I look forward to writing Sunday News because there has been something interesting happening every week since TravelZork launched. Having said that, last week might have been the slowest news week in Las Vegas in a while. A few restaurants opened, a new residency launched and I just learned about a new fee to hit Las Vegas.
I was born and raised in New York City and lived just over the border in New Jersey before moving to Las Vegas. I’m used the news making it seem as though something is happening, even if it wasn’t. The lead story on the local news in Las Vegas is often a traffic accident or the weather. After the Presidential debate last week, the lead story on the news was that there was traffic near the Thomas & Mack Center. Eeesh.
Local news doesn’t cover the minutia that we love on the Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas until it’s old (to us) or has already been in other mainstream media outlets. The local news is here to serve the 2 million plus people that live and work in this city, so that makes sense.
An Educated Guess…. Peppermill
Anyway, this is just a long intro into a slow news week. Hey, I went to Peppermill for breakfast this morning before a friend head off to a convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It’s been awhile since I’ve been there. The Peppermill and Fireside Lounge is really a must see while you can still see it. I don’t expect it to be around this time next year. That’s just an educated guess. Mr. TravelZork loves a good educated guess.
A few restaurants opened this week. Two of these restaurant openings were highly anticipated and the other is the kind of restaurant you won’t find in every Las Vegas casino.
Morimoto Las Vegas opened at MGM Grand last week. This is the first restaurant from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. You can find more information on the high-end Japanese restaurant here.
Cracker Barrel opened its second restaurant in Las Vegas last week. The newest Old Country Store is located at 2815 E Craig Road in North Las Vegas. The first Cracker Barrel is located by the Silverton. This is a unique casino with an aquarium right on the casino floor that everyone should see at least once.
Big Mess Bar-BQ just opened at Sam’s Town on Boulder Highway. I haven’t heard any reviews about this restaurant but there aren’t many BBQ options in Las Vegas so this might something of interest. Maybe some of the locals reading this can let us know how it is. You can learn more about Big Mess and see the menu here.
Last week MGM Resorts announce the first traditional residency at the Park Theater at Monte Carlo. Cher will begin an 18 date residency called “Classic Cher” beginning February 8. Tickets are available now and cost between $60 to $475 (plus fees). Tickets to see the 70-year-old Cher are less expensive than Bruno Mars tickets which start at $99.
The Rolling Stones were scheduled to play at the T-Mobile arena on Wednesday but canceled the show. Word is that Mick Jagger had laryngitis. Some of the band members head out to a local bar, Sand Dollar Lounge, to perform anyway. You don’t see this much anymore. You can see pics and see more details in this article by Johnny Kats at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
New Storage Fee At Palms
I took a few minutes while writing to do one last check of twitter for news. I actually found something that I haven’t heard about. The Palms is now charging “visiting, non-registered” customers $5 to store their bags at the Bell Desk. This is a new fee to me. You can see more details in the pic below from Johnny Kat’s Instagram. This seems like the kind of fee that could be even more useful for convention guests staying on the Vegas Strip. I wouldn’t be surprised to see others enact this fee.
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