Monthly Archives: June 2021

Smoke at Resorts World Turns Out to Be Overcooked Nothingburger

Just days before it’s set to open, Resorts World gave everyone a freak-out.

Resorts World, of course, is a new casino megaresort set to open June 24, 2021 at 11:00 p.m.

It’s a $4 billion beauty.

On June 20, 2021, a friend sends us a photo of Resorts World spewing smoke.

Resorts World smoke

If you don’t think this gave us a minor heart attack, you’re plume loco.

First, we freaked out because, naturally, we don’t want anyone hurt, blah blah blah.

Second, and much more importantly, a fire could delay the opening of a new casino!

In a panic, we rushed to the scene. Not really, but that makes it sound more dramatic. It was more like ambling. We are a blog, not local TV news.

We made the hellish trip to the top of the Circus Circus parking garage to get a look at the source of the smoke.

Here’s a highly-professional video of the scene.

Come to find out, the smoke was a quarter-pound nothingburger with lots of sizzle, but no patty. Much like our lovemaking.

It seems a small piece of equipment caught fire in a remote section of the Resorts World footprint.

The area is used for storage, and the small fire was against a brick wall. Beyond their popularity in karate demonstrations, bricks are known for their inability to catch fire.

The fire took upwards of three minutes to extinguish.

It’s worth noting it was 110-degrees-plus outside. On such days, even popsicles have been known to spontaneously catch fire.

Bonus points if you noticed our arrow is Resorts World red.

There was virtually no damage, and nobody was injured.

This photo was taken 30 seconds before we were asked to leave a publicly accessible parking structure by Circus Circus security, boneheadwise.

Best of all, the incident not only won’t affect the opening of Resorts World, it didn’t even disrupt the evening’s friends and family play date.

We’re elated this incident turned out to be nothing. We’ve been saying Resorts World will be “fire,” but we did not mean this.

Expect to hear much more about Resorts World in the coming days.

Joel Robuchon and L’Atelier to Reopen at MGM Grand

Two of the fanciest restaurants in Las Vegas are back, despite what we hear has been some behind-the-scenes drama.

Joel Robuchon, the only three-star Michelin restaurant in Las Vegas, returns July 1, 2021.

This is great news despite the fact we wouldn’t know a Michelin star if a ninja threw one into our eyeball. We do know having three is an impressive accomplishment, mainly because it says so in the restaurant’s news release.

Robuchon MGM Grand

Three are just 12 tables in the main dining room at Joel Robuchon. Lap-sitting is discouraged. Keep it classy.

A sister restaurant, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, reopens July 15, 2021 at MGM Grand.

You know a restaurant is of extraordinary quality when you have no idea how to pronounce it.

Both Joel Robuchon and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon have been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic.

For months during the closures, rumors out of MGM Grand were these establishments might not be back, but soon foodies will once again be able to use words like “artisanal” and “bespoke” to their hearts’ content at these acclaimed fine dining venues.

Award-winning chef Joel Robuchon passed away in August 2018, but his namesake restaurants live on.

Fine dining is sort of an alternate reality, a place where a “degustation menu” is actually a good thing.

Some menu highlights from Joel Robuchon restaurant upon its return: Le Caviar Imperial (Osetra caviar served atop king crab in a crustacean gelee dotted with cauliflower puree), La Langoustine (truffled langoustine ravioli served with simmered cabbage and foie gras sauce) and La Rosa (delicate gelee of Dassai “39” sake topped with white chocolate rose and orange coulis).

“L’Atelier” means “workshop” in French, basically a studio where artists art.

No prices were provided, but figure on taking out a second mortgage. For example, the aforementioned 15-course “degustation menu” runs about $500.

As for L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, it’s described as a “rebellious concept built to challenge the status quo of fine dining.” Sort of thought we were doing that with snark, but whatever.

According to the news release, “Guests can enjoy pre-fixe and a la carte menu options while dining at L’Atelier’s countertop, wrapping around its open kitchen and framing the precision,
mastery and artistry of its culinary team.”

So, yeah, we still don’t know what it is, but we’re glad to hear it’s coming back!

L’Atelier menu highlights include: Le Saint Pierre (John Dory a la plancha on a “sambol” of tomato, confits lime zest and cilantro puree), Le Grenouillle (caramelized frog legs on creamy spelt risotto) and La Framboise (white chocolate sphere with fresh raspberry and yuzu ice cream).

Robuchon MGM Grand

You’re going to need the tiniest spoon, ever.

They had us at caramelized frog legs. Everything is better dipped in caramel.

We are so a foodie right now.

The hours for both restaurants will be Thursday through Monday, 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

While these establishments may not be our cup of crustacean gelee, extraordinary dining experiences are part of what make Las Vegas what it is.

Find out more about Joel Robuchon and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon on the MGM Grand Web site.

Rhumbar to Close at Mirage, We May Know What’s Next

Mirage has announced its Rhumbar lounge will close permanently July 25, 2021, according to a statement from the resort’s owner, MGM Resorts.

The company says Rhumbar will be converted into an “ultra lounge” in winter 2021, but didn’t give any further specifics.

That’s why you have us.

Rhumbar Mirage

Rhumbar opened at Mirage in March 2009. See, not all our photo captions are completely useless.

See, way, way back (Aug. 2020) we shared some industry chatter about a potential retooling of Rhumbar.

The rumor is Rhumbar will become a concept around pop juggernaut Bruno Mars.

Mars is already in the MGM Resorts family, with a string of shows coming to Park Theater at Park MGM (formerly Monte Carlo) this summer.

We’re thinking the deal do a Bruno Mars-centric lounge at Mirage may have been pushed back due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean it was nixed altogether.

Rhumbar closing

Thank you, source, who’s name we forgot because this was almost a year ago, so send us a DM and we owe you one.

Srsly, what would you do without us?

Given the number of Bruno Mars hits, rebranding Rhumbar wouldn’t be tough.

Our vote for the new Mirage ultra lounge would be: 24K Magic Ultralounge.

Mainly because Grenade Lounge might be sending the wrong message.

Rhumbar was mainly known for its nine freaky-ass whatever the hell these are.

Other options: Locked Into Heaven Ultralounge, Anyone Notice That Uptown Funk Ultralounge, Just the Way You Are But With Better Lighting Ultralounge.

If there are metal detectors at the doors, maybe Nothin’ On You Ultralounge would be a good fit.

Or perhaps the new lounge will be completely unrelated to the Bruno Mars catalog.

Naturally, Twitter chimed in with Mars Bar.

Squint until you see it. You’re welcome. Now, please grow up.

If the Bruno Mars lounge comes to pass at Mirage, remember where you heard it first. A year ago. Which is one of the reasons we are a treasure.

Oh, like we weren’t going to slip in another reference to a Bruno Mars song.

WSOP Announces Schedule for 2021 Tournament at Rio

The world’s premier poker event, the World Series of Poker (WSOP), is back in 2021, and the schedule of events are official.

The WSOP takes place from Sep. 30 to Nov. 23, 2021 at Rio Las Vegas, and includes 88 bracelet events.

Bracelets are a big deal to poker players, despite them being mostly dudes. We don’t judge.

It’s time for a gratuitous photo of dogs pretending to play poker!

WSOP dogs

In casinos, a “flea” is a low-stakes player who pesters staff for freebies.

The 2021 WSOP follows a weird event last year, as competitors couldn’t play in-person due to the COVID-19 crisis. There was a virtual tournament, but the winners pretty much know their
accomplishments will have an asterisk attached to them.

All due respect, Damian Salas, whoever that might be.

Due to online gambling regulations, the only U.S. contenders in the 2020 WSOP were from Nevada and New Jersey. Like we said, weird.

The WSOP should rebound in 2021, including the WSOP “Main Event.” This is the big kahuna of poker competitions, with a $10,000 entry fee.

The “Main Event,” officially known as the No-Limit Hold’em World Championship, happens Nov. 4-17, 2021.

WSOP chips

The WSOP Main Event prize pool was $80,548,600. This ain’t your grandpa’s poker night.

The first WSOP was held in 1970 at Binion’s. The very first WSOP had only seven players, and the winner was decided by a vote of the seven players. The winner was Johnny Moss.

In 2004, Harrah’s Entertainment (now Caesars Entertainment) bought Binion’s Horseshoe. Two months later, Harrah’s sold Binion’s and kept the Horseshoe and WSOP brands.

Today, the WSOP draws thousands of players to Rio and winners take home millions in winnings.

The 2019 Main Event attracted 8,569 players.

If everyone could stop wearing hats and sunglasses indoors, that’d be great.

The 88 bracelet events locked in for 2021 have colorful names, including “Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em,” “Mixed Triple Draw Lowball,” “Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack,” “Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw” and “Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed.”

Of course we know what all of those are, we are a noted poker expert.

Most poker involves: 1) seeing a couple of cards, 2) trying to stay emotionless, 3) pushing chips into the center of the table, 4) using jargon like “big blind” and “bubble” and “check raise,” and 5) losing and having a temper tantrum. (The tantrum thing is mostly that one guy.)

You’re welcome and enjoy your millions in winnings!

The WSOP is a non-smoking event. Dogs don’t play by society’s rules.

Online and in-person registration for the WSOP opens in August.

You can find the complete WSOP schedule on, coincidentally, the WSOP Web site.

It will be great to see poker the way Mother Nature intended again! Specifically, lots of people crammed into Rio’s Pavilion Room taking part in endless hours of mind-numbing tedium punctuated by moments of high-stakes OMFG.

Let’s shuffle up and tantrum again!

Peter Luger Steak House Coming to Caesars Palace

A legendary steakhouse, Peter Luger Steak House, is coming to Caesars Palace, according to Las Vegas food critic John Curtas.

The well-connected Curtas shared the scoop on Twitter.

The original Peter Luger Steak House is in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York.

Fun fact: Peter Luger died in 1941. Which makes us think we’re probably using the word “fun” wrong. (Pic via PeterLuger.com.)

Peter Luger gots its start in 1887, making it the third oldest steakhouse in New York City. The two other oldest steakhouses are Keens and Old Homestead Steakhouse.

Which brings us to the awkward part of this story.

Because Caesars Entertainment already has Old Homestead Steakhouse.

Which is a steakhouse.

No, there’s no rule a casino resort can’t have two steakhouses.

Golden Nugget has Saltgrass and Vic & Anthony’s, for example.

But if we were a betting person, which we happen to be, we’d bet Caesars Palace isn’t going to have two steakhouses.

Which is a bummer, because Old Homestead is an awesome steakhouse.

But things change, especially following the recent merger of Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts.

It could just be time for a refresh, as Old Homestead has been at Caesars Palace since 2011.

Whatever the fallout, the arrival of an old-timey steakhouse would be another good fit for Caesars Palace.

In a fun twist, the Peter Luger Steak House in New York City is owned and operated by women.

We didn’t bother asking Caesars Entertainment to confirm the rumor, as they don’t do that, which is one of the reasons we have hypertension. Hey, better to blame it on Caesars than all the red meat.

Look forward to an official announcement about Peter Luger Steak House from Caesars Palace soon.

Resorts World Rounds Out Restaurant Roster With Carversteak

No self-respecting Las Vegas megaresort would be complete without a world-class steakhouse, so Resorts World has announced Carversteak, set to open in December, 2021.

Resorts World opens June 24, 2021, and we’re giddy as a schoolgirl about it.

Sorry, schoolperson.

Let’s take a look at Carversteak, a pretty badass steakhouse coming to Resorts World. A little late to the party, but meat, so all is forgiven.

Carversteak Resorts World

Carversteak looks hotter than the flame of an unclosed, wood-fired grill, a phrase we’re only using to give the appearance of us knowing anything about cooking.

Carversteak will be a massive 14,500-square-feet, and is being touted as “the city’s largest luxury steakhouse.”

The new steakhouse comes from Carver Road Hospitality, the brain child of Las Vegas nightlife veteran Sean Christie, who has worked at pretty much every nightlife company and venue in town: Light Group, Drai’s, Wynn, MGM Resorts and others.

Let’s just say Sean Christie knows things.

While Christie has a lengthy list of professional accomplishments, his biggest contribution to pop culture would have to be “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.” He was the one who wrangled film projects for Wynn Las Vegas at the time. Don’t laugh, it was great exposure for Wynn and the movie is much better than you’d expect.

Moving on.

Carversteak was designed by design studio DesignAgency, which clearly knows how to make pretty things.

The news release says, Carversteak “boasts a mid-century modern aesthetic with a rich palette inspired by Las Vegas landscape.”

News releases gonna news release.

Carversteak

Does making a reservation six months ahead of time make us look desperate?

The steakhouse will have a 70-foot “honed quartzite stone” bar, and as everyone knows, all the best quartzite is honed AF.

As for the food, the news release continues, “Thick dry-aged American cuts will headline the steak program, accentuated by global artisan beef producers and Japanese-certified Wagyu cuts. Guests can expect signature dishes such as a 12-hour Slow-Roasted Prime Rib and Lobster Thermidor en Croute, and playful items like Caviar Poppers and Wagyu Mini Cheesesteak
Bites. Sumptuous vegan offerings will also abound.”

Carversteak sounds incredible despite the vegan part trying to rain on everyone’s parade.

The restaurant’s beverage program, helmed by Carver Road Hospitality‚Äôs Vice President of Beverage and Hospitality Culture Francesco Lafranconi, “will feature an extensive collection of approachable wines.”

Which are so much better than stand-offish wines. Who even invited those wines? They need to have some wine and loosen up, this is Las Vegas.

The Carversteak logo is simple but sharp.

Carversteak will join more than 40 (that’s not a typo) food and beverage outlets at Resort World.

The sheer number of restaurants at Resorts World is mind-numbing and should keep guests and bloggers busy until sometime in 2022.

Here’s a look at the restaurants and bars at Resorts World.

You know we’ll be covering the opening of Resorts World extensively, so bookmark this site and follow us on Twitter for all the latest scoop.

There’s nothing quite like new casino smell, and with the addition of Carversteak, more sensory stimulation is yet to come.