Big Starbucks Closes

Hot Cappuccino

In Las Vegas most of the big Strip resorts have at least one Starbucks and many have several but now comes news that there is one less on the Strip as the super sized location at the Grand Bazaar Shops in front of Bally’s has closed. This location was different because of its size and, it had stadium style seating in a grandstand overlooking a projection screen. This location opened 2015 and although i love coffee on a recent trip staying at Bally’s i drank coffee from the coffee stand in the lobby instead.

If you are a Starbucks fan there is still plenty of locations up and down the Strip snd one at the Golden Nugget Downtown although in recent years several Las Vegas at or near tourist area locations have closed; Some of the locations that come to mind include such as at The Shops at Crystals, Hughes Center or the Bank Of America building Downtown, Starbucks is still very popular in Las Vegas although maybe more of a choice would be good for Las Vegas tourists and locals alike.


$6.99 New York Steak At California

In Las Vegas there is a long tradition of late night food specials to help fuel the late night gamblers and if you are up and can eat a meal late night you can get some amazing bargains.  Although this is less common on the Strip as their are less twenty four hour coffee shops there are available but its much more common to see these deals Downtown or off Strip.

Market Street Cafe dining room

I’m not a big fan of the crowds during the prime evening hours so i’m often out and about when the crowds thin out so late night food specials work for me. One place that i have often visited late night over the years is the Market Street Cafe at the California Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas a block off the Fremont Street Experience.  The Market Street Cafe is the California’s twenty four hour coffee shop and is a beautiful room with high ceilings and much nicer than the average coffee shop.

The Market Street Cafe has a Graveyard Specials menu which runs from 11 pm to 9 am daily and includes many different items but the one i was here for is the New York Steak special for $6.99. The special as you see in the above picture includes the steak of course plus vegetable, then your choice of  rice, fries or mashed potatoes

The cut of steak might not be of the same quality as some of the high end steak houses in town but then the price is of course a lot less expensive. The steak itself was tasty and perfectly cooked, the potatoes where really good and the beans were cooked well, not rock hard like many more expensive restaurants, looking at you House Of Blues. The meal was really good and a bargain at the price, i understand not everyone can eat meals late at night but if you can the Graveyard Specials at the Market Street Cafe at the California are worth checking out.








Xmas In LV: Eggnog At Ellis Island

Ellis Island Tower

Ellis Island TowerFor the fifteenth straight year the near Strip Ellis Island has its Christmas eggnog on sale that’s mixed and available for purchase from the bar. Yes the eggnog does contain alcohol and its become a holiday tradition at the property if you want to try some out its $6 per glass or available by $30 a bottle. If you visit the bar you might also want to check out the hotels coffee shop which many people like for their large portions as well as good prices because its never good to drink on an empty stomach.

New Café At The Palms

Palms Sign

The restaurant make over continues at The Palms the latest being the resorts coffee shop which will reopen July 1st as the Lucky Penny an updated version of the classic twenty-four-hour coffee shop.  The Lucky Penny will feature an updated menu with the usual soups, salads, burgers, pizza, sandwiches as well as wok dishes, boozy shakes and cold pressed juices. If you want to check out the Lucky Penny when it opens its right off the east parking resort at The Palms.

Du Pars At Golden Gate Closes

Repeat visitors to Las Vegas often have certain traditions or places they visit on every trip that could be having a drink at a certain bar or food at a certain restaurant or something else they generally do. One thing I do on most trips to Las Vegas be it at three in the afternoon or three am is a trip to Du Pars restaurant in the Golden Gate Downtown for their huge fluffy pancakes or a corned beef hash breakfast. It looks like I will have find a new Las Vegas tradition as last night Du Pars closed with a press release saying that the closure was for financial reasons. Du Pars still has four locations in Southern California including a location at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles as well as an additional location in Las Vegas at the Suncoast resort. I cannot see myself visiting the Suncoast resort on every trip as the location is a bit far from the Strip although I can see myself making the occasional trip for the big fluffy pancakes. Las Vegas has always been a city of constant change and that will never stop, so as things change I guess I must start a new tradition somewhere else. I started visiting Las Vegas in 1984 and many of the resorts from then have gone such as Sands, Dunes, Marina, Hacienda, Sahara, Frontier, Barbary Coast, Boardwalk, Stardust, Landmark and Riviera are gone just to name some (yes I’m old); I will miss Du Pars but in a city with new places all the time I will find new favorite places that I enjoy visiting again and again.

Another Coffee Shop To Close

Over the last few years the traditional resort coffee shops have been cutting hours or closing and now comes the news that ‘The Café’ at Monte Carlo is the latest coffee shop to close. ‘The Café’ is due to close June 7th with the space being used as a meeting or event space after that date. If you want breakfast at the Monte Carlo after the closure The Pub at Monte Carlo will begin serving breakfast on June 8th inside and on the outdoor patio starting at 7 am.

Griddle Café Closing At SLS

SLS Las VegasBefore the opening of the SLS there was lots of talk about the Griddle Café a Los Angeles staple for 15 years known for its huge portions of breakfast food. The Griddle Café opened in August and in October the restaurant announced it was cutting its hours and, would no longer be a twenty four hour seven day a week restaurant. Now comes the news that the Griddle Café will close today for good with a new restaurant to open in its place tomorrow. The new restaurant called Northside Café will open tomorrow and plans are for it be open 24/7 and be more like a traditional resort coffee shop selling comfort type food. Traffic at the resort hasn’t been as good as they may have liked and more restaurant closings or changes could be possible although the Rock In Rio event later this year should help with traffic for the resort.