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.
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 →
“Beginning Sunday, March 15 all MGM Resorts buffet locations in Las Vegas will be closed until further notice. The impacted locations include Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, Bellagio, Aria, Mirage, And MGM Grand.
Additionally, Mandalay Bay has announced temporary closures to the following outlets: Mizuya, Fleur, and Aureole.
Due to these closures, we have suspended all rewards in our games associated to these outlets. For those players who currently have the reward in their wallet, we will issue a full refund to your account by March 20, 2020.
As soon as the outlets are reopened, we will alert our players so you can once again begin enjoying these rewards.
Thank you for supporting our games and our rewards.
“While happy hour specials per property are more plentiful on the Strip, you’re basically getting happy hour like prices around the clock at most places downtown. Some establishments do feature discounted delights, complementing the already reasonable prices.” “Here’s a quick rundown of some current offers:”
Main Street Station Triple 7 Brewery:
3 – 6pm Monday – Friday and 11pm – 2am
Discounted food, $2.50 house wine, well drinks, and 16 oz microbrews
$2.50 Micro Brews 24/7
4pm – 6pm
Discounted small bites, cocktails, beer and wine
$8.99 Prime Rib: 4:30 – 6:30pm daily
$11.99 Steak and Lobster: 9 – 11pm daily
Golden Nugget Chart House:
4 – 6pm Monday – Friday and 10:30
$5 – $8 bites and $3 – $7 drink specials
2 – 6pm Monday – Friday and 10:30 – 12 Sunday – Thursday (bar only)
$5 beer, $6 spirits and wine, $8 pizza and more
4 – 6pm daily
Appetizer, sushi, and cocktail specials
Cadillac Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar:
4 – 7pm Monday – Friday
$3 – $5 drink specials and discounted bites
$6 house margaritas and bloody mary’s – all day
4 – 7pm Daily
50% appetizers, house wine, well liquors and beer
Ladies Night 4:00 – 7:00 Thursdays
50% off the Happy Hour menu
$5 “drink of the month”
“half buck wings” and pint specials: 4 – 6pm and 11pm – 1am daily
2pm – 5pm and 2am – 5am
No specials listed
10pm – 12am Friday and Saturday
No specials listed
3 – 6pm Monday – Friday & 10pm til close daily
$3-$5-$7 Food and drink specials
Triple George Grill:
4pm – 7pm Monday – Friday (bar only)
$3 select draft beers, $5 appetizers, house wines, well liquors, and $6 featured cocktails.
Park on Fremont:
4 – 7pm Monday – Friday
$6 appetizers & $3,$4, and $5 beverage specials
$30 all you can drink (all day)
3 – 6pm Monday – Friday
$5 – $9 bites, $2 off signature cocktails, $5 all beers and house wines
$5 draft beer and cheese slice (all day)
3pm – 5pm Monday – Friday
$5 margaritas and beers
The Smashed Pig:
10pm – 1am Thursday – Saturday
Special drink and small plate menu
3pm – 6pm
$5 draft beers and $7 wines
*These are, of course, subject to change. If you find any additional offers or notice some are no longer offered, please let me know. There is also a Strip Happy Hour page if you venture away from Fremont.
Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino
300 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89102
“Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas has officially set a grand opening date of Saturday, December 3, 2016. The property will commemorate the opening with an extravagant series of Asian demonstrations. Among the planned festivities are a firecracker show, which typically accompanies many Asian holidays and celebrations, driving away evil spirits; a lion and dragon dance, bringing good luck and good fortune to all; and the world’s largest traditional Kung Fu tea service will run throughout the hotel & casino. “It’s a great feeling, given the work our entire team has put into bringing Lucky Dragon to Las Vegas, to be able to announce its grand opening,” said David Jacoby” read more…
This is reprint of an older post, from around May of this year, however I thought YOU may have missed the demise of the Sahara.
This is very important news, for Las Vegites. After all, this is like Las Vegas loosing an arm or a leg.
BY HOWARD STUTZ
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Posted: May 14, 2011 | 8:52 p.m.
Updated: May 15, 2011 | 1:10 p.m.
In it’s day, the Sahara was Las Vegas’ epicenter.
Peter Villalobos would know.
For almost 35 years, he manned the Strip hotel’s front desk.
He watched the parade of celebrities and the pseudocelebrities.
He supervised thousands of hotel check-ins for high rollers and want-to-be high rollers.
Villalobos will be at his front desk terminal Monday when the Sahara’s final guest checks out at around noon. The nearly 60-year-old Strip resort will cease operations two hours later, a victim of both the recession and of progress.
Sahara owners SBE Entertainment of Los Angeles and private equity firm Stockbridge Real Estate of San Francisco acquired the hotel-casino in 2007 from the family of the late casino pioneer William Bennett. The new owners had hopes of breathing new life into the resort. They have not announced plans for the 18-acre corner of the Strip and Sahara Avenue.
In March, SBE said it was “no longer economically viable” to operate the Sahara.
GOING OUT WITH DIGNITY
Last week, Arash Azarbarzin, president of SBE’s hotel division, who has overseen the Sahara since the company took control, said the goal was to close the Strip resort “quietly and with dignity.”
His thoughts have been with employees like Villalobos, who remained loyal to the property, even as the city’s two-decade building boom added megaresorts that dwarfed the aged, 1,720-room Sahara.
Villalobos gave Azarbarzin a firm handshake last week and thanked him for the four years that SBE kept the property operating. The year SBE took over, the company spent about $2 million to refurbish and make cosmetic changes to the Sahara’s public areas. SBE never operated the casino; that was done by Navegante Group read more…
Wilbur Clark’s Desert Inn Hotel History / The Swinging Sahara Hotel History – 1950s
The Swinging Sahara Hotel History – 1950s
Post-WWII Las Vegas must have looked very inviting. Men with vision were coming into town to build hotels to cater to Americans hungry to travel after the rationing and sacrifices of the War. In less than ten years, there were five hotels, the El Rancho Vegas, Hotel Last Frontier, the Fabulous Flamingo, the Thunderbird and Wilbur Clark’s Desert Inn built on the two-lane highway that led to Fremont Street.
Though some locals wondered where all the people would come from to fill the new resorts, the men with vision kept assuring everyone they would come.
Fred Schivo was a long-time gamer who had the idea for the Club Bingo, a 300-seat bingo parlor. He had to find investors that would be willing to take the financial plunge. He lucked out when he met Milton Prell from Butte, Montana. Prell had operated the “30 Club” in Butte but like many other gambling visionaries of the day he relocated to the friendly climes of Las Vegas in the 1940s. Though not as well known today as others such as Wilbur Clark and Del Webb, Prell nonetheless, made an impact on Las Vegas.
Club Bingo opened on a rainy day, July 24th, 1947. In addition to the bingo parlor there were a few other games of chance but the Club Bingo had a reputation for fine food in its Bonanza Room. There were no hotel rooms, the Club Bingo was just a club for gambling, fine dining and they had a small showroom that showcased the talented Dorothy Dandridge, comedian Stan Irwin and the Treniers.
Milton Prell soon realized that the future of the Las Vegas Strip was in having a resort hotel that catered to the tourists swarming in from Southern California. That meant financing the building of a major hotel
Located on the east side of the Highway and directly across from the El Rancho Vegas, the Club Bingo had a prime location. In the years ahead, Prell would also build the Lucky Strike and the Mint Hotel on Fremont Street but it was the construction of the Sahara that led to the creation of the Sahara-Nevada Corporation which he would ultimately sell to Del Webb.
Prell approached Dallas financial wizard A. Pollard Simon with plans for 276 two-story units. Simon agreed to go ahead with the Sahara project despite the fact he was also helping finance Wilbur Clark’s Desert Inn. Local air-conditioning contractor Al Wild introduced Prell to Del Webb. Webb had just finished working on the Fabulous Flamingo. Wild had known Webb since 1935. Ultimately, according to Wild, Webb, Prell and Simon agreed to a “cost plus” arrangement that included a percentage of stock (20% it was later learned) in the new hotel be given to Webb as partial payment for his services.
The architect was Max Maltzmann and the designer was Albert Parvin. Maltzmann had been working in Los Angeles since the 1920s. Architecturally, according to Alan Hess, “the Sahara followed the basic partner of the Desert Inn and the Thunderbird. It featured a tall brick pylon at the entry which anchored the low wings that spun outward from its center like a pinwheel.” The motif was similar to the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix by Frank Lloyd Wright. There the sculptural elements of the textile block provided ornament. At the Sahara, the signage became the ornament.
The theme was North Africa. Statues of plastic camels and Arabs dotted the facade. Inside there was the Congo Room (the showroom), the Casbah Lounge and the Caravan Room. All that seemed to be missing was the Cafe Americain from Casablanca. Life-size models of African warriors, spears held high, flanked the Congo Room entrance. A nomadic caravan including camels was placed out front on the lawn.
The Caravan Room looked out over the pool terrace. Like all the other hotels back then, the Sahara was basically a motel in form. It had a low main building with a lobby and a casino in the front and the rooms to the sides. The glassy restaurants such as the Caravan Room looked out not only on the pool area but the well manicured and landscaped lawns. Lucius Beebe gushed “its twenty acres of landscaped ground with rare blossoms and shrubs to make even Boston’s Public Gardens look to its tulips” read more, virtually all about it with note-links, photos and more.
By Allison Duck, Las Vegas Sun
Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 | 5:08 p.m.
It seems like every day is National Something or Other Day. Fortunately for tequila lovers, several Las Vegas venues are celebrating National Margarita Day on Feb. 22. Enjoy delicious specialty margaritas and tequila shots, keeping in mind the saying: “One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.”
Agave’s Margarita Day celebration: Agave in Summerlin celebrates with a 100 percent Blue Agave Margarita featuring 1519 Blanco Tequila, Patron Citronge and homemade sweet & sour mix for $4.95.
Margarita Day at N9NE Steakhouse: N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms reveals the newest addition to its cocktail menu, the Luxury Margarita, available to guests beginning Feb. 22. The cost is $39 and includes Don Julio Real, Blue Agave Nectar, a fresh lime snowball and a drizzle of Grand Marnier.
Margaritaville’s specials: Margaritaville encourages its Facebook fans to participate in their second annual margarita contest by submitting their recipes. The restaurant’s executive staff will select their favorite concoctions, which will be served on National Margarita Day. Enjoy margarita specials, and 2/22 birthdays received a $22.20 gift certificate to use during their visit. Individuals celebrating a 2/22/22 birthday receive complimentary food and beverage the entire day.
Drink specials at T&T: The tequila will flow at T&T with 2 for 1 house margaritas from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The 20th patron to redeem the offer receives a complimentary dinner for two. T&T’s signature house margarita the Casarita includes Jose Cuervo Tradicional, organic agave nectar, Grand Marnier and homemade margarita mix made from scratch daily with fresh squeezed limes. Also featured is the Chongalicious Margarita, a 56-oz. monster of a drink that includes two 7-oz. Sol beers on top.