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Steely Dan Announces Mini Residency

Pop, jazz and r&b band Steely Dan has announced a mini residency starting in April at the Venetian Theater. Founding member Donald Fagen fronts the band which gets good reviews as a touring act in a the mini residency which is called “Reelin’ in the Chips 2.” The nine shows are on April 25, 26 and 27 and then in May at 1, 3, 4, 8, 10 and 11 with tickets starting at $142 up to $321 plus all the usual taxes and fees; For more information check with the Venetian Theater box office.  

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New Bridge Across Strip

Ground has been broken for a new pedestrian bridge that will span the Strip with the location between the Park MGM and the Showcase Mall. The new bridge will be the 17th over the Strip and will cost approximately $17 million with a scheduled completion date of next July. The new bridge will partially obstruct the Strip during construction although when its down it will help especially people that want to cross the Strip for events at the T Mobile Arena or Park Theater. Before the bridges were built, crowds of people crossing the street  would often slow traffic and …

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Equestrian Center Downtown

After last years temporary equestrian facility for the National Finals Rodeo at the Plaza became so popular it will return again this year for the rodeo in December but the difference is that it will stay up and become a permanent attraction. The new event center will be a space for outdoor equestrian and multipurpose center as well as having 80 horse stalls for year round use. The addition of a permanent facility may seem unusual especially in downtown but the National Finals Rodeo does bring big crowds that like to gamble and, if you have the space why not …

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Derek Stevens Buys Office Building

It looks like the owner of D Las Vegas is continuing his Downtown buying spree as he has purchased an 11 story office building at 302 Carson Ave which is across from the D Las Vegas as well as the Downtown Event Center which he also owns. The building and its adjacent parking garage where purchased for nearly 40 million dollars. Derek Stevens recently announced plans to build a 777 room hotel and casino on the now empty site of the Las Vegas Club, Mermaids and the Girls Of Glitter Gulch; because of this project likely nothing will happen to …

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The Screen Fades To Black

The Las Vegas Strip has lost its only movie theater with the recent closure of the Regal United Artists Theater at the Showcase Mall. The Showcase Mall near the MGM Grand has been getting a makeover and the movie theater has been has since 1998 but the space may be better used as restaurants or clubs instead. The movie theater here always seemed to me a little odd location as if you wanted to drive to see a movie there you would have to deal with Strip traffic and if you walked you would have to take elevators from the …

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Xmas In LV: Winter Village

The Winter Village at Green Valley Ranch is open through January 7th and is located at the properties outdoor amphitheater and includes an outdoor ice rink. If you want to use the ice rink its open Thursday to Sundays with the rink opening at 4 pm during the week and 11 am on the weekends. The cost is $20 but that also includes your skate rentals and, tickets can be purchased in person at the ice rink.  

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Good Time For Cheap Rooms

The end of the year in Las Vegas you might think is an expensive time because of all the holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and the huge crowds that come in to town for New Year’s Eve; The answer is yes for those dates the room rates can be expensive and in the case of New Years Eve very expensive but other days at year end can be inexpensive. Dates in November away from Thanksgiving can be reasonable and dates in early December as well as the few days after Christmas can be good bargains just shop around and if …

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Monte Carlo Restaurants Closed

The transformation continues at the Monte Carlo as it gets ready for its transformation in to the Park MGM with two more restaurants closing today Diablo’s Cantina and Sambalate. Previously closed restaurants include 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria which closed a couple of days ago and Minus 5 Ice Bar. If you are looking for other food options you might want to check out the restaurants in The Park or walk over to New York New York.

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Las Vegas Club Demolished

A piece of Las Vegas history in Downtown is vanishing piece by piece as the former Las Vegas Club is demolished to make way for a future resort property that most likely won’t appear until 2020 or later. The Las Vegas Club opened in 1930 a year before gambling was legalized in Nevada but over recent years the place suffered manny years of decline and the sports theme exterior looked tacky as well as dated. The property is now owned by Derek Stevens who refitalized the former Fitzgerald’s with a huge remodel after which he renamed it the D Las …

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Pronto Coming 2018

The second Las Vegas restaurant for Food Network alum Gilda De Laurentis is scheduled to open in early 2018 at Caesar’s Palace. The new restaurants name is Pronto and is set to be an Italian restaurant with California influences and, if it does as well as her first restaurant at The Cromwell it would be a success. 

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Flock & Fowl Downtown 

We A second Flock & Fowl location is heading to Downtown Las Vegas in the Ogden condo complex in a space formally occupied by Itsy Bitsey Ramen & Whiskey. The original Flock & Fowl is located on Sahara just off the Strip and is from the same owners of the Fat Choy a well liked restaurant in the Eureka casino. There are reports that the restaurant is also planning to go cashless and only accept credit cards and, debit cards which would  be interesting to see how that effects business. 

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Robert Irvine Restaurant Opens

Food Network celebrity chef Robert Irvine’s restaurant at the Tropicana has finally opened after months of extensive promotional advertising for the restaurant. The name of the restaurant is Robert Irvine’s Public House and as the name suggests is a pub style restaurant so expect English pub style food kicked up a notch. Robert Irvine has hosted many shows on cables Food Network but rose to fame as the host of the show Restaurant Impossible.

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Drones Coming To The Strip

The use of personal drones has increased as more companies are making the aerial remote control camera platforms in numerous sizes but they are still an expensive item. A Las Vegas company AviSight has been given permission to commercially operate drones over the Strip which could be potentially lucrative for them even though no plans have been announced. I don’t know how I feel about drones flying over an area crowded with people but I can see commercial uses for the drones such as tourist and resort marketing videos as well as for movie productions.

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Wet Republic Announces EDC Line Up

Memorial Day may not be the official start of Summer but in Las Vegas its when many of the pool parties and day clubs in town go from opening just on weekends and holidays to being open nearly every day. The Electric Daisy Carnival is also just around the corner as huge crowds will flock to the Las Vegas Speedway to party while listening to the best in electronic music on several stages. EDC will also mean the big names of electronic dj’s will be in town and performing at many of the top resorts day and nightclubs across the …

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