Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 | 5:38 p.m.
Now that Bagatelle has firmed up its much-awaited Oct. 31 soft opening alongside the Tropicana, as we first reported, we’ve learned more details leading up to the grand opening VIP gala Nov. 16. It’s a sneak peek for two weeks as the owners focus on restaurant and dining. The partying starts when the champagne is popped with a Halloween “Night of Masks.”
“Halloween is the perfect evening to unveil Bagatelle Supper Club to the city of Las Vegas,” says Jonathan Segal, the CEO of the One Group. “The inimitable experience we provide our guests has given us great success and rave reviews in New York, Los Angeles and St. Barth’s.”
The Beach Club will open next spring. Bagatelle’s signature brunch, regarded as one of the best in the industry, will debut at the end of December. The sleek, new supper club will welcome guests with a variety of entertainment and chef John Zamarchi’s menu that brings South of France flavors to his Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with a touch of Las Vegas flair.
Bagatelle Beach & Supper Club will feature seating for 500 guests in its indoor and outdoor venue that includes two private dining rooms and a private outdoor dining pavilion. The beach will include a 250-seat outdoor restaurant, beach volleyball and 18 luxury cabanas, plus, the outdoor concert venue with a capacity of more than 3,000.
One Group next turns its attention to the opening of two restaurants at the Palms before year’s end at the former sites of Little Buddha and Garduno’s.
WICKED WHISPERS & RACY RUMORS
I’m reliably told that the 20 percent cutback in the number of shows that Mirage headliner Terry Fator and Flamingo headliners Donny and Marie Osmond are planning for next year have nothing to do with ticket sales. It’s solely because new management wants to untie the demanding five-day-a-week performance schedules that prevent Hollywood TV opportunities and other showbiz ventures.
The cut amounts to one day a week. Marie has her Hallmark talk show taped in L.A. on her days off. The schedule change will give Terry the opportunity to record an album, and Donny can expand his other ventures. Executives at both hotels are happy working with their new management teams and are talking with stars to fill the empty dates.
First rumblings of a major rock act that’s in a Las Vegas residency jumping to the new Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq next year -- and the return of another rock group for a new month’s run next year.
Rio chef Steve Martorano will make his Food Network debut Nov. 6 on Paula Deen’s show.
The annual nightclub, bar and lounge survey of the 2013 Top 100 starts today to identify the venues who will make the final voting list. The Top 100 will be celebrated at the 2013 Nightclub & Bar show March 19-21 here with Spike reality TV star Jon Taffer of “Bar Rescue” kicking off the program. It’s expected that Las Vegas will be well represented again as in 2012, when we had 22 in the Top 100 and eight in the Top 10.
QUICK NYC TRIP: “Peepshow” stars Holly Madison and Josh Strickland fly to New York on Tuesday to watch “Rock of Ages” on Broadway before it moves here to the Venetian in December. They promise to be back in time for Wednesday’s show; Holly then has just five shows remaining before saying farewell Sunday night. I’m seeing “Rock” on Friday night in Manhattan. Ships that pass in the night?
PENN’S SECOND SHOT: Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette starts filming “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” in New York for Donald Trump today. Once again, he’ll be trying to win and raise money for our beloved charity Opportunity Village. Last season, Penn lost to Arsenio Hall but won $50,000 for O.V., and his employers at Caesars Entertainment donated an additional $250,000, the amount he would have earned for O.V. if he had won.
On Season 13, Penn battles past celebrity contestants Bret Michaels (the only returning previous champion), Claudia Jordan, Gary Busey, Lisa Rinna, Lil Jon, Dee Snyder, Dennis Rodman, Brande Roderick, Stephen Baldwin, Trace Adkins, Marilu Henner and Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth. The new series airs in March. Our Editor at Large John Katsilometes interviewed the man of magic about his second stint in Trump Land.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR? It looks likely that Lingerie Football League quarterback Nikki Johnson of the Las Vegas Sin will be named Canada Rookie of the Year in her debut season with the expansion team Regina Rage north of the border. She’s amassed impressive stats of 218 yards and 7 touchdowns, helping make the Rage the No. 1-ranked defense in LFL Canada. Nikki returns to Las Vegas for the spring season.
FOOD FIGHT: There’s more to the story I tipped last week about food writer Al Mancini’s feud with the nightclub Krave.. Turns out the poster was part of several artist renderings of a planned rollout of Kraves throughout the U.S. All other faces in the ads are blurred, but Al’s Mohawk is seen clearly in shots for country western bar Saloon. Al discovered the image was identical to a photo shot at the release party of his last guidebook “Eating Las Vegas: 50 Essential Restaurants.” He’s taking action.
His media lawyer Marc J. Randazza said: “The owners of Krave Massive never sought permission to use Mr. Mancini’s image; they violated Mr. Mancini’s right of publicity in his image and his copyright in the photo.” Al has demanded three corporate entities yank the images, pay damages and discontinue its use.
He told me: “I honestly couldn’t believe it when I saw it. At first I thought it was some kind of a joke. What kind of supposedly reputable company would just appropriate my picture like that to imply that I endorse their club? I make my living commenting on the local food and beverage industry. I’m very careful about what I endorse, and I would never endorse a place that I know absolutely nothing about. It’s really upsetting to me that this club would choose to operate unethically and illegally in violation of my rights.”
BANANARAMA PERFORMS: There’s a pop of pink tonight when Bananarama performs to honor the 13th annual Pinktober breast cancer awareness campaign at Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip. The duo, formerly a trio, are celebrating their 30th anniversary and will perform their hits “Venus,” “Cruel Summer” and “I Heard A Rumor.”
Bryan Adams performs a solo acoustic concert at Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Showtime’s Steve McGrew and Comedy Central’s Erik Blake headline Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand through Sunday.
Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp at MGM Grand is opening its facility for tours.
UNLV hosts a discussion with the “Sister Wives” family of Kody Brown and his four wives; I think their 17 kids are staying home!
DJ Zedd spins at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
And Bare Pool Lounge closes for the season at the Mirage with its party Drink Bare Dry.
Actor Dennis Quaid reveals secrets of his new CBS hit drama “Vegas. We’ll preview the sexy 2013 “Fantasy” Calendar from the lovely ladies at the Luxor. And we have a look at the Strip’s newest topless show, “Shades of Temptation” at New York-New York, and the launch of Las Vegas Food University and its all-star chef faculty.
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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