December 9, 2009
Anthony Curtis’ weekly nationally syndicated Vegas column.
In another cost-saving move made necessary by the tough economy, the legendary Binion’s hotel will close this week. The casino, its snack bars, and the upstairs steakhouse will remain open; however, the hotel rooms, coffee shop, and keno lounge will shut down. While the small hotel was never an important component of the Binion’s, the coffee shop was one of the best known in all of Las Vegas, famous in years past for its monster ham & eggs breakfast (“The Natural”) and its late-night $2 New York steak dinner.
Big Tree: Las Vegas is once again home to the nation’s tallest Christmas tree. For years the Rio erected the tallest tree on its front lawn, but it stopped the practice nearly a decade ago. This year, M Resort is displaying a 109-foot white fir. The tallest tree is fully decorated and can be seen in the casino’s Outdoor Events Piazza.
Sirens Sleep: The Siren’s of TI pirate show is dark, and will remain so throughout most of December for maintenance. The show is scheduled to resume on Dec. 26.
Marriagethon: The annual Las Vegas Marathon, which was held last weekend and attracted nearly 27,000 racers, featured a run-through wedding ceremony at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. A record 85 couples signed up to either get hitched or renew vows.
Rubbed Out: Rub BBQ has closed at the Rio. It’s the latest in a string of barbecue fatalities this year, including the vaunted Salt Lick restaurants at Santa Fe Station and Red Rock.
Question: I’ve been hearing about some amazing restaurants supposedly opening at CityCenter. Will they have a buffet?
Answer: Yes. The single offering will be “The Buffet” at Aria, with opening prices set at $14.95 for breakfast, $19.95 for lunch, $27.95/$34.95 for dinner, and $23.95/$28.95 for brunch. Aria will open on December 16.