Construction projects – major and minor – are covering the Las Vegas Strip, bringing a surge in activity to the tourist corridor not seen since the heyday of resort construction. From small projects to big, we take a look at what is happening in Las Vegas.
New York-New York/Monte Carlo Strip project and arena
Construction update: Recently, the sidewalk in front of New York-New York was reopened to pedestrians, unveiling a couple of new businesses: Stupidiotic, Swatch and Starbucks.
Portions of the European-style exterior of the Monte Carlo have been removed and construction has consumed almost all of the resort’s frontage. The main entrance is open, but pedestrian traffic has been pushed out into a temporary walkway that takes up the Southbound far right lane of the Las Vegas Strip. Pedestrians should exercise extreme caution while using the walkway, especially at night.
Look for a number of new restaurants and stores to be launched at both resorts in coming months — including Shake Shack, Sambalatte, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria and Double Barrel Roadhouse. To see more photos, click here.
Project summary: MGM Resorts International announced plans for a $100 million outdoor plaza project in April 2013. The project involves remodeling the front facades of New York-New York and Monte Carlo to showcase new eateries, shops and Hershey’s Chocolate World, an interactive attraction that celebrates Hershey’s-branded products. This district will be anchored by a 20,000-seat arena developed in conjunction with AEG. The arena portion of the project will cost $350 million dollars and will be located to the rear of NY-NY and Monte Carlo but east of Interstate 15. The outdoor plaza part of the project is expected to be completed by the first half of 2014. The arena is scheduled to be completed in spring 2016.
The former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall
Construction update: Construction continues at a steady pace on the exterior of the Caesars Entertainment property on the northeast corner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard. To see more photos, click here.
Project summary: The resort, formerly known as Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, has not been given an official name yet by Caesars Entertainment, but rumored names floating around include The Cromwell and The Ilyse.
The property, which ended an earlier partnership with Gansevoort Hotel Group, is scheduled to open in mid-2014 and will be a boutique hotel with 188 rooms, a 65,000-square-foot rooftop pool experience by nightlife visionary Victor Drai and a restaurant by celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, who will open her first venture at the property.
Construction update: Construction continues steadily at The Linq. Signage has been put up for the trendy new Kitson boutique, which will open later this spring. The Polaroid Fotobar has a mobile print shop van now set up on the premises in anticipation of its Polaroid Museum and store opening; and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant has opened their newly designed frontage onto The Linq walkway.
Project summary: The Linq is a $550 million entertainment district being built by Caesars Entertainment on the Las Vegas Strip. Tenants of the open-air, pedestrian-only district, located in the corridor between The Quad and the Flamingo, began their debut in late December with the opening of Irish-themed gaming joint O’Sheas.
Tenants now open include Koto retail shop, Purple Zebra retail and daiquiri shop, Chayo Mexican restaurant, The Haute Doggery restaurant and Starbucks. When completed in 2014, The Linq will be packed with dining, entertainment and shopping opportunities including Yard House, The Polaroid Museum, Tilted Kilt, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Flour & Barley. Its anchor attraction, a 550-foot-tall observation wheel called the High Roller is scheduled to open this spring.
The Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s
Construction update: Construction has just begun in front of Bally’s at the southeast corner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard. Right now demolition of the existing Bally’s frontage and clearing of the ground to prepare for the shops is underway.
Project summary: Caesars Entertainment will open the $50 million Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s later this fall. The 2-acre outdoor retail complex will be located at the front of the property and will have 150 outlets ranging in size from 150 to 300 square feet. Several tenants have already been signed including Swatch, Superdry, Havaianas and Campo Marzio. More than a third of the space will be dedicated to restaurants, bars and food outlets. The focal point of the Grand Bazaar Shops will be a spectacular tower called the Swarovski Crystal Starburst. Positioned over the brand’s store, it will display a midnight show of lights and music.
Guy Fieri’s restaurant at The Quad
Construction update: Construction on celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s restaurant continues at the front of The Quad hotel.
Project summary: Guy Fieri, host of Food Network’s popular show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” is set to open his first Las Vegas restaurant at The Quad in late 2013. Fieri’s 7,000-square-foot restaurant will be located at the entrance to The Quad and is being developed as part of The Linq, Caesars Entertainment’s dining, retail and entertainment complex. The restaurant will feature a large outdoor patio area.
Bobby’s Burger Palace
Construction update: Construction is nearing completion on Bobby’s Burger Palace, located in a storefront between the Crystals shopping center and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The restaurant will be located between the existing Pinkberry and a Starbuck’s.
Project summary: Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is bringing his Bobby’s Burger Palace concept to Las Vegas. The menu includes burgers like the Bobby Blue with blue cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato and the Crunchburger with double American cheese and potato chips. The restaurant is scheduled to open near the end of January.
Treasure Island Hotel & Casino shopping construction
Construction update: The lagoon has been flooded with water again, but the ships are now stationary and there is no longer the Sirens show.
You cannot access the north Strip unless you go inside Treasure Island Hotel & Casino and use the pedestrian overpass that connects with the sidewalks around the Fashion Show Mall. To see more photos, click here.
Project summary: Treasure Island Hotel & Casino is erecting a new shopping complex at the resort’s northeast corner with a frontage that will run along Las Vegas Boulevard and Spring Mountain Road. Spanning three stories and about 48,000 square feet, few elements of this project have been announced. The only tenant disclosed so far is CVS, a leading pharmacy and drug store chain. The opening date is targeted for fall 2014.
El Loco roller coaster at Circus Circus’ Adventurdome
Construction update: Track installation has been completed and coaster testing started on Friday, Jan. 17. To see more photos, click here.
Project summary: El Loco will be the Adventuredome’s newest coaster.
Scheduled to open by late January, the ride has a 1,300-foot track that ascends 90 feet before diving backwards at negative 1.5 vertical Gs, zips through a 45-degree outwardly banked turn and a 180-degree turn that drops over the edge into a barrel roll while theme music plays in the background. It replaces the Rim Runner flume ride, which closed last year.
SLS Las Vegas construction
Construction update: Rob Oseland, president and COO of SLS Las Vegas, confirmed in a Blog.Vegas.com story that the resort is on target for a fall 2014 opening. The outside of the resort shows work progressing on the towers as well as Strip frontage.
Project summary: Helmed by SBE, a leading nightlife, hospitality and entertainment company, SLS Las Vegas started renovation and new construction on the former Sahara Hotel & Casino site in February 2013. The new resort will have 1,622 rooms, ranging from 350-square-foot rooms to 3,300-square-foot penthouse suites, in three towers: the Society Tower, the Citizen Tower and the Sam Tower. It will also feature a 60,000-square-foot casino, a 3,000-square-foot race and sports book run in partnership with William Hill and a 10,000-square-foot, seven-shop retail space curated by Fred Segal. Restaurants will include: Katsuya, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Umami Burger, 800 Degrees, The Griddle Café in SLS Las Vegas and Cleo by chef Danny Elmaleh.
Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas
Construction summary: There has been no construction on this project. Genting announced back in June 2013 that it wanted to build a preview center in early 2014.
In a recent 2014 interview Genting Chief Executive Officer Lim Kok Thay said that construction would start once Genting was approved for a gaming license in Nevada.
Bloomberg reported that Lim told reporters at Malaysia’s Genting Highlands resort:
“We’re at the moment at the planning stage. The group is undergoing regulatory investigations by the Nevada Gaming Board, which is one of the strictest you can get. I’m quite confident we’ll obtain this license and only with that we’ll commence the construction.”
Project summary: Genting, a Malayasian hotel and gaming company, purchased the 87-acre site from Boyd Gaming in early 2013. Genting has announced its plan to build Resorts World Las Vegas, a 3,500-room project with an overall Asian theme with a replica of the Great Wall of China, a panda exhibit and other amenities. It would cost between $2 billion and $7 billion.
There would also be a 4,000-seat theater, 500,000 square feet of convention space, 250,000 square feet of retail space, 210,000 square feet of dining and 175,000 square feet of gaming.
Additional openings and closings
Denny’s at Casino Royale is temporarily closed as it undergoes renovations. The restaurant is updating the interior and expanding seating while Casino Royale has filed plans to open up a second-story patio and a pharmacy (per Vegas Inc). The restaurant is expected to re-open in 2015.
N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms Las Vegas and Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare and Wing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas have all recently re-opened after renovations to their decor. Flemings at Town Square opened in January.
Vegas Nocturne, the new show at Rose.Rabbit.Lie in The Cosmopolitan, had its grand opening on Jan. 17 – 18. Rose. Rabbit.Lie offers three distinct experiences. Beginning at 8 p.m. there are three cantos. The 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. cantos feature 90-minute shows that offer different acts at each time. The performances meld classic Vegas acts with acrobatics, circus acts, magic, tap dancing and more to create a unique experience. At midnight there is a shorter 30-minute canto. But the performances don’t start and stop on the stage or at the specified times. Throughout the evening guests can explore other rooms in the Gatsby-esque club, which features entertainers all night long. There is also a restaurant to complete the social club vibe. For the grand opening, actor Neil Patrick Harris stopped by to enjoy the fun.