BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW
Contributed by Jackie Brett
CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT, ESPN MAKE MULTI-YEAR DEAL: Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR), the largest casino-entertainment company in the U.S., has entered into a multi-year agreement with ESPN, the world’s leading sports entertainment enterprise. The new deal includes link integrations from ESPN’s digital platforms to sportsbooks from Caesars Entertainment’s sports betting partner, William Hill, America’s #1 Sports Book operator. William Hill Sports Book’s odds and markets connect directly to their sports betting apps in legalized states. The deal comes shortly after William Hill became the exclusive sports betting operator for Caesars Entertainment, following the merger with Eldorado Resorts. Link integrations to William Hill’s sports betting apps, geo-targeted to legalized sports betting states, will appear on ESPN.com web and mobile web and the ESPN Fantasy app. As part of the new agreement, Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill will also become a sponsor of ESPN’s Fantasy products, deepening an existing relationship as ESPN’s exclusive odds provider. The news follows an expanded content collaboration with ESPN and the recent launch of ESPN’s Las Vegas studio at The LINQ Hotel. Since becoming Caesars Entertainment’s exclusive sports betting partner, a month ago, William Hill has opened 12 branded sports books at Caesars’ properties in Nevada, Iowa, and most recently, New Jersey. Pending regulatory approval, the remaining sports books across the Caesars portfolio will be rebranded in the coming weeks. The mobile sports betting app, Caesars Sports Book by William Hill, will soon be available in Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Nevada pending regulatory approvals. Once completed, William Hill will operate in more than 170 retail locations across 13 states.
MGM RESORTS COMPLETES PROPERTY REOPENINGS WORLDWIDE: MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) announced Park MGM, the Strip’s newest destination resort since opening late 2018, and NoMad Las Vegas will open their doors on Sept. 30, completing the reopening of all the corporation’s properties around the world following closures earlier this year amid the Covid-19 crisis. Most noteworthy…upon reopening, Park MGM/NoMad will be The Strip’s first fully smoke-free casino resort. The Company also noted its Four Seasons Las Vegas property will reopen on Sept. 25.
AREA15 OPENS THIS WEEK: The experiential entertainment complex AREA15, located off I-15 and minutes from the Strip, is opening to the public Thursday, Sept.17. The attraction is offering live events, immersive activations, monumental art installations, extraordinary design elements, unusual retail, ground-breaking technology, bars, eateries and more. The attraction features a growing collection of dynamic destinations including Emporium, Oddwood Bar, Dueling Axes, Lost Spirits Distillery, Wink World, a culinary experience by Todd English and its anchor experience, Meow Wolf Las Vegas.
NEON MUSEUM BONEYARD RE-ILLUMINATES MOULIN ROUGE SIGN: The historic Moulin Rouge sign is being re-illuminated on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at The Neon Museum Boneyard. The monumental Moulin Rouge letters—one of The Neon Museum’s most historically significant Neon Boneyard sign exhibits—have been rearranged and re-electrified to accurately portray how the sign was originally displayed in 1955. The Moulin Rouge was famous for being the first major racially integrated casino, and in March of 1960 playing a crucial role in ending segregation in Las Vegas. The Moulin Rouge sign was designed by one of the few female sign designers of the era, Betty Willis, who spent several days researching Parisian-style fonts before drawing the entire sign by hand. She is also the creator of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. For the Moulin Rouge sign, there are more than 832 feet of neon tubing used to re-lamp the 11 letters ranging in height from 14- to 18-feet tall and spanning from 17 to 3 feet. Neon gas and phosphorous blue glass were used to give the neon its iconic fluorescent pink color. The “M” letter was one of many letters rearranged during the project. Weighing in at 1,200 pounds, the re-electrification and reinstallation took 293 man-hours to complete.
FERGUSONS DOWNTOWN OPENS THE MARKET SHOP: Fergusons Downtown, a city block rooted in community, celebrating local music, art and creators, is adding another shop to its roster in the cozy plaza. The Market Shop is celebrating its grand opening at the downtown destination on Saturday, Sept. 26. Owned and operated by the Fergusons Downtown team, The Market Shop will feature a rotating selection of goods from more than 30 local makers. From home décor to health and wellness, art to accessories, and kids to snacks, The Market Shop’s often limited-run items will support Fergusons Downtown, micro businesses and creators from all over the valley. Kicking off the opening, there will be products from This is Brennan, Braxton Wirthlin, Eden Body Care, Dog & Whistle, and Sierra Nicole Skincare. Located at The Yard at Fergusons Downtown, The Market Shop will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Products will also be available online at “marketinthealley.com.” The concept was born out of the now-on-hold Market in the Alley, which Fergusons Downtown started more than three years ago. Prior to the shutdown, Market in the Alley’s two-day monthly event garnered community crowds of more than 2,500 people and often featured more than 60 vendors.
PLAZA WILL HOST THIRD ANNUAL LAS VEGAS PICKLEBALL OPEN: The Plaza downtown with more pickleball courts than any Las Vegas hotel/casino, will again be the official hotel and title sponsor of the Las Vegas Pickleball Open, Sept. 22-27. This year, the tournament is presented by pickleball equipment retailer HEAD and will again offer professional players a competitive prize package of $25,000 split between grand prize, silver, and bronze medalists. The tournament will also welcome the return of No. 1 ranked men’s pro Ben Johns and No. 1 ranked women’s pro Simone Jardim to play in this year’s tournament. The tournament will offer men’s, women’s, and mixed amateur doubles matches as well as men’s, women’s, mixed and senior (50-plus) professional doubles matches. Due to COVID-19, spectators are not permitted, but medal matches will be live streamed on www.lasvegaspickleballopen.com.
WALDORF ASTORIA UNVEILS NEW ELOPEMENT PACKAGE: The gaming-free Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, formerly the Mandarin Oriental hotel, has launched a new wedding experience for couples. Keeping with the trend of micro-weddings, the luxury hotel’s new Elopement Package was created in response to couples’ desires for smaller, more intimate weddings in the new era of physical distancing. The package, ideal for two to five guests, features a ceremony in the property’s Villa Suite. The one-bedroom suite provides the perfect backdrop for couples tying the knot with stunning floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of Las Vegas Boulevard and CityCenter. For those looking for an added layer of luxury, guests can also rent Edge on the 23rd floor, a space with unobstructed views ideal for an intimate ceremony. The package includes: two-night stay in Villa Suite; bottle of “Yellow Label” Veuve Clicquot; wedding ceremony in the Villa Suite; licensed officiant for one hour; professional photographer for one hour; honeymoon cabana at the secluded eighth-floor pool or high tea for two in the Tea Lounge; Round-trip luxurious transportation to the Clark County Marriage License Bureau; and two embroidered face masks with distinct wedding honoriﬁcs for the couple. The cost is $4,800 Monday-Thursday and $5,200 Friday-Sunday.
GOLDEN STEER STEAKHOUSE ADDS MEET-THE-MOMENT INNOVATIONS: Golden Steer Steakhouse, a celebrated dining destination for generations founded in 1958, is introducing a series of state-of-the-art culinary options which integrate flawlessly with the ever-changing landscape of the modern restaurant scene. The new offerings by the Golden Steer include direct-to-home shipping of its signature USDA Prime wet-aged bone-in ribeye, filet mignon or combination packs; complete meal kits designed for at-home grilling, cooking and enjoying at a game-day football watching party; and Virtual Private Dining cook-alongs conducted by a Golden Steer chef via webinar. Befitting Golden Steer’s dedication to detail, each package of steaks is shipped with special trimmings. Marking the arrival of the NFL’s Raiders to Las Vegas, the Golden Steer is offering a selection of at-home meal kits ideal for football watch parties. The kits include the famous Golden Steer Blend patties with all the fixings. In addition, the restaurant is offering a Private Dining webinar experience, which provides a personal cooking class for small groups in their own homes guided by a Golden Steer chef. Each guest receives a box with all the necessary ingredients, cracks open a bottle of sommelier-selected wine.
ANOTHER ACCOLADE FOR PAPILLON GRAND CANYON HELICOPTERS: Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters founded in 1965 has been named Best Helicopter Tour in North America with the No. 1 ranking in the 2020 “USA Today” 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. A panel of industry experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees and then top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. This award represents Papillon’s most recent accolade. Earlier this year, Papillon, the world’s largest and longest-running helicopter tour company, received two Diamond Awards from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for excellence in maintenance and compliance. Initiated in 1991, the FAA Diamond Awards are considered the highest industry honors within the William O’Brien Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Awards program.
7FIVE BREWING CO. LAUNCHES SHIVER GIVER IPA: As a company, 7Five is known for great beer, celebrating the spirit of Las Vegas, and telling inspiring stories. With the launch of each beer, the brand unveils a new chapter of their story – the story of the underdog. This time, it is about a victory. As 7Five launches Shiver Giver, a Red India Pale Ale (IPA), the company is encouraging the Vegas community to remember moments in their lives that gave them shivers. We all know that moment. For Ryan Reaves, Las Vegas Golden Knights Right Wing and Co-Founder of 7Five Brewing Co., he can remember a few when a moment sent shivers down his spine. Shiver Giver has launched in locations around Las Vegas, and to celebrate 7Five is profiling seven Las Vegans and their Shiver Giver moment. Their seven stories will be launched via the brand’s Instagram channel, @7FiveBrewing. Features include José Sosa – Master Barber; DJ Tambe – Tattoo Artist; Philip Sahagun – Martial Arts Champion; Ulziibayar Chimed Sahagun – Contortionist; Kendell Galor – Las Vegas Golden Knights Reconditioning Specialist; Mitch Klein – CEO and Co-Owner of Threads of eNVy; and Reaves. Shiver Giver and 7Five beers are brewed at Able Baker Brewing in Downtown Las Vegas. Shiver Giver is available in draft at select establishments as well as 16-ounce 4-pack cans; with a 6.75 percent ABV and 55 IBU.
SPECIAL MENUS FOR ROSH HASHANAH AND YOM KIPPUR: Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 18-20, which is the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, Sept. 27-28, the holiest day of the year are being celebrated by Honey Salt and Rooster Boy Café restaurants this month. In observance of the high holy days, Honey Salt at 1031 S. Rampart Blvd. is adding a special menu to honor the traditions of both Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. The High Holiday menu is available daily beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18–28. Rooster Boy Café at 2620 Regatta Dr #113 is offering to-go Rosh Hashanah meals for the upcoming holiday. The menu, consisting of traditional Jewish New Year dishes, has been curated by Chef Sonia El-Nawal. Customers can place their order via phone 702-560-2453 through Friday, Sept. 18.
Caesars Entertainment, Inc. has resumed hotel operations at The LINQ Hotel + Experience Thursday through Sunday. The gaming floor and several other amenities at the resort have been open since June 12. PureStar, North America’s foremost provider of laundry services and linen management for the hospitality industry, recognizes guest room attendants during International Housekeepers Week, Sept. 13-19 for the essential services they provide to enhance guest experiences. Established in 1981, International Housekeepers Week is celebrated globally to honor the efforts of hard-working custodial and housekeeping staff members during the second full week of September. Fashion Show Las Vegas teaming with the American Red Cross will host three blood drives at a pop-up donor location on the first floor near Macy’s Men’s on Sept. 21 and 26, by appointment; visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767).
CATHOLIC CHARITIES BREAKS GROUND ON OUTDOOR DINING PAVILION: Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has begun construction on an Outdoor Dining Pavilion, the latest modification to the nonprofit’s campus which will advance operations to better serve the local homeless population. The forthcoming campus addition is a tent-covered, open-air dining and day center which will feature 280 socially distanced seats and tables to offer comfort and function for those depending on the organization’s free community meal, served daily. Funded by CARES Act and Coronavirus Relief Funds through the City of Las Vegas, in order to prepare, prevent, and respond to coronavirus, the expanded area will also serve as a temporary day shelter, and will include portable restrooms, hand washing stations, and fans.