Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 4:32 p.m.
A regular and familiar face on the Strip has become the star of the new Travel Channel series “Resort Recon.”
Utah hospitality consultant Shane Green, who works with the Venetian, the Cosmopolitan and MGM Resorts International as a cultural consultant, has won a 13-episode deal for giving troubled resorts across the country an action plan for improvements.
Shane, who this week is speaking at the BMW after-sales conference at Aria, uses hidden cameras on the new weekly one-hour show. He uncovers problems right under owners’ noses. Sitting in the control room, they watch multiple camera feeds as he exposes bad customer service, out-of-control guests and dysfunctional employee-owner dynamics.
In doing so, Shane, a former Ritz-Carlton GM, brings their problems to light and rescues failing resorts with his expert consulting team. His company, with more than 15 years of experience, specializes in modern luxury hospitality training.
RIBBON CUTTING: Our colleagues at Las Vegas Weekly have described the new Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq as “an 80,000-square-foot wonderland” and a “temple of live music, bowling, food and drink.”
Founders Peter Shapiro, Charley Ruan and Blue Ribbon co-owner and partner Bruce Bromberg opened it officially over the weekend with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The night’s first concert featured the New York-based soul/jazz fusion trio Soulive, whose members have played the original Williamsburg venue back East more than 50 times.
Said Peter: “It was really important to us to have a band like Soulive open this venue. It’s paying homage to where we came from and sets the vibe for what we are going to do in Las Vegas going forward.” Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas can accommodate more than 2,000 concertgoers.
In addition to the music hall, there are five bars that feature 12 beers on tap, including craft brews and Brooklyn comfort food by the Bromberg Brothers Blue Ribbon Restaurants, including their iconic fried chicken seen on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” The bowling lanes opened Monday with spares, splits and strikes daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with full menu, restaurant-style service available at each lane.
FREE BEER: Aria has launched an exclusive craft beer, Cabaletta, that can only be enjoyed at the property. To celebrate its launch, the hotel is hosting a free public tasting Wednesday in Lobby Bar starting at 5 p.m. The beer’s creators, brewmaster Brian Strumke and Aria property mixologist Craig Schoettler will be on hand. And, yes, I did say free.
NEW RESTAURANT: A Japanese hotspot from Chicago run by chef Matthias Merges makes its Las Vegas debut April 4 at Monte Carlo as part of the casino resort’s new Strip-front look. Yusho is a Japanese-inspired grill and noodle house with innovative street-style food. The 250-seat venue is designed as vintage industrial space and Japanese ramen shacks decorated with one-of-a-kind furniture from all over the world.
The new plaza at Monte Carlo will feature a variety of casual restaurants, bars and eateries all opening this spring. Chef Matthias commented, “My travels throughout Japan, Singapore and mainland China inspired me to create a concept that expresses my personal interpretation of traditional Japanese cuisine.” While Matthias worked at late chef Charlie Trotter’s Chicago restaurant, it won 11 James Beard Awards. Yusho was named one of Food & Wine’s best restaurants.
The Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis, who is opening her first Italian eatery, Giada, at the new boutique hotel Cromwell over Memorial Day Weekend, flew in over the weekend to check on its progress. She took time out from checking kitchen equipment and menu planning at the new Strip restaurant to visit The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets at “Absinthe” in Caesars Palace.
Our friends at Jabbawockeez partnered with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to fulfill a wish for 18-year-old Davien, who dreamed of seeing the glittering lights of Las Vegas in person. The “America’s Best Dance Crew” Season 1 champions kicked off his visit with a stop at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign before watching their headliner show “Prism” at Luxor. It followed with a private backstage tour and a meet-and-greet.
Billy Gibbons, guitarist for rock band ZZ Top, not only hung out at The Ainsworth in the Hard Rock Hotel for karaoke night, but also returned the next two nights. On all three back-to-back visits, he happily took photos with fans and bar patrons.
Congratulations to Rockhouse at the Venetian celebrating its first anniversary.
Ringmaster, MC and DJ Clinton Sparks transforms 1OAK at the Mirage into a circus big top for the first edition of The Greatest Party on Earth. The industry party will feature sexy clowns, wild stuffed animals and other performers.
Chipper Lowell, Suli McCullough and Brandon Hahn headline the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.
And college basketball championship games continue at the Thomas & Mack Center and Orleans Arena — go, Zags!!!
Our fascinating conversation with Jason Alexander of “Seinfeld” fame as he gets ready to bring his new one-man show — and his hair — to Harrah’s; Claire Sinclair celebrates the first anniversary of her saucy and sassy burlesque show “Pin Up” at Stratosphere; and divorce is no longer a dirty word as a new celebration show of love torn asunder lands on the Strip.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation’s leading mid-sized arenas, and was recently ranked No. 1 in the United States and No. 5 internationally among venues of similar size by Venues Today Magazine.
The Arena hosts more than 200 events each year, including concerts by top names like Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Van Halen, Brooks & Dunn, Black Eyed Peas, Akon and Rihanna; family favorites like The Harlem Globetrotters and Circus Spectacular; and a wide variety of sporting events, including NCAA basketball tournaments, the West Coast Conference and Western Athletic Conference Basketball Championships, mixed martial arts with Superior Cage Combat, and major motorsports events.
The arena serves as home to the Las Vegas Wranglers professional ECHL hockey team, the Las Vegas Legends professional indoor soccer team, and the Lingerie Football League’s Las Vegas Sin. Stay connected to the Orleans Arena on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleansarena) and on Twitter (@orleansarena).