Category Archives: Las Vegas

“Sexxy” Revue Closes Abruptly at Westgate

The seemingly unstoppable “Sexxy” is on a break. The topless show closed abruptly at Westgaste on Oct. 17, 2021.

The show ran at Westgate for six years, with more than 1,000 performances.

There was a lot of P.R. jibber-jabber about the show closing after reaching a “mutual agreement with the resort,” which is Vegas showbiz lingo for “draaama.”

Whenever a female revue closes in Las Vegas, an angel loses its pasties.

“Sexxy” is what you might expect in a Las Vegas revue. It features copious amounts of both “T” and “A,” along the lines of “X Burlesque” at Flamingo or the recently-closed “X Rocks” at
Bally’s.

The show’s indefatigable producer, choreographer and dancer Jennifer Romas (stage center in the photo above) says the show will look for another venue.

It’s going to be tough to find a comparable arrangement, as it sounds like Romas got a sweetheart deal for the space from her good friend and Westgate owner David Siegel.

Yes, the same David Siegel featured in the 2012 documentary, “The Queen of Versailles.”

During the pandemic, Romas took the show on the road, creating “Sexxy After Dark” at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club. The show will continue there three nights a week.

The good news for “Sexxy” is the demand for magumbos and cakes transcends place and time.

The art of tease is woven into the very fabric of Las Vegas. Hello, it’s even called the “Las Vegas Strip.”

We’ll be keeping an eye on “Sexxy” on your behalf, and hope to share that the lubricious production has found a new home soon.

Oh, that’s right, “lubricious.” We knew that liberal arts degree would come in handy someday.

Celine Dion Residency Delayed at Resorts World for Medical Reasons

Today’s swift kick to the party favors—Celine Dion announced she’ll have to delay her Resorts World residency due to medical issues.

Dion’s residency was set to begin Nov. 5, 2021. Now, not so much.

Her shows through at least February 2022 have been canceled.

Celine Dion

Remember when Celine wasn’t relevant, then she came to Vegas and now she could buy Jupiter?

According to a news release, Dion has been “experiencing severe and persistent muscle spasms which are preventing her from performing.”

The statement continues, “Her medical team continues to evaluate and treat her. However, the symptoms she is experiencing are prohibiting her from participating in the ongoing rehearsals for the new show.”

First, let us say we hope Celine’s medical situation improves. She is beloved in Las Vegas, and we trust she’s as heartbroken by this delay as her fans are.

Second, if you think Celine’s muscle spasms are painful, they’re nothing compared to what Resorts World executives are experiencing right now.

Resorts World

Las Vegas loves it some new and shiny, and Resorts World has a lot of shiny.

Dion’s residency was set to be a shot in the arm at the new resort, reportedly struggling as the reality of opening during a pandemic has begun to sink in.

While Resorts World is poised to take advantage of conventions, as it’s virtually on top of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s new $1 billion expansion, big gatherings have yet to pick up steam.

International travel is still limited, although that could change when restrictions loosen Nov. 8, 2021.

Resorts World continues to deal with some built-in challenges, like a location with virtually zero foot traffic.

We’re a big fan of Resorts World, so we’re hoping the ramp-up of its residency line-up will deliver some much-needed guests and gamblers. Residencies like Celine Dion’s draw an ideal casino customer, as was evident at Caesars Palace during her record-breaking run.

Celine Dion Resorts World

Oh, like we’re going to miss an opportunity to remind everyone we broke the news Celine would have a Vegas residency a year before it was announced.

The delay of Dion’s residency is a blow to Resorts World, but ultimately, it’s about this national treasure getting well. Yes, she has an accent, but she’s ours. Our legal team is reviewing whether one can be a national treasure in two nations.

Celine Dion defied the odds and changed the landscape of Las Vegas residencies, it’s a safe bet she can whoop the ass of some muscle spasms.

Unsolicited advice, Celine. Read Healing Back Pain by Dr. John Sarno. No, we don’t get a piece of the action, it just changed our life, spasmwise.

Interestingly, Dion’s “Courage World Tour” is still scheduled to begin March 9, 2022. We’re trying not to take it personally.

Get better, Celine!

Hecho en Vegas Mexican Grill to Close at MGM Grand

A longtime fixture on the Las Vegas Strip, Hecho en Vegas Mexican Grill, is set to close at MGM Grand.

The restaurant will close permanently in the next few weeks.

A new restaurant and bar will take its place by winter 2021, but few specifics have been given, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Hecho en Vegas

“Hecho en Vegas” means “made in Vegas.” One of the only reasons we do photo captions is we have to learn new things to share with you.

Hecho en Vegas has been around since 2013. It replaced (basically a rebrand) another Mexican restaurant, Diego.

Recently, Hecho’s hours became erratic, we trust as fallout of the pandemic.

The restaurant was known for its impressive selection of more than 100 tequilas.

In order to pad this article to meet the recommended blog post length for search engine optimization, we are now going to use some filler related to tequila.

Tequila is made from the blue agave plant. The machete used to harvest the blue agave plant is called a “coa.”

Tequila comes from the heart (the “pina”) of the agave plant. In Spanish, “pina” can also mean “pineapple.”

Hecho en Vegas MGM Grand

You will be missed, peculiar statue.

A blue agave plant takes 8-12 years to mature and can grow to be up to seven feet tall.

There are three kinds of tequila: Blanco, Reposado and Anejo.

Some tequila lover should totally name their kids Blanco, Reposado and Anejo.

Tequila can only be made in five regions in Mexico: Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit, Tamaulipas and Jalisco. If the aforementioned tequila lover is Mormon, they’ll need more names for their kids, so there you go.

The most expensive bottle of tequila ever sold, Platinum and White Gold Tequila, cost $225,000.

Tequila is a type of mezcal. All tequila is mezcal, but not all mezcal is tequila. In gringo terms, it’s sort of similar to how scotch and bourbon are types of whiskey.

While party animals in the U.S. often do tequila shots (with salt and lime), in Mexico, it’s  usually sipped slowly and savored.

Tequila has been made into diamonds.

Medical experts say tequila helps with weight loss and improves the digestive system.

According to tequila experts, blanco tequila doesn’t give hangovers. That’s because it’s 100 percent pure agave.

The next time you’re winning a bar bet using this entralling tequila trivia, please send a thank-you note to Google.

We’re sorry to see Hecho en Vegas Mexican Grill closing, despite the fact we rarely went there.

Hecho en Vegas

We will miss you fresh torta bread, whatever that might be.

The next restaurant in the space will still have to grapple with the odd location in an awkward part of MGM Grand, called the District.

The restaurant sits next to CBS Television City, near the entrance to the MGM Grand Garden Arena. You’d think the place would thrive before and after events, but events have taken a hit in the last year or so. Time for something new.

While we suspect the new concept won’t be Mexican food, we hope the new restaurant will have tequila so we will not have wasted upwards of 15 minutes collecting tequila trivia for this story.

Salud!

LVCVA Sells Chunk of Riviera Site to Bond Villain

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is selling a 10-acre section of the former Riviera casino site to “a Chilean businessman” who sounds a lot like a Bond villain.

Mainly because this news is fairly boring otherwise.

The land is being purchased for $120 million, which is pocket change to an evil genius who probably has a secret hideout in a volcano somewhere.

Riviera parking lot

That time they turned a classic casino into a parking lot and everyone thought of the same song at the same time.

According to the sale agreement, the parcel has to be used for a “new resort.”

Which, of course, is code for a building that looks like a resort but which only exists to disguise a laser so powerful it could evaporate entire lakes so a certain “businessman” can cause, and “miraculously” solve, a collapse of the world salmon market.

Insert malevolent laugh here.

Actually, the buyer of the site is Claudio Fischer, owner of Sun Dreams, billed as the largest casino resort operator in Latin America.

Sun Dreams owns 19 casinos in Chile, Argentina, Panama, Colombia and Peru.

Fischer also gained a good deal of his wealth from salmon farming. Hello, it’s called foreshadowing.

Fischer. Salmon. It’s all a little too perfect, isn’t it?

One of Fischer’s casinos is called the Monticello. Which doesn’t sound make up at all, right? Nothing like Montecito, the casino from the fictional TV show, “Las Vegas,” right?

Please. Somebody needs to get M or Q or whoever’s in charge now on the line immediately.

Riviera Las Vegas

If the new place could have some nods to the old place, that’d be great.

Anyway, the sale of the four hectares of prime real estate on the Las Vegas Strip is expected to close in June 2022. Um, hello. Who uses the term “hectares” except Bond villains?

Construction of the new “resort” would presumably start in 2023.

If Fischer doesn’t start work on his lair, sorry, resort, by Jan. 1, 2031, the LVCVA will have the option to buy the land back.

The Riviera took up 26 acres. The LVCVA didn’t need all of those hectares, so here we are.

The Riviera, of course, was a smelly Las Vegas casino prior to its closure in 2015 and demolition in 2016.

We chronicled the whole damn thing, of course. Obsessively. For unknown reasons. Other than our obsession with Las Vegas. In case that weren’t readily apparent.

While 10 acres doesn’t sound like a lot, it’s important to remember Cosmopolitan is built on a relatively petite 8.7 acres. Circa Las Vegas was built on less than three acres.

So, there’s plenty of room for Claudio Fischer and his henchmen (sorry, henchpersons) to build a beautiful casino resort to conceal a scheme so diabolical we may have to clone Sean Connery, clearly the best Bond, to come back to handle the smackdown.

Dibs on the laser.

Does this mandatory resort get built? Depends.

It’s a great location for convention business, obviously, as it pretty much sits on top of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s new $1 billion expansion.

A lot of hopes are riding on growth in the convention and meetings realm (looking at you, Resorts World), and nobody’s really sure if those hopes will become a reality.

Vegas has lost more big gatherings than it’s gained recently, but it’s an upside down world at the moment, so the jury’s still out.

A casino resort? We’ll go with nope on that one, unfortunately. While Fischer is a casino guy, there’s no way he gets through the gaming licensing process. Did we mention Fischer’s done business in Chile, Argentina, Panama, Colombia and Peru? Just saying.

Riviera Las Vegas

We knew there was a reason we took so many photos of The Riv.

It would be a miracle if Fischer and his family members somehow managed to be graft dodgers. Not impossible, but gaming regulators go deep when they license a new casino owner in Las Vegas.

The process is brutal, and many who dipped their toes into these waters have fallen through a trap door into a school of piranha. Sorry to make it awkward, Sam Nazarian. Who, you have to admit, also would’ve made a great Bond villain.

We look forward to hearing more about Claudio Fischer’s plans for this parcel on the former Riviera site.

While we usually get excited about such announcements, this one left us neither shaken or stirred.

Gas Monkey Las Vegas in the Works From “Fast N’ Loud” Star Richard Rawlings

A new restaurant and live entertainment venue is in the works from reality TV star Richard Rawlings, Gas Monkey Las Vegas.

Rawlings is star of “Fast N’ Loud” and “Garage Rehab” on the Discovery Channel.

Hot on the heels of announcing a new Gas Monkey location in Dallas, Texas, Rawlings now has his sights set on an even bigger prize, Las Vegas.

Gas Monkey Las Vegas

Gas Monkey comes from “grease monkey,” a term coined during an era when regular people could fix their own cars.

Gas Monkey Garage is Rawlings’ auto shop in Dallas. The company specializes in creating and remodeling custom cars.

Rawlings has tried a series of concepts in the restaurant and live entertainment realm.

There was a Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill (Rawlings is no longer affiliated following a nasty legal battle), and his Gas Monkey Live closed in May 2020. Richard Rawlings’ Garage closed in March 2019.

Specifics about a location for the new Gas Monkey Las Vegas aren’t available yet. Give us a minute.

Gas Monkey Dallas has a rooftop bar, an outdoor stage, food (barbeque and burgers) and drinks, of course. We’d expect similar offerings in Las Vegas.

Rawlings says he expects to open “25 or 40” of these concepts, and he aspires to be “the next House of Blues, Planet Hollywood or Hard Rock Cafe.”

Vegas is all about lofty dreams, and we’re always up for something new.

Expect more details soon, and best guess is Gas Monkey opens in Las Vegas in 2022.

Renaming of Park Theater to Dolby Live at Park MGM Confirmed

As we first reported back in July 2021, MGM Resorts and Dolby Labs officially confirmed Park Theater will be renamed Dolby Live at Park MGM.

The rebrand follows installation of the Dolby Atmos sound system at the theater.

While we are not an audiophile, we do know a little something about aural gratification, and this new sound system, well, sounds awesome.

Dolby spent upwards of $20 for this rendering on Fiverr, so you’d better appreciate it.

Dolby’s Web site says of the new system, “Featuring a fully integrated Dolby Atmos playback system, the entire space has been designed, calibrated and tuned by Dolby engineers specifically for the 5,200-seat theater.”

You haven’t really lived until you’ve been calibrated by a Dolby engineer in Vegas, if you get our drift.

There’s another Dolby-branded theater, Dolby Theater, in Hollywood.

Dolby Atmos systems are also used in hundreds of Dolby theaters, those places people used to go to watch movies prior to the Dark Times.

We hear the theater was renamed so Park Theater (and its owner, MGM Resorts) didn’t have to pay for the new Dolby system.

While any name change requires some time to take hold, the name Dolby Live is much better than another recent change, when the Mandalay Bay Events Center became the awkward and horrible Michelob Ultra Arena.

Raiders Stadium became Allegaint Stadium. That change has been fairly painless.

Everyone’s sort of gotten used to T-Mobile Arena, too.

We haven’t actually been to Park Theater (sorry, Dolby Live) yet, as ticket prices don’t tend to be modest, and it’s weird watching people sing, honestly. Unless it’s Duran Duran, then money is no object.

If you haven’t been to Park MGM since it was Monte Carlo, it’s a great resort, despite a bit of a case of the blands.

Eataly is well worth a visit, and a big selling point of Park MGM is it’s a fully non-smoking resort. Yes, even in the casino, which is weird but wonderful.

The next time you tell a rideshare driver you’re going to Dolby Live at Park MGM, you may get a befuddled look. Give it a minute.