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Bright Future Signs
An illuminated arch welcome sign for visitors entering Downtown Las Vegas is under construction. The $6.5 million, 80-foot-tall crisscrossed blue arches will create a gateway over Las Vegas Boulevard near The STRAT.
The $52.5 million Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) people mover tunneling project, part of a $980 million campus expansion, should be completed by January. The Boring Company is building the shuttle 40 feet beneath the ground at the LVCC to carry people between
Two Strip resorts, Wynn and Resorts World, are planning to dig tunnels for passengers to and from the LVCC.
“Le Reve” will not open again at Wynn. The Cirque-scaled water production, which premiered when Wynn opened in 2005, had a long run in the $75 million, 1,600-seat customized theater-in-the-round.
Super Summer Theatre, cancelled this year, has announced the 45th Anniversary season in 2021, for the outdoor evening shows at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. Plays are Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins,” “Sister Act,” “Addams Family: The Musical” and “Matilda.”
Dining • Beverage News
Vickie’s Diner closed after 50 years in the same building as the former White Cross Drugs, which closed in 2015. Former waitress and current owner Vickie Kelesis changed the name from Tiffany’s Diner when she took over in 2014. She hopes to open in a new location.
Circa Resort & Casino will feature a diverse beverage program including six original bar, lounge and coffee shop concepts. Legacy Club opening in December with the hotel tower will be an elegant rooftop lounge on the 35th floor. Vegas Vickie’s will be a lobby cocktail lounge featuring the famed cowgirl Vegas Vickie neon sign. MEGA BAR will be a 165-foot-long bar on the first floor claiming the title Nevada’s longest indoor bar and home to Downtown’s flair bartenders. Overhang Bar will be above Circa’s multi-level, world’s largest sportsbook. Circa Bar will be the longest outdoor bar on Fremont Street Experience. Jack Pots will be a 24-hour modern coffee stand with flair.
Amore Taste of Chicago opened a second larger location, formerly a TGI Friday’s, on Sunset Road in Henderson with a bar. The original location launched in 2008 is closed for renovations.
Dolce is a new decadent supper clubexperience taking place every Sunday at LAVO inside The Palazzo starting at 9:30 p.m. Interactive new desserts are unveiled by poured flaming hot syrup.
Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo, closed since the COVID-19 shutdown, will not reopen making Emeril Lagasse the first celebrity chef to close one of his Strip restaurants. Replacing rapper Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club, Lagasse opened the sports-themed restaurant in 2009.
Beer Zombies is a Las Vegas based craft beer lifestyle brand opening a fourth location in Downtown Summerlin.
A COVID-19 advisory is not to blow candles out on a cake. Summerlin-based Rolling in Dough Bakery is offering a free side cupcake–specifically for the candles–with every birthday cake purchased.
A Carson City, NV, resident digging a backyard trench found bones which turned out to be remains of Ice Age herbivores. At the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, the find is being studied and catalogued. Museum visitors may stop by the Richard A. Ditton Learning Lab to see the fossils and meet the paleontologists studying them.
The National Atomic Testing Museum (NATM) is honoring the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear test known as Trinity with a new permanent exhibit. Recently a 1945 Fat Man weapon shell weighing more than 10,000 pounds from the Manhattan Project arrived at the NATM on loan for display from the Sandia National Laboratories Albuquerque site.
Circa Resort & Casino’s first exterior “CIRCA” neon sign weighing nearly six tons and three stories high was installed at the top of the building, which opens Oct. 28.
The 500-pound naked Manneken Pis statue at the D Las Vegas and the Statue of Liberty at New York-New York are wearing masks.
The new domed Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders completed construction. Though ready for business, there won’t be any fans this football season. Garth Brooks was supposed to be the stadium’s first concert headliner on Aug. 22; his date has been moved to Feb. 27, 2021.
Want to learn Cirque-like athletic skills? Las Vegas Circus Center opened a couple years ago at 6425 S. Jones Blvd. The 52,000-square-foot facility is a well-equipped all-ages training center open daily.
Graceland Wedding Chapel downtown is offering virtual Elvis themed vow renewals and commitment ceremonies for couples. Though not a legal ceremony, it is fun via Zoom.
The Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), the largest electronic dance music festival in North America, was supposed to be held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in May and rescheduled for May 2021.
After 50-plus years, the Consumer Electronics Show held every January in Las Vegas will be going virtual in 2021.
For the first time in nearly 30 years, Freakling Bros. will not open its doors with multiple haunted houses this year.