Monthly Archives: September 2016

Here’s Your Best Look Yet at the New Wynn Plaza Site

When Wynn Las Vegas announced it would build a new shopping area on The Strip, we sort of ignored it, because shopping. Now, we’ve seen the work-in-progress, and have learned Wynn Plaza could also include new dining and drinking options, so we’re in.

Here’s an exclusive look at the future Wynn Plaza experience.

Wynn Plaza

Yes, our camera probably should’ve been pointing toward Encore Beach Club. Freak.

The idea behind Wynn Plaza is three-fold.

First, Wynn Plaza is intended to make idle space more profitable. Second, it’s designed to give a shopping center across the street, Fashion Show Mall, a little competition. Third, the new two-story structure, which essentially wraps around the Wynn’s self-park garage, will help extend the resort closer to the street. Actually, boulevard, but let’s not get bogged down in details.

Wynn Plaza

You say “backhoe porn” like it’s a bad thing.

From the looks of it, Wynn Plaza will integrate the space formerly occupied by the hotel’s Ferrari dealership, the only one licensed in Nevada. The Ferrari dealership has been at Wynn since 2005.

Wynn Plaza

We’re pretty sure that’s where the Ferraris used to be. Because they certainly aren’t in our garage.

The cost of Wynn Plaza is expected to be about $54 million, or the approximate amount casino mogul Steve Wynn spends on boxer briefs in any given month.

Wynn Plaza

Construction of Wynn Plaza is happening largely out of sight. Until now. Because that’s how we roll.

Wynn Plaza will be about 75,000-square-feet of luxury retail space, because you can never have too much luxury retail space. Wynn Plaza will bring the total amount of retail space at Wynn to more than 173,000-square-feet.

Wynn Plaza

We have no idea what those things are. We are a blog, not a structural engineer.

Wynn Plaza is scheduled to open in 2017 and will feature lots of things you could only afford if your wealthy uncle went into cardiac arrest.

Wynn Plaza is expected to have a skylight rotunda, whatever that might actually be.

Once complete, Wynn Plaza will have sweeping views of a giant dirt lot across Las Vegas Boulevard, called Alon (pronounced “AY-lon,” a French word meaning “resort unlikely to exist thanks to a crackdown on Triads and corrupt Chinese officials”).

Wynn Plaza construction

Clearly, our construction photo fetish is well under control.

Wynn officials have said Wynn Plaza will have “interactive and experiential opportunities,” at least one of which, we assume, will be having a salesperson sneer disdainfully at you like you’re Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman.”

Wynn Plaza construction

Looking toward Fashion Show, the less aspirational shopping mall just across the street.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about Wynn Plaza. Not as it currently exists, of course. It’s piles of dirt. The future Wynn Plaza. Are you intrigued or shopping averse? What would you like to see at Wynn Plaza? By that, of course, we mean what types of bars?

Wynn Plaza construction

Before you build, it must be rototilled.™

Jokes aside, Wynn Las Vegas tends to do things right, and this blog certainly loves it some new, even if only for the design eye candy. Wynn Plaza’s design is said to have been inspired by Avenue Matignon in Paris, named after one of our very favorite Musketeers.

What, you thought we meant that things about “jokes aside”? Do you know this Las Vegas blog at all?

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Chick-fil-A Update: The Latest from the First Three Chick-fil-A Restaurants in Las Vegas

When it was first announced Chick-fil-A was coming to Las Vegas, the news was met with euphoric glee, and not just because Euphoric Glee would make a great band name.

Later, we learned not only was Chick-fil-A coming to Las Vegas, but multiple locations were planned, with “eight or 10” in the works over the next five years, according to Chick-fil-A officials. We were beside ourself.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

Behold, the best thing since lap dances.

Three Chick-fil-A restaurants are right around the corner, so we figured it was a good time to check on the progress of the three spots likely to fulfill our chicken sandwich fantasies first.

Two of the three Chick-fil-A locations are in a city called Henderson, affectionately called “Hendertucky” by locals. First, we checked out the Chick-fil-A at 460 N. Stephanie St., near the corner of Warm Springs and Stephanie.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

Let’s step it up, construction dudes.

Things are looking good at the Stephanie St. location, with the exterior of the building in place. Construction of non-casino establishments seem to take an agonizingly long time in Las Vegas, but Chick-fil-A will be here soon enough.

Both Henderson locations will debut in 2017.

Here’s another look at the Stephanie St. Chick-fil-A.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

Who needs windows? Just brine and fry something, already!

Next, we fly over to 9925 S. Eastern Ave. in Henderson, to something called the Diamond Summit Plaza. Locals know this address because it was the former home of the now-closed Nacho Daddy. Don’t freak out, Nacho Daddy recently opened on The Strip, and the downtown Nacho Daddy is doing brisk business.

Here’s the Chick-fil-A at 9925 S. Eastern Ave.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

Plenty of room for the long line on opening day. We trust slipping $20 to the bouncer will get us past the velvet rope.

This location appears to be no further along than the Stephanie location, but we have decided not to wail or gnash our teeth about it. Much.

Here’s another look.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

It’s like each location is copying off the other’s test.

So, those are the two frontrunners.

Also in the mix is a location a lot closer to The Strip, at the corner of West Sahara Ave. and Rancho Drive. This Chick-fil-A will be right across the street from the Palace Station casino.

Here’s a peek.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

The Rancho location is likely to be your go-to spot if you’re a Las Vegas visitor. Unless you have Chick-fil-A back home, then you’ll want In-N-Out, just up the road. And we hate you.

There’s a structure going up at this site, but it’s unclear if this is the Chick-fil-A building. There’s no Chick-fil-A signage here as there is at the other two sites.

If it’s retail space, that means the Chick-fil-A will be built from the ground up in the open space near the construction, and this location is even further off than the other two outlets.

Life is filled with disappointment, but there’s are waffle potato fries at the end of the tunnel.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

Here’s how the space looks from the Palace Station side. The thing we do for you.

So, our anticipation grows, and we expect we’ll spend the next few months learning more about how to get the most of Chick-fil-A when it arrives.

For example, did you know that if you order a kids meal at Chick-fil-A and decline the toy, you’ll get a free ice cream or larger drink or order of fries?

It’s time to bone up on your Chick-fil-A hacks!

You’ll also want to prepare for the arrival of Chick-fil-A by downloading the Chick-fil-A app. Rumor has it you’ll get a free sandwich if you do.

We should also, collectively, start lobbying Chick-fil-A to keep its restaurants open on Sunday. Just in Las Vegas. Because Las Vegas.

Believe us when we say we’ll be keeping a close eye on the progress at any and all Chick-fil-As in or near Las Vegas, and you’ll find us camping out as opening dates near.

Oh, and if you’re not thrilled about Chick-fil-A’s controversial past, get up-to-speed on why you should chill out and enjoy the chicken sandwich gloriousness the minute it arrives in Las Vegas.

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Bendy, Bawdy Pole Show Combines Eroticism, Athleticism and OMFG

It’s time for our utterly gratuitous coverage of Pole Show L.A., a pole dance show. Hence its name. Please try and keep up.

Pole Show Las Vegas

Best. Toothpick. Ever.

Pole Show L.A. is a showcase for some of the best pole dancers in the world, and there’s no better place for these talented, young (mostly) women to show off their skills.

And skills they are.

Pole Show Las Vegas

We can’t even describe it, much less imagine doing it.

At Pole Show, one quickly realizes pole dancing is a lot more physically demanding that you might think. There’s a whole subculture around pole dancing we didn’t realized existed, and a majority of its fans appear to be women.

Pole Show Las Vegas

It’s pole season, all right.

Pole Show is described as “Cirque dul Soleil meets a Victoria’s Secret fashion show.”

However it’s described, it’s an impressive collection of people committed to fitness, agility and entertaining an audience in a big way.

Pole Show Las Vegas

This is the closest we’ve ever been to liking a “sport.”

One of the stars of the show was an aerialist by the name of Amy Hazel. She’s one of the elite performers in the field, and boasts a long list of competition titles. Yes, there are titles.

Amy Hazel

Amy Hazel could crush your head with her thighs. Which, upon reflection, sounds worse than it probably is.

Here’s a peek at her “I Dream of Jeanie”-inspired routine, and please keep your hands where we can see them.

Fun fact about Amy Hazel: Before her pole dancing career, she studied underwear design, which we also didn’t realize was a thing.

Less fun, awkward fact about Amy Hazel: She suffers from “flexorexia,” an ailment described as “a type of body dysmorphia that affects mostly flexible people,” where someone is unable to see themselves as flexible enough. Hey, one person’s “ailment” is another’s “moneymaker.” Read more.

So, you thought we were kidding about the athleticism thing.

So, you thought we were kidding about the athleticism thing.

Pole dancing has its own nomenclature like back hook spin, invert, carousel slide, thigh hold, fireman spin and other terms we don’t understand.

Pole Show

Told you there was a dude.

We loved seeing Pole Show, for lots of reasons we didn’t anticipate. From the costumes to the choreography to the daring (there are no safety lines), these performers make the case for pole dancing being in the Olympics. We suspect viewership would go up considerably.

Pole Show

Interestingly, many pole dancers are both extroverted and inverted.

Pole Show travels the country, so you, too, can catch these amazing displays of dexterity, choreography and OMFG live. Visit the official site for more information.

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“Million Dollar Quartet” to Close at Harrah’s Las Vegas

Oof, it’s been a really rough year for Las Vegas shows. Now, another long-running show on The Strip is closing, “Million Dollar Quartet” shutters Dec. 4, 2016.

Million Dollar Quartet

The original cast of the Las Vegas production of “Million Dollar Quartet” at a media preview. They rocked it.

The list of Las Vegas shows that have closed, or will, in 2016 include: “Jersey Boys” at Paris, “Showstoppers” at Wynn Las Vegas, “Puppet Up” at Venetian, Paul Zerdin at Planet Hollywood, Dirk Arthur at Westgate, “Jubilee” at Bally’s, Frankie Moreno at Planet Hollywood, “Zarkana” at Aria, Matt Goss at Caesars Palace, “Raiding the Rock Vault” at Tropicana, “Twisted Vegas” at Westgate and “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” at Bally’s.

And that’s not even the entire list. We’re drunk.

Million Dollar Quartet

Even the show’s ice sculpture on opening night was sort of awesome.

“Million Dollar Quartet” is easily one of the best musicals on The Strip, and is one of the rare shows where performers sing without backing tracks. They also play their own instruments. You know, talent, it’s a thing.

The show made its debut at Harrah’s Las Vegas in February 2013. We were there, of course.

Million Dollar Quartet

We’d tell you the cast member’s names, but we are a Las Vegas blog, not a note-taker.

Sadly, “Million Dollar Quartet” has run its course. There’s no word yet as to what might replace it.

The closing date of Dec. 4 wasn’t chosen at random, by the way. The date marks the 60th anniversary of the night that inspired “Million Dollar Quartet.” On December 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash got together for a jam session at Sun Record Studios in Memphis.

Million Dollar Quartet

“Million Dollar Quartet” was one of the best shows ever mounted on the Las Vegas Strip.

While the future of production shows on The Strip seems to be in question, there’s no doubt “Million Dollar Quartet” was a success (with more than 1,500 performances), and will be fondly remembered for its charismatic cast, top-notch performances and that time the lead actress adjusted herself on the red carpet.

Million Dollar Quartet

There’s a fairly good chance this is going to get us unfriended on Facebook. We love you, anyway, Felice!

We recommend you see “Million Dollar Quartet” while you can! Find out more at the official site.

 

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Episode 26: Pole Dancing, Italians, Tipping the Odds and Rumors Galore

It’s so much Vegas, you might hemorrhage!

In this episode of the morally bankrupt Vital Vegas Podcast, we start with a peek at the Pole Show at UNLV.

Pole Show

Skill level: Defibrillator.

We also share an interview with the hosts of a great Las Vegas podcast, Tipping the Odds Las Vegas.

There’s also an interview with an Italian. We should probably mention he’s a manager at a new Italian restaurant in St. Mark’s Square at Venetian, Mercato Della Pescheria. We loved the place, and it may very well have the best lasagna in the entire United States.

Mercato Della Pescheria

If we had to choose between a pole dancer and the lasagna at Mercato Della Pescheria, let’s just say, “Please pass the Parmesan.”

This episode is bloated with Las Vegas news, too!

We talk about the possibility Tournament of Kings is closing at Excalibur, the new sports lounge at The Cal, the demolition of La Bayou (see below), Cornerstone Steakhouse at Gold Coast, Lucky Dragon, Palm restaurant’s renovation, “Cherry Boom Boom” at Tropicana, Red on Fremont East and more.

La Bayou demolition

The space formerly known as La Bayou.

The “Listicle of the Week” blows through 12 Las Vegas shows that have closed in 2016, or soon will. They include “Jersey Boys,” “Showstoppers,” “Puppet Up,” Paul Zerdin, Dirk Arthur, “Jubilee,” Frankie Moreno, “Zarkana,” Matt Goss, “Raiding the Rock Vault,” “Twisted Vegas” and “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding.” We probably didn’t need to use the word “include,” since that’s all 12 on our list.

Twisted Vegas

How did “Twisted Vegas” tank considering all the escargot hilarity? Travesty!

In “This Week in Las Vegas History,” we mention UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) held its very first classes on Sep. 10, 1957. Some of UNLV’s 1957 courses were:

googie Advanced Racism
googie Minsky’s Follies: Ruining Civilization as We Know It
googie How to Finance a Las Vegas Casino (Guest instructor: Jimmy Hoffa)
googie Atom Bombs: Safe, Entertaining and Nearby
googie Who Is Senator Kefauver and How Do We Shut Him Up?
googie Gaming Hospitality, or How to Clean Up After a Horse
googie Population Crisis: How Las Vegas Will Manage Its 44,000 Residents?
googie Whacking Guys for Fun and Profit
googie The Art of Skimming
googie The Stardust: A Las Vegas Hotel Sure to Outlast Them All

Check out the podcast that’s been described as a “feckless abomination,” but only by people who have listened to it.

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Las Vegas Company’s 2,996 Flag “Healing Field” Honors 9/11 Victims

A Las Vegas company is displaying 2,996 American flags to honor the victims of 9/11.

Flags 9-11 victims

We expect to be back to our normal snarky photo captions soon, sorry.

Palm Northwest Mortuary & Cemetery is responsible for what it’s calling the “Healing Field.”

The flags are a moving reminder of the scope of the terror attacks on on the morning of September 11, 2001.

Each flag represents a life lost, and bears the name of a 9/11 victim.

Palms flags 9-11 victims

Things just got real.

The flags will be on display until Sep. 16, 2016.

The last time the flags were displayed was five years ago, and this is the final time they’ll be shown.

Here’s some video we shot during an emotionally wrenching visit.

Yes, the flags are a marketing tool for Palm Northwest Mortuary & Cemetery,
but as marketing tools go, this is a deeply profound one.

9-11 memorial

It’s enough to make you want to invade somebody.

It is difficult to grasp the scope of the 9/11 attacks, but row after row of flags is a staggering illustration of how many lives were lost and why we will never forget that day.

Las Vegas 9-11 flags

We don’t use the word “staggering” lightly.

The “Healing Field” is free and open to the public.

Las Vegas 9-11 memorial

So many names.

Palm Northwest Mortuary & Cemetery is located at 6701 N. Jones, about 20 minutes north of the Las Vegas Strip.

Bring Kleenex. Preferably industrial strength.

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