Thanks to Mike for another installment of 'Strip Walk', or semi-regular feature that focuses on Las Vegas Strip construction progress.
Lots of great new info here and of course, we've got photos: http://www.ratevegas.com/photo/gallery/stripwalk
Plus, TWO new videos:
This may be the last Strip Walk for awhile, so enjoy!
Let's march from north to south today...
Wynn Las Vegas: As has been said, the Gaultier shop is gone, and will be replaced with Alexander McQueen sometime in December. But wait, Chocolat is gone as well. It's to be replaced with Vertu, which is a high-end cell phone line owned by Nokia. Mm, back to selling electronics at the Wynn again. Gizmos, anyone? In a bit of cross-promotion you know they'll point out, Vertu makes a Ferarri-branded phone. Can we get a special Wynn Limited Edition with the ever-present signature engraved into the handset? Maybe a little voiceover action from the man himself on the outgoing message? "Hi, I'm Steve Wynn, and this is our voicemail system." All over this site, iPhones would suddenly find themselves in garbage bins, asking themselves what happened.
Encore: I'd say the construction signs are pretty much everywhere. Most important is that the low-rise structure is two floors high and already they're working in there. There isn't anything special in there yet, so I'd say you'll have to wait a bit longer if you want to plot out where Tableau 2 (assuming there's going to be one) and the other stuff will go.
Treasure Island: I thought the wall was gone, but there it is. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, this is a construction wall by a section of tables in the middle of the casino. It's directly across from the room elevators. I can't get a picture of it, because it's smack-dab in the middle of some heavy table game action and all the worrying that goes on over that sort of thing, but if you get into this hotel take a look. I'm sad to say I don't know the Treasure Island casino this well, since it's always taken my money so quickly that I can't afford to get too deep into it. But it's a very constructioney looking sort of wall.
Mirage: A new fishtank has been revealed, filled with all sorts of aquatic wildlife, located just behind the reservations hosts (who are also caught in the wild.) There's quite a collection of critters here, some of them occasionally shooting unhappy glances at the Kokomo's seafood restaurant on the other side of the lobby. This tank seems significantly brighter than the last one! It's better than the one at your doctor's office! There's pictures! I've run out of things to say! Glub, glub, glub...
Palazzo: "Look ma, no cranes!" Well, almost. The last crane bolted to the structure is going down finally, but more cranes have gathered out front to help get the strip-facing facade ready for prime time. Along Sands Ave, there's still a welders paradise back there although there's a few structural shapes (in particular this downward curving shaped mess of steel) in there. Also in the Sands Ave side, if you look real close in the windows, are some running lights. And not just construction lights, but actual lights like the kind you'd have in the place when it's open. They're roundish and inoffensive. The bottom third of the tower is lighting up at night, but I haven't been nearby while it's late enough to see what's lighting up on the ground level.
Paris: It's time for me to once again point out something Not Good as far as maintenance at a resort. Some months ago, the marketing powers of Harrah's decided to advertise The Producers on l'imitation de Arc de triomphe de l'Étoile. Banners were attached to steel supports that were drilled into the arc. The banners are gone, the steel rods are going, and at the very least they made SOME attempt to cover up the holes they made in the tower, but they did so by putting blanks in the holes, and the effect is pretty ugly. I realize this is one of those times where my wish for better maintenance doesn't come true, similar to that big piece of the Bellagio's roof decoration disappearing, but oh well. I complain because I love.
planet hollywood, all lower-case because the renovation budget didn't have room for capital letters: Trader Joe's has opened [ed: Trader Vic's?], offering tropical island food with all the authenticity of the Polynesialand hotel at Disney World. The marketing seems fun and tacky, but the entrance I saw looked kinda formal. And speaking of that mouse, Orlando favourite Earl of Sandwich is supposed to be open according to signage but I can't find it yet.
NY-NY: A floor to ceiling curtain now covers the Pour24 bar project from my prying eyes, placed just too far out of reach behind the wall. You'd think somebody important somewhere actually sees these pictures I take.
Mandalay Bay: A whole buncha slot machines have been removed(!) and a wall included a cocktail waitress corridor has been covered up with advertising for a new tattoo parlor inside Mandalay Bay. This is located right near the free shuttle exit in the same part of the building as House of Blues. If you were coming off the free shuttle, it's to your right just as you get down the stairs. This works (well, I suppose) as an attraction at O'Shea's because it's right on the street, and it works at Palms because of celebrity cachet and the fact that there's not much else to do in the area immediately around Palms, but at Mandalay right next to the Ye Olde Pharaoh's JungleTram? I'm skeptical.
Cranes n' Things: Since I like to shamelessly promote myself, Yours Truly has recently written reviews of Regale (Excalibur), Bay Side Buffet (Mandalay Bay), and found a bargain worth talking about at Sherwood Forest Cafe (Excalibur). Hm, I've now eaten at all but two places at Excalibur, and the ones I haven't tried are a fancy steakhouse and Dick's which is actually a chain. Maybe I should move onto a new place to punish my intestines?