high atop the Las Vegas Strip. Although the installation of the DELANO sign is one of the first major visible milestones in the transformation, it is only a small part of everything happening on the ground and behind the scenes in preparation for opening Sept. 1. For more information, contact Stacy Hamilton, MGM Resorts International, shamilton@mgmresorts.com

 

The New $223 Million LINQ Hotel & Casino Will Incorporate The LINQ Promenade and The High Roller Observation Wheel to Create Iconic Center Strip Social Hub

Caesars Entertainment recently announced its newest property, unveiling The LINQ Hotel & Casino as the latest addition to its portfolio of iconic Las Vegas resorts. Located at the heart of Center Strip at 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard, the LINQ Hotel & Casino is a complete re-imagination of the current Quad Resort & Casino.  The Las Vegas hotel will feature 2,256 brand new rooms and suites, a completely renovated welcome experience built around a signature lobby bar, all new retail and spa amenities and a dynamic new pool deck to deliver an entirely new guest experience. Combined with the world's largest observation wheel, the High Roller, and The LINQ retail, dining and entertainment promenade, The LINQ Hotel & Casino is set to become the new social center of Las Vegas and will welcome its first guests beginning on Oct. 30. For more information, contact Chandra Knee, Caesars Entertainment, cknee@caesars.com

 

KISS Rocks Vegas

Rock ‘n' roll legends KISS celebrate 40 years as music icons with their first-ever residency, KISS Rocks Vegas, at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas starting Nov. 5-23. Show time is 8 p.m. Four decades after beginning its exemplary journey as one of the leading rock ‘n' roll bands in the world, KISS continues to make waves with one of the loudest, most over-the-top, non-stop parties at The Joint. Designed exclusively for The Joint in partnership with AEG Live, the chart-topping band will unleash its signature elaborate set designs, jam-packed set list, intense pyrotechnics and much more for nine of the biggest shows in KISS performance history. For more information, contact Lindsey Rathjen, Kirvin Doak Communications, lrathjen@kirvindoak.com.

 

LiFE Nightclub to Debut at SLS Las Vegas This Month

SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino will redefine the conventions of nightlife culture with LiFE Nightclub, a fully-integrated entertainment experience highlighted by provocative performance art and captivating LED installments. Debuting with the opening of the resort on Saturday, Aug. 23, LiFE will present an exclusive DJ set by EDM sensation Erick Morillo to launch the soundtrack for the newest nightclub on the Las Vegas Strip. The multi-level venue boasts 60-foot ceilings, three full service bars, 70 VIP tables and an open-air rooftop pool, making for a dynamic indoor/outdoor nightlife experience. For more information, contact Michael Bertetto, SLS Las Vegas, Michael.bertetto@slshotels.com

 

Ciel Spa at SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Now Accepting Reservations

Reservations are now available for Ciel Spa, opening with the debut of SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on Aug. 23. Ciel, translating to sky in French, provides a luxurious retreat for travelers and locals alike, inviting guests to indulge in the serenity of pampering and relaxation. Designed with sleek and elegant decor by SLS Las Vegas creative director Philippe Starck consulting through Gensler, Ciel Spa's experience is composed of an array of rejuvenating, custom treatments and unparalleled service. Ciel Spa creates an intimate experience for guests with a total of 10 chic treatment rooms. Amenities at the boutique spa include a relaxation lounge, couples massage suite, herbal steam rooms, oversized experience showers and custom massage beds. Ciel Spa also offers a fitness center featuring state-of-the-art facilities and personal fitness instructors available upon request to keep guests energized throughout their travels. For more information, contact Michael Bertetto, SLS Las Vegas, Michael.bertetto@slshotels.com.

 

‘Viva Veracruz' to Make American Debut at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Viva Veracruz! The Show, a journey through the enchanted folklore of Veracruz, Mexico made its American premiere on the Las Vegas Strip. The production is the story of a traveler's walk through the legends and colorful history of Veracruz, Mexico. An amazing adventure told with spectacular dance and music, traditional and modern elements, artisanal handicrafts and cutting-edge technology, Viva Veracruz! The Show was commissioned by the state government of Veracruz, Mexico. Produced by renowned Mexican producer Luis De Llano-Stevens and Alex Esqueda, Viva Veracruz! The Show creates a remarkable stage production as homage to the "Son Jarocho" or folklore, songs, music and dance of Veracruz. The show will perform inside the PH Showroom at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Thursday through Tuesday at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Laura Herlovich, PR Plus, laura@prpluslv.com.

 

Whist Stove and Spirits and due & Proper to Open Inside The District in Green Valley Ranch 

Ryan Doherty and Justin Weniger, the dynamic team behind the nationally revered Commonwealth and Park on Fremont in Downtown Las Vegas and the new BLVD. Cocktail Company at The LINQ on the Las Vegas Strip, have announced they will open two new ventures: Due & Proper and Whist Stove and Spirits, at The District in Green Valley Ranch early this fall. Like Doherty and Weniger's other concepts, Whist and Due & Proper will be design, mixology and art forward, which have become signature qualities of their ventures. Each space, which will occupy the former neighboring bar Al's Garage and restaurant Presidio, will be completely transformed. For more information, contact Sabrina Chapman, Wicked Creative, Sabrina.chapman@wickedcreative.com

 

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Yahoo! Sports Team Up for National Draft Day

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas and Yahoo Sports invite pigskin partiers to celebrate National Draft Day with exclusive fantasy football weekend packages starting at $129, Aug. 22-24. The ultimate football fantasy package includes hotel accommodations; entry for two into a "Draft Prep 101" workshop featuring Brad Evans, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football expert and host of Fantasy Football Live on Aug. 22; entry for two into the Ultimate Fantasy Football Draft Party inside The Joint at 11 a.m. on Aug. 23, fantasy football draft kit; entry into a $10,000 blackjack tournament; as well as two VIP passes to Body English Nightclub and REHAB, Las Vegas' original dayclub. For more information, contact Lindsey Rathjen, Kirvin Doak Communications, lrathjen@kirvindoak.com

 

Shark Reef Aquarium Offers New Animal Encounters

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino invites guests to abandon their day jobs and get their feet (or in this case, hands) wet as a guest Aquarist with three new experiential programs. Aptly titled Animal Encounters, the program takes participants behind-the-scenes to assist in feeding the Aquarium's most-admired residents including stingrays, green sea turtles and zebra sharks. For more information, contact Shant Apelian, MGM Resorts International, sapelian@mgmresorts.com.

 

Las Vegas Fall Restaurant Week Returns Aug. 22-28

Three Square Food Bank invites the public to explore many of our city's top dining establishments during Fall Las Vegas Restaurant Week - Friday, August 22 through Thursday, August 28. To take part in Las Vegas Restaurant Week, diners can visit any participating restaurant during the specified dates. Each restaurant will create their own prix-fixe, delicious menu offering at price points ranging from $20.14 to $50.14, with a fixed portion of the proceeds - $4, $5, or $6 - benefitting Three Square and the fight against hunger in Southern Nevada. Starting August 8, visit www.helpoutdineoutlv.org for an updated list of Fall Las Vegas Restaurant Week participants and menu details. For more information, contact Andrea Mestdagh, The Firm Public Relations and Marketing, andream@thefirmpr.com.

 

The Venetian Las Vegas to Feature ‘Georgia on my Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles"

The Venetian Las Vegas and GOMM Productions, LLC have partnered to bring a special engagement - Georgia on my Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles - to The Venetian Theatre this fall. This groundbreaking new show will feature a host of esteemed stars, including Emmy award-winner Clint Holmes, 10-time GRAMMY award-winning vocal group TAKE 6, six-time GRAMMY nominee and DownBeat Vocalist of the Year Nnenna Freelon, and Stella Gospel Award and GRAMMY award-winning saxophone star Kirk Whalum. The show also introduces the Las Vegas Mass Choir, under the direction of James R. Smith and Edie Aikels, and features the Las Vegas All-Star Big Band, under the direction of pianist and conductor, David Loeb. This dynamic ensemble of all-star performers will celebrate the genius of American music, Mr. Ray Charles, through Georgia on my Mind, in The Venetian Theatre Sept. 18 through Oct. 29. For more information, contact Keith Salwoski, The Venetian Las Vegas, keith.salwoski@sands.com

 

Batman Laser Challenge Brings Gotham City to The Adventure Dome at Circus Circus

The Batman Laser Challenge at The Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas invites guests to test their inner Super Hero with a fun, physical and mental workout. Using speed and strategy to beat the clock, would-be crime fighters can choose between two experiences, each brought to life with radiating wall-to-wall lasers, fog and themed audio tracks to guide or hinder the racer as they attempt to complete the mission. The five-acre theme park has teamed up with SimEx-Iwerks which, in partnership with Warner Bros. and DC Comics, has created this first-ever Batman themed laser maze. For more information, contact Krista Gilbertson, MGM Resorts International, kgilbertson@mgmresorts.com.

 

Palms Casino Resort Brings Famed Chef Tony Hu's Lao Sze Chuan to Las Vegas

Palms Casino Resort introduces Lao Sze Chuan, an authentic Chinese Sze Chuan cuisine restaurant by renowned Chicago chef, Tony Hu, opening in late August. Honored with the MICHELIN Guide "Bib Gourmand" distinction for two consecutive years, Lao Sze Chuan is one of 16 restaurants owned by Hu. Lao Sze Chuan at Palms is the seventh location of the popular Chicago-based restaurant and Hu's first Las Vegas venture. Lao Sze Chuan offers a robust menu of Sze Chuan cuisine and a selection of popular Mandarin, Cantonese, Hunan and Shanghai dishes made especially for the Palms location, featuring the standout quality and remarkable flavor guests have come to expect from the restaurant.  For more information, contact Alex Acuna, Palms Casino Resort, alex.acuna@palms.com.

 

Comedian Matt Kazam to star in ‘40 Is Not the New 20' at Riviera Hotel & Casino

The renowned Riviera Hotel & Casino is proud to welcome "40 Is Not the New 20" to the award-winning Riviera Comedy Club. A hilarious, one-man production starring veteran comedian Matt Kazam, "40 Is Not the New 20" is a comedic celebration of the knowledge and experience that can only be gained with age. The show will premiere at Riviera Hotel & Casino on Aug. 25 at 10 p.m. For more information, contact Jeff Klein, PR Plus, jeff@prpluslv.com

 

El Cortez Hotel & Casino to Introduce a New Dining Concept, Siegel's 1941, This Fall

The El Cortez Hotel & Casino will introduce a new dining concept to the property this fall with Siegel's 1941, homage to the rich history of the city and its longest continuously running hotel-casino. To make way for the new 24-hour restaurant, The Flame Steakhouse will close its doors on Sunday, August 31. Encompassing the spirit of classic Vegas, Siegel's 1941 will seamlessly blend the authentic vintage feel of the El Cortez with a modern interpretation of your traditional Las Vegas 24-hour dining establishment. The space will boast a historic look utilizing original design elements and an impressive display of archival artwork throughout the restaurant. For more information, contact Ashley Trevizo, Kirvin Doak Communications, trevizo@kirvindoak.com.

 

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden at The Mirage Welcome Three White Lion Cubs

Three new white lion cubs, the latest additions to the Siegfried & Roy animal family, have taken up residence at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage. The cubs - Freedom, Timba-Masai and Madiba - are brothers and were born just over 12 weeks ago in Johannesburg, South Africa. They join more than 30 other endangered and majestic animals at the Secret Garden at The Mirage. For more information, contact Clara Tsang, Kirvin Doak Communications, ctsang@kirvindoak.com.

 

Inaugural Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival to Take Root in Las Vegas

Live Nation, the creators of premier country music festivals Watershed and Faster Horses, in collaboration with MGM Resorts International, have revealed Las Vegas' newest music festival: Route 91 Harvest. Originally known as Route 91, the three-day country music festival takes its name from the iconic Las Vegas Boulevard. The festival, scheduled Oct. 3-5, will boast a gathering of true high-roller performers including Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Brantley Gilbert. Additional artists confirmed include Tyler Farr, Dwight Yoakam, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Neal McCoy, Charles Esten and Clare Bowen from ABC's hit show "Nashville," Dan + Shay, Josh Thompson, Sam Hunt, Ashley Monroe, Lindsay Ell and Dee Jay Silver. For more information, contact Scott Ghertner, MGM Resorts International, sghertner@mgmresorts.com.

 

Wynn Las Vegas Introduces Vocalist Michael Monge to Eastside Lounge at Encore

Wynn Las Vegas is pleased to welcome classic vocalist Michael Monge for his Las Vegas debut inside Eastside Lounge at Encore. Drawing inspiration from the musical icons that put the Las Vegas Strip on the map, Monge's vocals embody the charisma of the timeless lounge performer that made Las Vegas entertainment one of a kind. Monge covers hits from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin among others and takes a classic approach on contemporary songs of today from John Legend, John Mayer and more. Known for his uncanny vocal resemblance to the late Frank Sinatra, Monge has played venues throughout New York and the East Coast. For more information, contact Richard Hudock, Wynn Las Vegas, Richard.hudock@wynnlasvegas.com.

 

GameWorks Opens New Flagship Concept at Town Square Las Vegas

GameWorks made its highly anticipated return to Las Vegas with the grand opening of its next-generation flagship concept at Town Square Las Vegas. Serving as the flagship location for major developments in the GameWorks brand, guests can look forward to a 7,000-square-foot arcade game floor, an eight-lane bowling alley and GameWorks' first eSports Arena, in which both competitive video gaming and casual play will offer guests an array of digital entertainment options. Whether it's the vibrant, custom artwork throughout the venue, the expansive horseshoe bar, the massive interactive video wall or the non-stop action on the arcade floor, GameWorks' newest destination will be a visual spectacle offering something for every member of the family. For more information, contact Graham McMurry, Kirvin Doak Communications, gmcmurry@kirvindoak.com.

 

Cowabunga Bay Water Park Now Open

Cowabunga Bay Waterpark in Henderson is now open. The family owned $26 million dollar leisure water park, with more than 450 employees, includes many family fun slides and attractions in the 23 acre site, conveniently placed off the '95 Highway at Galleria in Henderson. The 50's surf themed water park showers guests with thrilling water slides, such as the spine tingling Zooma Zooma (which drops guests 73 feet in the air at high speeds), Point Panic, an enclosed pitch dark water slide with unique lighting features as you increase speed), giant wave pool, lazy river (the largest in Nevada), delicious food, cabana rentals, VIP area with a private pool, and a "Cowabunga Kids Cove," which is a miniature slide and splash zone area built especially for beginning and little swimmers. For more information, contact Jennifer Bradley, BRAINtrust Marketing + Communications, Jennifer.bradley@braintrustlv.com.

 

Downtown Project Debuts The Window, An Urban Experiment in Co-Learning

Downtown Project recently launched The Window. Located at the base of The Ogden, and surrounded in clear glass, The Window stands as the Downtown Project's urban experiment in co-learning. During the day, The Window will serve as a public co-working space for individual study and informal meetings. The space will also mark the beginning of the Downtown Project Tour, where 400 to 600 monthly guests gather to learn the story behind the Tony Hsieh-led effort to revitalize downtown Las Vegas. However, The Window's most unique contribution to the city may take place "after hours" when, on select evenings, this strategic downtown location is shared freely with nonprofit organizations committed to community enrichment. These events include local storytelling performances, "pop-up" continuing education classes, public readings of new plays, free legal assistance and engagement around social challenges like homelessness and human trafficking. For more information, contact David Gould, Downtown Project, davidg@downtownproject.com

 

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar to Open in Las Vegas

50 Eggs, Inc. recently announced that it is bringing Yardbird Southern Table & Bar to The Venetian Las Vegas, for an early 2015 launch. Created by restaurateur John Kunkel and featuring a talented culinary team, 50 Eggs, Inc. has been helping redefine dining in South Florida for the last 10 years, from fast casual to approachable fine dining. Since its inception, it has been the force behind a varied and successful family of restaurants, ranging from Taste Bakery Café and Lime Fresh Mexican Grill to the critically acclaimed trio Swine Southern Table & Bar, Khong River House and Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. For more information, contact Keith Salwoski, The Venetian Las Vegas, keith.salwoski@venetian.com.

 

The Light Group Introduces Hearthstone Kitchen and Cellar at Red Rock Resort

Set to open in the fall of 2014 at Red Rock Resort, The Light Group Executive Chef and Partner Brian Massie introduces Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar, a new Rustic American dining experience utilizing simple, seasonal and sustainable ingredients paired with masterfully hand-crafted cocktails and an extensive wine list. Hearthstone's menu is designed using fresh and seasonal ingredients showcasing Rustic American dishes destined to be favorites among the locals and visitors alike. The restaurant's exhibition style wood-burning oven maximizes the flavors of Chef Massie's creations while igniting a full sensory experience. For more information, contact Beth Bartolini, The Light Group, beth@lightgroup.com.

 

Robocoin Launches The Las Vegas Strip's First Bitcoin ATM 

Robocoin is live on The Strip directly across from Gucci, Tom Ford, and Dolce & Gabbana at MGM City Center's Crystals. The high-traffic location is on the busiest intersection of Las Vegas Blvd., just south of Harmon Blvd., inside a souvenir shop that surpasses 100,000 in daily foot traffic. Dubbed "The Bitcoin Bodega" and operated by Coin Cloud, the Strip's first Bitcoin ATM has easy drive-up parking and on-site security at all times. For more information, contact Sam Glaser, Robocoin, sam@robocoinkiosk.com

 

Made LV Makes Its Mark at Tivoli Village

Local husband and wife team Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla, the duo behind the highly
acclaimed neighborhood favorite Honey Salt, are excited to bring the west side a new dining destination, Made LV. The highly anticipated modern American tavern is scheduled to open in Tivoli Village August 18. Drawing from the tradition of community social establishments committed to good food, good drinks and good company, Made LV will feature a menu of Chef Kim's inspired comfort food favorites complemented by Elizabeth's signature healthy touch. To execute the day-to-day operations of the kitchen, the team at Made LV is bringing a little west coast energy into the tavern with the talented Chef Daniel Boling, formerly of The Lodge at Torrey Pines in San Diego. For more information, contact Alissa Kelly, PR Plus, Alissa@prpluslv.com

 

The Grammercy Brings Local Flavor to Western Las Vegas

Las Vegas will soon have a new place to shop, eat, live and socialize. The Gramercy brings an
innovative and personalized retail, dining and residential scene to the southwest part of the valley. Boasting prime Strip views with the serenity and authenticity of urban neighborhood appeal and convenience, the 500,000 square-foot lifestyle village will re-imagine the concept of live, work, play with an unduplicated model capturing the spirit and energy of modern urban living blended with the ease and accessibility Las Vegans love. The Gramercy, named after the iconic New York City park, is scheduled to open in phases beginning Fall 2014. The lifestyle village will capture the ambience of energetic city life with a nine-story high-rise featuring 85 residences and a private rooftop pool and party deck, a four-story mid-rise with 160 residences overlooking a second pool and well-appointed gathering area with bountiful amenities perfect for socializing and entertaining including fire pits, cabanas, barbecues and more. For more information, contact Niki Reid, SK+G, niki.reid@skgadv.com