Saturday, July 30, 2011

Jubilee! has 30 Year Anniversary

July 30th marks the 30 year anniversary of the opening of Jubilee! - currently the longest running show in Las Vegas.

Jubilee! opened at Bally's in 1981, which was still known as the MGM Grand back then. The show opened around the same time as the hotel's new South tower, which was eight months after the devastating MGM Grand fire of 1980.

Jubilee! is a great show, and is the last of the true "Vegas Showgirl" type of shows. Hopefully it remains on the Strip for many years to come.

Friday, July 29, 2011

New Restaurants at Plaza

The newly renovated Plaza hotel downtown on Fremont Street will be re-opening on September 1st. In preparation for the big debut, the hotel has announced a few new restaurants (although some of them won't be open until a few weeks into September).

Hash House A Go Go: Las Vegas tourists know this restaurant from their other locations at Imperial Palace and M Resort. There's also one on West Sahara Ave, along with other locations in San Diego and Reno.

Island Sushi and Hawaiian Grill: This restaurant offers separate sushi and grill menus. It should be popular amongst the many Hawaiian tourists downtown.

Zaba's Mexican Grill: From what I can gather, this is a casual, build your own burrito place similar to Chipotle. Should be a good place to grab a quick bite.

In addition to these restaurants, Plaza will also open Swingers Club mini-golf and Piano Bar.

They also recently announced that local theater troupe Insurgo Theater Movement will occupy a new 75-seat theater on the third floor.

Source: Plaza Press Releases.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

CityCenter Artwork Mocked

The artwork at CityCenter has been spoofed by local Las Vegas artist Justin Favela. He has created cardboard replicas mocking many of the art pieces at CityCenter.

Instead of the Maya Lin's "Silver River" representation of the Colorado River that stands above the check-in counter at Aria, Favela has created "Las Vegas Wash" which depicts the flow of sewage water made out of chicken wire and aluminum foil.

Instead of Claes Oldenburg's "Typewriter Eraser," Favela has created a giant backspace key made out of cardboard.

Favela mocked the art because he was annoyed at CityCenter's attempt to fabricate a new urban center by purchasing expensive artwork and telling people what real art is. A video by The Wall Street Journal profiled Favela's efforts:

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tropicana Room & Entertainment Experience

It's beyond the scope of this blog to report every Las Vegas deal out there, but this one caught my eye so I thought I'd share it.

Tropicana is offering a Room & Entertainment Experience package. The deal gives you 2 free show tickets for each night of your stay plus VIP check-in.

The shows you can choose from are Gladys Knight, Brad Garrett's Comedy Club, and Las Vegas Mob Experience.

The package starts at $99 a night plus the $9.99 resort fee. A two night stay is required. If you are planning on staying at Tropicana and catching a few shows, this could be a nice deal.

Be sure to check with Tropicana for details and availability.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

NFL Lockout Over

The NFL lockout is over, which is certainly good news for sportsbooks, along with Las Vegas as a whole.

While it might not have a huge impact on the average Las Vegas visitor, football is the lifeblood of the sportsbooks in the fall.

If the season was canceled there's no telling how much revenue the casinos would have missed out on. Not only from taking bets, but hotel rooms and other revenue from visitors traveling to Las Vegas specifically for NFL football.

With the season back on track, Las Vegas is bound to do some brisk business on Sundays this fall.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Las Vegas Restaurant Week 2011

Many of the top restaurants in Las Vegas will be participating in the 5th annual Las Vegas Restaurant Week.

The event will take place August 29th to September 11th, 2011.

Participating restaurants will create fixed price, three course menus priced at $20.11, $30.11 or $50.11. A portion of each meal will directly benefit Three Square Food Bank, the largest food bank in Southern Nevada.

Here's a preliminary list of participating restaurants:

Alize
Andre's
Aureole
BLT Burger
BRAND Steak House
Bar+Bistro
Cafe Bellaio
Charlie Palmer Steak
Comme Ca
d. Vino Italian Food & Wine Bar
Diego Mexican Cuisine
Dragon Noodle Co.
Estiatorio Milos
FIN
FIX
Fiamma Trattoria and Bar
i♥burgers
Japonais
Jasmine
Kokomos
Lupo by Wolfgang Puck
Michael Mina Bellagio
Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro
Nine Fine Irishmen
Nobu
Olives
Onda
Osteria del Circo
Panevino
Piero's
Pink Taco
Postrio
Prime Steakhouse
Roy's Hawaiian Fusion
STACK
Sensi
Spago
StripSteak
Tacos & Tequila
Table 10
The Capital Grille
The Grand Wok and Sushi Bar
The Henry
The Steak House at Circus Circus
Yellowtail

Be sure to check out the official Las Vegas Restaurant Week website for menus and the most up-to-date information.