Ellis Island, the bargain-minded casino and brewery located about a mile east of the Strip, is building a beer garden. The two-story outdoor venue will feature a restaurant, bar and stage called the Front Yard. It will seat 250 and is expected to open in late spring.
Ellis Island is also completely renovating its hotel, and will soon change the name from the Super 8 to something Ellis Island-specific.
Quarter oysters: On Saturday, Santa Fe Station will celebrate the first anniversary of its Oyster Bar with 25-cent raw oysters. They’ll be shuckin’ and servin’ from 4 p.m. to midnight, and draft beer is $3.
Redneck Riviera: Redneck Riviera, the country-music bar created by John Rich of the band Big & Rich, has opened in the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s. It’s the second location of the bar, following the original in Nashville, and features some interesting decor, including bathrooms with sinks made from tires and urinals from beer kegs.
In-N-Out: The first In-N-Out Burger on the Strip has opened in the LINQ Promenade. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and till 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Bellagio display: Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is celebrating the Year of the Rooster with a 16-foot moon gate, silk-lantern chandeliers and 20,000 flowers. The display is free to view 24/7 and runs through March 4.
Question: Is it true that the line on the total points scored in the NFC Championship game between the Falcons and the Packers is a record?
Answer: At this writing, the line had hit 61.5, making it the highest playoff total in NFL history. And even that may not be high enough. The playoff games continue to go over the number and the favorites are also winning, a combination that favors the betting public. In fact, the William Hill sports book released a statement saying that said Jan. 15 was “the biggest (winning) day ever” for its customers.
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