Thursday, June 24, 2010

Max Brenner Chocolate Coming to Forum Shops

Max Brenner Chocolate will be opening in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace later this summer. They serve upscale bar food but the main attraction is the wide assortment of chocolate offerings. Chocolate waffles, chocolate fondue and chocolate pizza are some of the specialties.

Looking at the menu this looks like a can't miss for Vegas. Is there better time to binge on chocolate than when you're on vacation in Sin City? The fact that they serve real food including breakfast is an added bonus. Serendipity 3 and their frozen hot chocolate has been a pretty big hit for Caesars, and I predict this will follow along that same path.

Check out the Max Brenner website for more information.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fleur de Lys to become Tapas Bar

Eating Las Vegas is reporting that Hubert Keller's Fleur de Lys restaurant at Mandalay Bay will close in August. It will re-open later in the year as a tapas bar. Keller and his staff will remain at the new restaurant.

Tapas is becoming a huge trend in Vegas. Many have attributed this to the economy. People are willing to spend a little on appetizer type dishes rather than going for the full dining experience. Personally I'm not a huge fan of the concept. It doesn't really feel like a full meal, and you end up getting so many different things that it can get quite pricey. I like Hubert Keller's Burger Bar though, so I might have to give the new joint a shot if given the opportunity.

Carrot Top Hospitalized

Luxor comedian Carrot Top was hospitalized earlier this week due to food poisoning. He had to cancel one show, but it looks like he's fine now.

From a statement on his website:

It was food poisoning and the resulting dehydration that made him drive himself to the hospital. Fluids were put into his system for a few hours, and then he was released.

Good to see that he's doing ok, and hopefully he'll stay away from the Imperial Palace Buffet from now on.

Fontainebleau Showing Signs of Life?

The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that construction permits have been issued for the formerly named Fontainebleau project. The paper was quick to note that this doesn't necessarily mean construction will start anytime soon, but hey it's something.

Carl Icahn acquired the project in bankruptcy court proceedings in January. Since then there has been much speculation as to what he will do with it. Many people said he would just let it sit until the economy improves. I agree that he wouldn't want to open a new casino in this environment, especially with CityCenter and Cosmopolitan soaking up the already saturated market.

The thing is, Fontainebleau (or whatever it will be called) is going to take time to finish. I'm guessing that they are looking at 18 months minimum before they could open. If they start construction now maybe the economy will be at least slightly recovered by the time they are done in late 2011 or early 2012. They would also get to be in the spotlight as the newest hotel in town since CityCenter and Cosmo will have long been opened by then.

I really hope something happens soon. That building is too big to be sitting there half finished, and that part of the Strip could use some good news.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Paris building Sugar Factory on Strip

Paris is making some changes to the front of the hotel on the Strip. What used to be a fountain is now being transformed into a Sugar Factory store. Sugar Factory is an upscale candy shop. They have locations at Mirage and Planet Hollywood.

This is what it will look like when finished:

The thing that strikes me about this project is the amount of space that will be taken away from the sidewalk. This is a very busy area of the strip and what once was a wide area for walkers to move will now be pretty narrow. Hopefully this spot won't turn into a pedestrian bottleneck similar to the sidewalk in front of Margaritaville.