15 New Things Happening at Linq Promenade Mall

The Park, a mid-Strip restaurant row from MGM Resorts, has been in the spotlight a lot lately. Its four new restaurants are a perfect complement to the new T-Mobile Arena and upcoming Park Theater. Read more.

But the Linq promenade from Caesars Entertainment isn’t going down without a fight.

The Linq promenade, a dining and entertainment mall located between the Flamingo and Linq hotels, is in the throes of a bona fide renaissance, including a slew of intriguing new diversions, edible and otherwise. Even the under-performing High Roller observation wheel is showing
signs of new life!

It’s time to revisit the Linq promenade, end-to-end, to see what’s new and what’s in the works.

1. Center Strip Box Office

This giant box office is adorned with any number of video screens and it quite the eye-catching new addition to the Linq mall. We’re not sure which tickets you can purchase here, but the most prominently-displayed shows are those at Caesars Entertainment resorts. One word of caution:
You may see the word “Concierge,” but beware. In recent years, concierge services are often thinly-disguised ticket hawkers pushing shows that aren’t the best in quality, but rather those that pay the largest commissions. See more of the concierge outsourcing ugliness.

Linq promenade

“Caveat emptor,” which is Latin for “keep one hand on your wallet.”

2. Amorino Gelato

A new gelato shop is under construction, taking a spot previously used by a retail shop. This chain got its start in Paris, and has a lot of promise.

Linq promenade gelato

This blog loves it some gelato.

3. Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips

This long-awaited new fish and chips shop is finally being built and is expected to open in fall 2016. The space was formerly a Purple Zebra slushy drink store. No, Chef Ramsay won’t be making your fish and chips personally, but he’ll show up occasionally. It’s the law.

Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips

Don’t freak out. Purple Zebra slushy drinks are still available inside the Linq hotel.

4. Shadow Dancers at O’Sheas

This is our most exciting exclusive in ages. The exterior of O’Sheas at the Linq hotel now features shadow dancers! Fans of the previous incarnation of O’Sheas (a self-contained casino rather than a casino within a casino) will recall O’Sheas had shadow dancers of its own, in
the windows facing Las Vegas Boulevard. These aren’t quite as R-rated (they seem to be animated, as opposed to using human models), but they’re still worth a peek.

Linq promenade shadow dancers

We love this titillating nod to the original O’Sheas!

Oh, all right, here’s some video. Freak.

5. Kitson’s Replacement

It was quite a blow to the Linq promenade when one of its anchor retail shops, Kitson, closed. The Kitson sign hasn’t come down, but there’s a new store in the space. It’s a giant gift shop, not quite as quirky as Kitson, but a seamless replacement in a prominent spot in the mall.

Linq mall

We asked what the name of the Kitson replacement is, but an employee said it doesn’t have one. Let’s get on that.

6. Amazon Locker

We’re not entirely sure what an Amazon Locker is, but the Linq promenade has one. The Internet says Amazon Lockers are a way for Amazon customers to get their purchases without having them shipped to a home or business address. While this seems useful, we’d rather make
some snarky comment about how the whole thing reeks of “How do I get sex toys in Las Vegas without going to a creepy adult store or packing them in my suitcase?”

Linq Amazon Locker

Oh, great, something new for us to be stuffed into.

7. Virgil’s Real Barbecue

We had such high hopes for the F.A.M.E. Asian market, but it took a nosedive. Virgil’s Real Barbecue will soon take its place. Virgil’s comes from the folks behind Carmine’s, a great Italian place at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Again, this holds promise.

Linq Virgil's Real Barbecue

Virgil’s is expected to open in fall 2016, so you know where you’ll find our face, slathered with BBQ sauce, right around that time.

8. In-N-Out

When we broke the news In-N-Out was coming to the Linq promenade, little did we know it would be one of our biggest stories of 2015. Now, construction is under way, and we’re predicting this newest In-N-Out location will provide a much-needed boost to the Linq mall. We feel a little badly for its neighbor, Flour & Barley, but in Vegas, only the strong survive.

Linq In-N-Out

Expect lines. Expect friendly service. Expect Bible verses on the bottom of the drink cups. We’re eating there, anyway.

9. Exotic Car Rental

We didn’t see that coming. Apparently, you can now rent exotic cars, including Lamborghinis, at the Linq promenade. A sign says prices start at $399, for four hours. There’s even an exotic car on display on the mall.

Linq exotic car rental

Sort of a bummer for Governors.

10. Urban Turban

Boom, another exclusive, and that’s the story we’re sticking to. A popular Indian restaurant in Las Vegas, Urban Turban, will soon open a kiosk at the Linq promenade. The stand will offer a slimmed-down version of the restaurant’s menu, including favorites like lamb, butter chicken, tandoori chicken and others.

Linq Urban Turban

We may break stories, but we don’t break details. You’ll figure it out.

11. Murals

The Linq mall has made good on its promise to update its wall-sized murals from time to time. There’s a whole new batch of murals from local artists. They make a great free photo op for the tourists.

Linq murals

Just in time for “Sharknado 4,” three minutes of which took place in Las Vegas.

12. Lines at the High Roller

One of the most surprising new things at the Linq promenade has to be, wait for it, lines at the High Roller observation wheel. The world’s tallest observation wheel has struggled with ridership numbers since it opened, but Caesars Entertainment continues to aggressively promote it, and it appears those efforts may be bearing fruit. While the wheel’s operators won’t admit it, we credit a truly strange story for raising awareness about the High Roller internationally. Hey, whatever works.

Linq High Roller line

You go, world’s largest observation wheel that people definitely should not have sex on.

13. Photo & Go

Photo & Go isn’t completely new, but we’ll be damned if we’re going to do a listicle with just 14 things on it, thank you very much O.C.D. Photo & Go originally opened in a different location in the Linq promenade as the Polaroid Fotobar. Photo & Go is a downsized version of the store, with a focus on allowing customers to print photos from their smartphones onto a variety of tsotchkes.

Linq Photos & Go

If casinos want to appeal to Millennials, they should invent a slot machine that also prints photos from smartphones onto tsotchkes. You’re welcome.

14. C & E Studio

It’s some kind of art gallery, with a selection of upwards of a dozen “urban art pieces” we probably can’t afford. Let’s just say you shouldn’t get too emotionally attached to this shop.

Linq art gallery

The gallery hosts street artists out front. Spraycan art is surprisingly popular in Las Vegas, with a typical piece selling for $40-50.

15. Canter’s Deli

Last but not least, it’s Canter’s! Yes, yes, we broke the story of Canter’s coming to the Linq promenade last year, too, but not everything has to be about us. Canter’s will take up residence in what was previously a part of the High Roller ticket office. The opening date of Canter’s has been pushed back a time or two, but with everything going on at the Linq promenade, we have high hopes it will open soon.

Linq Canter's Deli

Canter’s Deli has a long and impressive history we didn’t have time to look up.

That’s it! Everything you need to know about what’s happening at the Linq promenade and probably more.

Given the bumpy history of this very pleasant pedestrian mall, we love all the fresh activity and look forward to trying the plethora of new offerings. And not just because we’ve been waiting two years to use the word “plethora” in a blog post. Probably.

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  • Mako10

    Anyone know when in-n-out is scheduled to open?

    • More or less sooner than later.

    • All I’ve seen is “later this year,” which I’m guessing is September.

  • Thanks for the exclusive about the shadow dancers. I was bummed to hear those were going away. Glad to hear they are back.
    Did you know you can buy DVDs of shadow dancers / Virtual Go-Go Dancers like they had at one of my favorite bars at Caesars? (Except those where live dancers) You heard it here first.

    • Alex

      Yup. For $99 you can get all 10 discs of the “Shadow Dancers” series on Amazon.

  • Do you know if they are going to keep that awful stage covering up the beautiful fountain? I mean where else are drunk chicks in short skirts supposed to go swimming?
    No seriously, I love the fountain, hate the stage. I said it here first.

    • The stage is only installed for special events and shows. It wasn’t there when I visited.

  • Bouldersteve

    Hard Rock used to have shadow dancers and they were made out of flesh and blood

  • Oscar

    Glad to see they are making it more pedestrian. Don’t need another Hugo Boss or Zegna shop.

    • I think they have a diversity of offerings. The Park has restaurants, and that’s about it. The Linq just needs to find the right mix, as you said.

  • Wally Marshall

    Great place if you like paying much more than the going rates. I think it is a total rip off. That is my opinion. I try to not go there if i can help myself. Plus its boring.

    • It’s a little pricey, but I don’t think it’s any more than most places center-Strip, do you?

  • yetis911

    Amazon Locker… Hmmm. Don’t want to carry your favorite “toy”.. on the plane or be seen in a local adult store…. I bet you Amazon locker sees all sorts of stuff for people living out fantasies/curiosities while in town. Not sure you can buy drugs via Amazon…

    • So true, didn’t even think about that!

    • I changed the story to reflect your better idea. Thanks!

  • RustyHammer

    None of this will draw me there, even In/Out, because I rent a car and go to a location that isn’t a zoo. If I happen to be taking another ride on the bar car of the wheel, at least there will be new restaurants to walk past.

  • Bouldersteve

    In and Out will be a big hit with the tourists outside the Western U.S where there are no In and Out burger restaurants

    • MrSnarkyPants

      That would be me. With the food options at the Flaming-O dwindling, having an In-N-Out in stumbling distance will be ideal if my company continues to insist that we stay at Flamingo.

      • Bouldersteve

        Within stumbling distance..very important when in Las Vegas

      • And the fish and chips should be good!

  • Todd Sterling

    Love the updates on what is going on in Las Vegas on and around the strip. Thanks!

  • philinphoenix

    A minimal investment in three blue letters, ‘n’ ‘o’ and ‘t’, installed above ‘kitson’, and voila! Another new addition and new name at the promenade!

  • Thanks for the detailed post! I can’t visit often, but this blog makes me feel like I’m there. Or it makes me feel worse because I miss it more. I’m not really sure which, but please keep up the good work so I can eventually figure it out!

  • FYMYAWF

    Hmm. Outside of In-N-Out, GR Fish and maybe Virgil’s it looks like a lot more of the Linq’s patented “throw something at the wall until it sticks” strategy.

    The alley still has a lot of foot traffic when I’m there, though, so here’s hoping it can keep on rolling.

    • I give them credit for keeping new places in the pipeline. The strongest will survive.

  • Misslaydj

    Virgils is in NY and I can’t remember them being great. Y the amazon locker again…hmmm. WEIRD. I still love the linq and n e thing beats a cvs or walgreens

  • Charles Auer

    Amazon Locker is going to be a huge hit with the European Tripadvisor set.

  • Dane Villacorta

    The linq is one of my best place to hang out and i would love to see the in n out opens at the linq! Do you guys know when the new in n out and the canters deli opens? Thanks!