I’ve visited every casino on the Vegas Strip over the years. I’ve stayed at many, but not all, hotels in the tourist corridor. Last year I had multiple friends stay at Aria and I visited more often than any year since I moved to Las Vegas.
It’s time to look at some of the highlights of Park MGM. We’ve been covering the transformation of Monte Carlo to Park MGM since 2017(!). In early 2018 MGM Resorts said the property was officially Park MGM even though construction wasn’t complete. The majority of the renovations to Park MGM were complete by the end of the year.
Dining in Las Vegas isn’t cheap. Sure there are inexpensive dishes but splurging on food in Las Vegas can get a bit expensive. Even ideas that seem cheap, aren’t always inexpensive. For example, eating at a bar can be inexpensive. Dining at a bar can also be as expensive as sitting at a table in the same restaurant.
It’s the only non-sports betting episode of the calendar year, but for some, it’s the most anticipated. If you’re planning a trip to Vegas, let this be your guide.
Press release: LAS VEGAS – When Circa Resort & Casino opens its doors in Downtown Las Vegas December 2020, it will unveil an eclectic restaurant lineup featuring five original concepts from a collection of chefs and proprietors revered both locally and around the world.
Curated by developer and CEO Derek Stevens, each offering will deliver something new to the city as part of Circa Resort & Casino:
• Saginaw’s Delicatessen from Detroit restaurateur Paul Saginaw, marking the first new restaurant outside Michigan from the masterminds behind Ann Arbor’s famed Zingerman’s;
• Barry’s Downtown Prime, the first Downtown venture from Chef Barry S. Dakake;
• Victory Burger & Wings Co. from American Coney Island’s Chris Sotiropoulos and Grace Keros, the first new concept from the brand’s founding family in more than a century;
• 8 East, the first pan-Asian restaurant from Chef Dan Coughlin;
• Project BBQ by Chef Rex Bernales, the first permanent food truck and Carolina barbecue joint on the Fremont Street Experience.
“While each owner brings a diverse background to Circa, they are united by the common thread of having a passion for customer service and the Downtown Las Vegas community,” said Stevens. “In addition to incredible food, they will all deliver that spirit of fun and community that is integral to the Circa experience.”
Circa’s restaurant lineup will include the following:
Conceptualized by Michigan legend Paul Saginaw, Saginaw’s Delicatessen will be his first restaurant outside of the region. A lifelong fan of Downtown Las Vegas, Saginaw has collaborated with Stevens to introduce a family-style deli touting sandwiches “so big, you’ll need two hands to eat them.”
Saginaw is known worldwide for the iconic Zingerman’s Deli – an Ann Arbor institution he opened with partner Ari Weinzweig in 1982 – that’s consistently ranked among the world’s best sandwich joints. A college-aged Stevens used to line up early for the restaurant’s buzzed-about sandwiches, and later opened the Coffee Stand at the D Las Vegas, proudly serving Zingerman’s Coffee.
Saginaw’s menu will include his famous Reuben and several more of the creative sandwiches for which he’s known. Traditional delicatessen favorites will round out the menu, including matzo ball soup, onion rings, salads, latkes, chopped liver, breakfast specialties and more.
Barry’s Downtown Prime
Vintage glamour and hospitality meet modern innovation and design at Barry’s Downtown Prime, the new steakhouse concept from Chef Barry S. Dakake and Make It Happen Hospitality. Barry’s Downtown Prime will deliver the city’s finest steaks and seafood, fresh tableside preparations, creative cocktails and a memorable service experience.
Evoking a throwback vibe worthy of Downtown’s legacy, Barry’s will bring guests back to the classic cool of the 50s and 60s when great music and sounds of clinking martini glasses filled the air, the chef greeted you at the table, the bartender knew your favorite cocktail and everyone felt like a VIP.
Barry’s Downtown Prime was developed by 980 Restaurant Consulting partners Barry S. Dakake and Yassine Lyoubi, which merged with Marco Cicione and Donnie Rihn to create Make It Happen Hospitality. Boasting longstanding careers in the Las Vegas food & beverage scene, Chef Dakake was at the helm for restaurants N9NE Steakhouse and Scotch 80 Prime for nearly two decades. Lyoubi served as general manager for N9NE Steakhouse and Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, and most recently held the title of director of fine dining at the Palms Resort & Casino.
Victory Burger & Wings Co.
Overlooking Circa’s sportsbook, Victory Burger & Wings Co. will be an all-star sports bar experience. Developed by Chris Sotiropoulos and Grace Keros – third-generation owners of Detroit’s 102-year-old American Coney Island – the menu will offer simple items, executed flawlessly. Gameday staples will include five specialty burgers, wings and appetizers. Following the same business model that made American Coney Island successful for more than a century, the new Circa concept will feature fresh, high-quality ingredients, made to order, in a fun and lively atmosphere.
The star of the show will be the Victory Burger, featuring a ½-pound patty made with a proprietary blend of Angus beef, short rib and brisket topped with a secret sauce. In an homage to the Midwest, Victory also will serve a twist on the beloved Michigan Olive Burger. Crispy and meaty, diners will love the hearty portions of wings and signature dipping sauces, and no meal will be complete without Victory fries and a pour from its excellent beer selection.
Guests can watch the sports action via TVs throughout the space in addition to a prime view of the massive three-story screen in Circa’s sportsbook. The venue will have its own radio booth, where fans might spot their favorite sports talk show conducting a broadcast on gameday.
Inspired by metropolitan Asian food markets, 8 East will offer Chef Dan Coughlin’s creative takes on pan-Asian cuisine. Spanning Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai dishes, 8 East will have a hip, high-energy atmosphere punctuated by great music and communal dining.
A key player in sparking the Downtown food movement with hotspot Le Thai, Coughlin will introduce new fusion dishes and techniques at 8 East that he’s been keeping in “the vault” – previously tested both at his Thai restaurant and at home for family and friends. His menu will be full of shareable dishes such as Coughlin’s GaPow basil chicken pot stickers, dumplings, wontons, skewers and steaks. Each will be served with signature Chinese, Szechuan, Shangdu and Thai sauces, amongst others, offering unique flavor combinations for guests to explore.
A beverage program curated by Sonny Ahuja and Don Welch of Downtown Las Vegas’ Bin 702 will feature rare Japanese whiskies and sakes, in addition to specialty cocktails.
Serving up a Southern festival of gourmet smoked meats, Project BBQ at Circa will be Fremont Street Experience’s only permanent food truck and its first Carolina BBQ joint.
Conceptualized by Chef Rex Bernales, along with partners Rob Baker, Mo Pierce and Steve Hamlin, Project BBQ’s menu will offer pulled brisket, pork, chicken and more. Its “Garbage Bowl” will include handmade potato chips covered in its signature meats and decked out with a trio of Carolina BBQ, beer and cheese sauces, then topped with applewood-smoked bacon and coleslaw.
Situated on Circa’s exterior, Project BBQ will spill out onto the Fremont Street Experience with a built-in “backyard” for communal gathering. Guests can dine on picnic tables and sip cocktails from Circa’s Fremont Street Experience bar as they enjoy spectacular light shows from Viva Vision overhead and live music from surrounding concert stages.
Circa Resort & Casino will be Downtown Las Vegas’ first ground-up casino resort since 1980. The integrated resort will feature a massive pool open 365 days a year, the world’s largest sportsbook, luxury rooms and suites, and much more.
Additional details will be announced in the coming months. For more information, visit www.circalasvegas.com.
LAS VEGAS (JANUARY 20, 2018)– URef app Founder and Instagram sensation Mia Khalifa will host the annual Big Game Sunday celebratory bash at Sapphire Las Vegas, the world’s largest gentlemen’s club and adult entertainment complex.
On Sunday, February 2nd, Sapphire will kick-off the outdoor pre-game festivities with a tailgate at noon complete with Sapphire ‘cheerleaders’ on the parking lot turf sidelines to rally the fans! Inside, guests are transported into real-life fantasy football surrounded by hundreds of Vegas’ hottest entertainers, HD flat screens and state-of-the-art surround sound – allowing football fans to immerse themselves in pigskin fever from both the Main Floor and ‘The Showroom’ throughout the game. Recent headline-maker and sultry sports personality Mia Khalifa will be on-hand to rally the crowd and host the party throughout the duration of the big game.
Football fans can huddle up and take advantage of Bud Light, Heineken and Dos Equis bucket specials, along with celebratory cocktails and shot specials. In addition to Sapphire Grill serving up ultimate tailgate menu items like Carved Prime Rib, Seafood Ceviche, Mesquite Grilled Chicken, Game time Baked Nachos and Hot Wings, the VIP package options listed below include mouthwatering selections from restaurant partners like El Dorado Cantina and Zenshin Asian Restaurant.
For the ultimate party, guests can purchase the following “pre-event” value packages including:
Big Game Sunday GA – $75.00 (tax and gratuity not included)
Main Lounge Seating
Huge HD Screen Viewing & Digital Audio
Big Game Sunday VIP – $125.00 (tax and gratuity not included)
Reserved VIP Seating
Huge HD Screen Viewing & Digital Audio
Access to Lavish Upscale Showroom Tailgate Buffet
Big Game Open Bar – $199 per guest (tax and gratuity not included)
OPEN BAR from Kickoff to End of Game
Reserved seating in VIP Open Bar Private Room
Huge HD screen viewing & digital audio
Get off the bench and to the club early or reserve a table today! All packages include complimentary transportation to Sapphire, front of line admission, cover charge and $1 dances at halftime. For more package options, visit https://www.sapphirelasvegas.com/biggame
“Sapphire Super Sunday Party has been a winning tradition for locals and tourists alike,” says Marketing Director George Wilson. “Sapphire welcomed over 1,500 fans last year we look forward to continuing to expand the prizes and festivities for Super Bowl LIV,” adds Wilson.
To purchase game day packages, complimentary Tesla pickup or to make table reservations, call 702.869.0003 or book online at www.SapphireLasVegas.com.
I was told about the legendary Happy Hour in Las Vegas at when I first moved to town. This classic cocktail lounge features half-priced steak during its twice daily Happy Hour from 5-8 p.m. and again from midnight-3 a.m. Great cocktails and half-priced steak?! HOOK ME UP!
Press release: LAS VEGAS – To celebrate the “Big Game” Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 OYO Hotel & Casino Las Vegas will offer football fans an unforgettable game day experience, complete with delicious all-you-can-eat food and drinks, giveaways and more.
Starting at $119 per person (+ taxes and fees), OYO Hotel & Casino’s Big Game watch parties offer an unparalleled experience. The package includes guaranteed seating at one of the property’s fan-favorite dining outlets, all-you-can-eat buffet, all-you-can-drink domestic draft beer and more. The buffet will feature game day favorites such as all beef hot dogs with traditional condiments, beer braised-brats with sautéed peppers and onions, a build-your-own nacho bar, deli meat sandwiches and of course, Hooters world-famous wings, among other mouthwatering bites. Food will be served from 2 p.m. until the end of regulation time in the game. Beverage upgrades are available for an additional cost, the $35 upgrade includes a selection of craft and imported beer and well liquor and the $55 upgrade includes a selection of craft and imported beer and premium liquor. Tickets are nonrefundable. Throughout the event, fans also have the chance to win raffle prizes. Fans looking to get in on the action, can take advantage of the property’s full-service William Hill Sports Book.
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., the William Hill Sports Book will host a sign-up event for sports fans prior to the “Big Game.” Guests who sign up for the William Hill Nevada mobile sports app and bet a total of $50 during this time frame will receive a $50 mobile sports betting credit and a complimentary beer or margarita at The Underground Lounge. Guests can sign up at the William Hill Sports Book, located adjacent to The Underground Lounge.
The property will be offering guests up to 30 percent off room rates during Big Game weekend. Room rates are + resort fees and taxes. Rooms must be booked before Jan. 29, 2020 and the offer is valid on travel between Jan. 29 – Feb. 5, 2020. Guests can book online or by phone using the code SB2020.
To reserve seating for the Big Game, contact Karen Davis, food and beverage manager, at 702.597.6051 or KDavis@oyolasvegas.com. All ages welcome but guests must be 21 or older to purchase.
OYO Hotel & Casino is located at 115 East Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89109, and offers free parking year-round. More information can be found online at www.oyolasvegas.com.
OYO Hotel & Casino is managed by Highgate, a premier hospitality investment and management company whose growing portfolio includes more than 100 properties in gateway cities worldwide.
Press release: LAS VEGAS – Dec. 18, 2019 – Whether looking to celebrate all things football with the family or in luxury, House of Blues Las Vegas (inside the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino) has it covered with parties in the Music Hall, and Foundation Room. This upcoming Super Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, guests can opt from partying with a variety of fans at the Music Hall football experience, watching the big game from House of Blues Restaurant & Bar, or celebrating victory with one of VIP luxury championship packages in Foundation Room. Food & Beverage packages start at $60 based on experience.
Doors at Music Hall open at 2 p.m. with the Big Game viewing beginning at 3:30 p.m., the event is open to the public. The All-You-Can-Eat package starts at $60* for an early bird special; (limited packages available) and includes a buffet style menu featuring game day favorites like chicken wings, Carolina BBQ pulled pork, chicken fingers, loaded mac and cheese, mini cupcakes and more. The All-You-Can-Eat and All-You-Can-Drink package is $150 (plus tax & fees) and includes all well liquor, domestic beer, house wine, and soda. For guests looking to fan out for football in a more comfortable, down-home environment, the House of Blues Restaurant & Bar welcomes fans beginning at 2 p.m., features the All-You-Can-Eat package for $70 and All-You-Can-Eat & Drink package $99 – $125. Both the Music Hall and Restaurant & Bar are all ages events, must be 21+ to purchase the beverage package.
For an even more VIP, luxury box experience, guests can choose from a variety of Big Game viewing packages with Foundation Room, which offers a personal TV living room area complete with plush seating and a food and beverage table minimum. Guests must be 21 and older. Dress code enforced and reservations are required by calling 702-632-7631 or emailing reservations@foundationroomLV.com
Foundation Room packages start at $400 with the ’89 49ers Package which grants patrons complimentary access for up to four guests as well as Big Game viewing. At $800, the ’91 Redskins Package includes access for five guests and a personal TV living room area. At $1,000, the ’62 Packers Package has access for six guests with a personal TV living room space. At $1,500, the ’85 Bear Package comes with access for eight guests and a private hideaway space. For $2,000 the ’72 Dolphins Package includes access for up to 12 guests and premier table location. And lastly, at $2,500 the End Zone Package grants access for up to 18 guests and includes your own private space. Foundation Room members receive 10 percent off any Big Game package.
The Big Game Foundation Room menu includes: Shellfish Platter featuring lobster, king crab, crab claws, shrimp, oysters, tarragon aioli, champagne mignonette, and cocktail sauce; Wagyu Beef Burger with bacon, cheddar cheese, iceberg lettuce, heirloom tomato, Foundation Room aioli, and fries; Japanese Yellowtail Tartare Tacos featuring wonton tacos, avocado, aji amarillo, shaved radish, chili garlic, micro cilantro; Chicken Tikka Skewers marinated in yogurt and curry with a pineapple ghost chili jam; Beef Tartare with smoked soy, black garlic, cured quail egg yolk, pickled shallot, and potato chips; Ribeye 18oz prime with fries and Foundation Room house-made sauce; NY Strip 14oz NY strip with fries and Foundation Room house-made sauce; Filet Mignon 10oz filet, fries, and Foundation Room house-made sauce; Chicken Wings with Texas beurre blanc and blue cheese dressing; Rock Shrimp Tempura with Sambal Oelek aioli and ponzu sauce; and lastly Lobster Mac and Cheese featuring butter-poached lobster and orecchiette pasta.
Press release: LAS VEGAS (Dec. 19, 2019) — Introducing the latest addition to the “Forever Fabulous” Flamingo Las Vegas, the all-new Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse will transport guests back to the resort’s vintage roots while serving a fresh and intriguing steakhouse experience in a modern way.
The restaurant’s name is a nod to Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and business partner Meyer Lansky, who famously opened the Flamingo Las Vegas back in 1946 with the intention of bringing Hollywood glam to the desert. With the Flamingo, they created the first resort-style hotel on the Strip and forever changed Las Vegas. The Lansky family is involved in the new steakhouse and will even assist in the creation of unique merchandise, which will be available for purchase. Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse will be a one-of-a-kind destination steakhouse, much like its resort’s origins, in menu, design and atmosphere.
“With Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse, we want our guests to feel as if they’ve traveled back in time to when the Flamingo Las Vegas first opened, with glamour, class and intrigue, but positioned in today’s world with modern touches,” said Flamingo Las Vegas Regional President, Eileen Moore-Johnson. “This steakhouse will be a destination dining experience complete with statement menu items, classic dishes, and unexpected finds you may need to ‘know a guy’ to order.”
Guests will be transported from the moment they arrive, as they enter through the “bakery” façade, and past the kitchen and dry aged meat cooler, giving the illusion of discreetly entering through the back as many did decades ago. Once inside the steakhouse proper, an eye-catching dining experience awaits. In collaboration with designers Studio K Creative out of Chicago and renowned designer Jonathan Adler, the restaurant boasts a variety of atmospheres, including the main bar, patio dining, the bustling main dining room, three private dining rooms and a raw bar.
The oval main bar is a focal point of the restaurant and takes notes from tropical destinations with rich woods, greenery, airy textures like linen coupled with bright leather and of course, one-of-a-kind, specially curated flamingo artwork. It will have booths and tables surrounding it, making it a destination for pre-dinner, small bites or late night.
For those wanting to channel the energy of the casino, patio dining surrounded by lush greenery offers a scenic vantage point, while still in the confines of the restaurant.
The main dining room features a mix of natural and chic, including light and dark woods with bright jewel tones in décor and seating. The artwork will especially pop with vintage black and white images, including historical ones of the Flamingo and Las Vegas. Large booths will be anchors around the dining room, with traditional tables and half booths peppered throughout.
The three private dining rooms are a collection of three themes that stand alone but are cohesive when combined. Individually they seat between 16 and 24 guests, but when used as one, they can accommodate close to 60.
Emphasizing the variety of fresh seafood available on the menu, the raw bar in the dining room offers an experiential dining option for guests, which is anticipated to be one of the most sought-after seats. From shucking oysters to building stunning seafood tower displays, the guests at the raw bar counter seating will be a part of the action.
Offering the ultimate throwback, exclusive experience, guests can venture into the luxurious speakeasy and private bar lounge, known as “The Count Room.” This will be an intimate and ambient room with an expanded specialty cocktail menu that can be exclusively tasted here, but only guests “in-the-know” will be able to find this hidden gem. Lining the walls will be historical images, including vintage images from when the Flamingo first opened. Bugsy and Meyer would approve.
Bugsy & Meyer’s menu will have a vast variety of dishes—from small bites to be enjoyed at the bar, to steakhouse classics and throwbacks, to tableside presentations, a raw bar and more. Bugsy & Meyer’s in-house dry aged program is showcased in the restaurant in a glass encased show cooler. Hand selected cuts include domestic prime, dry aged prime, imported wagyu and a signature 60-day Chicago cut bone-in ribeye.
Seafood will also be a cornerstone of the menu, especially with the raw bar kitchen in the main dining room. Enjoy premium shellfish towers with charcoal grilled enhancements. Crudo, poke and tataki preparations will also be prepared in front of our guests. Other dish highlights will include short rib, lamb saddle, steak Diane and more. Dessert is no slouch with staples like baked Alaska, mille-feuille with bourbon mousseline and strawberries Romanoff reinvented.
In addition to having an exclusive cocktail menu, The Count Room will also have an exclusive food menu with especially playful takes on traditional dishes, all in proportional presentations.
The cocktail menu will pay homage to the past while presenting new takes on the classics and originals. Hailing from the Caribbean and a favorite spirit of the 1940s, rum cocktails will be heavily featured. For that personalized touch, a tableside Old-Fashioned cart will be rolling through the restaurant with customizable selections including base spirit, choice of bitters, additional flavoring and even citrus peel. Other cocktails include prohibition-era libations and unique contemporary creations.
Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse will be located across from the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat main entrance, in the former Center Cut, Café To Go and Laurel Lounge spaces.