Front Line News

Station Casinos is acquiring thePalms Casino Resort this year for $312.5 million.

Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming is buying two Cannery Casino Resorts for $230 million andAliante in North Las Vegas for $380 million bringing Boyd’s holdings to 12 properties in Southern Nevada.

Owners of the D Las Vegas, Golden Gate and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center purchased the land currently occupied by three Granite Gaming Group properties adjacent to their newly owned Las Vegas Club.

Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casinowill create an authentic Asian cultural and gaming experience with a 204-room boutique hotel and spa this year next to high-rise Allure featuring signage in Chinese first, the city’s only indoor/outdoor high-end tea garden and lounge, and a collection of authentic Pan-Asian restaurants.

The LINQ is offering 12 bunk bed rooms with hip technology and chic décor.

The 11th Annual World Series of Beer Pong will be held for the first time at the Westgate July 6-10 with contestants competing for more than $65,000 in prize money. America’s first Mah Jongg World Championshipwill follow July 22-24.

Hard Rock Hotel revealed its newest nightlife concept Breathe Pool Ultra Lounge open Friday-Saturday with Strip views.

Intrigue nightclub at Wynn was unveiled in the remodeled 10-year old Trystnightclub space with a new glass enclosed patio.

Hakkasan Group’s new 24,000-square-foot Jewel Nightclub opened atAria.

The Stratosphere’s completely-renovated and renamed Elation Pool is open on the eighth floor.

XS Nightclub at Wynn celebrated the return of its Sunday NightSwim.

LOVE IT LOUD Rock & Roll Wedding Chapel at the KISS By Monster Mini Golf inside the Rio will open soon.

The National Hockey League Awards will return to Las Vegas and be held for the first time at the Hard Rock Hotel June 22 at The Joint.

The ninth annual Grand Poker Series is running through July 3 at theGolden Nugget with more than 90 poker tournaments.

PT’s Entertainment Group opened the 15th PT’s Gold at 1540 West Sunset Road in Henderson.

Internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains large-scale site-specific public art installation is on view for two years about 10 miles south of
Las Vegas.

Dining Explorations

Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, host of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible, will open his first signature restaurant on the Strip at theTropicana.

Marking first West Coast projects, The Cosmopolitan and Azumi Group are partnering to open contemporary Japanese restaurant ZUMA this year andDavid Chang and Christina Tosi will also open Momofuku and Milk Bar.

Wynn’s newest dining concept SW Veranda is an outdoor terrace above SW Steakhouse with views of Wynn’s signature water feature, Lake of Dreams.

Giordano’s World Famous Stuffed Deep Dish Pizza from Chicago will open its first Las Vegas restaurant this fall at the Grand Bazaar Shops aboveStarbucks at Bally’s offering lunch, dinner and carry out.

Burger Lounge, an eco-conscious burger chain from Southern California, opened its first Las Vegas location at ARIA.

Southern California’s legendary 75-year-old diner brand - Du-Par’s Restaurant and Bakery - opened at the Suncoast.

Aliante debuted a stylish new summer outdoor café, The Patio at MRKTopen Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pizza Lotto Slices & Slots opened at the El Cortez.

Sambalatte, the Las Vegas-based coffee bar and lounge experience will open its new location at the $30 million SPEEDVEGAS motorsports complex this summer.

Part of the Miracle Mile Shops’ Harmon Avenue redevelopment will include two new dining outlets: Hot N Juicy Crawfish this fall and Nacho Daddylate this summer.

Thursday, June 16, Alizé at the Top of the Palms will present the city’s first tea pairing multi-course dinner hosted by Barbara Fairchild, former editor-in-chief for Bon Appétit.

Grape Street Café, Wine Bar & Cellar in Downtown Summerlin has a new happy hour program featuring seven wines, appetizers, and well drinks for $7.

GIADA in The Cromwell has broadened its weekend brunch to include Fridays with an a la carte or $45 tasting menu.

Spotlighting Entertainment

Based on the film, Channing Tatum will bring Magic Mike Live Las Vegasto the Hard Rock next spring in an all-new re-imagination male revue.

Andrea Bocelli will start his seven U.S. concert date tour at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Dec. 3 with guest artists Katharine McPhee and soprano Ana Maria Martinez.

Zowie Bowie has a new weekly Downtown Grand residency at Citrus on the Grand Pool Deck every Friday at 10 p.m.

The topless revue X Burlesque celebrated 14 seductive years at Bally’s with new added costumes and dance numbers.

Steele is a new male revue at the Tommy Wind Theater on the Strip.

Grammy-nominated rock band Cage the Elephant will stop at The Joint atHard Rock Saturday, June 25 with special guests Portugal. The Man andTwin Peaks.

Due to the resort’s $154 million convention center expansion, Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana closed at Aria.