LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas is known for its food scene, from fine dining to buffets, and has even been dubbed the “Buffet Capitol of the World.”
The pandemic forced a lot of places to stop the service, but in a few weeks, Clark County will allow buffets to continue again.
Alexandra and Tremaine Johnson love visiting buffets. In fact, it was a weekly ritual for the Las Vegas couple.
“It is easy so we don’t have to pick what the other one wants to eat,” said Alexandra Johnson. “And I am a picky eater, I can eat what I like,” added Tremaine Johnson. COVID-19 shut a lot of self-serving buffets down, putting a stop to one of the things Las Vegas is famous for.
But there is good news: Clark County says buffets can open again starting May 1. “Just going to the other buffets their deserts are different everyone offers something different, so it is exciting to be out and be free again,” said Tremaine Johnson. However, some in the food business say they will still be taking precautions.
Pam Howatt owns a catering business, and although 95% of her events were canceled during the pandemic, her team made sure the buffets she did have were safe.
“So they still get the same choices they still get the quantities of what they want but we serve it for them so only we handle their plate until it gets to the end,” Howatt said.
It is a new method to the traditional buffet style that Howatt says she will keep.
“I don’t t think everyone handling the same utensil over and over again is a good option now that we have gone through all this,” Howatt said.
As for the Johnson’s, they say they will go to the first buffet that opens up.
As for the big casinos and hotels, 8 News Now did reach out to Wynn, MGM and Caesars Entertainment, but we have not heard anything on what their plans are to resume buffet services.
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Resorts World Las Vegas is scheduled to open Summer 2021
Introducing Resorts World Las Vegas
Welcome, one and all, to an international spectacle so innovative, so diverse, so immense in scale and scope, even the Strip’s brightest lights can’t compete. For Resorts World Las Vegas stands poised to inspire wonder in guests from every walk of life, through transformative technology, vintage Vegas hospitality, and exotic, worldwide allure.
Resorts World Las Vegas is designed to electrify the senses in every conceivable way – with talk-of-the-town nightlife, irresistible, globally inspired cuisine and mixology, star-studded residency performances and engagements at the state-of-the-art 5,000-capacity theatre, a curated collection of exclusive retail boutiques, and the most technologically advanced, progressive approach to gaming the Las Vegas Strip has ever seen.
Accommodations at the resort will equally impress, with smart, luxurious amenities and thoughtful design throughout every one of its 3,500 welcoming guestrooms and suites.
The latest brainchild of Malaysia-based parent company Genting Berhad, Resorts World Las Vegas will offer a wholly integrated and seamless experience immersing guests in moments destined to be as personal as they are unforgettable.
In a city that has not seen the debut of a truly groundbreaking property in more than a decade, Resorts World Las Vegas is ready to usher in the dawn of a new age, creating the next seminal moment in Las Vegas history.
by: Madison Kimbro, Carolyn Williams
Posted: Feb 26, 2021 / 06:43 PM PST / Updated: Feb 26, 2021 / 06:43 PM PST
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas is known for so many things, and while we have seen live entertainment take a backseat, another big aspect to the Vegas lifestyle has, too: buffets. However, gaming historian David Schwartz doesn’t see them going away forever.
“I think when it is safe, it will comeback in some form. It’s hard to say when that will be, but I think because there is such an association with Vegas and buffets, that someone is going to want to keep it alive,” said Schwartz.
Several properties moved away from buffet services, including Wynn and Circus Circus, replacing theirs with a food court. Tourist Dawn Cagle says she hopes Vegas can keep their buffets but do so safely.
“I just recently went to one where I’m from in Houston, and they had it set up where they had the plexiglass and servers behind it, so you could still go in line as many times as you wanted,” she shared. “It kept it hands-free. I really like that idea.”
Over at South Point Casino, they have continued their Garden Buffet but have made some adjustments.
“Buffets of the past where people just walked up and grabbed utensils themselves are no longer the case here,” said Michael Kennedy, director of food operations at South Point. “We now have dedicated staff who will serve you from behind our buffet line.”
“We get calls every day to make sure that our buffet is still open, and we are thankful that it is, as we are doing it safely,” he added.
South Point Casino will expand its hours in March for their breakfast buffet. Currently, they are open for brunch, lunch and dinner daily.
When the El Cortez changed the carpet on its gaming floor January as part of ongoing renovations, officials sensed customers would be interested in having pieces of the matting pattern as memorabilia and made it for sale in the gift shop.
In a testament to the pull the casino has with the vintage Las Vegas crowd, the strips almost immediately sold out, officials said. They sold 100 strips of rose-heavy floral pattern from the excess rolls in storage — so, not the grungy, stained carpet that was in place for 12 years — for $19 apiece.
“We were wondering what the big deal was with the carpet,” general manager Adam Wiesberg joked. “I sold 100 pieces, but we could have sold thousands.”
The worn carpet was equally popular. After workers placed the torn-out carpet in waste bins on the property, employees had to chase off dumpster-divers who wanted a piece of Las Vegas history, Wiesberg said.
“There’s a cult following for that carpet,” Wiesberg said. “I don’t know, maybe some people thought that was the original carpet from 80 years ago.”
Workers are putting on the finishing touches of a two-year, $25 million renovation at the property, which Wiesberg said will retain its old-school Las Vegas feel but also have upgrades to appeal to its many millennial visitors.
That starts with the new carpet.
The carpet boasts leafy green waves over a gold and red leopard print design. The pattern is a nod to a Havana, Cuba, look from the 1950s, Wiesberg said, which is a time and place in history synonymous with gangsters and well-dressed socialites sipping on rum cocktails.
Before the pandemic, the property’s 47 “vintage” rooms, holdovers from when it opened in 1941, were spruced up. Earlier this month, complete overhauls of the last few rooms in the El Cortez’s 200-room hotel tower were completed.
Other renovations include nearly 42,000 square feet of new carpet on its casino floor and the addition of a new high-limit table games pit.
“The customer base we have, you have all these loyal people who have been coming here forever,” Wiesberg said. “But now you have this millennial following and the millennial really wants one particular thing — an authentic experience. They don’t like phony.”
In one of the revamped tower’s premium suites — which go for about $1,000 per night — guests will find a “Spanish Colonial Revival” feel with modern touches and bathroom fixtures, along with a balcony view of the Strip.
From its restaurant named after former owner Bugsy Siegel to an assortment of more than 100 coin slot machines, there’s also no mistaking the property’s overall vintage Las Vegas theme.
Two-and-half years since it first promised to expand to Las Vegas, an iconic star of film, television, and music videos is headed to the southwest, bringing a landmark symbol of Southern California street architecture and a 24-hour menu of classic glazed doughnuts.
Randy’s Donuts has filed paperwork to construct a 1,500-square-foot drive-thru doughnut shop at 4693 Blue Diamond Road, currently an empty plot of land. The angled roof concept will sit close to Cameron Street, a Dutch Bros Coffee outpost, and a mile from the Silverton Casino resort.
An Inglewood destination for almost 60 years, the Randy’s Donuts brand operates five California stores, but it is the original property not far from the Los Angeles International Airport that has transformed into a famed attraction for its 32-foot-tall doughnut sign mounted on the roof.
For Las Vegas, the fast-casual project is proposing its own illuminated, free-standing, ground level, 18-foot replica of the original sign, plus a 24/7, 200-square-foot indoor counter-service space designed for take-out orders.
In addition to its photogenic exterior, Randy’s remains one of the most popular doughnut shops in the greater Los Angles region, earning generations of fans for a long roster of cake and traditional donuts, plus “fancy” upgrades of long Johns, cinnamon rolls and bear claws, “deluxe” crullers and old fashioneds,[sic] and “premium” spins on raised Nutella, s’mores, and matcha tea varieties.
The original company statement back in 2018 revealed two Las Vegas doughnut shops were in the planning stage. An estimated opening date for the southwest expansion, or the possible site of the second location, have both yet to be officially announced. Continue reading →
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — Hakkasan Group announced Tuesday that it will reopen three of its Las Vegas venues in March.
According to a news release, OMNIA at Caesars Palace and Wet Republic at MGM Grand will reopen on Friday, March 5. Liquid Pool Lounge at ARIA will open on Friday, March 12.
The release notes that in adherence with state of Nevada restrictions for nightclubs and dayclubs, all three venues will pivot from their regular offerings.
OMNIA will resume operations of the terrace area of the venue as a lounge, which “provides sweeping views of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip in a unique outdoor socially distant environment,” the release states. Wet Republic Ultra Pool and Liquid Pool Lounge will re-open as an extension of the resort pool to support customer demand during the summer season.
Reservations are required for hotel and non-hotel guests and all visitors must be 21 and over. No General Admission is permitted under current local restrictions.
According to the news release, with health and safety protocols at the forefront, the venues have moved to touchless menu systems via scannable QR codes from cell phones. VIP sections will be separated to allow for physical distancing and rigorous cleaning plans will also be implemented.
According to Hakkasan Group, OMNIA Las Vegas is open Fridays and Saturdays 10:30 p.m. until late. For reservations, visit omnianightclub.com or call 702-785-6200. Guests must be 21 years or older.
Wet Republic Ultra Pool is open Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. until close. For reservations, visit wetrepublic.com or call 702-891-3563. Guests must be 21 years or older.
Liquid Pool Lounge is open Fridays through Sundays from 11 a.m. until close. For reservations, visit liquidpoollv.com or call 702-590-9979. Guests must be 21 years or older.
After delays related to the pandemic, Virgin Hotel Las Vegas announced it will open on March 25, 2021.
Which you’d already have known if: 1) You’d read the headline, 2) You follow us on Twitter.
The news release didn’t provide a time of day the casino will open, but we hear 6:00 p.m. You know we’ll be there!
Anyway, huge news and a big relief for the employees of Virgin Las Vegas, including many staffers who previously worked at Hard Rock Las Vegas.
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton (we have no idea what that is, but Hilton sounds familiar) and the casino will be operated by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.
President and CEO of JC Hospitality, owner of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Richard “Boz” Bosworth, said, “It has been a journey, but to finally reach this milestone and confidently announce our opening date would not be possible without our incredible partners and construction team. Today we are not only celebrating the fact that we finally get to welcome back guests to the most exciting resort to open in Las Vegas in years, but we also get to bring our team members back to work.”
The off-Strip Virgin Las Vegas will have more than 1,500 rooms (Virgin calls them “chambers” despite our best efforts) and suites.
The resort will feature a five-acre pool complex (you just blew right by a rendering of it), a live entertainment theater and 12 restaurants and bars.
A longtime leader for the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas, the Plaza Hotel & Casino announced plans to continue to transform its corridor of Main Street by redeveloping the building that currently houses the Greyhound bus terminal into a new destination that enhances the offerings and ambiance of Main Street.
According to Plaza Hotel & Casino CEO Jonathan Jossel, the Plaza will also partner with the city of Las Vegas to build a pedestrian friendly pathway that leads to a new elevated bridge connecting the hotel-casino on Main Street to Symphony Park.
“We are thrilled to partner with Jonathan and our friends at the Plaza Hotel to link together two vibrant areas of our downtown,” said Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, city of Las Vegas. “This connection will further enhance the vibrancy of downtown, including the Plaza and Symphony Park, by making the area more walkable. It’s exciting and gratifying to see downtown’s revitalization continue thanks to public-private partnerships like those with the Plaza.”
The Greyhound bus terminal will be vacated by mid-2021, and the Plaza has already begun discussions with developers on possible projects for the space. With 48,500 sq. ft. and adjacent parking, the building is a prime location for new dining, entertainment or retail that will transform the area, encouraging visitors to walk up and down Main Street and experience all it has to offer.
“We are very excited to usher in this new era on Main Street,” said Jossel. “Main Street is where downtown started, and today, it remains the heart of downtown, connecting a thriving Arts District, a state-of-the-art city hall, popular destinations like the Plaza, Fremont Street Experience, our newest neighbor Circa, and much more. The Plaza is proud to have held the 1 Main Street address for nearly 50 years. With Greyhound relocating, we look forward to transforming the bus station into a new, dynamic downtown destination that will improve the ambiance and sense of community on Main Street. And with Symphony Park achieving its vision as a hub of residential, commercial, and cultural offerings, enhanced connectivity to it will bolster Main Street and downtown overall.”