Say goodbye to the Hard Rock Cafe, which opened in 1990 and has stood in front of the Hard Rock casino since it debuted in 1995. Demolition of the stand-alone structure that was christened by an Aerosmith concert and was distinguished by its famous 82-foot-tall neon guitar began last week and informally kicks off the transformation of the Hard Rock to Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The cafe has been closed since 2016 and the guitar is now part of downtown’s Neon Museum. The resort will close Feb. 3 for the complete renovation and reopen in late 2020, with the cafe area earmarked for valet operations and surface parking.
More Hard Rock: To celebrate the Hard Rock’s soon-to-end 25-year history in Las Vegas, the rock ’n’ roll curators have opened a whole room of rock memorabilia (outfits, instruments, photos), much of which hasn’t been on display before. The exhibit is open Thursday-Monday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; admission is free for all ages.
More Viva: Viva Vision, the giant canopy over Fremont Street downtown, has completed the $32 million upgrade it began six months ago, installing new LED panels that have made the screen seven times brighter, with four times more resolution, than the old screen. The new high-res graphics will be unveiled on New Year’s Eve.
More Ramsay: Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is opening a sixth Las Vegas restaurant — an Asian-influenced eatery called Lucky Cat, which Ramsay also operates in London. The location of the Las Vegas version, expected to debut next year, was not divulged.
Question: With the Las Vegas Raiders on the way to town, are there any Raiders bars already operating?
Answer: Of course. There are currently five that follow the Raiders and attract a big black-and-silver following: Legends Sports Bar & Grill (Boulder Highway), Good Timez Billiards (W. Charleston Blvd.), Chanclas Cantina (E. Desert Inn Road), Jackpot Bar & Grill (S. Decatur Blvd.) and Lucy’s Bar & Grill in the Lucky Club casino.
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