Late Breaking News From Up and Down the Strip
With so many new faces to see, new food to try and new places to party in, it’s hard to keep up with all the changes going on in Vegas. Our ears have been tuned into the Vegas rumor mill, and so far, our news hounds can confirm the following:
Breaking Hotel News
In an attempt to attract new guests to the struggling SLS Las Vegas, they have signed a deal to relinquish control over its SLS Lux tower to Starwood Hotels & Resorts. The tower will be rebranded into a W Hotel, having its own entry, reception area and lobby. There will also be a separate spa and WET, an exclusive outdoor poolside bar. This move will give the SLS access to the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program, hopefully driving sales forward.
Meanwhile, Caesars plans on closing its 50 year old Roman Tower for renovations. The Roman Tower was the Caesar original, and will receive a much needed make over just in time for 2016. The tower also gets a name change, and will be christened the Julius Tower when it reopens on New Year’s Day.
New News From the Entertainment Industry
The world renowned Jabbawockeez dance crew has returned to its original Vegas home at the MGM Grand. The hotel is so excited to have recovered this award winning show from the Luxor that they have renovated a theater, renaming it the Jabbawockeez Theater in the dance crew’s honor. Shows run weekly from Thursdays through Mondays with special VIP packages available if you want the chance to meet the cast.
The House of Blues has a new resident to make sure you aren’t left dancing by yourself in Vegas. Punk Rock Star Billy Idol has announced that he will be performing at the Mandalay Bay’s intimate concert hall for 12 dates in March and May, performing songs from throughout his entire career. Long time Idol guitarist Steve Stevens will be at the legends side as always, adding his special flair to the rockers repertoire.
Foodie Newsworthy Stories
Crush inside of the MGM Grand has begun hosting a Friday Brunch Party from 2 to 6 that features nightclub lighting, DJs and VIP bottle service. Stab your fork into some Snickers pancakes before joining the high energy party. Can’t really think of a better way to start off a weekend in Vegas.
The Rio is completely revamping their restaurant line up, closing down Steve Martorano’s café and Buzio’s Seafood to make way for Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho – that’s the drunken bull – Mexican restaurant concept. The Village Seafood Buffet is also shutting its doors, or better put, merging with the Carnival World Buffet. That’s a lot of space for one drunk bull to fill, so we expect that the Rio may have a few more new eats still hiding up in their sleeves.
New York born Carbone has finally opened at the Aria in an upscale setting that fits in perfectly with the posh hotel. Carbone is an Italian food eating experience, where “captains” impeccably wait on each table, catering to your every whim. You’ll go for the food, but you’ll never forget the high level of service.
Going back to the card hiding in the Rio’s sleeve, there is a rumor floating around the strip that the Venetian’s Bourbon will be making a move once Rock of Ages has its final curtain call. People in the know are hinting that both will resurface at the Rio at some point in 2016.
Goin’ to the Club News
Without missing a beat, Play Management has retaken management control over Light and Daylight this past September. Play Management is led by Colin Comer and John Pettei, both of whom were execs with the The Light Group when the clubs were first launched just over 2 years ago. Hakkasan and Cirque du Soleil have severed all ties, living Light and Daylight in the loving hands of these industry experts.
After 10 years of hosting naughty trysts, the acclaimed Wynn night club has closed its doors. Now get ready for some Intrigue when a new club takes over the space in Spring of 2016. Intrigue will stray from the typical DJ driven Vegas club, and instead promises an alternative experience set to the beat of contemporary party music.
With Vegaster in your hand, you’re always in the Vegas news. Keep checking back for updates on the latest and greatest that Vegas has to offer.