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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 42: Food Critic John Curtas, Exclusive Scoop and Predictions from Pappy

It’s time to go ears deep into the latest episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast.

First, we congratulate ourself on reaching our first 100,000 podcast downloads! It’s more like 108,097, but who’s counting?

Also on the show, we share tons of scoop about construction commencing on the new 18 Fremont resort project. Demolition of two shops marks the official beginning of what will become a resort taking up a full block on Fremont Street, including the closed Las Vegas Club casino, Glitter Gulch strip club and Mermaids casino.

18 Fremont construction

Many great Las Vegas resorts have sprung from humble beginnings. This qualifies. Demolition of two shops has carved a path from an alleyway to Fremont Street. There’s a lot more to come.

You’ll also hear from veteran food critic John Curtas, co-author of “Eating Las Vegas,” the definitive guide to 50 essential Las Vegas restaurants. On his Web site, EatingLV.com, Curtas speaks his mind like few others in Las Vegas, and shares his picks for the best dining in Sin City, including his five favorite steakhouses.

As usual, you’ll get an earful of Las Vegas news and history, and the “Listicle of the Week” features 10 predictions about your next Las Vegas visit from special guest, Pappy.

Pappy

Think Zoltar, but more prospectory. Which may or may not be a word.

This week’s show has even more WTF than the Oscars, so break out the earbuds and roll around naked in a giant pile of Vegas.

Or something.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 41: “Puppetry of the Penis,” Gambling Tales and Vegas Exclusives

It’s our girthiest episode yet of the Vital Vegas Podcast.

Get the naked facts about “Puppetry of the Penis” at the Erotic Heritage Museum with an exclusive interview with its stars, Robert Ryan and Jamie Morris.

We also chat with Jared DeBehnke, owner of Jared’s Old-Fashioned Hot Dogs & Hamburgers at Pawn Plaza.

Jared's hot dogs and hamburgers

To be clear, this is not a photo from “Puppetry of the Penis.”

Hot dogs! See? There’s almost a theme to this week’s show. That’s some quality podcast entertainment right there.

Also in the mix is a metric ass-ton of insider skinny about all the latest Las Vegas news, including stories about Chick-fil-A’s third Vegas location, drama at Du-par’s, a hefty grant for the Neon Museum, Caesars Entertainment’s resorts getting a resort fee bump, Cosmopolitan’s new blog, the crash at Speed Vegas, “Hell’s Kitchen” and a new music festival downtown, Las Rageous.

Neon Museum storage

A $425,000 grant means the Neon Museum will be able to take a number of classic signs out of storage, including some with our favorite design flourish, Googie stars.

We serve up not one, but two, listicles of the week, “10 Alternate Things ‘Puppetry of the Penis’ Could’ve Called Itself” and “11 Casino Gambling Devices and Their Surprising Names.”

We’ll regale you with gambling stories, listener collisions, Las Vegas history and so much less.

Lean in, listen up and fill your earholes with everything Vegas.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 40.5: A Chat With Five Downtown Casino Bosses

It’s not our typical episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast, and that can only be a good thing.

This week, we share an uncensored panel discussion with five downtown casino bosses: Jonathan Jossel (Plaza), Seth Schorr (Downtown Grand), Derek Stevens (The D, Golden Gate), Jim Sullivan (Fremont) and Joe Woody (El Cortez). Patrick Hughes, President of Fremont Street Experience, moderates.

Five casino bosses

From left, Jonathan Jossel, Seth Schorr, Derek Stevens, Jim Sullivan and Joe Woody.

The discussion ranges from challenges for downtown, upcoming casino projects, the importance of non-gambling amenities at Las Vegas resorts and the fact downtown casinos have managed to outpace 12 other markets in Nevada in terms of year-over-year gaming (a fancy word for “gambling”) revenue.

Full disclosure: This blog’s day job is at Fremont Street Experience, a downtown marketing umbrella for several Las Vegas casinos including The D, Golden Gate and Fremont casinos. Our opinions are our own, unless we’re intoxicated, then our opinions are Captain Morgan’s.

Take a listen and learn more about the people behind the neon and tassels in downtown Las Vegas.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 40: News, Rumors and an Ass-Ton of Las Vegas Culture

This week’s Vital Vegas Podcast is brimming with culture, like it or not.

We talk about a couple of excellent Las Vegas shows, “Baz” at Palazzo and “Le Reve” at Wynn Las Vegas, as well as the opening of two Chick-fil-A restaurants in Las Vegas.

Hey, one person’s culture is another’s fried chicken sandwich and waffle fries.

Le Reve Wynn Las Vegas

“Le Reve” is French for “wrinkly toes and fingertips.” Probably.

We also drop some knowledge about Las Vegas history (on Jan. 27, 1951, the Nevada Test Site conducted its first nuclear weapons test) and share tips for choosing a Las Vegas hotel room based upon how conducive it is to sex.

We’ve also got a fair amount of celebrity sightings (Jay Leno and Brad Garrett on Fremont Street) and celebrity gossip (magician Matt Franco left the stage during his show at Linq hotel to demand the music volume at 3535 Bar be turned down).

Jay Leno Brad Garrett

Jay Leno and Brad Garrett hit Fremont Street to tape an episode of CNBC’s “Jay Leno’s Garage.”

Also in the mix is a dazzling array of perfunctory news, including Rumor becoming Serene, a $20 million makeover at Hooters, the debut of Lyft Premiere in Sin City and the $188 million lottery jackpot won at the Nevada state line.

Stuff some Vegas into your seemingly insatiable earholes, already.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 39: Stadium Blackjack, Giordano’s, Redneck Riviera and Something Missing at Paris

It’s a metric ass-ton of Vegas, and yes, we weighed it.

This installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast includes all the latest news and WTF you need to get the most from your next Vegas visit.

The show includes scoop about In-N-Out opening at Linq promenade, Redneck Riviera at Grand Bazaar Shops and stadium blackjack at Venetian. Then, we talk smack about Giordano’s, absinthe service at Sage inside Aria and something missing at Paris Las Vegas. Mysterious, right? Listen in!

Giordano's Las Vegas

The bar’s been set high for pizza in Las Vegas and Giordano’s limbos right under it.

Our perfunctory round-up of Las Vegas news includes the impending opening of two locations of Chick-fil-A in Las Vegas (Jan. 26, 2017), broken Las Vegas visitation records, the closing of “Pin Up” at Strat (Mar. 4, 2017) and Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace, a new virtual concierge at Cosmo, changes at Downtown Grand’s Commissary and so much less.

We also tap dat Las Vegas history with tidbits about the opening of Rio Las Vegas (Jan. 15, 1990) and the closing of The Dunes (Jan. 26, 1993).

The Vital Vegas Podcast is more than just a podcast. It’s an immersive, interactive, game-changing tour de force, assuming “tour de force” translates as “way to kill an hour or so.”

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 38: Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz and All Our Usual Drivel

In this episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast, we talk to two comedy titans, Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz. The SNL veterans will headline a 20-show residency, “Reunited,” at SLS Las Vegas. Learn more.

We’re pleased, and relieved, to report “Reunited” more than delivers on its promise of top-notch stand-up, improvised interplay and a revealing Q&A from two of America’s most beloved funny men.

Jon Lovitz Dana Carvey

Yes, that Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey. Please try and keep up.

Also on the podcast, we talk about how we nearly lost an eye for you.

We also serve up the latest Las Vegas news, and irresponsibly combine some Las Vegas history with our “Listicle of the Week.”

We field a rare listener phone call and share our thoughts about Level Up, the new millennial lounge at MGM Grand. Hold onto your participation trophy, things get real.

Level Up MGM Grand

If casinos want to attract throngs of millennials, they should put a bed in Level Up with us on it. Just saying.

Join in the podcast fun and fill your skull with all the Sin City blather you can endure on an empty stomach.

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