Upscale Hong Kong restaurant Mott 32 will open its first U.S. outpost at The PalazzoThe Venetian this winter. 

Factory Place Hospitality Group will open The Factory Kitchen at The Venetian in December, marking the second for the downtown Los Angeles Italian trattoria.

La La Noodle is a new casual dining concept debuting at Park MGM this November with a covered outdoor patio and serving authentic Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine.

LA-based chef Roy Choi’s original restaurant concept Best Friend will debut at Park MGM at the end of December capsulizing a look at Koreatown with entry through the Liquor Store. 

Pop Up Pizza at the Plaza revealed a refreshed menu and eatery complete with a new Brooklyn-influenced mural “The New Style” by Derek Douglas professionally known as SNIPT

Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, chefs and Border Grill restaurant owners, have opened quick service BBQ Mexicana at Mandalay Bay

Rodizio Grill, the first Brazilian “churrasco” steakhouse in the United States in 1995, will open its first Nevada location this fall at the Galleria at Sunset mall. 

Family-owned Tacotarian is a new plant-based, 40-seat Mexican west side restaurant serving a full menu daily.

James Beard nominees and owners of Honey Salt restaurant, Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla, have their first cookbook, Honey Salt Food & Drink – A Culinary Scrapbook

Freed’s Bakery, featured on Food Network’s Vegas Cakes, will open a second valley location, Freed’s Dessert Shop, inOctober.


New quintet pop sensations Why Don’t We will make a tour stop at the newly renovated Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Saturday, March 23. 

Diana Ross makes her third engagementat Wynn’s Encore Theater with nine shows Oct. 31-Nov. 17.

photo credit John Shearer

Jerry Seinfeld will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in 2019 for two weekends Feb. 22-23 and June 21-22.

Barry Manilow’s show “Manilow: Las Vegas – The Hits Come Home!”is extended at Westgate through 2019. 

Carlos Santana will enter his seventh-year residency at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in 2019 beginning Jan. 23.

In his 19th year, Harrah’s headliner Mac King extends his afternoon “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” four more years through 2022 making him the longest running act performing at the same hotel in Las Vegas history. 

ComedySportz featuring two professional improvisational comedy teams competing for laughs, points and audience support, has premiered at The Space west of the Strip.

Michael Winslow, star of Police Academy and vocal sound effects will appear at The Space Friday, Oct. 12.

Broadway singing veteran Shoshana Bean, the first replacement for green-witch Elphaba in “Wicked,” will perform two concerts at The Space Oct. 25 and 26. 

Off-Broadway hit “FRIENDS! The Musical Parody” will preview the show Thursday, Oct. 18 at the D Las Vegas.

Comedian-actor Doug Benson will hold a live taping of his podcast “Doug Loves Movies” at the Comedy Cellar at the Rio Saturday, Nov. 3 at 4:20 p.m. 

Comedian Whitney Cummings will headline the Greenwich Village club replica Comedy Cellar at the Rio Nov. 12-13. 

About Town

The Fremont Street Experience will begin a $32 million renovation of the Viva Vision video canopy next February and make the reveal Dec. 31, 2019.

The 392-room, high-rise Mandarin Oriental is now luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria. Next summer, the nongaming hotel will initiate a guest room restyle. 

Fly LINQ, the Strip’s first zipline is scheduled to open in November at The LINQ Promenade with 10 ziplines launching riders in a seated or superhero position.

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas unveiled its newest team-based virtual reality adventure allowing two to four people to participate in up to four, 15-minute timed challenges.

Electra Cocktail Club opened at The Palazzo • The Venetian completing The Venetian Cocktail Collective trinity, comprised of the romantic Rosina, sophisticated Dorsey, and now, kinetic Electra

History-rich Thunderbird Boutique Hotel downtown has made renovations including updating the Thunderbird Lounge with a full bar and gaming. 

Magical Memories Dimensions opened at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace showcasing artists’ original 3D works.

The 17th Welcome to Las Vegas Gift Store location opened at McCarran International Airport’s B Gates. 

Billed as the world’s largest marijuana dispensary, the $7.5 million Planet 13 Superstore is a cannabis entertainment complex opening Nov. 1.

Cannabition at Neonopolis downtown is Las Vegas’ first immersive cannabis museum with Instagrammable vignettes, and multisensory, entertaining and educational exhibits. 

Karma And Luck spiritual lifestyles brand opened its 13th citywide store at Fashion

Another downtown project in the works is the $7 million “Treehouse” entertainment-dining complex on Main Street opening next March.

M Resort opened the first indoor interactive, two-bay Topgolf Swing Suite virtual gaming experience with comfortable lounge seating. 

The Downtown Brew Festival returns to the Clark County Amphitheater for its seventh year Saturday, Oct. 20.

The W Hotel occupying one tower at SLS is gone. New owners, the Meruelo Group, are investing $100 million in renovations at the three-tower property. 

The Stratosphere is making over its guest rooms with remodeled contemporary décor including new furniture, amenities and
walk-in showers.  

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit!is visiting Discovery Children’s Museum through Jan. 21 bringing the PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kidto life.

The Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) is hosting Downtown Watch Zone series with Sunday football outdoor bashes all season, including all Raiders games.