In the Know News

Hooters is opening the company’s largest location poolside at the Palms with a two-story main dining room inside.

IKEA broke ground for its Durango Drive store that will have a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish dishes.

Pawn Plaza opening this summer near History channel’s Pawn Stars shop will be the first Strip location for Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ and Tavern, Poutine Vegas of Ontario’s Smoke’s Poutinerie and Rita’s Italian Ice.

The LINQ opened a Divas Las Vegas-themed gaming pit with six custom blackjack tables celebrating Frank Marino’s female impersonators show.

Fremont Street East’s newest neon sign is Pabst Blue Ribbon’s most iconic character, “Cool Blue.”

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay introduced a pair of Scalloped Hammerheads making it one of only three U.S. aquariums with them.

Showbiz Highlights

Suzanne Somers will debut her new nightclub show Suzanne Sizzles at the Westgate May 23 and entertain 28 weeks through May 2016. Westgate will also open Suzanne Somers Spa and Suzanne Somers Organic Spa Café. Her new book is TOX-SICK: From Toxic to Not Sick.

Celine Dion will resume her show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Aug. 27 with a brand-new look.

The Duck Commander Musical opened in the Crown Theater at the Rio transporting audiences to the Louisiana bayou.

Mat Franco, 26, the first magician to win America’s Got Talent, will open a resident show at The LINQ on June 24 after the showroom is renovated.

The Golden Nugget is presenting a diverse lineup of acts for its 52 Fridays Concert Series playing weekly.

Ariana Grande’s The Honeymoon Tour will stop at Mandalay Bay Saturday, Aug. 29 with Latin superstar Prince Royce.

Jim Jefferies, internationally renowned Australian comedian and actor, will visit The Joint at Hard Rock on Saturday, Oct. 3 on his Freedumb tour.

For his sixth anniversary at The Mirage, Terry Fator introduced new character ...Rusty the Robot, the prototype robot designed to do all jobs.

The Stratosphere’s 8 Pool started a summer Saturday night concert series starring Zowie Bowie featuring Chris Phillips on May 23, June 20, July 4, Aug. 8 and Sept. 7.

Hypnotist Justin Tranz appearing in the Tommy Wind Theater recently became the IKEA spokesperson.

On tour Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters will visit Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, May 28.

X107.5’s Our Big Concert will feature performances by Cage the Elephant, Dirty Heads, New Politics, Big Data and Joywave at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan May 28.

Route 91 Harvest Festival will return Oct. 2-4. The three-day festival at MGM Resorts Village will be headlined by country music superstars Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen and more.

The In Its Entirety concert series continues at Red Rock monthly on the second Friday beginning May 8.

Punk Rock Bowling, the three-day music festival downtown May 22-25 will feature 17 late-night club shows, 60+ bands, and three main headliners Rancid, Dropkick Murphys and Refused.

Dining And Beverage News

Chinese restaurant Meizhou Dongpo will open its first Nevada location and third in the United States in early 2016 at the Grand Canal Shoppes.

Chef Bradley Manchester opened Glutton in a renovated midcentury building downtown for lunch and dinner with an outdoor patio.

The new 24-hour HEXX kitchen , bar , chocolate at Paris showcases American cuisine, cocktails, and Las Vegas’ first bean-to-bar craft chocolate maker.

Upscale VISTA Cocktail Lounge operated by Hakkasan Group is opening at Caesars Palace where the Shadow Bar was located.

McCall’s Heartland Grill at the Stratosphere has debuted The Whiskey Bar.

Michelin-starred Chef Alex Stratta opened his new restaurant Tapas by Alex Stratta in Tivoli Village with a patio.

Pizza Rock by 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani opened at Green Valley Ranch with indoor and outdoor seating serving lunch and dinner daily.

Asian-inspired restaurant WuHu Noodle will open at the Silverton in June with casino floor “patio” seating.

Quick-serve Pizza Forte at Sunset Station is owned by family-owned and operated Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar.

Hash House A Go Go opened a new free-standing location in Henderson.

PBR Rock Bar & Grill and Rockhouse owner Jonathan Fine has broadened his hospitality empire with the off-Strip PKWY Tavern Taphouse and Grille.

Rachel’s Kitchen expanded with a second downtown location offering a limited weekday menu at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

An Australian chain, Gelato Messina, opened its first U.S. location in Downtown Summerlin.

The 7th annual Wine Fest at the Golden Nugget hosted in partnership with BACK BAR USA will be held May 15-17.

For the first time since 2011, Las Vegas Restaurant Week will take place during one series of dates - June 15-26 - this year.