Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009 | 12:19 p.m.
Being a celebrity in Las Vegas has its perks: Stars are immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds and given coveted keys to the Playboy Club. Others, meanwhile, are recognized in other ways. With namesake hot dogs, for example.
Pink’s Hot Dogs honored Holly Madison, Kim Kardashian, and Melanie “Scary Spice” Brown last night during the opening of its first Las Vegas location at Planet Hollywood. In return for the trio’s participation and patronage, the popular Hollywood-based hot doggery named three signature dogs in their honor.
“Peepshow” starlet Madison described her dog as “naked.”
“It just has ketchup on it,” she said. The headliner walked the red carpet and posed for photos alongside Brown and Kardashian between her two Friday night showings of “Peepshow.”
Lucky for the public appearance-savvy star, her place of work, aka the revue stage, is just inside the casino on the mezzanine level.
Brown, who did a three-month stint with “Peepshow” when the show debuted earlier this year, didn’t have much time to chat with reporters last night – but she did have time to chow down on a double serving of dogs.
“I had two hot dogs!” she announced, sounding half proud and half horrified. It should be noted, however, that despite what was a not-quite-healthy dinner, the former Spice Girl still looked stunning last night, wearing a skin-tight ensemble.
While Brown lives in the U.K., both Kardashian and L.A. transplant Madison are fans of the Pink’s Hot Dogs location in Los Angeles.
Pink’s has been serving up hot dogs from the same location, on North La Brea Boulevard just off Melrose Avenue, since it opened in 1939.
“It’s good, when you’re done with the club and you’re in Hollywood and you want a hot dog,” Kardashian said, adding, “I think it’s very cool that they’re opening one up here in Vegas.”
The 28-year-old reality TV star said the flagship location is so popular, the line to get one of the signature dogs can be longer than the one to get into L.A. hotspots like The Roger Room or Mi-6.
“That line is hours long,” Kardashian complained.
Never one to be shy, the “Keeping up with the Kardashians” star didn’t hold back with her demands last night.
She said she was hoping to snag “a free, like, cut the line pass” in return for her appearance.
“I’m hoping this will seal the deal for me,” she joked.
Kardashian’s namesake hot dog shares no resemblance to the well-endowed brunette, or the kind of hot dogs she fixes herself.
She and her sisters cut their hot dogs into small pieces and draw ketchup smiley faces on them at home. Meanwhile, the Kardashian dog at Pink’s Hot Dogs has no ketchup on it at all.
“Mine is a BLT hot dog with a little bit of guacamole on it,” she said, assuring. “It’s good, it’s really good.”
In addition to Madison, Kardashian and Brown, Pink’s has also modeled hot dogs after a handful of other well-known personalities, including Martha Stewart (a 10-inch hot dog with relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut, and sour cream); Ozzy Ozbourne (a spicy Polish hot dog topped with nacho and American cheeses, grilled onions, guacamole, and chopped tomatoes); and Rosie O’Donnell (a 10-inch hot dog with mustard, onions, chili and sauerkraut).
L.A. times columnist Patt Morrison and L.A. Philharmonic Conductor Gustavo Dedamel have also been honored with namesake hot dogs: A veggie dog with guacamole, chopped tomatoes and chopped onions; and a 10-inch hot dog with guacamole, American and Swiss cheeses, fajita mix, and jalapeno, topped with tortilla chips, respectively.
Note: Pink’s Hot Dogs once operated hot dog carts inside Planet Hollywood, back when it was the Aladdin, but this weekend’s opening marks the first storefront in Las Vegas for the franchise.
Melissa Arseniuk writes about Las Vegas entertainment and celebrity events. She can be reached at 702-948-7823 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.