Monthly Archives: September 2017

McGregor-Pacqiao Fight Could Be a Thing in Las Vegas

Fresh off what many consider to have been the sports event of the year, Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor, we’re hearing another colossal matchup may be in the works.

A highly-reliable source says a fight between Conor McGregor and Manny Pacquiao could be in the offing.

The fight would take place in Las Vegas, of course.

McGregor Pacqiao Las Vegas

We see sweaty guys, but lots of people see dollar signs.

Further details aren’t known at this time, but a McGregor and Pacquiao fight seems entirely possible given the astronomical amounts of money generated by the Mayweather-McGregor spectacle, and the Mayweather-Pacquiao match before that.

When Mayweather fought Pacquiao in May 2015, the fight broke a variety of records, almost all of them related to money. The fight had more than 4.5 million pay-per-view purchases, and revenue generated from pay-per-view alone is believed to have been $400 million.

The purse alone for the Mayweather-McGregor fight, which Mayweather won, was $100 million for Floyd Mayweather, $30 million for Conor McGregor.

In the end, it’s believed Mayweather’s take was more than $300 million and McGregor snagged about $100 million.

fight tent

Vegas loves it some boxing. Tents to hawk merchandise sprouted up all over town during the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

Numbers like those are enough to bring just about any fighter back into the ring, even if they’re “retired.” Publicizing the fact a fight with McGregor would be the last of Pacqiao’s career would add another element of interest to a McGregor-Pacqiao matchup.

Manny Pacqiao jab

Manny Pacqiao jab wasn’t on the card for the Mayweather-McGregor fight, but he couldn’t resist getting in a jab.

Of course, it’s not just the boxers who reap a windfall from these high-profile fights. They’re lucrative for everyone, and the biggest fights provide Las Vegas with a huge bump in room bookings, gambling and non-gambling revenue (like restaurants and nightclubs).

While we are not a sports person, we are a Las Vegas person, and mega-fights have an undeniable impact on the Las Vegas landscape, so we’ll be watching for what’s next in the world of guys punching each other in the face.

Update (12/9/17): Pacquiao mentions McGregor as possible opponent. Read more. We originally  heard the fight could happen by the end of 2017, but it’s now looking like April 2018.

Celebrity Chef Michael Symon On His Way to Palms

There’s been a flurry of activity at Palms in recent weeks, mainly involving restaurants and other venues closing as Red Rock Resorts (Station Casinos) moves into its new digs.

News about what’s in store for Palms is light, but now we’re hearing the resort has inked a deal with celebrity chef Michael Symon for a new restaurant.

Michael Symon

The Greek and Sicilian chef Michael Symon is set to make a splash at Palms soon.

The James Beard-winning chef is a fixture on the Food Network, appearing on “Iron Chef America,” “Food Feuds,” “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” and others. Symon is also a regular on the Daytime Emmy Award-winning “The Chew” on ABC.

Beyond his TV fame, Symon has had a string of successes in downtown Cleveland. The one in Ohio. Please try and keep up.

His restaurants include Lola, Lolita, Mabel’s BBQ and The B Spot.

He recently opened Angeline, an Italian restaurant at the Borgata in Atlantic City.

While we haven’t heard which cuisine Symon will focus on at Palms, we’re crossing our fingers his concept will be what’s next for Nove Italiano. Vegas could use some great BBQ, too, so we’d be fine with that.

Symon has described his cooking as “meat-centric.”

Palms

The Palms’ new owners, Red Rock Resorts (Station Casinos) are shaking things up!

It’s also possible Michael Symon’s new restaurant could move into the space of the former N9NE Steakhouse.

This rumor hasn’t been confirmed, but if it’s in a news release, it’s too late!

Learn more about Michael Symon on his Web site, and expect an official announcement from the Palms soon.

Update (11/7/17): Our story has been officially confirmed. The new Michael Symon restaurant at Palms will be a barbecue restaurant.

N9NE Steakhouse and Ghostbar Close Abruptly at Palms

Two venues at Palms have shuttered without notice, N9NE Steakhouse and Ghostbar, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Ghostbar Palms closed

Ghostbar, the polar opposite of this blog since 2001.

The shuttering of N9NE Steakhouse and Ghostbar was sudden, but not unexpected.

The venues were originally opened by N9NE Group, founded by Michael Morton and Scott DeGraff.

Palms is in the process of overhauling its offerings following its purchase by Red Rock Resorts for $312.5 million. Red Rock Resorts is known to most as Station Casinos.

Palms steak

Hey, it’s a steak, and we had it at Palms. We couldn’t find a photo of N9NE on short notice.

It’s also been announced China House restaurant, The Lounge and the main casino bar, Social, will all close for new construction.

Other changes at Palms have included the opening of a new cafe, Lucky Penny (previously 24 Seven Cafe), and the addition of a temporary restaurant called Social Table, in the former Hooters space.

The Palms buffet closed on June 30, 2017, and is expected to open again (with a new name) after a $6 million makeover.

Expect more changes (so long, Nove Italiano), including lots of personnel changes, at Palms as the new owners purge old partnerships and bring their new acquisition into the Red Rock Resorts fold.

All the Latest From the Las Vegas Club Demolition

We know you’d be lost without knowing the latest about the demolition of the Las Vegas Club, so we’re all over it!

The project is moving along at a brisk pace, and crews have just about completed demolishing the Las Vegas Club’s parking structure.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Somebody has a very extensive rubble collection.

Excavators have also started carving out a bottom portion of the Las Vegas Club’s north hotel tower.

Las Vegas Club demolition

The Las Vegas Club’s hotel towers closed years before its casino was put out of its misery on Aug. 19, 2015.

Here’s an exclusive look at the demolition happening at 18 Fremont, and pay special attention to the large yellow excavator being assembled at the site.

Oh, yes. Bronto is here.

Bronto is the nickname of the CAT 5110B Ultra High-Reach excavator which will soon take apart both Las Vegas Club hotel towers. Bronto (short for brontosaurus) is North America’s longest reach excavator, and was delivered on eight trucks.

Hear the General Superintendent for the demolition site, Greg Goscenski of North American Dismantling Corp., talk about the excavator and other details of the demolition on our podcast. We knew doing a podcast would come in handy someday.

Here’s Bronto in all his glory. Or her glory. It’s Vegas, so we’re not about labels, we’re about bigass pieces of machinery.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Yes, Bronto is happy to see you.

What can we tell you about Bronto, which the demolition guys tend to refer to as the “fifty-one ten high reach”?

The excavator was brought in from Denver for the 18 Fremont gig. Assembly of the machine started on Aug. 30, 2017.

Bronto weighs a staggering 580,000 pounds, and has a reach of 182 feet.

Las Vegas Club demolition

The only thing that could console us about the fact there won’t be an implosion is the fact there’s a bigass excavator.

The southernmost Las Vegas Club hotel tower is concrete and will come down first. The north tower is made of steel and will be wrapped in mesh before being dismantled.

The demolition at 18 Fremont, of course, is to make way for a new resort expected to open in 2020.

For better or worse, expect more updates soon. We have issues.

Caesars Palace Security Breaches Reveal Hell’s Kitchen Progress, Fountain Mystery

Up for a couple of security breaches at Caesars Palace? We’ve got this.

The transformation of the former Serendipity 3 into Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant is well under way at Caesars Palace.

Hell's Kitchen restaurant

At the moment, it’s less Hell’s Kitchen and more “Who in the hell is going to clean this up?”

Caesars Entertainment is clearly sparing no expense on the new Hell’s Kitchen restaurant, as demolition work has stripped the building down to its steel beams.

Hell's Kitchen restaurant

We didn’t even have time to say “Dibs on the Tiffany lamp!”

The extensive demolition provides the Hell’s Kitchen restaurant designers, Jeffrey Beers International, a virtual “tabula rasa” where they can re-invent the venue unencumbered by the restraints of the previous space. Yes, we’re drunk.

Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen is expected to open by Dec. 1, 2017, and will be the celebrity chef’s fifth restaurant in Las Vegas.

Hell's Kitchen restaurant

Work your magic, Las Vegas construction elves.

While we’re excited to see further progress at Hell’s Kitchen, we were even more excited to get a peek behind the construction wall around the iconic Caesars Palace fountains nearby.

A peek over the wall shows an outcropping of pillar-shaped additions to the fountains, and we honestly have no idea what they are.

Caesars Palace fountains

Not gonna lie, we’re hyperventilating right now.

It appears the famous statue in the fountains is still standing, but the Winged Victory of Samothrace replica is now in the company of more than a dozen mysterious metal poles jutting up from the bone-dry fountain.

Caesars Palace fountains

We love a good mystery, but we’d like having this mystery solved even more.

The metallic protrusions, wrapped in packing material, rest upon a framework that sits at what will be water level when (or perhaps if) the fountains are filled again.

Is it temporary? Is it permanent? Is it related to Hell’s Kitchen restaurant? Are we looking at the next iteration of the Caesars Palace fountain experience, one of the best Las Vegas photo ops, ever? Will there be lights? Lasers? Fire? Are these questions getting annoying yet?

Caesars Palace fountains

Oh, like we weren’t going to dig up a “before” photo. Do you know this blog at all?

Remember, you saw it here first, whatever the hell it might actually be. We’d love to hear your guesses!

Update (9/11/17): Our friends at Eater Vegas say it’s a “temporary Samsung Galaxy Studio” being built over the fountain, where customers will be able to pick up orders and try the company’s products. When the “exhibit” closes, the fountains will return to their original state, and we’ll all need a Silkwood shower because, seriously, is nothing sacred?

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 60: So Much Vegas, You May Rupture Your Lap Band

It’s the podcast your mother warned you about, just before she sexted us!

In this week’s hastily slapped-together episode, we make it rain exclusives like we’re at the Cromwell.

We’ve got the latest on the Fontainebleau sale, the end of Vegas Seven’s print edition and augmented reality on the way to the Big Apple coaster at New York-New York.

We chat up an epic human who also happens to be the Director of Hooch (sorry, “Beverage”) at The D and Golden Gate and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, David Rosborough.

David Rosborough Golden Gate

David Rosborough is one of our favorite casino executives, ever, and not entirely because he holds the key to all the liquor. Primarily, but not entirely.

Get the inside scoop about the monster excavator, nicknamed Bronto (for brontosaurus), that will take down the hotel towers at Las Vegas Club.

We pulled Greg Goscenski, General Superintendent for North American Dismantling Corp., off the demolition site to give you the skinny you won’t get anywhere else.

Las Vegas Club demolition

That yellow thing is the base of the bigass excavator (also known as “Bronto”). The orange thing is the crane being used to assemble it.

Naturally, we round up the latest Las Vegas news, and crank out an obligatory “Listicle of the Week.” This time around, we rattle off “12 Places to Satisfy Your Munchies (or Drunchies) in Las Vegas.”

We cap off our 60th episode with a conversation with Markham Anderson. Anderson is the voice actor behind Pappy and Zoltar, the characters inside those ubiquitous fortune-telling and penny-crushing machines around Las Vegas and the country.

With more than 212,000 downloads, we’re feeling pretty feisty, so listen in and revel in the unlistenability of the ninth best podcast in Las Vegas, the Vital Vegas Podcast.