While in town to play a concert at the M Resort and Casino, world-famous rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd toured another new facility–the future home of Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at the Excalibur. Slated to open in December, the restaurant will feature Texas-style barbecue at all hours of the day and evening, then become a late night club with music and entertainment after hours. The band has already agreed to play shows there, and their memorabilia will line the walls. The facility is even modeled after their old practice and living space, Hell House. Band members Johnny Van Zant, Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke toured construction at the restaurant Friday. We’ll keep you posted as construction unfolds, and to prepare you, we have deals on rates at the Excalibur as low as $33/night!
Tonight, NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal hosts his “All-Star Comedy Jam” at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. His act features performers such as Bruce Bruce, Gary Owen, and Corey Holcomb. O’Neal acts as the emcee of the tour, just one of many ventures he’s a part of now that his playing career is over. Show time is 9 PM today, and tickets are $45-$75. More information is at their Facebook page.
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It looks like Hell’s Kitchen will have a big presence in Las Vegas–at least, Chef Gordon Ramsay will have a big presence. With the news that Bradley Ogden in Vegas is closing, it was also announced that a gastro-pub in conjunction with Ramsay will take its place. The news comes after our earlier report on Ramsay’s first Vegas restaurant in Caesars Palace. Bradley Ogden, the only Las Vegas restaurant ever to win a James Beard national “Best New Restaurant of the Year Award” (2004), will be serving its last supper sometime in mid-October. After that, work will begin on turning it into the gastro-pub.
This comes on the heels of the news that Ramsay plans to open a minimum of three restaurants in Vegas. None have materialized as yet, but “announcements are on the way shortly” according to Ramsay’s group. Ramsay sold his New York outpost, London NYC, amid a legal battle with his father-in-law. He is hoping to revive his brand in Vegas, and three restaurants here in partnership with Caesars, will be a big roll of the dice. It appears that the Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef star is going all-in on Vegas restaurants. We’ll keep you posted. Also, hotels at Caesars, where the restaurants are scheduled to be located, are available at a great deal by clicking HERE for rates as low as $99 a night.
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