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Vegas Eats Preview: Cleo at SLS Las Vegas

SLS Las Vegas is opening in August and wallpapering the world with PR that states that the restaurants they are importing from Los Angeles are, like, awesome. Fortunately for you, most of the VT staff lives in L.A., enabling us to give these spots a spin and share the results. Previously, we visited the original Katsu-Ya location in Studio City, the Griddle Cafe in Hollywood and Umami Burger in Burbank. As before, this series of posts are previews of what might happen at SLS, based on reviews of the existing venues in Los Angeles. Cleo restaurant is...

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Even More SLS Interior Signage

Sign geeks - here's a set of SLS interior signage set to loud pop music. Thanks Mac!...


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Wynn and Encore: Paradise Regained

A little over three years ago, I had an experience that made me lose my faith in the promise of Wynn and Encore. Marilyn Winn Speigel had embarked on a recession-fueled crusade of cost and corner-cutting across my most favorite of properties that resulted in a stay at Wynn where excrement, almost poetically, spewed into my room and sent me into a state of grief, anger, and depression over paradise now lost. I, like many members of the VegasTripping team at that time, was Vegas...


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Ballys Grand Bazaar Construction Update

I rolled by the Bally's Grand Bazaar marketplace thingy recently, my first visit since construction started. It looks even worse than I thought it would. Honey, let's go buy some Swarovski! No, that isn't giant construction trailer towering over foundation work, it is the new eternal face of Bally's. Garage style shopping stalls. Horrible. A rippled sheet metal roof screams cheep. Those posts are probably where the swoopy colored roof things will be mounted. At least the walkway gives a clear shot to the casino entrance. ...


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Vegas Eats: DB Brasserie at Venetian (Scene 4 - Finale)

For those who love Vegas restaurants, French cuisine and 1950's Japanese cinema, VT is proud to present our VegasEats review of DB Brasserie at Venetian, in four scenes. Read this one last. - Ed Somewhere on the long, categorized list of Steve Wynn's busted relationships, alphabetically after Club Owners and Movie Stars (but before Wives), lies Restauranteurs. There you'll find Daniel Boulud, the world-renowned French chef whose restaurant on Wynn's Lake of Dreams was once one of the most charming dinner spots in Las Vegas, before...


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Vegas Eats: DB Brasserie at Venetian (Scene 3)

For those who love Vegas restaurants, French cuisine and 1950's Japanese cinema, VT is proud to present our VegasEats review of DB Brasserie at Venetian, in four scenes. - Ed From 2005-2010, DB Brasserie at Wynn Las Vegas held a special place in my heart. The room was exceptional, the views of the Lake of Dreams were even better than those at SW, the service was remarkable, and the food was revelational. Before a nation-wide burger frenzy sent the US mad for truffle cheese-covered,...


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Vegas Eats: DB Brasserie at Venetian (Scene 2)

For those who love Vegas restaurants, French cuisine and 1950's Japanese cinema, VT is proud to present our VegasEats review of DB Brasserie at Venetian, in four scenes. - Ed Sunday night of VT10 weekend, Misnomer and I were looking forward to Rose. Rabbit. Lie. before a shift in Vegas Nocturne's schedule threw a wrench into our plans. With my last night in town completely open, VT superfriend Mr. Giggles came to the rescue and asked if we'd like to try the new DB Brasserie at...


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Vegas Eats: DB Brasserie at Venetian (Scene 1)

For those who love Vegas restaurants, French cuisine and 1950's Japanese cinema, VT is proud to present our VegasEats review of DB Brasserie at Venetian, in four scenes. - Ed DB Brasserie was kind of nostalgic of an idea for me. I had always wanted to eat at chef Daniel Boulud's outpost at Wynn, but never took the time before they shuttered for good. So when the boys, fresh off a #VT10 high asked me to join them I booked an extra night for what was...


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News Brief's For July 18, 2014

Harmon Demolition Crews Mistakenly Construct Defect-Free Harmon Construction workers tasked with demolishing the defective Harmon hotel tower have instead built a defect-free facsimile of the high-rise building. Project manager Michael Fiorentino says the construction of the building apparently took place sometime between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. "When I turned it over to the night crew, things were going like they should. Guys were busting out glass, smashing concrete - demo stuff. But when I got here this morning, there was a 49 story building sitting...


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Vegas Gang #111: Downtown Grand, AC, Caesars, Linq, Quad and IGT

On the latest episode of The Vegas Gang podcast discuss Downtown Grand's slow demise, epic contraction in Atlantic City casino market, Caesars LTD Inc. financial house of cards collapsing to the LINQ concept backfiring to the Quad's disappearing act. Oh and slot maker IGT was sold to an Italian lottery technology company. All that plus dog snores, cartoon boings, effervescent children, Skype drop outs, Sure Bets™ and Hunter prematurely(?) announcing Chuck's retirement from the show. Ooops. Listen, stream, comment and participate at VegasGangPodcast.com, Stitcher or...


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The Next Big Thing

After the early aughts building boom limped to its inevitable, sad conclusions - botched construction, bankruptcies, postponements, fire sales and abandonments - the thought that something, anything... new and great would be built on the Strip vaporized like points on the Dow. Las Vegas journalist/podcaster Steve Friess dubbed these dark days as Las Vegas' era of the "next little thing" - another frou frou bar, another restaurant imported from another city, another restaurant inspired by a tv personality, another night club, haute hidden hangout. The...


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The Harmon Demolition

The demolition of the Harmon Hotel at CityCenter is in high gear. The entire curtain wall of the western side of the building had been removed, and holes have begun popping up on the eastern side as well. VT tipster JayZ sent us this photo of the status as of this morning. Zooming in reveals that the support frames that were holding the window panes to the concrete structure have been removed as well. And Mac found this: If construction wasn't botched, it is entirely possible that...


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The Best Western Premier Downtown Grand

VT reader @dicerunner21 noticed something about the rooms at Downtown Grand. In room Best Western cups at @downtowngrandlv pic.twitter.com/zzyTGEIpEV— DiceRunner (@DiceRunner21) July 10, 2014 I've been in Downtown Grand rooms twice, a tour of every room model tier during a pre-opening tour of the property and again when rearranging the furniture in Blackjacker's room during VT10 weekend. I took generous amounts of photos of all the rooms both times. Looking back at those photos... there are no drinking glasses or cups in any of...


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