The wait is nearly over. Owner Tamares Group started the renovations, opting to keep the hotel closed and do them all at once, and the results sound promising. Almost everything has been fixed up or completely redone top to bottom, and with the re-opening scheduled for September 1, the project is ahead of schedule. The Plaza was aided by some items coming at a discount from the shuttered Fountaineblau project that helped the budget for the renovation. In a time when the tourism and economy of Vegas is starting to pick back up, the Plaza is targeting the typical Vegas crowd to convince them that the Plaza has changed. It will reopen with a new casino floor, lounges, and several restaurants, including a steakhouse named for former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. Don’t forget to check out our hotels page for all the information on every hotel in Vegas. We wish the Plaza the best of luck.
Even in an uncertain economy, Las Vegas continues to grow. In the month of June, statewide gambling revenue jumped 16 percent. This was the second straight month of increases of 10 percent or more, and the largest since February 2010. Most of the revenue came from high-spending baccarat players, so it sounds like more people need to head to our gambling section and check out How to Play Baccarat. Slot machines and table games also saw a significant increase, pointing to a recovery of the Vegas area as a whole. We’re happy to see that Vegas is doing well, and if you want to head out there and get going with the gambling, we have a deal for you at the Bellagio.
After a four-year absence from the Vegas gaming scene, the Riviera is bringing bingo back to the fold. After exiting Chapter 11 on April 1, the new Riviera is under new management and launching a complete revamp of many areas, including the bingo room. This isn’t your traditional chips and white cards setup, however, as the Riviera is targeting all audiences, particularly the males age 20-40 demographic. Now, the bingo machines are electronic, with players having the choice of using fixed monitors or hand-held devices. Gone are the days of only the older crowd playing–the Riviera says bingo is for everyone. Better yet, the big games will move to a bigger area and the bingo room is projected to break even at the least.
Other hotels are following suit.The Plaza will also reopen on August 24 with a $150,000 bingo tournament as well, and a waiting list that has grown to 160. If you’re looking for Vegas gaming at its finest, look into information on the Riviera, as well as checking out Plaza info.
On August 24, the mini-golf and Las Vegas bar scenes will collide, with The Swingers Club set to open in the renovated Plaza hotel, giving us another excellent place to stay and play in Vegas. A nine-hole Vegas-themed miniature golf course will be the focal point of the bar, as well as dueling pianos placed on the floor to encourage the camaraderie associated with both Vegas bars and golf. Owner and manager Anthony Cools, a local hypnotist and show producer, is looking to create an “inviting atmosphere where people can just relax and have fun,” and will do so with a schedule that includes the bar and mini-golf course (11 AM-4 PM), live music (7-9 PM), dueling pianos (9 PM-2 AM), a DJ, and a glow-in-the-dark disco golf course in the later hours (2 AM-4 AM).
A soft opening is scheduled for August 24 to coincide with the casino’s opening, with an official grand opening schedule for Labor Day weekend. Interested in checking out Cools’ hypnotism show in Las Vegas? CLICK HERE.
Looking for food you won’t get anywhere else? Look no further than Hash House A Go Go, known for its “twisted farm food” such as duck mac n cheese, the Kokomo (pictured above), roasted market butternut squash, and even World Famous Griddled Meatloaf with smoked mozzarella. There is a diverse menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner sure to leave no one disappointed. This will be Hash House’s fourth location, and is expected to open by September 1 to hotel guests, with the newly-renovated Plaza Hotel hosting a soft opening on August 24. Hash House A Go Go also has locations at Imperial Palace, M Resort, and at Sahara Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard. If you desire a unique dining experience in Sin City, this is the place for you! For more information, check out Hash House A Go Go’s site.