Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 49: Ellis Island, Derek Stevens and O’Sheas Memories

Get your Vegas fix with the latest, and possibly longest, installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast.

This week, we chat with Christina Ellis, Director of Marketing at Ellis Island. We’ve got all the scoop you won’t hear anywhere else, including details about the Front Yard construction project, the casino’s recent hotel acquisition and room renovations, changes inside Ellis Island’s casino and more.

Ellis Island casino

For a little casino, Ellis Island has a lot going on.

Also on the show, we’ve got an interview with Derek Stevens, owner of several downtown casinos as well as our heart. Stevens talks about the demolition of the Las Vegas Club, expansion at Golden Gate and how the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is now, unquestionably, a thing.

But wait, there’s more. Possibly too much more.

Hear our review of the Impossible Burger, a new burger at Andrea’s inside Encore that uses zero percent cow.

Impossible Burger Andrea's

The Impossible Burger at Andrea’s inside Encore is pretty good for a burger, but it’s spectacular for a veggie burger. Some assembly required.

We also provide some buzzed bloviating about the latest Las Vegas news: Palms will lose its Hooters, Gordon Ramsay’s bringing Hell’s Kitchen to Caesars, The Commissary at Downtown Grand has closed, the Raiders paid $77.5 million for a stadium site in Vegas, Giada may take Payard’s space at Caesars, Tao Nightclub offers a VIP “tablesharing” service, Fontainebleau is getting a wrap (see below), Wynn Paradise is approved and much more.

Fontainebleau wrap

There’s been talk of a Fontainebleau wrap for two years. This time it’s different, because rendering.

Don’t miss our “Listicle of the Week,” specifically, “10 Places in Las Vegas Where We’ll Probably Never Go Again.”

We’ll also share a slew of O’Sheas memories (the original O’Sheas Casino¬†closed five years ago) and obviously forged iTunes reviews.

The Vital Vegas Podcast is just the thing to distract you from the nagging sense the universe is empty and meaningless. It is, of course, but let’s not get bogged down in details.

Listen until your ears hemorrhage! Medical science will make you new ones.

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  • Photoncounter

    Great podcast Scott! During my one trip to Container Park (well armed) (I didn’t get it) (the dragon is stupid) I had a slice of pizza from that now closed pizza place. It was nothing special. The whole area is nothing special, just failed, failing or soon to be failed small businesses that require a walk through a sketchy part of Fremont. No need to return.

    Agree totally on your 10 places to never return, the CNF charges piss me off. I’ll add that I got violently ill at Senor Frogs when a buddy and I went there for dinner several years ago, he did too. It was food poisoning. We reported it to the Health Department and to the restaurant but there was little follow up and no apology. Not booze related.

    My biggest gripe is having to pay for parking, anywhere, so I’m done with the strip. Plenty of great restaurants in town not associated with casinos. I’ve seen all the shows many times, so done with those too,

    Look forward to the next podcast. Oh, quit the Captain and coke, Ron Zacapa 25 year, 2 ice cubes, sip it. Time to grow up, man!

    • Thanks for listening and for the kind words. I like the pizza there, but didn’t make it down enough, apparently.

  • EnuffBull

    Did the pizza place close because they only offered limp slices of NY ketchup sauce on sandpaper? They needed some deep dish Chicago style pan pizza!

    • RustyHammer

      Deep dish casserole, you mean. The way god intended cheese, sauce and crust to be served.

      Christina Ellis? Is she part of the Ellis family that owns the casino? Wow!

      Changes at EI? That can’t be good.

      You’re spending a lot of time over there, Pappy. Fremont Street is gonna think you’re cheating!

      Impossible burger? Please. Get back to me when they have casserole on the menu.

      • EnuffBull

        I DO want to say kudos for a good podcast! I do quite enjoy these!

  • Kevin Rackley

    The universe is empty and meaningless when I’m not in Vegas. The podcast helps.

    Also, I’ve been on the podcast once, so Derek is exactly three times cooler than me? Sounds about right.

    • Thank you! Derek is cool, but you’re cooler because you have embraced the fact the universe is empty and meaningless. Understanding that is the beginning of being happy and fulfilled in life.

  • Charles Higgins

    Great to hear about new developments at Ellis Island..place has always been a “good value” joint..particularly that decent bargain restaurant that’s so popular.

    Amen on those pesky CNF’ers, too.

    Well done!

    Cheers..