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Brett's Vegas View

Pitbull photo by Bryan Steffy

CONSTRUCTION BOOM

The Cosmopolitan is gutting and upgrading its rooms: first the Boulevard Tower this year and then the Chelsea Tower in 2018.

Caesars Entertainment Corp. is upgrading thousands of hotel rooms: Planet Hollywood finished a room upgrade, the Flamingo will start one and already re-opened its $6.5 million newly renovated meeting space and more plans are in the works for Bally’s.

MGM Resorts is in the middle of a $450 million makeover of 3,000Monte Carlo rooms, which will transform into two new hotels: Park MGM with new meeting and conference space and a Sydell’s NoMad Hotel.

Palace Station’s makeover will include losing the train theme, a new restaurant, casino bar, race and sports book and renovated poker room. Recent renovations include two restaurants and new bingo room.

Changes at the Palms include two restaurants, upgraded movie theaters, renovated meeting and convention space, rooftop ultra-lounge, new high-limit area, hotel registration with VIP check-in areas and renovated pool.

The Cromwell has an updated Interlude Casino Lounge, new high limit slot area, enhanced concierge technology, eKey technology and an all-new Sportsbook.

The Golden Gate downtown continues its 111-year legacy with a major expansion nearly doubling the casino size, adding a dramatic entryway and extending the outside OneBar.

The Race & Sports Book at Wynn completed a full renovation with an adjacent Charlie’s Bar + GrillEncore also opened its own permanent Race & Sports Book.

ENTERTAINMENT OFFERS VARIETY

ScoopFest comedy and podcast festival at The Space Sept. 22-24 will feature headliners, comedy, games, food, karaoke and conversation.

Grow Your Own Festival is planned Saturday, Oct. 7 at Vegas Roots Community Garden 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

North American debut of international circus-style, water show WOW will be Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the Rio with more than 30 international performing artists and America’s Got Talent semi-finalist, archery act Sylvia Sylvia.

Carlos Santana’s concert residency, An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live, in House of Blues at Mandalay Bay is extended into 2018.

Elton John returns to The Colosseum at Caesars PalaceOctober/November and early 2018 with The Million Dollar Piano, which ends in May 2018.

Rascal Flatts will headline a limited eight-date engagement of A Night to Shine in The Venetian Theatre Oct. 6 to 21.

Magic Mike Live Las Vegas is continuing at Hard Rock through April 2018.

Mike Tyson returns to MGM Grand Sept. 7-Nov. 19 with Undisputed Truth – Round 2, picking up where his first show left off.

Kendra Wilkinson and Jai Rodriguez will continue headlining Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man at Paris through Jan. 2, 2018.

The Dream Awards on Sunday, Oct. 22 in the Suncoast Showroom will honor talent who helped make Las Vegas the “Entertainment Capital.” Some honorees include: Loretta HollowayEarl TurnerDarcusSonny TurnerJanis CarterSonny Charles (The Checkmates), DondinoFreddie EmpireJeneane Marie and more.

The Harlem Globetrotters will showcase their incredible ball handling wizardry at the Orleans Arena Friday, Oct. 27.

The Cannery in North Las Vegas introduced new Saturday karaoke nights with DJ Miguel at the 24-hour Victory’s Bar & Grill through October 8 p.m. to midnight.

ABOUT TOWN HAPPENINGS

Minus5 Ice Experience debuted its third Las Vegas location inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.

Downtown’s Life is Beautiful festival returns for its fifth year Sept. 22-24 featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers and the Plaza will host official after parties.

Now in its fourth year, the RiSE Lantern Festival will take place at Moapa River Reservation Oct. 6 and 7.

A female dolphin calf was born this summer at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage.

Chester BenningtonLinkin Park front man, is being remembered at the Hard Rock Hotel with a memorabilia case.

Pin-up star Claire Sinclair and Monti Rock III unveiled their shrunken heads for Golden Tiki’s second anniversary in Chinatown.

Credit One Bank has a multi-year integrated marketing partnership with the city’s first major league National Hockey League franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights.

A 15-year lease agreement between Cashman Field and Las Vegas Pro Soccer LLC brings a United Soccer League expansion team to Las Vegas in 2018.

DINING-BEVERAGE NOTATIONS

The Cromwell added a 24-hour casual restaurant called eatwell and Robert Irvine’s Public House opened at the Tropicana.

Stripside Café & Bar at Caesars Palace closed to make way for Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen with indoor and Strip-adjacent patio dining opening this winter. 

Bar concept otheroom opened at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

Plant-based eatery VegeNation downtown with Chef Donald Lemperleopened a second location in Henderson.

Pitbull, founder-owner of Voli 305, debuted three giant signature goblets at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Fashion Show mall with his vodka exclusive for signature cocktails.

Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo introduced an all-new beer garden-inspired experience, The Biergarten opening 4 p.m. daily.

La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at Wynn brought back the martini lunch with bottomless cocktails for $28.

Family-owned Bootlegger Italian Bistro has a new happy hour daily 2-6 p.m. and midnight to 3 a.m.

Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand launched Freedom 2 Brunch every Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Freedom 2 Drink mimosa and Bloody Mary offerings.

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