Ambra Italian Kitchen & Bar is due to open later this month in the space of another former Italian restaurant the long time Fiamma which closed in March this year. The name Ambra means amber in Italian and the new restaurant is expected to seat about 400 people when it opens.
There is not a lot of details about the menu although I would expect the food will be gourmet and higher end than your neighborhood Italian restaurant. Myself i love Italian food but would prefer a neighborhood restaurant with good comfort Italian food than fancier food with more exotic ingredients but thats me.
I thought this trend was slowing down but as part of the new restaurant will be a hidden room called Privata which according to MGM will be a speakeasy serving higher end drinks.
It looks like the four month run of the The Naked Magicians at Brad Garett’s Comedy Club at the MGM Grand is over with website VegasChanges.com even reporting the two Australian performers have gone their separate ways.
According to the website one of the magicians has returned to Australia with other remaining in Las Vegas to join a variety show which is in development. Hopefully the show didn’t close for financial reasons it would be bad if they lost their shirt along with the rest of their clothes. Sorry i had to get a couple of puns in the story but those are just the bare facts.
It’s been a tough time for delis in recent times first with the closure of Canters Deli at the Linq and now comes news that The Sports Deli at the MGM Grand has closed. The Sports Deli may be know to many as the Stage Deli which it was named for 23 years before they changed the name but either way the location is going to become another Starbucks because of the lack of Starbucks in Las Vegas (yes that was sarcastic).
If you still want your deli fix and are craving a huge pastrami sandwich for example, the Carnegie Deli at the Mirage is still open and a good option and well worth a visit. Deli’s in Las Vegas used to be really popular at one time but maybe the younger generation are less interested in huge sandwiches of meat either way the Carnegie Deli at the Mirage seems to get good traffic and hopefully it remains open.
The huge New Years Strip firework show will have fireworks shot from the roofs of the Stratosphere, Venetian, TI, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Aria and MGM Grand resorts. If you plan on being on the Strip for New Years get there early and hang out in the general area you want to be as the crowds will make it tough to move about and, the Strip itself will be closed to traffic by 5 pm.
If you want to listen to the music that goes with the eight minute firework show you can listen on radio stations KOMP 92.3 FM or the Point at 97.1 FM. The three songs chosen synced to the fireworks are Luck Be a Lady, All Night Long by Lionel Richie and of course Auld Lang Syne to welcome everyone to 2019.
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.
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 Strip. If you want to take a break from the casino floor to watch a movie there still are movie theaters nearby at the Palms as well as the Orleans.
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 in to the new extension or just removed. Because of the location of the short monorail at the front of the properties on the Strip it seems unlikely that they would continue to operate that system but that would be up to MGM Resorts. The Mandalay Bay is a beautiful property although it’s location on the South Strip is a hindrance for food traffic from the busier part of the Strip but with the new monorail extension could bring in more traffic from other parts of the Strip.
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.
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 to fill the space as quick as possible.
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 the recent expansion at Aria. The area being used for the MGM Grand expansion is near the resorts parking garage at Koval Lane and Tropicana Avenue and will also see the large circular driveway to the current convention center being replaced by the new expansion.