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JUNE 2014

June 1, 2014

Caesars Entertainment Opens The Cromwell

Featuring 188 rooms, including 19 suites, the first stand-alone boutique hotel on the famed Las Vegas Strip also opens its distinctive lobby bar, Bound, featuring an impressive program of mixology and craft cocktails. Last month, The Cromwell opened its 40,000 square-foot casino featuring 66 table games, 440 of the most popular slot machines, reserved gaming salon, fitness center, retail boutique Curios and Interlude, the central bar and lounge that will undoubtedly serve as a social-inspired gathering place featuring cutting-edge mixology. For more information, contact Michelle Loosbrock, Jeff Wagner Agency, michelle@jeffwagneragency.com.

 

AEG and MGM Resorts International Break Ground on New Las Vegas Arena

Las Vegas Arena Company, owned by AEG and MGM Resorts International, broke ground recently on a world-class, privately funded, $375 million indoor arena set to open in spring 2016. Located west of the Las Vegas Strip, between New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, the new 20,000-seat arena will host boxing, UFC and other sporting events, major headline entertainment, awards shows and special events. Expected to host more than 100 events annually, the arena designed by industry-leading architect Populous, will house multiple locker facilities, premium dressing rooms, complete broadcast facilities and a variety of staging innovations that will bring the biggest stars and most important events to Las Vegas' newest landmark. Designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's standards for LEED Gold Certification, the arena will feature 50 luxury suites, more than two dozen private loge boxes and other specially designed exclusive hospitality offerings never before featured in a facility of its kind. For more information, contact Jenn Michaels, MGM Resorts International, jenn_michaels@mgmresorts.com.

 

Station Casinos Investing $20 Million in Green Valley Ranch Resort

Station Casinos will invest $20 million over the next year in Green Valley Ranch Resort by introducing a new lineup of four acclaimed restaurant and bar concepts, as well as enhancing other venues and amenities within the AAA Four Diamond award-winning property in Henderson.  New concepts include Mercadito Mexican restaurant, Tippling Hall cocktail lounge, Pizza Rock pizzeria and Tony's Slice House, a traditional Italian kitchen. For more information, contact Lori Nelson, Station Casinos, lori.nelson@stationcasinos.com.

 

Delano All-Suite Hotel Now Accepting Room Reservations

Fusing the chic style of the iconic South Beach brand with the vibrant energy of the Las Vegas Strip, Delano Las Vegas will come to life at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino later this year and is now accepting room reservations for stays beginning Sept. 1. Anchored by intimate yet energetic public spaces and sophisticated accommodations, the non-smoking, all-suite boutique hotel will appeal to the most discerning travelers from around the globe. At Delano Las Vegas, guests will discover a blend of personalized service and effortless luxury coupled with unexpected elements of individuality and high-concept design. For more information, contact Shant Apelian, MGM Resorts International, sapelian@mgmresorts.com

 

Golden Nugget Unveils New Amenities

This month, Golden Nugget opened two new restaurants, Claim Jumper and Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar, as well as a remodeled casino floor. With these additions and live music every weekend at The Tank, the Golden Nugget is the hottest place to be in downtown Las Vegas. For more information, contact Haley Sansom, Golden Nugget, hsansom@goldennugget.com.

 

VooDoo Zip Line at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Now Open

VooDoo Zip Line at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is now open to the general public. Created by New Capital Ventures, VooDoo Zip Line accommodates two riders at once and connects the two towers of the Rio Las Vegas. The attraction begins on the patio of VooDoo Steakhouse, located on the 50th floor of the Masquerade Tower, and propels riders at speeds up to 33 miles per hour to the adjoining 20-story Ipanema Tower. Guests make a return trip to the starting point traveling backwards at 20 miles per hour. The heart-pumping adventure covers one-third of a mile in one minute and 10 seconds. VooDoo Zip Line is open from noon to midnight Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday. For more information, contact Monika Bertaki, Caesars Entertainment, mbertaki@caesars.com.

 

Now Open at Bally's Las Vegas, BLT Steak Brings Back Legendary Sterling Brunch

BLT Steak brings sophisticated design, quality service and classic steakhouse fare to the revitalized hotel and casino. BLT Steak also reinstates the award-winning weekend staple, Sterling Brunch. Regarded as the premier brunch in Las Vegas, the Bally's institution of forty years, Sterling Brunch has made its triumphant return with the same excellence in service and fare but in a more modern and stylish presentation synonymous with BLT Steak. Sterling Brunch will now be offered both Saturdays and Sundays, and will be showcased in a sleek built-in
buffet space with roll-top chafers. Guests will once again be able to indulge in the finest fare of caviar, lobster tails, fresh-shucked oysters, Alaskan king crab legs, and never-ending glasses of Perrier Jouët Champagne, mimosas and bloody marys. For more information, contact Chelsea Ryder, Caesars Entertainment, cryder@caesars.com.

 

Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas Opens New Slide

The only slide of its kind in Nevada, the Tornado is a four-person raft attraction that catapults riders from 36 feet in the air through a 110-foot tunnel before dropping into the 45-foot-wide funnel where they spin back and forth through swirling water before plummeting into the eye of the storm. As the raft sweeps up the Tornado wall and crosses its centerline, guests experience weightlessness or zero-gravity. The patented funnel shape creates an unparalleled experience for riders with zero-g sensations. Developed by industry leader ProSlide Technology, the Tornado has won every major water park and amusement industry award. It joins Wet‘n'Wild's 25 other slides and attractions in providing outdoor water fun and lasting memories for families and thrill seekers. For more information, contact Nancy Katz, Purdue Marion & Associates, nancy@purduemarion.com.

 

The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel Welcomes World's First Bitcoin ATM

After becoming the world's first casino property to accept Bitcoin, the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel is doubling down on the virtual currency with fellow Vegas-based company Robocoin by installing the first Bitcoin ATM at a casino property. Robocoin, which debuted the first Bitcoin ATM in October, allows the buying and selling of Bitcoin from freestanding kiosks that integrate user-friendly software, bank grade hardware and security, and 100 percent Federal compliance capabilities. The ATM will allow customers to deposit cash into their Bitcoin wallets as well as exchange Bitcoin for dollars. The D accepts Bitcoin as payment at the hotel's front desk, American Coney Island, Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse, D Grill and in the D's gift shop. For more information, contact Kaley Briesmaster, Kirvin Doak Communications, kbriesmaster@kirvindoak.com.

 

Wolfgang Puck to Open His First Off-Strip Restaurant in Las Vegas

Wolfgang Puck is heading West...to the west side of Las Vegas! Twenty two years ago, Wolfgang Puck took a gamble on Las Vegas by bringing his famed Los Angeles restaurant Spago to The Strip.  The gamble paid off, and the legendary chef is credited with igniting the fine dining revolution in Las Vegas that began in 1992 and continues today. After bringing five additional signature Strip restaurants to Las Vegas, Wolfgang and his Fine Dining Group will again venture into new territory with the opening of Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Downtown Summerlin, Puck's first off-Strip restaurant. Opening this fall, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill will showcase the master chef's contemporary version on the classic, American bar & grill. For more information, contact Stephanie Davis, Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, Stephanie.davis@wolfgangpuck.com.

 

The Venetian Announces New Female-Driven Comedy Series

The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas recently announced Lipshtick, a new female-driven stand-up comedy series at the Vegas resort's showroom. The Venetian has a long-standing history of featuring outstanding female comediennes, including success with comedic legends like headliners Rita Rudner and Joan Rivers.  But, the resort is further tapping into a new trend -- that 'girls rule' when it comes to comedy. LIPSHTICK - THE PERFECT SHADE OF STAND UP is a newly branded resident comedy series that marks the first time in the storied entertainment history of Las Vegas that the comedy stage will be taken exclusively by female performers. The new series will debut July 11 with appearances by daytime television personality Wendy Williams and will bring regular stand-up comedy performances to The Sands Showroom from an opening slate of 14 critically acclaimed comediennes, including Joy Behar, Jennifer Coolidge, Whitney Cummings, Susie Essman, Jen Kirkman, Lisa Lampanelli, Natasha Leggero, Wendy Liebman, Loni Love, Heather McDonald, Caroline Rhea, Rita Rudner, Liza Schlesinger and Wendy Williams. For more information, contact Keith Salwoski, The Venetian, keith.salwoski@venetian.com

 

Palace Station Opens Two New Restaurants

Palace Station, the original Las Vegas locals' casino, is introducing two new restaurants: a new Charcoal Room steakhouse and Little Tony's, a new concept by 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani. Combining creativity and design with award-winning quality and service, Station Casinos' popular steakhouse concept, the Charcoal Room, is set to debut this June. This will mark the second Charcoal Room location in Las Vegas as it first originated at sister property Santa Fe Station. Little Tony's will be an Italian trattoria and classic pizzeria with a comfortable modern twist while maintaining Old World charm. The restaurant will feature classic entrees found in your mother's kitchen along with award-winning pizzas. For more information, contact Sara Ryan, Langdon Flynn Communications, sara@langdonflynn.com.

 

sbe Unveils Foxtail, the Edgy Lounge and Nightclub Debuting at SLS Las Vegas

Recently, sbe unveiled details about Foxtail, adding to the portfolio of nightlife offerings at the highly anticipated SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino debuting Labor Day Weekend 2014. Comprised of an upscale lounge, exclusive open-format nightclub and expansive outdoor pool area, the adaptive space blurs the line between luxe sophistication and uninhibited revelry. Fusing elements of music, art and fashion, Foxtail's provocative design and alluring energy create day and nightlife experiences like no other. For more information, contact Allee Bennett, Kirvin Doak Communications, abennett@kirvindoak.com.

 

Weekly LGBT Night Announced for Indigo by Drai's at Bally's 

Premier LGBT nightlife king Eduardo Cordova will launch his all-new LGBT weekly event "#ExecutiveWednesdays" at Indigo By Drai's Lounge at Bally's. During Cordova's intimate and luxurious mid-week LGBT experience, guests can choose to either unwind after a long day at work, or can pre-party before heading to Bally's new Liaison Nightclub. Set to open this summer, Liaison will be the first-ever gay nightclub located inside a casino. It is being launched by Drai and Cordova, in partnership with Caesars Entertainment. For more information, contact Steven Le Vine, Grapevine PR, steven.levine@theprgrapevine.com.

 

PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace Undergoes Full Venue Remodel

The award-winning PURE Nightclub inside Caesars Palace, recently acquired by Hakkasan Group, has closed its doors to begin a full venue remodel. Hakkasan Group will lead the design and development of the newly remodeled space, and will make its debut in early 2015. Since opening its doors in 2004, the nightspot became an iconic destination on the Las Vegas Strip and has remained highly recognized for impressing thousands of patrons with its luxurious design, impeccable experiences and history-making events night after night. For more information, contact Rosie Abrams, Hakkasan Group, rosie.abrams@hakkasan.com

 

MR CHOW Plans to Open in early 2015 at Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace is pleased to announce internationally renowned MR CHOW is expected to open its seventh restaurant location in early 2015. The luxurious Beijing cuisine eatery will be located in the impressive second story space currently occupied by Empress Court, which will close this spring. With locations in Malibu, Beverly Hills, New York, Miami and London, MR CHOW has conceptualized and perfected refined Beijing cuisine dining with European style service.  The menu will feature beloved dishes such as the Chicken Satay, Green Prawns, hand-pulled MR CHOW Noodles and famed Beijing Duck. For more information, contact Chelsea Ryder, Caesars Entertainment, cryder@caesars.com

 

SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Enhances Culinary Offerings with The SLS Buffet and The Perq and Announces Collaboration with LAMILL Coffee

SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino adds to its impressive selection of culinary experiences on property with two original food and beverage concepts by global hospitality leader sbe, The SLS Buffet and The Perq coffee bar. The modern buffet is an original design by Gensler architects in collaboration with renowned design consultant Philippe Starck, and The Perq marks the partnership between sbe and LAMILL Coffee. Opening with the property this Labor Day weekend, The SLS Buffet and The Perq provide standout, approachable dining experiences at SLS Las
Vegas. For more information, contact Michael Bertetto, SLS Las Vegas, Michael.bertetto@slshotels.com.

 

Town Square to Welcome New Retailers

Town Square Las Vegas will be adding two new stores and a southern style barbecue restaurant, Pot Liquor CAS (Contemporary American Smokehouse), to its lineup of tenants in the coming months. Shoppers will soon be able to visit Cariloha, a store filled with products made from bamboo and Paper Source, a shop stocked with a unique selection of fine and artisanal papers, invitations, greeting cards and more. Plus, GameWorks is slated to open this summer. For more information, contact Stacy D'Alessandro, Town Square Las Vegas, stacydalessandro@forestcity.net.

 

Miracle Mile Shops Plans 60,000 Square-Foot Redevelopment

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has begun planning efforts to convert a 60,000 square-foot area on the center's south end into a dining and entertainment destination. Additionally, several new stores are set to open soon throughout the center. Redevelopment planning is underway to convert Harmon Avenue, a 60,000 square-foot area on Miracle Mile Shops' south end that draws in heavy foot traffic from Las Vegas Boulevard into a restaurant and entertainment destination. Once completed, the area will feature a completely redesigned look and feel as well as multiple new concepts.  The center is currently working with KGA Architecture on designs to create the entirely new pedestrian experience. Construction on the area is expected to begin in 2015. For more information, contact Brad Seidel, Kirvin Doak Communications, bseidel@kirvindoak.com.

 

GameWorks Targets Summer Debut Inside Town Square Las Vegas

GameWorks Las Vegas is targeting a summer unveiling inside Town Square Las Vegas (6605 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119). The family-friendly restaurant will bring its signature brand of entertainment to the popular Las Vegas retail and dining destination by featuring a dynamic roster of classic and modern arcade attractions, unique American cuisine and an outdoor patio space for al fresco dining. Standout highlights from GameWorks' newest location will include a 7,000-square-foot arcade game floor, an eight-lane bowling alley and the flagship Social Gaming Arena, a devoted space for local area network (LAN) multi-player online computer gaming. For more information, contact Matt Guidish, Kirvin Doak Communications, mguidish@kirvindoak.com.

 

BLVD Creamery Churns Custom Ice Cream and Contemporary Cold Treats at Monte Carlo

Creamy slow-churned ice cream and trendy treats blend together to create a sweetly indulgent experience at BLVD Creamery, the contemporary ice cream shop now open at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Pops of vibrant pastel colors set against bright white walls and an upbeat soundtrack of indie alternative and post-punk new wave tunes welcome guests of all ages into a dreamy world of imaginative ice cream flavors, sundaes, popsicles, shakes, flavored milks, floats and ice cream sandwiches. Monte Carlo's skilled pastry team flavors and churns each creation to silky smooth perfection daily, but cows deserve some of the credit too. Every delectable treat is made from all-natural milk and cream. Twenty-four ice cream and sorbet flavors from a rotating roster of quirky combinations are available each day. For more information, contact Heather Yuille, MGM Resorts International, hyuille@mgmresorts.com.

 

Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino Opens Rooftop Pool Experience

Las Vegas' newest and only downtown rooftop pool experience PICNIC at Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is now open. Whimsical and nostalgic, PICNIC is reminiscent of a ‘50s pool oasis, setting the scene for live entertainment and film screenings throughout the year. Share a picnic basket and a blanket on the grass. Have a meal at a communal picnic table. Take a dip into the infinity pool. Enjoy a cocktail while taking in the incomparable vistas of Downtown3rd and Fremont Street Experience. Play blackjack under the stars. All this and more awaits spring and summertime guests at PICNIC. The 35,000-square-foot PICNIC is now open for both registered hotel guests and locals. For more information, contact Marina Nicola, Vox Solid Communications, mnicola@wearevoxsolid.com.

 

Pantry To Bring A Taste Of Home To The Mirage 24 Hours A Day

Homespun recipes will season the menu at Pantry, the new 24-hour restaurant opening this September at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Centrally located to provide convenient access from the guest elevators and casino floor, the restaurant will feature wholesome favorites such as piping hot soups, crisp green salads, fully loaded sandwiches and classic desserts made from the freshest sustainable ingredients for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. Breakfast will be available 24-hours a day for guests wishing to enjoy fluffy pancakes, hearty omelets and robust scrambles. The bar will offer coffee and tea selections as well as varieties of fruit and farm fresh vegetable juices including Pomegranate, Carrot Orange Mango, and Cucumber Pineapple Ginger, with each option providing maximum nutrition and flavor. For more information, contact Heather Yuille, MGM Resorts International, hyuille@mgmresorts.com

 

The Commissary Latin Kitchen by Richard Sandoval Launched Largest Tequila Collection in Downtown Las Vegas  

The Commissary Kitchen by Richard Sandoval has unveiled its brand-new tequila collection, comprising more than 100 unique and rare spirits. Chef Sandoval's National Beverage Director Robert Day helped create the collection. Day, who is also a certified tequila expert by the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (The Tequila Regulatory Council), worked along with the Las Vegas team for nearly six months to perfect this collection. Amongst the most expensive labels will be the Don Julio Patron Real 1942, El Mojito Mezcal and Patron Anejo Grandiose. Furthermore, every type of Patron including Blanco, Anejo and Reprezado will be available. The Commissary will also offer a new line of infused tequilas with flavors including jalapeno, tropical and coconut.  Prices on this exciting list range from $7 to $95 a shot. All guests will receive a tequila menu and tasting notes in order to understand the plethora of choices available. For more information, contact Marina Nicola, Vox Solid Communications, mnicola@wearevoxsolid.com.