In what’s being called a “temporary closing for repositioning,” the Lucky Dragon resort has shut down its casino and all restaurants except the Cha Garden tea house. The hotel and gift shop also remain open.
The boutique resort located on Sahara Avenue, just west of the strip, opened a year ago, but wasn’t able to get traction with its target Asian audience. According to a statement summarizing the resort’s status, the casino and restaurants will reopen within six months.
When it rains
The record-breaking 116 days without recorded rainfall at McCarran Airport has ended. Two days of heavy rain last week created flooding conditions throughout the city and delayed or canceled several flights.
Britney breaks records
Britney Spears ended her Las Vegas residency with a bang, setting box office records for her New Year’s Eve finale. Tickets selling for an average of about $250 generated a $1.17 million take, the highest ever for a show at Planet Hollywood. It was the conclusion of Britney’s four-year run.
Aerosmith next on the strip
In an interview on a Boston TV station, Aerosmith band member Joe Perry said that the band will play a Las Vegas residency beginning sometime in the fall. Perry indicated that frontman Steven Tyler will be involved. He didn’t say where the gig would be, but the smart money is on The Park Theater at Park MGM.
Naked City to El Cortez
Naked City Pizza, specializing in Buffalo-style pies, has opened an outlet at the El Cortez in the space formerly occupied by Pizza Lotto.
Question: What’s the verdict on the new Fox sitcom, “LA to Vegas”?
Answer: The new Las Vegas-themed TV show is set on the Friday-night-up and Sunday-night-back weekend flights that are typically full of partying optimists on the first leg and defeated realists on the second. It’s too early to tell, but the first episode, while cliche-laden, provided some Vegas references that fans of the city could recognize and appreciate.