Regardless of the outcome of the Stanley Cup Finals, Las Vegas has provided an amazing level of support for its hockey team and many of the tributes figure to last beyond the final game.
Bellagio Patisserie is displaying a 5-foot-tall chocolate sculpture of Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and individual chocolate Fleurys are on sale for $40. Outside, the soundtrack for the Bellagio Fountains plays “Viva Las Vegas” after Golden Knights victories. A giant 600-pound Knights jersey adorns the Statue of Liberty at the New York New York hotel.
The Buddha at the entrance of Tao at the Venetian and the Benny Binion statue at South Point also sport Knights Jerseys. A statue of Julius Caesar at the front of Caesars Palace holds a Knights flag and a 24-foot goalie stick. Several showroom celebrities, including Celine Dion, have performed in Golden Knights attire.
Parties to watch the games outside the T-Mobile Arena have attracted up to 3,000 participants. And virtually every bar in town tunes its TVs to the games.
Bacchanal bump: The prices of the Bacchanal Buffet weekend brunch and dinner have spiked by $10 to $59.99 and $69.99, respectively. These prices are in effect at least through Labor Day.
Jackpot at Cosmo: A Canadian man hit for $1.3 million at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas last week on a Wheel of Fortune machine. It’s the second million-dollar jackpot at the Cosmo this year.
Question: What’s the latest on the labor dispute with the culinary union. Is there still danger of a strike?
Answer: Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International have both signed agreements with the unions. While the pacts are being called “tentative,” they’re expected to be ratified and it’s a development that will likely lead to quick agreements at other properties.
The two companies control 18 of the 34 resorts that were vulnerable to a strike, meaning that at this point there could still be walkouts at individual holdout casinos, but the possibility of a citywide strike is all but nonexistent.