Daily Archives: February 20, 2010

Down Goes Hawaiian Tropic Zone in Las Vegas

The Hawaiian Tropic Zone, located inside the Miracle Mile Shops in Las Vegas, known for its great drinks, wild parties and innovative promotions, has succumbed to bad economic times. 

Sadly, the restaurant, bar and lounge will close in the wee hours this Sunday morning.   No news forthcoming on exactly what will fill the physical void or when.

The Hawaiian Tropic Zone in Las Vegas opened its doors in January 2008.

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Wayne Brady returns to Las Vegas, follows Chazz Palminteri, Joan Rivers

Entertainer Wayne Brady, right, to many, may not have left Sin City.  But that he did.  Now, Brady of “Let’s Make a Deal” fame, which taped at the Tropicana, is returning to the Venetian in Las Vegas on Memorial Day weekend.  

Brady, produced by Zeiger’s Base Entertainment, is scheduled to perform 15 weeks scattered though the rest of this year, while presumably working around the new taping schedule of “Deal.” 

But before Brady arrives, Chazz Palminteri and Joan Rivers will keep his Venetian stage warmed up. 

Palminteri performs his autobiographical one-man play “A Bronx Tale” April 28-May 9 and Oct. 6-18.  It’s a Las Vegas exclusive engagement- the only booking this year for Palminteri. 

Joan Rivers will host Venetian dates in April, times to be later announced.

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Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin to Receive Las Vegas Star Tributes

The Las Vegas Walk of Fame will install sidewalk star memorials to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in ceremonies at 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22 in the Flamingo showroom. 

Deana Martin will speak on behalf of her father, Dean. 

So, why did these mega-stars of the Las Vegas heyday get their stars after Tony Sacca and Wayne AllenRoot?  Simple:  These latter guys were paid for by the recipients’ families, while Sinatra and Marine families didn’t see the need to pay for an honor that virtually existed anyway through their mass audience appeal for decades.  

The Walk haunchos, apparently, had a soft spot in their heart and is financing Sinatra and Martin on their own dime.  That’s nice. 

Money talks- and for sure in Las Vegas.

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Fly into Las Vegas, Buy Booze while at Luggage Carousel

Buying booze at an airport luggage carousel will soon join the “only in Vegas” list.

Clark County commissioners are actively looking for a vendor to run a liquor store at McCarran International Airport’s baggage claim areas.

McCarran will be the only airport in the U.S. where highly spirited travelers could shop for euphoric fueling spirits as they await their bags to come down the turnstile. 

Randall Walker, the airport’s aviation director, estimates that the store would bring in $400,000 to $600,000 a year.  Definitely not chump change in a stale economy.   Equally important, the innovative approach would help the county help curb the fees on airline, which, in turn, would give airline carriers less reason to cut flights into the Entertainment Capital of the World. 

It’s wasn’t a slam-dunk decision, though.  Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak resisted the idea and asked that the board put off action for at least a month so that businesses, travelers, the taxicab authority and others can weigh in.  But his colleagues rejected the feeble plea, so he finally gave in and joined the pack in approving the booze store.

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