• 01-FEB-2018

Las Vegas News Briefs - February 2018

Gordon Ramsay - HELL'S KITCHEN Grand Opening
First Gordon Ramsey HELL’S KITCHEN Restaurant Opens at Caesars Palace
Multi-Michelin star chef and television personality Gordon Ramsay, joined by the finalists of Season 17 HELL’S KITCHEN All-Stars and famous faces from the sports and entertainment world, celebrated the official grand opening of the first-ever Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN restaurant at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Since its soft opening in early January, the highly-anticipated restaurant has already received reservations for nearly 25,000 guests. Designed to be an experiential and immersive destination restaurant, guests at Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN will feel transported to the studio set of the globally popular FOX television show. The inspiration from the hit show is evident from the signature fiery pitchfork – direct from the set of the popular TV show – that marks the entryway, to the life-size video screen of Chef Ramsay that greets guests upon arrival, to the chef uniforms and menu items. The winner of current Season 17 of HELL’S KITCHEN All-Stars will be named Head Chef and have portrait hung with the other previous champions on the winner’s wall. For more information, contact Michelle Loosbrock, Jeff Wagner Agency, Michelle@JeffWagnerAgency.com.

Tuscany Suites & Casino unveils $5 Million Renovation of Guest Rooms
Tuscany Suites & Casino recently unveiled an interior refresh to its guest rooms across its 716 suites as part of a property-wide renovation. The project, which kicked off in 2015, is now complete, featuring new furniture, carpeting and bathroom vanity. The newly designed rooms feature thoughtful touches that reflect a modern take on the Tuscany region of central Italy, meticulously and personally selected by the property’s owner, Brett Heers. Standout implementations of the refreshed guest rooms include an updated color palette and design, environmentally friendly lighting fixtures, new artwork, functional desk space for business travelers, additional power outlets, and faster in-room WiFi. For more information, contact Kyle Boulia, Kirvin Doak Communications, TuscanyLV@kirvindoak.com.

Matt Goss Returns to the Las Vegas Strip at The Mirage
Hit entertainer and beloved showman Matt Goss returns to the Las Vegas Strip, headlining an extended engagement at The Mirage. “Matt Goss at The Mirage” is appearing now on select evenings inside 1 OAK Nightclub. Known for his impassioned performances that combine intoxicating vocal sets, big band instrumentals and old-school glamour, British-born singing sensation Goss’ sleek style and unparalleled ability to engage audiences embody the magic of Las Vegas’ classic lounge crooners. A favorite among visitors and locals, Goss’ talents and numerous accolades proclaim him “The New King of Vegas.” For more information, contact Hillary Smoot, PR Plus, hillary@prpluslv.com.

Las Vegas Lights FC to Kick Off Inaugural Season with Three Pre-Season Games
Las Vegas’ newest professional sports team, the United Soccer League (USL)’s Las Vegas Lights FC, will kick off its inaugural season with Soccer Spring Training matches against visiting MLS clubs on Feb. 10 (Montreal Impact), Feb. 17 (Vancouver Whitecaps FC) and Feb. 24 (DC United). The first regular season home match for Las Vegas Lights FC at Cashman Field will double as the birth of an in-state rivalry as the Lights FC will host Reno 1868 FC on Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. For more information, visit lasvegaslightsfc.com.

The Westin Las Vegas Transforms into Non-Gaming, Non-Smoking Property
The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa, located just steps from the Las Vegas Strip, has completed major renovations, transforming into the city’s newest non-gaming, non-smoking option, perfect for corporate travelers and leisure guests. Under the management of Crescent Hotels & Resorts, the casino floor has been removed to make way for Jake & Eli, a vibrant culinary experience and lobby bar concept, as well as new and upgraded meeting spaces. The Westin Las Vegas has added four new meeting rooms, located off the lobby, increasing its capacity by 20 percent. These flexible spaces are complete with custom catering options including a private buffet, signature menus from Jake & Eli, and a dedicated pre-function space, making this area the ideal spot for large and small business or social groups. For more information, contact Tawny Strelic, Kirvin Doak Communications, tstrelic@kirvindoak.com.

Chef Roy Choi Hits Up Las Vegas with New Restaurant at Park MGM
Los Angeles culinary legend Roy Choi will electrify the Las Vegas dining scene in the fall of 2018 with the debut of a Koreatown-inspired concept. Choi’s multifaceted, multisensory experience will be a dynamic destination within the transformation of Monte Carlo into Park MGM. The soon-to-be-named restaurant will be a celebration of L.A.’s Koreatown district featuring immersive spaces that feel comfortable and familiar, while creating an eclectic environment for people to open their perceptions to the new and extraordinary. For more information, contact Natalie Mounier, Kirvin Doak Communications, nmounier@kirvindoak.com.

Westgate Resorts announces World’s Largest Free-Standing Sign Gets Digital Upgrade
The world’s largest free-standing outdoor sign has received a major digital upgrade! In partnership with New Tradition, Westgate Resorts has announced the completion of the digital upgrade for its iconic Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino sign, standing 28-stories tall near the corner of Paradise Rd. and Elvis Presley Blvd. The updated sign’s state-of-the-art LED video displays cover a combined 15,000 square feet, with 16mm LED display areas of nearly 5,600,000 pixels that is larger than the Dallas Cowboys’ famous stadium video displays. For more information, contact Jeff Klein, PR Plus, jeff@prpluslv.com.

Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts Unveils Personalized Virtual Concierge Service
Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas are using technology to enhance the guest experience with Ivy™, a 24-hour virtual concierge service. With additional rollouts to Caesars Palace and The LINQ Hotel & Casino over the summer, Ivy is now live in more than 6,000 rooms within Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts, making Caesars Entertainment the first major gaming company in Las Vegas to offer a widespread guest text messaging program with built-in artificial intelligence. Ivy, created by Go Moment®, is the world’s first automated guest engagement platform for hotels powered by IBM Watson. Caesars Palace and The LINQ Hotel & Casino are the latest Caesars Entertainment resorts to introduce guests to Ivy, which initially launched at the boutique Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace and The Cromwell in December 2016. Ivy is expected to expand to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in February with planned rollouts to the remaining Las Vegas resorts in 2018. For more information, contact Erica Johnson-McElroy, Caesars Entertainment, EJohnsonmcelroy@caesarspalace.com.

Lolli & Pops Brings Sweet Delight to Sin City with First Nevada Location
Lolli & Pops, a growing mass-premium candy company, will open its first location in Nevada with a brand-new store at Las Vegas's Fashion Show Las Vegas. Set to debut this month, the new store is the 46th location opened by San Francisco-based Lolli & Pops, which is on schedule to open over 30 more stores across the U.S. by the end of 2018. Each store offers a thoughtfully curated selection of sweets and treats sourced from around the world. Fashion Show guests will be greeted with a dazzling display of colorful French macarons, marzipan fruits and a gummy bear bar with more than 15 flavors to choose from. The 2,200 square-foot store will stock sweets from famed candy producers and local artisans that will change daily. For more information, contact Kayla Hill-Tidball, Allied Integrated Marketing,  ggp@alliedim.com.

Allied Esports Sets March 22 Date for Grand Opening
Allied Esports, the world’s leading network of dedicated esports properties and content production facilities, recently announced the grand opening date of Esports Arena Las Vegas, the Strip’s first dedicated esports arena. The arena will officially open its doors at Luxor Hotel and Casino on Thursday, March 22 with a series of events, including an invitation-only, multi-day, live-streamed tournament. Allied Esports and Esports Arena have partnered with Luxor to transform the former nightclub space into a multi-level arena with a competition stage, LED video wall, telescopic seating, daily gaming stations, and state-of-the-art streaming and television-quality production studios. The arena will provide a ready-to-go championship destination for tournaments, leagues and high-stakes matchups in a setting designed to deliver an unparalleled fan experience. In December, Allied Esports and world-renowned chef Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup announced a partnership to create the first gaming-inspired food and beverage menu at Esports Arena Las Vegas. For more information, contact Katelyn Mixer, Kirvin Doak Communications, kmixer@kirvindoak.com.

Downtown Grand Presents "Bed & Brewski" Featuring Tenaya Creek Brewery
Unexpected partnerships are the best partnerships. The Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino has announced a property-wide partnership with Las Vegas Brewery, Tenaya Creek, to create the city’s first “Bed & Brewski” hotel room package and experience, which will offer private tours of the brewery exclusively to hotel guests. Guests who book this experiential package will be greeted with a 6-pack of their chosen brewski upon check-in, as well as a ticket to privately tour Las Vegas’ own Tenaya Creek Brewery. These first-of-their-kind tours will offer hotel guests an intimate look at one of Las Vegas’ most successful craft breweries. For more information, contact Kip Kelly, Jeff Wagner Agency, kip@jeffwagneragency.com.

Wynn Las Vegas Introduces Solar Energy Facility
Wynn Las Vegas will power its multi-use development, Paradise Park, with 100 percent renewable energy sourced from a new 160-acre solar energy facility, making it one of the most environmentally conscious planned developments in Las Vegas. Under the terms of the agreement with Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA), Wynn Las Vegas will begin receiving power in the first half of 2018 which will be used to offset up to seventy-five percent of the resort’s current peak power requirements until Paradise Park opens. This is the largest percentage of renewable energy used by any resort in Las Vegas, and an industry first for a gaming operator in Nevada. For more information, contact Eric Kreller, Wynn Las Vegas, eric.kreller@wynnlasvegas.com.

The Big Apple Roller Coaster at New York-New York Hotel & Casino Announces New Virtual Reality Experience
Fasten your safety belts and prepare for liftoff! New York-New York Hotel & Casino will take attraction rides to new levels when The Big Apple Coaster Virtual Reality Experience debuts February 7. The first of its kind in Las Vegas, this white-knuckle ride high above The Strip will combine thrill-seekers’ need for speed with advanced, immersive graphics, resulting in a 4D experience that’s out of this world. The first virtual reality ride to incorporate popular current landmarks into its creative visuals, the ride combines real G forces, drops and the high speed of The Big Apple Coaster to create an unforgettable experience. For more information, contact Marissa Gomez, MGM Resorts International, mngomez@mgmresorts.com.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to debut REVIV IV Wellness Spa
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas recently announced REVIV IV Wellness Spa, leading global wellness provider of signature IV therapies and booster shots, will open on property early Spring 2018. The third Las Vegas location will offer both guests of The Cosmopolitan and locals the opportunity to receive world-class IV wellness therapy to treat a variety of common ailments including dehydration, inflammation, vitamin deficiencies and the after effects of a fun night out in Las Vegas. REVIV will feature signature amenities of the IV wellness lounge including full body massage chairs, private and group treatment areas complete with televisions and iPads, views of the Las Vegas strip, aroma therapy and beverages. Treatments will be available in either a private treatment room onsite or in-room for guests staying at The Cosmopolitan. For more information, contact Kyle Boulia, Kirvin Doak Communications, thecosmopolitan@kirvindoak.com.

The Mob Museum Announces February 14 as Opening Date for First-Floor Renovation
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces February 14, 2018 as the opening date for its major first-floor renovation, which includes a brand-new exhibition space called Organized Crime Today, focusing on the modernization and evolution of organized crime in the present day. Two new experiential spaces include the Use of Force Training Experience and Crime Lab, which join the Museum’s already robust experiential platform, focusing on methods employed by law enforcement to apprehend and prosecute criminals and their organizations. This represents the first phase of the Museum’s largest capital improvement project since opening on February 14, 2012. To celebrate the Museum’s sixth anniversary and the debut of its new experiences, general admission will be FREE for Nevada residents and buy-one, get-one for non-residents from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. that day. For more information, contact Nikki Neu, Vox Solid Communications, nneu@wearevoxsolid.com.

Wynn Resorts Acquires Smiling King Bear Sculpture
Wynn Resorts adds a new level of modern vigor to its world-class art collection with the acquisition of Smiling King Bear, a pop-surreal sculpture created by the famed Spanish contemporary artist Okuda San Miguel. At a towering 16-feet tall and executed in the artist’s signature prismatic style, the sculpture is a multicolored geometric masterpiece featuring a whimsical bear with a spiked crown, holding an equally imposing smiling ball. The sculpture was installed at Wynn Las Vegas during a meticulous multi-day process overseen by the artist, and is now on display in the Wynn Plaza rotunda as part of the resort’s continued appreciation and commitment to public art. For more information, contact Eric Kreller, Wynn Las Vegas, eric.kreller@wynnlasvegas.com.

Clint Holmes and Earl Turner Debut New Show Inside Historic Westgate International Theater
Celebrated entertainers Clint Holmes and Earl Turner are taking the stage together to celebrate the ‘soundtrack’ of our lives in SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories. The Show. The latest collaboration between these two Las Vegas legends will debut inside the famed Westgate International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Jeff Klein, PR Plus, jeff@prpluslv.com.