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Official: Downtown Grand Is Not For Sale

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Oct 2015
City manager (and guitar shredder) Betsy Fretwell told the local Las Vegas NPR show "State of Nevada" that Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino is not the father for sale. I had a long conversation with...

Tagged: downtown grand   fremont street   misinformation   cim group   npr   

The New Gold Tower Rooms At Golden Nugget

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Dec 2014
The Golden Nugget announced today that they have completed a full renovation of the Gold Tower Rooms. The upgrades include new mattresses, new furniture, new TV sets, new bathrooms, new AC units, new towels.... they spent...

Tagged: golden nugget   new rooms   downtown   

Downtown Grand Reshuffles Executive Deck

Posted by Chuckmonster on 31 Jul 2014
Having most of its blood spilled into a sea of desperation, Downtown Grand has brought in a Chex mix of seasoned executives to help right the listing ship. In: Marie Ramsey CFO, formerly VP/CFO at Tropicana,...

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Vegas Gang #111: Downtown Grand, AC, Caesars, Linq, Quad and IGT

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Jul 2014
On the latest episode of The Vegas Gang podcast discuss Downtown Grand's slow demise, epic contraction in Atlantic City casino market, Caesars LTD Inc. financial house of cards collapsing to the LINQ concept backfiring to...

Tagged: vegas gang podcast   downtown grand   atlantic city   linq   quad   high roller   slot machines   igt   admiral   

The Best Western Premier Downtown Grand

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 Jul 2014
VT reader @dicerunner21 noticed something about the rooms at Downtown Grand. In room Best Western cups at @downtowngrandlv pic.twitter.com/zzyTGEIpEV— DiceRunner (@DiceRunner21) July 10, 2014 I've been in Downtown Grand rooms twice, a tour of every room model...

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Downtown Grand Calls The Book-A-Bottle Play

Posted by Chuckmonster on 31 May 2014
In addition to their new casino smell - biiiiig breaaaaath, hold it.... and AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH -the Downtown Grand has begun piping in a whiff of desperation with this sad sounding offer straight from Caesars Entertainment's deep...

Tagged: downtown grand   book-a-bottle   picnic   rooftops   dayclub   

Downtown Grand Giving Away A Tesla Model S

Posted by Chuckmonster on 29 May 2014
The Downtown Grand hotel and casino is trying to jump start their casino marketing program by giving away a brand new Tesla Model S this summer. During the Summer Spectacular Giveaway, players will earn 1...

Tagged: downtown grand   jackpot   giveaways   tesla   gambling   

Postscript: Downtown Grand

Posted by RateVegas on 21 May 2014
I stayed at Downtown Grand recently with my wife. We were attending a family event nearby and I wanted to give it a try. This isn't a review of DTG but I have some thoughts...

Tagged: downtown grand   sls   seth schorr   fifth street gaming   cim group   zach conine   wynn   fremont street   

VegasEats : Pizza Rock at Downtown Grand(ish)

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 May 2014
Historians tell us that riches and religion are the root cause of warfare. What historians won't tell you is that pizza runs a close third. Heresy - in pizza or otherwise - is defined by...

Tagged: vegas eats   pizza   pizza rock   downtown grand   fremont street   dining   reviews   

Downtown Grand Sued For Letting Drunk Guy Gamble

Posted by Chuckmonster on 5 Mar 2014
Mark Johnson claims he lost a ton of money gambling at Downtown Grand over Super Bowl weekend. He also claims he was drunk... and doesn't remember any of it other than hitting the bar...

Tagged: downtown grand   bender   gambling   lawsuit   lol   

Vegas Gang #102, #103, #104 : Seth Schorr, Andrew Pascal Interviews and More

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Dec 2013
Xmas has come early for Vegas Gang with THREE shows in the last two weeks. Stuff that in your stocking, gaming geeks. To start things off, Vegas Gang #102 features discussion about The Trippies, ...

Tagged: vegas gang   podcast   downtown grand   wynn   seth schorr   andrew pascal   playstudios   

Vegas Gang #101: Downtown Grand, Caesars, SLS and Earnings Season

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Nov 2013
On the latest episode of The Vegas Gang... a mini VIMFP recap then headfirst dive into the gang's thoughts about the tour of Downtown Grand, discussion about Caesars' myriad problems, and a progress report on...

Tagged: vegas gang   podcast   downtown grand   caesars   sls   earnings season   wynn   

Update: Downtown Grand Opens With First Roll Debacle

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Oct 2013
The Downtown Grand's quiet soft opening started this evening with Steve and Andrea Wynn tossing out the ceremonial first toss of the dice alongside long time lieutenant Marc Schorr, father of Downtown Grand CEO Seth...

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Downtown Grand: The Casino Carpet

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Oct 2013
This is the casino carpet inside the Downtown Grand. It looks like a paint truck crashed into a chili cook-off. Curious what you guys think about it....

Tagged: downtown grand   casino carpet   

Analyze This Downtown Grand Blackjack Photo

Posted by Chuckmonster on 28 Oct 2013
As previously mentioned, the Downtown Grand soft opened yesterday, sending a wide range of Vegas cognoscenti heading to the tables to help push the property out of dry dock. Of those spotted was The D's owner...

Tagged: downtown grand   blackjack   derek stevens   

Golden Gate: Suite 45 By ChrisRobbins1980

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Oct 2013
VT reader ChrisRobbins1980 spent four nights in Suite 45 at the Golden Gate in September and brought back this quickie little trip review. Take it away Chris! Arrived at the Golden Gate on Sept. 27th...

Tagged: golden gate   suites   downtown   

Vegas Gang #100 : LIVE from VIMFP with Downtown Grand's Zach Conine

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Oct 2013
Ladies and gentlemen, this is The Main Event - The Vegas Gang live at the Vegas Internet Mafia Family Picnic from The Showroom at The D. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Seth Schorr, CEO of...

Tagged: vimfp   podcast   vegas gang   downtown grand   the d   courthouse   nut butter   

Downtown Grand Accepting Reservations, Opening October 26

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Sep 2013
The Downtown Grand has just begun to accept reservations for guests, confirming our earlier report that the freshly renovated Lady Luck replacement will open on October 26. The first date available for reservation is...

Tagged: downtown grand   grand opening   

Vegas Gang #95: Our #VIMFP Guest Is...

Posted by Chuckmonster on 23 Aug 2013
On the latest, newest episode of the Vegas Gang Podcast (#95 for those counting at home) we announce who will be our live-in-person guest at the Vegas Internet Mafia Family Picnic at The D. ...

Tagged: vegas gang   podcast   downtown grand   vimfp   grandissimo   

Downtown Grand Posts Teaser Trailer

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 Aug 2013
Downtown Grand just posted a minute long teaser trailer to the YouTube. Lots of quick shots of mid-renovation hotel interiors. Check it out. The Soundtrack is Swing Set by Jurrasic 5...

Tagged: downtown grand   fremont street   coming soon   

The Downtown Grand : Queen Room

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Aug 2013
Downtown Grand shared another rendering of their room product via their Facebook joint the other day, this one is the Queen Room. The very green queen room features, you guessed it, dual queen beds, an arm...

Tagged: downtowngrand   rooms   fontainebleau   plaza   coming soon   fremont street   downtown   

The Downtown Grand

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 Aug 2013
Downtown Grand, the forthcoming anchor tenant of dt3 sub-district in downtown Las Vegas, from is slated to open this fall. Owners Fifth Street Gaming has been casually inviting local media members to come check...

Tagged: downtown grand   fremont street   seth schorr   roger thomas   wynn   downtown   suites   

Tesla Swarming Downtown

Posted by Chuckmonster on 2 Apr 2013
As many of you know - due to incessant ramblings on Twitter and "Sure Bets" on the Vegas Gang podcasts - I have a certified boner for the amazing Model S from Tesla Motors. ...

Tagged: downtown   tesla   

Downtown Grand Previews Renovations

Posted by Chuckmonster on 13 Feb 2013
Remember the old Lady Luck? Well, construction on its long planned replacement Downtown Grand is blasting forth full steam ahead. Yesterday, the property invited select local media types to come check the joint out -...

Tagged: lady luck   downtown grand   renovations   

The Lo-Fi Charm of Gold Spike

Posted by Misnomer on 2 Nov 2012
Thanks to a twit-tip from Friend of the Show @TheCosmicJester, today we consider the Lo-Fi charm of the Off-Fremont hotel and casino known as the Gold Spike. In particular, we examine the amenities that...

Tagged: misnomer   gold spike   downtown   

Peekaboo: The New Rooms at The D

Posted by Chuckmonster on 21 May 2012
VT reader Minton toured the new rooms at The D over the weekend as part of the "YelpLV" club. He was smart enough to send us some loverly video of the rooms which...

Tagged: the d   renovations   fremont street   downtown   hotel rooms   plaza   fitzgeralds   

Fremont Street Gets Rocked

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Apr 2012
Fremont Street Experience announced their summer concert series lineup yesterday, under the witty banner of "Rock of Vegas." And rock it surely will.... check out this lineup: Saturday May 26 - Vince Neil Saturday...

Tagged: fremont street   concerts   downtown   

The Longbar at the D

Posted by Chuckmonster on 26 Mar 2012
VT reader @mitzula sent us a video of the new(ish) bar at The D - "Longbar." The D is the new name of the old Fitz(geralds.) I dunno about you, but it looks like...

Tagged: the d   longbar   downtown   

Sayonara The Western Closing!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Nov 2011
In a statement, the Tamares Group - owners of the Western, Plaza and Vegas Club casinos downtown - have announced that The Western will close indefinitely on January 16th, 2012. The release states that the closure...

Tagged: western   plaza   vegas club   downtown   tamares group   renovations   

Golden Gate To Expand

Posted by Chuckmonster on 14 Sep 2011
Here's some more good news for Downtown/Fremont Street, our pal Ben Spillman at the Review Journal has ferreted out plans for an expansion of the famed Golden Gate. No, the expansion isn't their recent blowing through...

Tagged: golden gate   downtown   

The New Plaza : Interiors

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Aug 2011
As promised, here are some more photos of the New Plaza as it slowly makes its way towards grand opening date. Warning: this is a soft opening. Lots of stuff isn't finished, is broken...

Tagged: plaza   renovations   downtown   fremont street   

Binion's To Reopen Hotel?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 18 Jul 2011
Hot off the presses... according to the Twitter, the venerable Binion's (sans Shoe) may reopen its hotel in the near distant future. See: Clicking through reveals this: Did someone pull the trigger to early? Or...

Tagged: binions   downtown   tweetballs   

Hash House A Go Go Coming To The Plaza

Posted by Chuckmonster on 6 Jul 2011
As was quasi inferred in Steve Friess' tour of the Plaza with CEO Tony Santo, today brings confirmation that Hash House A Go Go will take over the buffet space inside the Plaza. VegasINC's Amanda Finnegan...

Tagged: hash house a go go   plaza   downtown   

Plaza Relaunches Brand, Website, Room Lineup

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Jun 2011
The Plaza has launched a brand new website with new logo, new branding, new room line ups and a new slogan: "A Classic Reborn". The room line up comes in standard, suite, one & two bedroom...

Tagged: plaza   downtown   suites   new rooms   renderings   fontainebleau   

Anthony Cools His Jets To The Plaza

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 May 2011
The fun keeps coming over at the Plaza. Last night, they announced via their social media robots that: We are excited to announce we will be opening a bar and entertainment venue right on...

Tagged: plaza   anthony cools   downtown   

Las Vegas Club Gets Loose

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 Mar 2011
Our dear friend Dr. Dave has a story in the latest edition of Vegas Seven all about the Las Vegas Club's dramatic ...

Tagged: slot machines   downtown   las vegas club   

VegasEats: Cafe Cortez at El Cortez

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Dec 2010
Last week, I stopped by El Cortez' Cafe Cortez in search of their world famous "Walleye Special" OR the astonishing array of Chinese food that are also famous in these parts. Because I arrived...

Tagged: vegaseats   dining   el cortez   downtown   

All Systems Go On Lady Luck Renovation

Posted by Chuckmonster on 19 Aug 2010
Fox5 Vegas is reporting Las Vegas city planners have approved Lady Luck's plans for renovation, green lighting what we all hope will be stunning transformation for the shuttered downtown casino. Construction on the "upscale boutique hotel...

Tagged: lady luck   renovation   resort gaming group   downtown   

Plaza, Vegas Club Set For Renovations

Posted by Chuckmonster on 4 Aug 2010
Straight from the "We'll Believe It When We See It" files comes news from Carson City, Nevada (via the Las Vegas Sun) that incoming manager of The Plaza, Vegas Club and Western casinos - Anthony...

Tagged: downtown   plaza   vegas club   new rooms   

Awesome: El Cortez' Gambling Gourmet

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Jun 2010
While the big casinos are spending a coupla hundred thousand dollars a month farting around with iPhone apps that nobody is gonna use or paying 5 people to monitor their Twitter and Facebook feeds for...

Tagged: el cortez   downtown las vegas   gambling gourmet   

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