Rio Las Vegas resuming 7-day operations starting April 19

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LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Caesars Entertainment has announced plans to resume hotel operations seven days a week at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino beginning Monday, April 19.

Previously, the hotel accommodated weekend stays only, while the gaming floor has been operating 24/7 since the property reopened in December 2020.

RELATED | Rio Las Vegas to undergo renovations, rebranding with Hyatt

In addition to the hotel, the following amenities will also be open seven days a week at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino:Gaming

Gaming Floor
Race & Sports Book
Restaurants

All-American Bar & Grille
Hash House A Go Go
Kang’s Kitchen
KJ Dim Sum & Seafood
Sports Deli
Smashburger
Starbucks (near the hotel elevators)
VooDoo Steak
Wetzel’s Pretzels
Bars and Lounges

Shutters Bar
iBar
Pool Bar
Purple Zebra Daiquiri Bar
Race & Sports Book Bar
Masquerade Bar
Retail

Rio Logo Store
Count’s Tattoo Company
Gifts Plus
Higuchi Gallery
Lioness
Luxe Vegas Royalty
Paradise Island Wear
Poker Face
Serenity Bar
Attractions

KISS by Monster Mini Golf
Rio Zipline
Fitness Center

Pool
VooDoo Beach at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

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THE FULL WORM MOON Will Be 100% Full At 2:50 P.M. EDT on Sunday, March 28, 2021

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From The Old Farmer’s Almanac

March’s full Worm Moon reaches peak illumination at 2:50 P.M. EDT on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

Look for the spectacularly bright Moon as it rises above the horizon that evening! See when the Moon will be visible in your area.

This year, because it is the first full Moon to occur after the spring equinox on March 20, March’s full Moon is the Paschal Full Moon. This means that its date determines the date of Easter (April 4, 2021)! Read more about how Easter’s date is determined.

WHY IS IT CALLED THE WORM MOON?
The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not only to the full Moon.

The Worm Moon

March’s full Moon goes by the name Worm Moon, which was originally thought to refer to the earthworms that appear as the soil warms in spring. This invites robins and other birds to feed—a true sign of spring!

An alternative explanation for this name comes from Captain Jonathan Carver, an 18th-century explorer, who wrote that this Moon name refers to a different sort of “worm”—beetle larvae—which begin to emerge from the thawing bark of trees and other winter hideouts at this time.

Here’s a video on the Full Worm Moon from The Old Farmer’s Almanac, featuring Amy Nieskens:

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Louis Prima – Pennies from Heaven

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“Pennies from Heaven” is a 1936 American popular song with music by Arthur Johnston and lyrics by Johnny Burke.

“It was introduced by Bing Crosby with Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra in the 1936 film of the same name. It was recorded in the same year by Billie Holiday and afterwards performed by Doris Day, Jimmy Dorsey & his Orchestra, Arthur Tracy, Eddy Duchin, Tony Bennett, Dinah Washington, Clark Terry, Frances Langford, Big Joe Turner, Lester Young, Dean Martin, Gene Ammons, The Skyliners (a hit in 1960), Legion of Mary, Guy Mitchell, and Harry James.”

Louis Prima – The Call of the Wildest (1957)

Pennies From Heaven
Soloist, Vocals – Louis Prima
Tenor Saxophone – Sam Butera
Written-By – Arthur Johnston, Johnny Burke

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Introducing Resorts World Las Vegas

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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.

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The future of Las Vegas’ famed buffets

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by: Madison Kimbro, Carolyn Williams

Posted: Feb 26, 2021 / 06:43 PM PST / Updated: Feb 26, 2021 / 06:43 PM PST

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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.

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The Snow Moon Will Be Full Saturday, February 27 at 3:19 AM, 2021 EST

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“Got your snow shovels ready? February’s full Snow Moon reaches its peak in the early morning hours of Saturday, February 27. Why is it called the full Snow Moon? Find out in our February Moon Guide!”

In the 1760s, Captain Jonathan Carver, who had visited the Naudowessie (Dakota) and others, wrote that the name used for this period was the Snow Moon, “because more snow commonly falls during this month than any other in the winter.”

The Cree called this the Bald Eagle Moon or Eagle MoonBear Moon (Ojibwe) and Black Bear Moon (Tlingit) refer to the time when bear cubs are born. The Dakota called this the Raccoon Moon, and certain Algonquin peoples named it the Groundhog Moon. The Haida named it Goose Moon.

The Cherokee names of “Month of the Bony Moon” and “Hungry Moon” give evidence to the fact that food was hard to come by at this time.

TRADITIONAL MOON NAMES

Historically, Native American and other traditional names for full or new Moons were used to track the seasons. The Moon names that we use in The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from Native American, Colonial American, or other traditional North American sources passed down through generations.

Note that for Native American names, each Moon name was typically applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, the month starting either with the new Moon or full Moon. Additionally, a name for the lunar month might vary each year or between bands or other groups within the same nation.

Some names listed here may reflect usage at one time in history, but may no longer be used by a designated group today. Many of the names listed here are English interpretations of the words used in Native American languages. They are only roughly aligned here with the months of the Gregorian calendar.

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Video for February’s  Snow Moon, featuring Amy Nieskens

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Revamped down to the carpet, the El Cortez is positioned for a Las Vegas rebound

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Adam Wiesberg, El Cortez general manager, poses in the High Limit room at the El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. The El Cortez is nearly finished with a multi-year, $25 million renovation project.

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.

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World Famous Randy’s Donuts to Roll into Las Vegas From L.A.

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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

Hakkasan Group to reopen 3 Las Vegas Strip venues in March

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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.

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Virgin Las Vegas Confirms Opening Date of March 25, 2021

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From VitalVegas.com

Virgin Las Vegas Confirms Opening Date of March 25, 2021
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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.

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