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Park MGM’s special offerings could bring in more locals to the Strip

On The Record

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Los Angeles club gurus Jonnie and Mark Houston prepared a lot of surprises inside their first Las Vegas endeavor, On The Record at Park MGM. The illuminated entrance reminds me (a child of the 1980s) of Michael Jackson’s renowned video for “Billie Jean.” There are karaoke rooms, undoubtedly a first for a bar inside a Strip gambling establishment. There’s a surprise speakeasy, the Vinyl Parlour, where visitor bartenders prepare mixed drinks based on their patrons’ musical tastes. The DJ cubicle in one corner of the main space is developed from the front end of a timeless Rolls Royce, which is just a warm-up for the vintage double-decker bus on the patio area with another DJ cubicle and a full-service bar constructed inside.

But the most significant surprise I obtained from exploring On The Record before it opened on December 28 came in a conversation with the Houstons, twin siblings who have actually developed and opened a few of L.A.’s most popular night areas.

” We are simply delighted to be able to develop something that complements Vegas and we simply want to make it an enjoyable environment. And locals are extremely essential to us and we want them to accept and love this concept,” said Mark Houston. “We have actually been embedding ourselves within the neighborhood while trying to find out how we can add this other layer of entertainment, and I understand I have actually seen and heard from a lot of residents going to [T-Mobile Arena] and delighted about checking out The Park and the other properties that are surrounding.

” We’ve seen this new wave of community coming together on the Strip. Wherever I travel around the world, I constantly wish to know where the residents go. I don’t want to be guided like livestock and informed what to do, I want to see where they eat and their preferred regional dive bar and discover those experiences that are genuine.”

There’s no doubt about it– residents are hanging out on the Strip in substantial numbers like never in the past, thanks to the Vegas Golden Knights and their amazing NHL video games at T-Mobile Arena, located in between Park MGM and New York-New York. On The Record, one of the most recent pieces of the finally total renovation of Park MGM from the Monte Carlo resort of old, was definitely not produced specifically to draw in Las Vegans to the Strip.

Eataly Preview Introduce slideshow” However the truth that the Houstons and their collaborators at MGM

Resorts International are considering locals at all speaks volumes about the state of this location of the Strip. It also sheds interesting light on the total technique for the restoration.” I think Park MGM did a terrific job of welcoming residents,” stated Jonnie Houston.

” A great deal of people shy away from the Strip and don’t constantly feel welcome. If you think of everyone collaborating together, with Eataly and Roy Choi and us, plus NoMad and Bavette’s, there are many aspects that are attempting to be local-friendly. I think locals will go there more than any other hotel residential or commercial property on the Strip, and that’s an essential thing that attracted us to the entire job. “Park MGM President and COO Patrick Miller, a native Las Vegan, said the very same sense of discovery that happens within the

On The Record club informs the whole experience at the rejuvenated resort. No matter where you live or just how much time you spent at the Monte Carlo, you’ll discover something new and different at Park MGM. But making anything on the Strip more approachable for residents surpasses building something brand-new and various.

” I was born and raised in Las Vegas and I love this town, and I know the Strip has constantly been that location where it’s special event time

, or possibly you go to a program every once in a while,” Miller said. “What we have actually seen is that frequency is increasing. There are definitely a great deal of terrific neighborhood spots now but the Strip is becoming more friendly.” For Park MGM, we understand the Knights have changed our city considerably and the whole city comes together 40 nights a year and it remains in our front lawn slash backyard

. We consider T-Mobile as being a part of this. But we likewise consider date nights, or going to a show at Park Theater like Lady Gaga or Bruno Mars, or maybe simply getting supper. The Strip is the area for that. “Eataly, the 40,000-square-foot plaza of all things Italian food, is the most apparent example of a Vegas Strip attraction that might attract locals as much as travelers, and Miller calls it the capstone of the residential or commercial property. Strip pedestrians can access Eataly right off Las Vegas Boulevard, consisting of a wine shop, a bakeshop, a specialty foods market and booths serving gelato, Nutella, cannoli and other sweet deals with. And that’s simply one side of Eataly. You can eat there– in great deals of different ways– or you can purchase food to take house and cook. That’s not special to Eataly, which has locations all over the world, however it is special to the Strip. Lots of observers presumed Eataly Las Vegas would be more dining and less market, but that’s not the case.< img src =" /wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Katy_Perry_Choi_t198.jpg "alt =" Click to

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Courtesy Chef Roy Choi welcomes Katy Perry to his Friend restaurant throughout Park MGM’s grand opening weekend.

The Strip variation does have some new functions created just for Las Vegas, like the chef’s table location in the primary market where a group of visitors can sit at a counter and view their meal being prepared, after they have actually walked throughout the plaza and picked their own customized menu and components. It’s ideal for bachelor or bachelorette parties. While some Eataly pieces currently stay open till 11 p.m., 24-hour service is in the works.

Hip new dining establishments on the Strip have been known to attract curious residents however Eataly is a true destination.

” We don’t market greatly to residents but we understood this property might exist because regard,” Miller stated. “Eataly truly sets that tone. It’s an excellent place because of that casual component. It’s not a great dining experience if you do not want it to be, and in other markets it actually becomes this area collect area. I think Eataly can fill that void for Vegas also. It’s just been a week but we have actually seen a lot of residents boil down to experience it and we’re proud of that.”

Roy Choi, another L.A. transplant, is the chef behind Best Friend, a diverse, mostly Korean restaurant at Park MGM, situated in between Eataly and On The Record. The creator of the famous Kogi BBQ food trucks and other popular, casual Southern California restaurants, Choi stated last year that he desired Friend to be thought about a residents’ spot on the Strip.

” It’s a distinct area specifically on the Strip to have this Korean barbecue joint serving these fun, Southern California classics,” Miller said. “It’s not something you’re going to find somewhere else.”

Wayne Newton takes his show throughout the Strip to Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace 50th Anniversary

Tom Donoghue/ DonoghuePhotography.com Vocalist Wayne Newton reaches Caesars Palace throughout the resort’s 50th anniversary gala Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas.

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He’s carried out more than 30,000 live shows on the Las Vegas Strip but 76-year-old legend Wayne Newton has more to share.

“Mr. Las Vegas” will begin a brand-new headlining residency at Caesars Palace’s frozen-in-time lounge Cleopatra’s Barge on January 28. Tickets go on sale January 5 with show times set for 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Newton, who will commemorate his 60th anniversary playing Vegas in May, has been performing his “Up Close & & Personal” show, an intimate production full of favorite tunes, storytelling and audience interaction, at the Windows Display room at Bally’s because the spring of 2016. That resort home, likewise owned and operated by Caesars Home entertainment, is currently going through a home entertainment renovation; the Windows Showroom is now home to magicians Frederic Da Silva and Xavier Mortimer while the Back Room space hosts “X Rocks” and “The Miss Behave Gameshow” while the former Jubilee Theater is being transformed to accommodate the upcoming “Nitro Circus Las Vegas” stunt program.

Newton has starred at the Flamingo, the Stardust, Caesars Palace and the Las Vegas Hilton and co-owned the Aladdin for a couple years in the early 1980s. He helped open T-Mobile Arena with the Killers in 2016. He remains the USO’s Celebrity Circle Chairman and has actually hosted numerous programs for U.S. troops in battle zone and overseas.

“After the remarkable success of Wayne’s program at Bally’s Las Vegas we are delighted that Wayne will continue the custom of headlining entertainment at Caesars Palace,” stated Damian Costa, vice president of entertainment operations at Caesars Entertainment. “Cleopatra’s Barge is among the most iconic and remarkable venues in Las Vegas. This is the best area for such an extraordinary program.”

Cleopatra’s Barge recently closed out a limited run of programs from Paul Shaffer and was likewise house to “The Mixed drink Cabaret.” The David Perrico Pop Strings Orchestra takes the Barge phase Friday and Saturday nights at 10 p.m. after the 8 p.m. Pop 40 act. Puddles Pity Celebration, the seven-foot-tall singing clown just recently seen on “America’s Got Talent,” will perform at the lounge January 17-19, 24-26 and February 7-9.

Sun on the Strip Podcast: Sports and Vegas entertainment


Steve Marcus Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a save during the second duration of a game against the Chicago Blackhawks at T-Mobile Arena Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

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Sun on the Strip December 12, 2018 The Golden Knights and sports on the Strip, Eataly at

Park MGM, The Hair Salon at Cosmopolitan and more. On this episode of the Sun on the Strip, entertainment writer Brock

Radke welcomes Las Vegas Sun handling editor Ray Brewer to talk about all today’s Strip home entertainment news: The Vegas Golden Knights are the hottest ticket on the Strip and are changing the face of Vegas home entertainment at T-Mobile Arena. Visiting Eataly, the massive Italian market and dining location at Park MGM. Clique Hospitality is opening The Hair salon at the Cosmopolitan. Building and construction is under way for the new Smith & Wollensky steakhouse at the Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes. The Flamingo is now offering bunk & bed suites and spaces. Drake will carry out at XS Nightclub for the very first time during CES. Woman Gaga, Van Morrison and John Fogerty have added brand-new show dates for 2019.

Sun on the Strip Podcast: '' Celestia ' at the Stratosphere, Robbie Williams, Diana Ross and more


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/ > Eduardo Verdugo/AP Robbie Williams performs during the Corona Capital music festival in Mexico City on November 17.

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Sun on the Strip November 28, 2018 Celestia at the Stratosphere, Justin Timberlake, Robbie Williams, Diana Ross and more. On this episode of the Sun on the Strip, the Las Vegas Sun’s Brock Radke invites Las Vegas Weekly’s Mike Prevatt to discuss all this week’s Strip home entertainment news: A brand-new program called “Celestia” is set to open at the Stratosphere in January. Justin Timberlake postponed his T-Mobile Arena show however we ‘d still like to see him end up being a Las Vegas Strip resident headliner. Robbie Williams and Diana Ross have scheduled programs at Wynn’s Repetition Theater for the very first half of 2019.” Salt-N-Pepa’s I Love the’ 90s: The Vegas Show” is taking a break in December. What’s taking control of the Strip today?

Sun on the Strip Podcast: Big brand-new dining establishments, Psycho Las Vegas and more


Steve Marcus A view of the Wanderer Bar throughout a sneak peak in the NoMad Hotel, a shop hotel that occupies the leading four floorings of the Park MGM, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

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Sun on the Strip November 21, 2018 Hot new dining establishments on the Strip, Psycho Las

Vegas, vacation happenings and more. On this episode of the Sun on the Strip, the Las Vegas Sun’s Brock Radke invites Las Vegas Weekly’s Leslie Ventura and Spencer Patterson to talk about all today’s Strip news: The NoMad Dining Establishment at Park MGM, Red Plate at Cosmopolitan, Greek Sneek at MGM Grand, Vetri Cucina at the Palms and more buzz-worthy brand-new dining locations. Vanderpump Mixed drink Garden is coming to Caesars Palace. The Psycho Las Vegas music celebration is relocating to Mandalay Bay in 2019. Holiday-themed programs, attractions and events are appearing all over. What’s taking over the Strip this week?

Boyz II Men may be the most underrated headliner on the Strip

One of my preferred regional food writing associates stated and/or composed something years ago that still resonates with me as I look for accurate methods to explain the different Vegas experiences I come across. He was talking or writing about a restaurant on the Strip and how it was “better than it needs to be.”

To color that in a bit with context: It has to do with the captive traveler audience at any given minute. You’re an Italian dining establishment, you’ve got chicken parm and you’ve got nonstop traffic from the thousands of hotel guests sleeping above your dining establishment. And yet your chicken parm is just impressive. Much better than it needs to be.

Because I have actually been consuming at Strip dining establishments less and instead consuming all the programs on the Boulevard, this approach has actually proven to be almost widely real. I apply it to the prominent resident headliners whose popularity alone tends to sell pricey tickets. If you purchase a ticket to see Celine or Cher or Gwen, you’re most likely to take pleasure in the show, but those artists and the people who develop their productions are going to exceed your expectations.

My preferred example of this indulgent quality is at one of my preferred resorts, the Mirage. Now in their sixth year performing at the Terry Fator Theatre, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman– Boyz II Men– have honed their minimal, considerably amusing program into a standard bearer for Strip musical productions.

I’ve been recommending this residency to complete strangers, good friends, travelers and residents since I saw it for the very first time last year, however I’m specific few people have taken my guidance. That’s since Boyz II Guys is such a familiar act with a lot of hits, the trio’s Vegas existence has been ignored. As a summer episode of the excellent music-geek podcast Heat Rocks advised me, B2M is similarly neglected within its own genre; when fans ruminate nostalgically about ’90s R&B, they do not speak about these guys. The band is too popular and was too effective during that age. It’s odd.

I was sure I wasn’t the only person who felt this away about the act’s show, however I tested it anyhow: I took my better half and two of our closest friends to the Mirage to see it for their first time. They had the very same expectations I did: exceptionally skilled singers performing their numerous struck ballads. And they were blown away similar to I was. Naturally the voices are sharp as ever.

However what’s this? Boyz II Guys is a group of three charming comedians? Are they poking fun at their own famous oversinging? Yes. And now they’re going through their preferred Motown hits, and my pals are recognizing there’s no group much better suited to do it. Next, they review their a capella origins with another humorous segment, doing the doo-wop thing with youth Philly friend Marc Nelson. He was sort of an original member of Boyz II Men before it became the well-known foursome, and he’s become a sort of replacement given that bass singer Michael McCary left the group 15 years ago due to health issue.

They’ve currently sung “On Bended Knee,” the most Boyz II Men song ever, but they’re not done– they’re just beginning. Shawn and Nate strap on guitars and Wanya becomes the frontman of a rock band covering Lenny Kravitz, Bruno Mars and The Beatles. My good friend didn’t see that coming, and she’s stunned. She likewise didn’t believe she ‘d be shedding a few tears, but that’s what occurs when they sing “A Song for Mama.” She’s far from the only one.

My guests were incredulous at the sight of the ladies in the audience hurrying the phase to collect a long-stemmed red rose during “I’ll Make Love to You,” however after the program, they regretted not taking part. I was vindicated.

There’s no dispute. This is among the best programs in Las Vegas. Any headliner must have undeniable skill, iconic music or well-rounded showmanship to discover success on the Strip these days. Boyz II Guys has all three.

BOYZ II MEN November 16-18, December 28-29, 7:30 p.m., $54-$163. Mirage, 702-792-7777.

The Strip’s first zipline tourist attraction Fly Linq opens this week


Courtesy The Linq The Fly Linq zipline opens on November 9.

. A dynamic alleyway stacked with home entertainment experiences, bars and restaurants in between 2 Las Vegas Boulevard casino-resorts, the Linq Promenade was developed to attract Strip pedestrians to walk through the fun on their way to ride the High Roller Observation Wheel. On November 9, Vegas visitors (and residents, too) will be able to make that journey in a matter of seconds.

Fly Linq is the Strip’s very first zipline and it makes its launching this week. Riders will purchase tickets inside the Linq hotel and gambling establishment (or at any Caesars Home entertainment ticket office or online) before taking a set of elevator rides to the top of a new, 12-story structure at the mouth of the promenade, getting harnessed and prepped for a seated or “superhero-style” flight, then soaring 1,080 feet above the Strip all the way over the boardwalk to the High-stakes gambler.

With Fly Linq joining the High Roller and other experiential locations along the boardwalk like VR Experiences and Brooklyn Bowl, Caesars Entertainment officials believe they have actually further diversified a small location of the Strip that’s everything about fast, easy-access enjoyable that can draw in all different types of visitors.

” The boardwalk uses multiple things to do that fast and that really satisfies today in Las Vegas, particularly for millennials,” says Shaun Swanger, senior vice president of destinations, retail and leasing. “The charm of Fly Linq is that the flight time is about 30 seconds and the whole experience can be carried out in thirty minutes or under. You can do the High Roller and Fly Linq and have lunch in under two hours and that’s really what the Linq is everything about, the ability to remain all day and hang out if you want or have these quick experiences in a safe, nice environment.”

The Linq Boardwalk opened in 2014 and Fly Linq was not part of the project’s original strategies. Working around the existing structures made the construction of the zipline a challenging venture.

” As we ended up being 100 percent leased on the ground, taking up area in mid-air ended up being an efficient use of space to produce a brand-new experience, but being wedged in between the Flamingo and Linq hotels and starting it essentially right on the Strip developed a complicated process,” Swanger states. “We worked carefully with Clark County authorities throughout to work out the most effective method to construct and operate it. We also needed to construct [the tower] to complement the structures around it and it was critical that the view of the High Roller [from the Strip] wasn’t blocked.”

There are two more big pieces pertaining to the Linq Promenade in 2019: A brand-new area of I Love Sugar that Swanger says will be the biggest sweet-shop worldwide, and Jimmy Kimmel’s Funny Club, set to open in the spring. These experiences ought to continue to develop the boardwalk’s credibility as a tourist-driven location that also appeals to residents.

” I think we have actually found a sweet spot for that market of residents who like to come when they have visitors in the area,” Swanger says. “The High-stakes gambler, naturally, is the best location in Vegas to see all of Vegas, and Brooklyn Bowl has strong local appeal too. It’s been fantastic to see that locals have a place on the Strip they have a passion for.”

Fly Linq will be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. For additional information, call 702-777-2782.

Strip shooting survivors, lifesavers reunite as Oct. 1 anniversary approaches


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=” Image”/ > John Locher/ AP Amanda Peterson, right, welcomes nurse Marlena Ryan during a reunion occasion for victims of the Oct. 1 shooting and their healthcare providers at Dawn Hospital, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, in Las Vegas. Ryan assisted take care of Peterson after she was injured in the mass shooting.

Stories of survivors transported to the healthcare facility in pickup trucks, doctors and nurses working all the time and other brave information from the Oct. 1 mass shooting were recounted today by those who endured the disaster.

Sunrise Health Center and Medical Center hosted a reunion for more than 100 individuals– hospital staffers, first responders and victims– whose lives were permanently altered when a shooter opened fire on a Strip c and w festival, killing 58 individuals and leaving more than 800 injured.

” It was our biggest advantage to intervene in the terrible aftermath of 1 October,” stated Todd Sklamberg, ceo at Dawn. “We’re here to honor the strength of our neighborhood, the strength of our survivors and the dedication of our caretakers and responders.”

Those who collected today still handle the physical and psychological scars of the shooting but have actually sought to turn a negative into a positive. People whose lives crossed courses in the most tragic of ways have formed long-lasting bonds.

Dominica Zeolla, a Los Angeles local, was at the performance with buddies when she was shot in the back. The bullet– fired from the 32nd floor of a hotel tower throughout the street– pierced her lung, and she reached the medical facility in serious condition.

The medical professional’s and nurses at Sunrise conserved her life. She spent more than 2 weeks in the healthcare facility and befriended many of the team member.

” I started to follow (the nurses) on social networks,” she said. I didn’t wish to leave, since they were just incredible. It’s incredible to be back here and incredible to stroll down the hallways once again where I might barely stroll in the past. Now I’m power walking down the hallways laughing.”

Dwayne Taylor, a brand-new medical facility worker, wasn’t even supposed to start work till Oct. 2. However when he found out about the shooting, he volunteered to leap in right away.

” He didn’t know anybody’s name, however he took control of things and essentially managed the provision of (surgical) instruments,” stated Dr. Nick Fiore, a pediatric surgeon.

A military surgical tech throughout the Gulf War, Taylor’s battlefield experience entered into play as casualties put into the hospital.

” Simply thinking of the battleground situation, we pushed whatever that was trauma-related to the front of the line and everybody just fell into place,” Taylor said.

Seeing the community come together in the consequences of the shooting didn’t shock U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who spoke at the occasion.

” We showed the rest of the world who we are as Las Vegas and exactly what it means to be Vegas strong,” Cortez Masto said. “It has been a hard time for all of us … but we will always be there as part of your family.”

MGM to execute service fee at all strip medspas, salons

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” Our policies are based upon industry standards and concentrate on supplying superior service and an unforgettable visitor experience,” Director of Business Media Relations Brian Ahern stated. “The Medical spa and Salon policy will assist enhance facilities and service, enhance interactions, and enable visitors to focus much more on the experience they opt to get.”

Ahern stated the policy would be in result at all homes by the end of Aug.

. Five residential or commercial properties including Mirage and MGM Grand added the 20 percent service fee a couple of years earlier, inning accordance with Ahern. Five more consisting of Aria and Bellagio will follow suit.

By contrast, a licensed therapist with MGM said the business’s choice to broaden the service fee will do more harm than excellent.

” It’s basically a cash grab,” the employee who asked to stay confidential stated. “It’s doubtful practices. We’re charging additional charges on top of extra charges. I think it will make an effect.”

” When you take a look at Las Vegas, and exactly what people are complaining about, it’s resort charges, parking fees and the game chances,” Director of UNLV’s center for video gaming research David Schwartz said. “Long term it may not be the best method, however short-term, you might see a bump in earnings.”

The Wynn and Repetition stated they do not have service fees or added fees for medical spa payments. Caesars Home Entertainment and Sands did not reply to requests for comment.

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