Dining Revelations

Beauty & Essex opening May 16 at The Cosmopolitan is a partnership between TAO Group and personality chef/restaurateur Chris Santos.

James Beard Award-winning chef Shawn McClain will open Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay this summer with a Tony
Abou-Ganim
cocktail program.

Dave & Buster’s will open this summer in Downtown Summerlin with upscale cuisine.

Locally-owned Nacho Daddy will open its fourth Las Vegas location in mid-August at Miracle Mile Shops.

Waffle Bar, a casual Liege waffles and crepes restaurant, opened at Tivoli Village.

Sake Rok opened at The Park for lunch and dinner with a late-night bar and lounge.

Six food outlets opening at the LINQ Promenade this year include: Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips; 24-hour Canter’s Deli; Virgil’s Real Barbecue; In-N-Out Burger; Amorino with gelato; and Purple Zebra daiquiri bar.

Pizza Forte opened its third local location and first on the Strip at the new T-Mobile Arena.

Michael Frey’s Montecristo Cigar Bar opened at Caesars Palace featuring The Signature Bar, Library, Courtyard and Vault Room experiences.

The BLT Burger at The Mirage closed and reopened as resort-operated LVB Burger & Bar.

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar with a dog-friendly patio at Downtown Summerlin will open a second location at Town Square this fall.

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay launched a new summer monthly themed event: Border Grill Patio Series with Tours of Tequilas May 19 and Amor à la Carte June 17.

Golden Entertainment will open six new properties this year, including a new Sierra Gold at the former Sedona Restaurant & Lounge location.

The Juice Standard opened its third Las Vegas outpost at The Cosmopolitan.

Arizona Charlie’s Boulder opened its completely renovated Charlie’s Market Buffet, previously called Wild West Buffet.

California-based Dog Haus Vegas on Paradise Road started a weekdays happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. and nightly from 1 to 4 a.m.

Habit Burger Grill with award-winning charburgers will open a second location this summer.

Nevada H&C Distilling Company won two awards at the 16th San Francisco World Spirits Competition: gold for Smoke Wagon Bourbon and silver for Silver Dollar Vodka.

Entertainment Spotlight

BAZ - Star Crossed Love will open June 25 in the redesigned Palazzo Theatre with a movie-music mash-up of the world’s most iconic love stories, as imagined by famed film visionary, Baz Luhrmann.

Wayne Newton returned to the stage after more than five years with an original Up Close and Personal production at Bally’s Windows Showroom.

British magician-dancer, Chloe Crawford, who skyrocketed to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, will co-star in Criss Angel’s new production MINDFREAK LIVE! opening at the Luxor this month.

Rod Stewart: The Hits in its fifth year in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace added nine extra shows from Aug. 3-21.

Avicii’s final dates through Saturday, June 25 at Wynn’s Encore Beach Club and XS Nightclub will be the last time to see him.

The Scintas are extending their limited select two-weekend monthly engagement through November 2016 at the Plaza.

Comedian Jim Jefferies will be the newest Aces of Comedy series performer at The Mirage June 24-25.

Electric Daisy Carnival returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway June 17-19 to celebrate “20 Years Under The Electric Sky.”

Attraction and Retail News

The new Liberace Garage museum opened at The Hollywood Cars Museum on Dean Martin Drive featuring automobiles from his shows.

Seven priceless RMS Titanic artifacts will be retired from public view after a special engagement through July 18 at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition inside the Luxor.

SPEEDVEGAS the track is open and the rest of the $30 million motorsports complex will be revealed this summer.

The Mob Museum now has audio tours in French, German and Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin.

Retail outlets opening at the LINQ Promenade include C&E Studio Tony Vegas with resident performing artists and Basin White with luxury bath and body products.

Atomic Style Lounge, a retro-themed beauty salon and men and women’s store, opened on Main Street downtown.

Discounted menswear store HIM opened at Las Vegas South Premium Outlets and Steve Madden, named after the renowned American fashion designer, will follow this summer.

Snappy News Items

Steve Wynn is proposing a 1.5 billion project called Wynn Paradise Park to reimage the Desert Inn golf course behind Wynn and Encore resorts into a 38-acre lagoon accompanied by a 1,000-room hotel with a casino, restaurants, meeting space and nightlife.

The Venetian Poker Room will hold the 60-day, 90-event DeepStack Extravaganza III poker series May 26-July 24 with $16 million in prize pools.

By football season, Boulder-Palace-Santa Fe-Sunset Stations and Green Valley Ranch Resort will join Red Rock Resort having remodeled and enhanced sports books.

The Westgate introduced a non-smoking policy in its Race and Sports SuperBook.

In Las Vegas, uberESPAÑOL has been launched allowing riders to request a Spanish-speaking driver-partner.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority will bring down the Riviera in two different implosions possibly starting in June.