Monte Carlo Renovations
Earlier this year we reported that Monte Carlo Las Vegas would be renovated to become Park MGM with a boutique hotel named NoMad Las Vegas. The transformation into Park MGM is scheduled to be completed sometime in 2018. Monte Carlo will remain open throughout the renovation. In essence the property won’t go away, it will be simply turned into something new.
Well, the renovations at Monte Carlo will begin in early October at both ends of the property. Most of the initial closures at Monte Carlo will be away from the Vegas Strip near the main hotel lobby. The Pub, pools and Street of Dreams retail area will close on October 3rd. This is also the walkway to Aria which is quite active. MGM Resorts International hasn’t released specific details if the walkway would be closed too.
Closer to the Vegas Strip end of Monte Carlo, Andre’s Restaurant and Cigar Lounge will close on October 5th. Details haven’t been released on what will be opening in any of the spaces. In the meantime, if you’re a looking for a place to light up you should check out Montecristo Cigar Bar at Caesars Palace.
Absinthe Moving To the Cosmopolitan
A few weeks ago there were rumblings that Absinthe would be leaving Caesars Palace. Then Las Vegas Sun reporter (now at Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter), opined that the show might move to the Cosmopolitan. Well, the rumors became reality last week when the Cosmopolitan officially announced that the Absinthe will be re-opening later this year at Rose.Rabbit.Lie.
Expect changes to the Absinthe show you’ve come to love over the past 5 years. Despite its popularity, the show will be “re-imagined.” Rose.Rabbit.Lie. will remain a supper club but the entertainment space will be reconfigured for Absinthe. Details on the re-imagining of the show haven’t been released yet but I’ll speculate that the high wire act will be removed. The ceilings at Rose.Rabbit.Lie. aren’t very high so it wouldn’t be a surprise if anything that reached out to the top of the tent at Caesars Palace was removed.
Absinthe will close at Caesars Palace on October 21. The show’s website says that they’re “moving to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on November 1.” The first show hasn’t been announced yet and tickets obviously aren’t available.
Thinking About Wynn Paradise Park
It feels as though the initial concept of Wynn Paradise Park has been around for a year or so. Fact of the matter is that the concept was revealed just a few months ago. Here’s our article from early April. We should finally know if there will be a future for Wynn Paradise Park when Steve Wynn discusses with the Wynn Resorts board of directors next month.
The plans for Wynn Paradise Park have continued to escalate but the reality of the expansion at Wynn may be more streamlined than has been proposed. According to Bloomberg, Wynn Palace in Macau will only open with 100 table games. That’s only 25% of the 400 tables they applied to have. Wynn will be able to add fifty more tables over the next two years. If revenue projections are lower than previously predicted, there might not be money for an 8 story King-Kong on an island that can only be entered by zip lines and boats.
I’m not sure what the plans will be but I can see a more scaled back Wynn Paradise Park after serious discussions take place. Further complicating things is the potential of an activist investor purchasing Wynn Resorts. Seeking Alpha has more information here.
Want To Dine Outside At The Fremont Street Experience?
Imagine fake KISS, the adult baby man or nearly naked nuns walking up to your table and asking if they can take a bite of your dinner? Sounds like fun, right? Not to me, but I’m strange like that. That might not be the real plan, but the owners of Binion’s have something is cooking on Fremont Street.
A representative of TLC Casino Enterprises, owner of Binion’s, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that they’re “looking add more amenities such as an outdoor restaurant with a view of the Fremont Experience.”
Tables on Fremont Street are unlikely but it was fun to picture that. However, dining with a 2nd, 3rd or 4th floor view of the Fremont Street Experience would be great. Hopefully plans are announced soon!
Quick Hits: Restaurant News
Nacho Daddy opens their first Vegas Strip location this week at Harmon Corner, next to Buffalo Wild Wings. Vital Vegas snagged some pics of the new restaurant which looks huge.
Gold Spike reopened their dirt cheap restaurant as Fiddlestix last week. Prices have increased and there hasn’t been a casino here for years. Moving along…
Chef Shawn McClain is best known for Sage and Five50 Pizza at Aria. He opened a new restaurant concept at Mandalay Bay last week called Libertine Social. Based on the other restaurants we can expect delicious food in an interesting environment.
Las Vegas locals love chain restaurants more than anything in the world. The latest chain restaurant to open in Las Vegas is Dave & Buster’s. You can now grab a cocktail, burger and play video games at adult version of Chuck E. Cheese is at Downtown Summerlin. This shopping district somehow continues to add to its massive list of restaurants which includes everything from fast food to fine dining.
Rumor Of The Week: Bruno Mars Residency Going To Caesars Palace
Last week the Mirror in the UK shared a rumor that Bruno Mars would bring a resident show to Caesars Palace Las Vegas. He would reportedly be paid £750,000 per show. That’s near $1 million per show! There are a few things to note here:
1) The majority of the British press doesn’t realize that Caesars Palace Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment aren’t the same things. If Bruno Mars does do a residency it will probably be at the Axis Theater inside Planet Hollywood. He fits better with Britney, J-Lo and Pitbull than Celine, Elton and Rod Stewart.
2) If he’s paid $1 million per concert the average ticket price will be somewhere around $200 regardless if the concerts are at Axis or The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Rough math says the cheap seats will be around $150 and best seats into the thousands at either venue. Club appearances could help offset concert tickets prices but that’s not in the article.
3) Robin Leach ponders the idea of giving Bruno Mars his own theater now that Absinthe is leaving the tent outside Caesars Palace. Tickets will likely cost around $2,000 each for the 550 capacity theater. That’s fun.
I suspect the rumor to be partially true. Bruno Mars will do a residency in Las Vegas sometime in the near future. If the residency is with Caesars Entertainment, I suspect it will be at Planet Hollywood. I also suspect he’s be paid closer to $750,000 than £750,000 per show.
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