DINING NEWS

photo credit: Francisco Lupini Eataly USA

The 40,000-square-foot Eataly Las Vegas opened its second West Coast location at Park MGM. The 24-hour attraction’s formula is a combination restaurants and retail shopping experience. 

French restaurant Favorite Bistro, Group Bourdoncle’s first U.S. location, is open with a patio at the LINQ Promenade starting with breakfast at 8 a.m. 

Last month, 108 Eats by James Trees, who has Esther’s Kitchendowntown, opened on the 108th level at the Stratosphere

Italian restaurant Cipriani Las Vegas opened the brand’s first West Coast location in the new Wynn Plaza Shops with wall photographs of famous models.

Mott 32 debuted its first U.S. restaurant at The Palazzo celebrating Hong Kong’s culture and culinary traditions. Interior design pays tribute to Las Vegas’ history with dining tables made from vintage roulette wheels, neon signs and more. 

The Factory Kitchen, an authentic Italian restaurant from Los Angeles, made its premier at The Venetian. It’s open for lunch and dinner.

Wolfgang Puck’s CUT restaurant after 10 years at The Palazzo • The Venetian Resort has a new sophisticated look, dramatic whiskey display behind the expanded bar, roving cocktail cart and enhanced food and beverage offerings.

Golden Circle Sports Bar is a new 140-seat eatery and bar off the casino floor at Treasure Island with resort owner Phil Ruffin’s personal sports memorabilia. 

The 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Restaurantsranked Earl of Sandwich in Planet Hollywood second out of 10 for the top U.S.-based fast casual restaurants. 

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The Global Winter Wonderland festival, a premiere outdoor Chinese lantern event in the Rio’s parking lot, runs through Jan. 20.

The Flamingo’s recent room renovation includes 14 new upscale 515-square-foot Bunk Bed Rooms and several larger Bunk Bed Suites with parlor and kitchenette. 

Vdara Club Lounge will be a secluded retreat opening on the second floor at Vdara next to the ESPA spa this month with an afternoon 2-4 p.m. social hour. 

Howard Hughes Corporation, owner of Las Vegas 51s, the city’s professional Triple-A baseball team of the Pacific Coast League, changed the team’s name to Las Vegas Aviators.  

The World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curlinginternational competition returns to the Orleans Arena Jan. 17-20. 

Television brand TCL this month will open Topgolf’s first TCL esports Lounge in Las Vegas offering daily esports play, special events, coaching sessions, etc.

photo credit: Jeff Green

Wynn Resort acquiredthe nine-foot Arrows and Flower Neon Sign uniting the signature arrows from Virgil Abloh’s fashion label, Off-White, with Takashi Murakami’s rainbow flower.

Police Chase Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Motor Speedwayprovides the only police pursuit and intervention driving tactics available to the general public in the U.S. 

Formerly the Hart Mansion, the estate-like setting has been remodeled and renamed Mansion54 offering 25,000 square feet of collective elegant event spaces.

Street Art Las Vegas, a new book in April will document the art form in Las Vegas’ metropolitan area by local photographers William Shea and Patrick Lai

Nevada Ballet Theatre’s 35th Black & White gala fundraiser will honor Rita Moreno Jan. 26 at Aria.

Snow Patrol celebrating their first album in seven years, “Wildness,” stop at The Joint at Hard Rock Saturday, May 18. Atlantic recording group Death Cab for Cutie will begin their Spring 2019 tour supporting their ninth LP, “Thank You for Today,” Friday, March 20. 

ENTERTAINMENT ITEMS

The Joint at Hard Rock lineup will feature British rock band Bring Me The Horizon’s massive “First Love” North American tour stop Saturday, Feb. 16. The Roots, official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, will headline Friday, Feb. 22. 

Love the ‘90s—The Vegas Show,” which premiered Oct. 25 at the Paris Theater, will return Thursday, Jan. 17. A rotating cast is expected this year.

photo credit: DR Al Watson

Superstar Diana Ross will return to Wynn Las Vegas with nine performances Feb. 6-23. She’s celebrating her 75th birthday diamond jubilee with an all-new show, “Diamond Diana.”

Actor and author Rob Lowe will make his Las Vegas-debut Saturday, April 13at Planet Hollywood as part of his “Stories I Only Tell My Friends: LIVE!” tour inspired by memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friendsand Love Life.

Tyler Perry will bring his “Madea” character to Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Sunday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. This is Perry’s 21st stage play. He will be joined by Tamela MannDavid Mann and Cassi Davis

Admit.VIP, which operates the Night Owl Showroom at Hooters, has reopened the upgraded Pegasus Showroom at Alexis Parkand launched two new shows: “Martini’s and Magic” starring Naathan Phan and “The Comics Battle” featuring John Hilder

Van Morrison added Feb.8 and 9, to his Jan. 25-Feb. 2 run at The Colosseum at Caesars PalaceDaryl Hall and John Oates will return for three exclusive U.S. dates March 20, 22 and 23, and Reba McEntire, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn for a fourth year. 

Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley will star in the National Tour of “Hello, Dolly!” visiting The Smith CenterMarch 19-24. 

Forbidden Broadway” mastermind Gerard Alessandrini is now spoofing “Hamilton” and its creator Lin-Manuel Miranda with “Spamilton: An American Parody” stopping at The Smith Centerin the Troesh Studio Theater Jan. 22–Feb. 10. 

At the Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock, comedian Brad Williams is set for two shows Friday-Saturday, Feb. 1-2. Golden Globe winning actress and musician, Katey Sagal will return Saturday, Feb. 16.