China Tang Now Open At MGM Grand

The widely anticipated China Tang restaurant has now opened in a space across from Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand. China Tang is the first United States restaurant for Hong Kong’s Las Sun Company whose restaurants have earned ten Michelin stars the highest accolade for a restaurant. The Chinese fine dining menu features Cantonese cuisine but with inspirations from other regions of China such as Shanghai, Beijing and Sichuan. The 5,484 square foot restaurant includes a huge bar and lounge in a well trafficked area of restaurant row so business should be good. Hours: Monday to Thursday …

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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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Monorail Extension Plans

A monorail extension to Mc Carran International Airport or to Downtown Las Vegas has often been discussed but it doesn’t look like it will happen anytime soon but another extension may happen; Approval has been given for a extension from the MGM Grand to the Mandalay Bay although the details such as design, stations, permissions especially from MGM Resorts as well as financing need to be worked out. At present a smaller monorail runs between the Excalibur and Mandalay resorts with a stop in between at the Luxor in one direction it’s not known if that monorail would be incorporated …

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Deli Changes

A twenty three year old fixture at MGM Grand, Stage Deli near the sports book has closed with no word yet what will replace it. If  you are missing your pastrami fix at Stage Deli there is two new options for you as franchised versions of one of my favorites Los Angeles own Canter’s Deli have opened at the Linq Promenade and also at Tripoli Village.

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Last Pastrami Is Sold

The last pastrami sandwich at the Stage Deli located inside the MGM Grand has been sold as the longtime fixture of the property as closed for good. The east coast inspired deli has been at the property in a location next to the MGM sports book for twenty three years and apart from its formentioned huge pastrami sandwiches was also known for its matzo ball soup as well as bagels and lox. MGM Resorts hasn’t announced a replacement for Stage Deli yet although it such a high traffic area by the sports book and Hakkasan I sure they will try …

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MGM Grand Adds More Space

More convention and meeting space is coming to the Strip and we don’t meet just the expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center; The MGM Grand has broken ground on an expansion to its Convention Center which will add 250,000 square feet of space to give it more than 850,000 square feet at the resort in total. The expansion will give MGM Resorts more than 4 million square feet of convention and meeting space at its Las Vegas resorts. Included in this total is 2 million square feet at the Mandalay Bay which has been greatly expanded as well as …

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New Food Court On The Strip

The new Boulevard Food Court has now opened on the South Strip north of the MGM Grand and, just north of the Coke Cola store where the giant Coke bottle is. The new food court is 13,000 square feet and includes nine food tenants. The food is getting good reviews and includes El Dorado Express yes, a offshoot of El Dorado Cantina which is located next to the Sapphire strip club; Other restaurants in the food court to name just a couple include Red Dog as well as a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf which is a nice alternative to …

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China Tang Restaurant Coming To MGM Grand

MGM have announced that the first restaurant from Hong Kong based hospitality company Lai Sun Dining called China Tang is coming to the former Pearl space at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This is Lai Sun Dining’s first restaurant in the United States although the restaurant group has numerous restaurants across China and has received ten Michelin stars. China Tang will be in a good location at the MGM Grand across from Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak one of our favorite steakhouses and near the always popular Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House. The new restaurant will serve Cantonese cuisine with influences …

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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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Rainforest Cafe

In the middle of the 90’s there was a sudden rush to themed restaurant concepts in Las Vegas with even Steven Spielberg getting in to the act with a submarine themed restaurant called Dive. The Steven Spielberg one wasn’t that bad but many were poorly themed and kitschy with overpriced non memorable food, so you would check it out once and then never go back. One exception to these was the Rainforest Cafe at the MGM Grand the food was actually pretty good and although not inexpensive was good value for money and the theme from the animatronics apes to the …

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M Life Card At Wet Republic

The above video courtesy of the MGM Grand is about using the M Life players card at the Wet Republic day club on the property. Other than the excuse for us to show attractive people at the pool it is a reminder to use your players card at other places than just the casino to increase your possible comps. Where the card is excepted to earn points varies by property or company and often places such as restaurants as well as clubs also are often overlooked but its a good way to earn points.

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Friday Show Pick: Penn & Teller

There was a time in Las Vegas where every major resort would have would have a magician act usually with exotic animals but over recent years the number of magic acts in Las Vegas has declined especially as more and more Cirque type shows were added. Yes there are still magic acts around town notably David Copperfield with his long residency at the MGM Grand and Criss Angel with his long running de themed Cirque magic show at the Luxor. One magic show that has lasted an amazing 21 years and is always near the top of our recommended shows …

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When Sixteen Courses Isn’t Enough

For many the sixteen courses of food at the Joel Robuchon restaurant located inside the MGM Grand are the ultimate in food decadence as every small course of amazing tastes is brought to you. The fine dining restaurant with its amazing food and service is often a stop for foodies looking for the best when they visit Las Vegas. So what do you do when you have an amazing sixteen course meal to improve it, well in this case you enlarge it to a eighteen course meal for $445 per person. If this price sounds expensive yes it is but …

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Quick Option Downtown To Strip

If you want to get from Downtown on Fremont Street to the Strip or vice versa, you could take a cab which is quick but a little expensive; Another option would be the Deuce the double decker that stops frequently as it travels the Strip another option would Strip and Downtown Express the tram like bus which has fewer stops but still travels the busy Strip. The option I use if I want to get quickly from the MGM Grand area of the Strip to Downtown and Fremont Street quickly is the Westcliff Airport Express; The Westcliff Airport Express is …

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Daylight Hiring Today

The latest in a string of hirings for the Summer pool day club scene is today and continues tomorrow this time for the Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay. Daylight was recently taken over by Hakkasan which will host the event at its large nightclub at the MGM Grand. The interviews take place today from noon to 6pm and then continue tomorrow at the same time for the usual day club jobs with some of the positions such as hosts or hostesses requiring an audition in swimwear.

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Emeril’s Reopened Friday

Over the last few years the MGM Grand has been undergoing a huge remodel with updated rooms, restaurants, night clubs and even the sprawling casino’s carpet; In recent months the construction and changes have slowed down but one change going on right now is that the longtime stable of the MGM Grand, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House closed down after the Labor Day weekend on September 2nd for a remodel of the eighteen year old restaurant. But gumbo or fish fans don’t worry the restaurant and menu just go a little face lift with the updated restaurant opening last Friday and the …

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Hershey’s Chocolate World Opens

Yesterday was the grand opening of Hershey’s Chocolate World at New York New York on the Strip. The new 13,000 square foot two story store showcases the various Hershey products and does things like allowing guests to purchase personalized candy wrappers. Yes this new store does sound a lot like the nearby M&M World located near the MGM but if you like chocolate more choice can’t be a bad thing. On display in the Hershey’s Chocolate World is a model of the Empire State Building made of 1,800 chocolate bars as an 800-pound sculpture of the Statue Of Liberty. If …

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Wet Republic Opens Today

Today is the day the Wet Republic day club returns to the MGM Grand in what could be its final season with that name. The reason why the name could change is that the former owner Angel Management Group was bought by Hakkasan which has a huge nightclub and restaurant at the MGM so they may want to use that name. The current Wet Republic day club will show off the 2nd of two phases of its remodel which includes 1,500 square foot of addition space and six new VIP bungalows with nice furniture, flat screen televisions and misting fan …

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