Monthly Archives: March 2021

A Look Inside World’s Only Official Raiders-Themed Restaurant at M Resort

The new Raiders Tavern & Grill opens its doors at M Resort on April 1, 2021, but we couldn’t wait, so we’ve got some exclusive photos sure to please your eyebulbs.

We are not a good waiter.

Raiders M Resort restaurant

The Raiders Tavern is approximately three feet off the casino floor. You can’t miss it.

Modesty precludes us from gloating about the fact we were the first to share photos from inside the new venue.

The new restaurant and bar sits in the former Jayde Fuzion space at M Resort. The fragrant (in a good way) M Resort sits about 10 minutes south of the Las Vegas sign.

The entrance to the restaurant is adorned with Raiders helmets, footballs and memorabilia.

Raiders tavern

We’d like a burger, fries and a side of testosterone.

Raiders Tavern & Grill will accommodate 200 guests, with outdoor dining available.

The menu will include “stadium favorites and sports bar fare” to soups and salads, sandwiches and build-your-own burgers.

Signature entrees will include seared salmon, barbecue, street tacos, seafood items and wood-fired pizza. Despite our best efforts, a portion of the menu will focus on healthier, lighter fare, including vegan and vegetarian dishes.

Raiders restaurant

Fun fact: If a restaurant just wants to turn tables, hard chairs. If they want you to stick around, soft chairs. Approved.

The venue will have more than 20 beer taps, a tequila and whiskey list, and two branded bars, the Modelo Bar and Remy Martin Bar.

Given the fact their names just appeared in this spectacularly popular blog, those sponsors have already earned back their investments.

Raiders bar M Resort

We may not know football, but we damn well know bars.

To ensure you get your sportsball fix, and to bug our fellow OCD sufferers, Raiders Tavern & Grill has 49 TVs.

Raiders Tavern & Grill is quite the coup for M Resort. The casino is near the Raiders practice facility, and M Resort is the official hotel of the Las Vegas Raiders.

Raiders restaurant Vegas

Good luck to whoever’s in charge of the remotes.

We still aren’t used to calling them the Las Vegas Raiders, but we’re also not entirely used to calling the Hard Rock “Virgin” or Fitzgerald’s “The D” or Imperial Palace “Linq.” Old Vegas habits die hard.

The Raiders Tavern will operate from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on weekends.

Raiders Tavern Vegas

Due to popular demand, Raiders Tavern will have a “No Illegal Formation” section.

The new Raiders Tavern gives sports fans another option for expressing their passion for the team, and we’re betting there will be frequent sightings of players in the new spot. Even millionaires like to take advantage of “friends and family” discounts.

M Resort is one of our favorite casinos in town, with loose machines, comely cocktail servers, great food and even better values. Mostly the cocktail server thing.

Rose.Rabbit.Lie. Closes at Cosmopolitan

A foodie favorite, Rose.Rabbit.Lie., has closed at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

Rose.Rabbit.Lie. has been around for seven years, which is about 49 in restaurant years. The venue opened Dec. 30, 2013.

The Library

We hadn’t been to Rose.Rabbit.Lie. in ages. Which may have been part of the problem.

While we’ve long had issues with the oddly-punctuated name of the restaurant, many will miss its quirky mix of food and entertainment.

Rose.Rabbit.Lie. billboard

Grammarians. Fighting the good fight since whenever it was we made up this fake mobile billboard.

A Cosmo rep told KLAS, “We look forward to unveiling an exciting new culinary destination created in collaboration with our partners at Spiegelworld in the near future.”

That bodes well for the entertainment element of the restaurant, as Spiegelworld is the company behind hits like “Absinthe” and Cosmo’s own “Opium” (currently closed due to COVID restrictions).

The new concept, which will open later this year, will share space with “Opium,” according to the producer.

Vegas Nocturne

“Vegas Nocturne” was a thing for a minute.

When it opened, Rose.Rabbit.Lie. was home to a show, “Vegas Nocturne,” also produced by Spiegelworld. It closed in 2014.

After the curtain came down on “Vegas Nocturne,” Rose.Rabbit.Lie. continued to be a supper club, with entertainers moving throughout the space while guests dined.

The food at Rose.Rabbit.Lie. was known for being as creative as some of the performances.

Rose. Rabbit. Lie.

Everyone else in our party must’ve enjoyed this, whatever it might have been.

As we’ve said frequently, the past year has played havoc with Las Vegas restaurants, and many resorts have scrutinized and changed their dining offerings.

As far as we know, Rose.Rabbit.Lie. was the first supper club in Las Vegas, and the mix of food and entertainment has inspired others, like Mayfair Supper Club at Bellagio.

Rose.Rabbit.Lie. had a decent run at Cosmo, and we were a little sad to hear it had hopped the shark.

Sticky Chicken Is Out at Linq, Linq Sandwich Co. Is In

An indoor food truck, Sticky Chicken, has closed at Linq casino.

The truck is being overhauled for a new concept, Linq Sandwich Co.

Our eagle-eyed man about town, James, captured the truck being rebranded.

Sticky Chicken closed

Sticky Chicken has flown the coop.

Sticky Chicken was billed as the first-ever food truck inside a Las Vegas casino, but it wasn’t really a truck, rather just a shell of truck. No engine, not drivable, more of a prop than a truck.

The restaurant wasn’t particularly well-reviewed, with one disgruntled guest saying, “Nothing is good here.”

Sticky Chicken peddled wings, sandwiches, tenders and burger melts.

Our buddy James gave us a first peek at the new menu for Linq Sandwich Co. and here’s hoping it’s a bigger hit with guests.

Linq Sandwich Co. menu

When will restaurants learn everything is better infused with Captain Morgan?

Linq Sandwich Co. will feature cheesesteak sandwiches, a meatball sub, as well as hot beef and fried chicken sandwiches.

If you’re into the “truck inside a casino” experience, you can also check out Project BBQ at Circa. The food stand is technically on Fremont Street, but it abuts Circa, so it counts.

It’s been a bumpy ride for many Las Vegas restaurants over the past year, so it’s best not to get emotionally attached to anything.

You know we’ll keep you in the loop about what’s in, what’s out and what’s sticky.

More Restaurants Rumored for Resorts World: Craig’s and Brazza

As long as your eyeballs remain hungry for Resorts World scoop, we’ll keep serving it up on a snarky sliver platter.

While these new restaurants haven’t been confirmed, we’re sharing, anyway. Because who wants to wait for news releases. What is this, 2012?

Up first, we hear Craig’s, a Los Angeles restaurant known for attracting legions of celebrity guests, will be in the mix at Resorts World when it opens this summer.

Craig's Resorts World

We can guarantee Craig’s will draw celebrities to Resorts World because we plan to eat there.

Craig’s, on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, is well-reviewed (four stars on Yelp) for its pricey American fare and gets five stars for, you know, stars.

The owner of Craig’s, Craig Susser, worked at another celebrity hotspot, Dan Tana’s, for more than 20 years. No, not the Las Vegas Dan Tanna. You get bonus points for the attempt, though.

Susser has been dealing with the pandemic fallout like many others, but Vegas seems a perfect spot to take advantage of the coming recovery.

That covers the Vegan ice cream and “Italian-accented American fare” side, so what about straight-up Italian?

Resorts World announced an Italian sandwich shop from chef James Trees as part of its massive food court, but every bigtime Las Vegas resort needs a proper Italian offering.

If our sources are right, Resorts World will cover all the bases with Brazza.

Triple George chicken parm

This is the chicken parm at Triple George Grill, our favorite in Las Vegas. No pressure, Brazza.

We spent upwards of three minutes trying to find out what “Brazza” means, but only came up with: “Brazza is the Italian name of the Croatian island of Brac in the Adriatic sea.”

We’ll let Resorts World tell us the meaning when they’re ready.

Brazza is described as a “modern, urban osteria.”

Another nugget about Brazza is it, and possibly another Italian restaurant, will be overseen by chef Nicole Brisson.

Brisson was formerly Culinary Director of Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group’s Las Vegas restaurants. They included B&B Ristorante, CarneVino, Otto and B&B Burger & Beer.

Three of Mario Batali’s Las Vegas restaurants closed following his sexual misconduct scandal, and top-notch folks in the culinary scene, like Nicole Brisson, were sidelined. It’ll be great to see Nicole Brisson back at the helm of a Strip restaurant, especially an Italian one.

Obviously, Resorts World has a lot more surprises up the sleeves of its chaofu.

One of those surprises we were the first to share is a fleet of Rolls Royce limos for Resorts World VIP guests. Resorts World commissioned a new color (Resorts World red, of course) for the luxury vehicles.

Here’s a look at a video touting the Rolls Royce limousines and new color. No, we are not European, that’s just how “limousines” is spelled. Otherwise, we’d have said “new colour.”

Rolls Royce Resorts World

Resorts World is expected to be in the red for several years, but hopes are high it will recoup the $4.3 invested to make the resort a reality.

Anyway, Resorts World is sparking some serious buzz with its restaurants. The resort’s food hall will be a sight to behold, and that’s just the beginning.

Find more inside scoop here, including a restaurant and entertainment venue, Dawg House, a five-star restaurant called Silk, as well as another restaurant name that had better damn well pan out: Sun’s Out! Buns Out!

Let us in, Resorts World. We could all use a little spectacle in our lives after a brutal year.

Update (4/1/21): Our scoop has been confirmed by Resorts World, but it’s Brezza, not Brazza. Brezza is the masculine form of Brazza in Italian, and that’s the story we’re sticking to.

Look for a Bally’s Rebrand to Horseshoe Las Vegas

Gird your spectacles, there are some twists and turns ahead.

Not too long ago, Caesars Entertainment, owner of Bally’s Las Vegas resort, sold its Bally’s brand to another company, Twin River Worldwide Holdings.

Twin Rivers is now Bally’s Corporation.

We good so far?

The problem is Las Vegas still has a Bally’s casino, and it’s not part of Bally’s.

That look on your face is completely appropriate. Deep breaths.

Bally's Las Vegas

This Bally’s sign doesn’t exist anymore. We told you there would be “twists and turns.”

The solution to this awkward situation: Caesars Entertainment is rumored to be rebranding its Bally’s casino to Horseshoe Las Vegas.

We asked Caesars Entertainment about this rumor, and were told they don’t respond to rumors. Which was technically a response, but let’s not get bogged down with details.

We love the Horseshoe brand because it’s a throwback to an old-timey Vegas when men were men, women were women and cheaters knew if they were caught their hands would be broken, the way Mother Nature intended.

Binion’s used to be Binion’s Horseshoe.

Caesars Entertainment acquired the Horseshoe brand back when it was still called Harrah’s Entertainment.

We warned you to gird.

Horseshoe

Never hang a horseshoe with the ends pointing down. All the good luck will fall out.

Caesars (then Harrah’s) took the Horseshoe and World Series of Poker brands, then sold Binion’s off.

Which brings us full circle to Bally’s.

We refuse to further complicate this saga by mentioning the fact there’s a Bally Entertainment (formerly Bally Manufacturing) that makes slot machines and has nothing to do with Bally’s (formerly Twin River) or Bally’s (the Caesars Entertainment casino).

We also won’t get into the fact Bally’s was once MGM Grand. It’s awkward.

It’s worth noting we shared some chatter back in June 2019 that Bally’s would at some point end up the location of the World Series of Poker (it’s current home, the Rio, was sold in 2019). How awesome would it be to have the World Series of Poker at the Horseshoe. Poker fan and Vegas historian brains would ‘splode.

So, when is Caesars Entertainment likely to rebrand Bally’s? Who knows? We are not a mind reader. It’s an unconfirmed rumor. We first heard the rumor from our friends at the 360 Vegas podcast, but have since heard it from two independent sources.

Interestingly, Twin River (now Bally’s) is rumored to be poking around in Las Vegas to potentially buy a Strip casino. We don’t get the feeling it will be Bally’s, ironically.

Bally's lobby lounge

This lounge at Bally’s is sort of horseshoe-shaped. Coincidence?

It would be awesome to see Bally’s become Horseshoe. Bally’s never really had all that much character, but Horseshoe is charming and kind of represents value and a good gamble. The Strip could use a good gamble.

There are currently five Horseshoe casinos: Horseshoe Baltimore, Horseshoe Hammond, Horseshoe Bossier City, Horseshoe Council Bluffs and Horseshoe Tunica. The one in Las Vegas will be the best Horseshoe, because Las Vegas.

We’ll let you know if we hear more about Horseshoe Las Vegas becoming a thing.

Of course, all bets are off if Caesars Entertainment sells Bally’s. One of the cool things about buying a casino is you get to name it. Well, that and the super quick cocktail service.

In the meantime, you can see some of the Horseshoe signage at the Neon Museum downtown.

Binion's Horseshoe sign

Binion’s didn’t listen to our advice about hanging a horseshoe right side up. Which might explain why it’s not Binion’s Horseshoe anymore.

We’ve said it many time, but the only constant in Las Vegas is change. That, and drunk couples fighting and ugly crying in public. But mostly change.

Vital Vegas Podcast: The Rebound, Omega Mart, Casino Bosses and More

Our latest podcast episode is live, and it’s guaranteed to be 10 percent less yawnfest than any episode we’ve done in the past month!

We start with news about the Las Vegas rebound. Yes, that’s a March Madness reference. Even the things we’re bad at we’re excellent at. Including ending sentences with prepositions.

In this episode, we take you into the twisted bowels of Omega Mart, from art collective Meow Wolf, the best non-casino thing to happen to Las Vegas since edible underwear.

We chat with Drew DiCostanzo, the head of marketing for Omega Mart, and the only person we’ve talked to who can sort of explain what Omega Mart is. Sort of.

Omega Mart nuts

Omega Mart is nuts. Or is it?

Next up, we interview casino mogul Derek Stevens about the new Circa sportsbook at Tuscany.

Yes, more sports. It’s called “pandering,” you’ll get over it.

Derek Stevens Tuscany

They get a group interview, we get an exclusive one-on-one. That’s how we roll.

We’ll also get the lowdown on the closure of the Greyhound bus station at Plaza from the casino’s CEO, Jonathan Jossel.

The bottom line: It’s a lot more than a bus station relocating. You might say it’s a new lease on life for the neighborhood.

Greyhound station Plaza

Adios, trouble maker.

We’ve also got a slightly intoxicated interview with Chef Steve at Circa’s 8 East restaurant. Chef Steve feeds us at least three times a week, so we thought he should get a little air time.

Honestly, Chef Steve and the crew at 8 East do what is currently our favorite dish in Las Vegas, the brisket fried rice “Vital Vegas-style” (chicken skewers added, hold the sticks).

8 East fried rice

No, haters, we’ve never gotten free food at 8 East, we just love it. And if you hate us so much, why are you reading our blog? You’re lame.

This episode of the podcast is stuffed to the gills with insider scoop, perfunctory news, rumors and speculation and old-timey phrases like “stuffed to the gills.”

You don’t have to listen, but you also don’t have to drink, gamble or fornicate, and what the hell kind of life would that be?

Let’s be honest, it’s more news and entertainment than you really deserve, but we’re magnanimous like that.┬áListen up and get your Vegas fix, already.