Popeye Statue Moving

It looks like the Popeye statue pictured above in front of the Wynn Theater is being moved again after being at least a couple of places around the Wynn properties in Las Vegas; This time though its moved much further to the East Coast to have it in place for the grand opening of the $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor in time for its opening later this month.

The statue itself was purchased at an art auction by Steve Wynn for $28 million and was created by artist Jeff Koon. The statue is really cool and, the question is how do you move a $28 million statue across country, i guess the answer is very carefully.

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Intrigue Nightclub Closed

This past Saturday Intrigue Nightclub at the Wynn closed its doors after about a three year run with the club originally opening in April 2016. The nightclub business in Las Vegas is super competitive with Wynn being only of the top operators although Intrigue may have been overshadowed by other to clubs including Wynn’s own clubs.

The company plans to use the 14,000 square foot space as a private event space that can be used by up to 750 people for an event; There is always a demand for this kind of use in Las Vegas although i’m sure somewhere down the line the company will come up with a better use for this space.

3K Bollards On Strip

street bollards, Las Vegas

To protect pedestrians on the sidewalks on the Las Vegas Strip from the traffic an additional 3,000 steel bollards as you can see in the picture are being installed.

The steel posts or bollards are in additional to the approximately 1,600 which have already been installed on Las Vegas Blvd which is better known too many as the Strip. The first bollards were installed in October of 2017 and its an on going project with the work expected to be finished by July.

The bollards once installed are connected to each other underground and are designed to stop the impact of a flatbed truck traveling at 55 mph. The need for for the bollards maybe a sad reflection of the times but at least they will be there to protect tourists and locals on the Strip.

Las Vegas Bowl Announced

Memorial Day for many is the start of Summer but some are already looking forward to the fall, when college football returns; So if you are one of them we do have at least one piece of news the date of the Mitsubishi Las Vegas Bowl 2019 which will take place Saturday September 21st 4:30 pm at the Sam Boyd Stadium.

This is the last year that the Las Vegas Bowl is to be held at the Sam Boyd Stadium as its moving next year to the new Las Vegas Stadium. The teams playing will be from the top teams in the Mountain West and Pac-12 conferences with the game being televised by ABC.

If you want to attend tickets go on sale July 6th with prices ranging from $35 to $250 plus the usual fees and can be purchased at unlvtickets.com.

Smith & Wollensky Now Open

Venetian Bridge Las Vegas

Even though it wasn’t a place i visited often some people have missed the restaurant Smith & Wollensky since it closed its Strip side location next to the Showcase Mall near MGM. The restaurant closed after the Showcase Mall sold for a reported $60 million which included the building that Smith & Wollensky was in.

The new location is further down the Strip at the Venetian with a 450 seat restaurant in the former location of Zeffirino Restaurante which closed in May 2017. It will be interesting to see how the restaurant does in a non Strip side location and if it will be as successful.

Masso Osteria Closing

A restaurant that seemed to have a lot of promise when it opened a year ago Masso Osteria at the Red Rock Resort has announced a May 31st closure date. The restaurant concept was from celebrity chef Scott Conant and, if you are a fan you still have a little time left to visit.

The restaurant space is going back to the properties owner Station Casinos who have plans for the space with a new restaurant concept that they would manage.

Saving Money At Buffets

For many years the buffets in Las Vegas with their seemly endless choice of food were seen by the resorts as loss leaders with their low prices just like the cheap rooms and inexpensive shows to get you to stay at the property and gamble in the casino.

This changed with all the celebrity chef restaurants starting to open in Las Vegas and the resort companies seeing the many things such as buffets as potential profit centers instead of a loss making service way to draw gamblers. The Cosmopolitan when it opened was a real game changer with its Wicked Spoon buffet that offered top quality food in small portions and became very popular so other higher end resorts  decided to up there game too with more expensive items.

If its your first time visiting Las Vegas and your budget allows i would go to one higher end buffets and experience one of the best buffets at resorts such as Cosmopolitan, Caesar’s Palace, Bellagio or Wynn just to name a few. But if you want to save money and not blow your budget at when eating at buffets there is ways to save money.

Meal Time:

One way to save money is to either eat early in the day as usually breakfast is less expensive than lunch and lunch is less expensive than dinner. Some people also like to arrive at the tail end of one sitting so they can get items off the next sitting without paying for it; Many buffets close down usually an hour while they change from breakfast to lunch and the same from lunch to dinner, some items may not be available as they switch but it’s one way to get items off the next meal for no extra charge.

Theme Nights:

Another option is to avoid buffets on dinner theme nights if you are not going to partake in the item that’s part of the theme, examples of are prime rib night, lobster night, seafood feast etc; If you are not going to have prime rib for example on prime rib night you are paying a higher price than normal for dinner for a item you aren’t going to eat anyways.

Less Expensive Hotel:

Most often the nicer the hotel the more expensive the buffet is but it’s also more likely they will have better quality and wider selection of food items available. If you are looking for less expensive options on the Strip then hotels such as the Luxor, Excalibur, Flamingo, Harrahs or even the Stratosphere are good options.

Caesars Buffet Of Buffets:

The Buffet of Buffets deal has been around for many years and i remember when it first started it was $19.99 but things have changed as the price now is considerably higher. The way the deal works is you pay the fee and then can eat as much as you want at five Caesars Entertainment buffets for 24 hours from when you pay.

Pricing is generally $10 higher if you are not a Caesars Reward member but its free to sign up and, you must be 21. The weekday regular price for Caesars Reward members is $59.99 and the weekend price is $69.99. If you want to add on Caesar’s Palace popular and expansive Bacchanal Buffet that is an add on starting at $25.

The question you might be asking does the Buffet of Buffets deal save you money that kind of depends on how you use it but to get your moneys worth you have to get three meals out of it which can be done with a little planing.

Near Strip Properties:

Las Vegas April 2012

Las Vegas April 2012

Another option is to head off Strip as prices are generally lower although there are several properties not too far off the Strip that can save you money. The Gold Coast, Palms and Rio are in a cluster a block off the Strip although if you walk you do have to navigate a busy freeway entrance and i wouldn’t advise walking when the temperatures are high. A free option to get to them is the Boyds shuttle that runs from the Strip to Gold Coast and another good choice the Orleans which is further off Strip.

The Palace Station which has recently gone through a refurbishment is another great option as thats also a long block from the Strip, i wouldn’t walk to this one its a long walk by a busy street but this buffet is also open at present 24 hours a day i would check current times before you visit.

Downtown Properties:

If you are heading Downtown anyways the three main buffets there are going to be generally less expensive than the strip with generally the Fremont the least expensive and then the Golden Nugget and Main Street Station a little more expensive.

Players Clubs:

Having a players card will often get you a discount on a buffet or you may get a bigger discount depending on your players card level or by trading in points. Off Strip or locals casinos are more likely to give you discounts with your players club but by using it when you often pay you often add to your points to use for comps.

Coupon Books:

Generally as the prices on Las Vegas buffets have gone up you see less and less discounts appear in the free coupon books and magazines; This being said it doesn’t mean you won’t find one as 2 for 1 buffets deals do appear for example so still worth checking out.

EDC Opening Ceremony Shuttles

concert

If you plan on getting to the Las Vegas Speedway early today to attend the Opening Ceremonies there is a shuttle option for it as an add on when you buy you shuttles passes at the EDC website.

If you pay for the add on then you can take a shuttle from Circus Circus between 3 pm and 6 pm today to attend the Opening Ceremonies with Premier shuttle pass holders having expedited loading on the shuttles.

EDC Opening Show Schedule

concert

Tomorrow before the whole of the Electric Daisy Carnival opens is a grand opening show at the Cosmic Lounge with Rick Trainer performing at 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm when Malaa takes over to 6:45 pm when a special guest Bill Nye the science guy takes over to officially open the events and all the grounds at 7 pm. Yes i don’t know why they picked Bill Nye the science guy to open the show but he is a well known name i guess.

EDC Week started yesterday with events running until May 22nd with concerts at all the big nightclubs and dayclubs all over town. For more information check with your resort or the EDC website for the numerous events which are too many to list here.

Beauty Bar Is Closed

Fremont East, Las Vegas

Beauty Bar the popular bar in the East Fremont Entertainment District has closed after losing its liquor license after several issues which seemed to happen after new ownership took over the bar last year.

The bar was an early addition to East Fremont as they tried to change the area from having such things as a check cashing store, 7-11 and a dollar store that mainly served locals in to a area that would have bars and restaurants to attract tourists as well. Beauty Bar had been open since 2005 and they area does draw tourists from the Fremont Street Experience so the building won’t be vacant for long.