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Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Ole! Chef, author, restaurateur and Emmy-winning TV host Guy Fieri, a UNLV graduate, will open El Burro Borracho in early 2016 at the Rio.
Translated as “drunken donkey,” it’s the second Las Vegas restaurant for Guy after his popular Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at Linq Hotel.
Guy promises a vibrant, fun atmosphere with the Guy Fieri touch serving drunken fish tacos, salsas and flaming queso fundido.
Our Entertainment + Luxury Senior Editor Don Chareunsy recently dined at El Burro Borracho, which celebrates its first anniversary in November, in Harrah’s Laughlin and loved it:
“Just like his restaurant at Linq Hotel, the menu at El Burro Borracho features an explosion of delicious flavors in the food and cocktails.”
CELINE’S NEW ALBUM: Caesars Palace headliner superstar Celine Dion has begun recording her new French-language album.
Celine is working with audio engineer Humberto Gatica at Studio at the Palms, and photographer Denise Truscello was there for the duet session with French artist Zaho.
MORE TECHNOLOGY: Following in the footsteps of restaurant-based apps including Open Table and Yelp comes Las Vegas startup ItsOnMe. Las Vegas restaurants and bars offer their signature dishes by way of gifting. The app created by longtime restaurateur and foodie David Leibner allows consumers to enhance their gift giving to friends, family and colleagues sharing menu favorites with cards or deliveries that say, “It’s On Me.”
Already, 70 local businesses including Nove Italiano at the Palms, STK at the Cosmopolitan, Carson Kitchen downtown and Echo & Rig in Tivoli Village’s have signed up.
LAS VEGAS GOES EAST: I’ve written recently about the increasing number of Las Vegas shows and stars moving east to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut where former Luxor chief Felix Rappaport is now its president. He’s now pulled off the ultimate Las Vegas coup by signing our Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons for his New Year’s Eve party.
It’s a one-night-only gig for the globetrotting group but indicative of his Las Vegas-themed promotions for what is the largest resort casino in North America. Our Las Vegas rock heroes have sold more than 27 million tracks worldwide and have surpassed 1 billion streams on Spotify.
BLACK MAGIC: Is anything more appropriate this Howl-O-Ween than a voodoo magician? Sexy Cathy Laveau, who walks a pet iguana to surprise everyday folks, doesn’t mind being called a witch with magic powers. She uses body-piercing needles, voodoo dolls, seances and other voodoo themes for her magic show premiering at Ron DeCar’s Event Center.
Cathy is the first black woman to perform magic on the Strip. Her producer is John Lewis, who created the sexy “Centerfolds of Magic” with Penthouse centerfold and cover girl Taya Parker in 2013 at the Plaza. John tells me that “this is unlike any magic show you’ve ever seen.”
WEARING BRAS: Don’t be surprised today to see Strip headliners and hotel execs wearing one-of-a-kind bras from entertainers. Flamingo headliners Donny & Marie Osmond and Linq Hotel headliner magician Mat Franco were among the Caesars Entertainment lineup designing bras as a breast cancer research fundraiser.
The property presidents and performers from “Absinthe” and “X Burlesque” will model the underwear on the Planet Hollywood mezzanine from 5 to 7 p.m. today with comedy juggler Jeff Civillico hosting the sixth-annual Battle of the Bras fashion show.
Luxor headliner comedian Carrot Top unveils his shrunken head at Golden Tiki in Chinatown.
Rusted Root, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Moksha are at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade.
Wolfcreek is at Lounge at the Palms.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, LV.net moves into new headquarters downtown with Mayor Carolyn Goodman handling the ribbon cutting.
The new EXR LV02 racecar that’s coming to Exotics Racing supercar experience on the south end of the Strip next year is debuted at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
The ghouls may go wild for Halloween with nearly naked, sassy, sexy and scandalous displays of flash and flesh, as the stars are not shy about showing skin with racy romps this Halloween Weekend. We’ve got the Royal Robin Rundown in our weekly Weekend Celebrity Preview with four-letter-word flamethrower Lisa Lampanelli at the Venetian, the legendary Kris Kristofferson at the Palms — and more.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.
Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.