FHBM #712: Who’s High Pitch?

Las Vegas podcast #712 includes:

  • Booger Bottom USA opener
  • Become a Five Hundy Patron, get bonus stuff
  • Vote for the 2019 Hundy Awards
  • Our sponsor: AutoSlash
  • Kelly Clarkson residency
  • The Linq might have a steakhouse
  • Xpot dining includes cool surroundings and robots
  • Chick-Fil-A has an opening date
  • Plaza opens renovated sports book, adds single zero roulette
  • Binion’s has plans
  • Listener calls about: Park MGM, Sake Rok, Zoox, Aria buffet, Binion’s cafe, Aerosmith, Bally’s, Whiskey Licker Up, 7th and Carson, Mob Museum, Neon Museum, Zac Bagans Haunted Museum, dim sum, LaLa Noodles, Atomic Saloon Show, Gwen Stefani, Saw Escape Room, Golden Nugget and move Vegasy stuff
  • Hey Remember This: Big Belly Buffet
  • Call us at (702) 866-9494
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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 11/2/19 (93:35 min, 109.8 MB) or subscribe.


Binion’s Needs Investors for Hotel Renovations, New Brochure

Since Binion’s closed its hotel tower in 2009, rumblings and rumors about renovation plans have come and gone a bunch of times. Some of them were fueled by all-too-common, all-too-unreliable “inside sources,” – typically a bartender who heard speculation from a friend who heard it from a friend who heard it from another you’ve been messin’ around (© REO Speedwagon). At least one was based on an animated video on an investor website from owner TLC Casino Enterprises that showed garish rooms decorated in black and white cow hide patterns and cow skulls.

Binion’s again has hotel renovation plans and is again seeking investors. This time, instead of dumping money into an animated video, TLC put together a brochure. I got my hands on a copy and, after closely reviewing it, I have a few observations about the plans.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store, according to the August 2019 edition of the brochure.

TLC’s sales pitch to potential investors begins by pointing out Binion’s great location near such bustling Fremont Street resorts as Las Vegas Club (RIP 2015) and Fitzgerald’s (RIP 2012).

Renovations will include:

  • Hotel with 365 rooms
  • Restaurants
  • Rooftop pool and bar area
  • Lobby area

New construction will include:

  • Nightclub
  • Spa and salon
  • Gym

I love me some hotel renderings, and the Binion’s brochure’s got ‘em. Let’s start with the hotel’s exterior.

The tower on the right is clearly an updated version of the existing hotel tower, built in 1965 for The Mint and acquired by Binion’s in 1988. The much larger tower on the left with Cosmopolitan-like terraces doesn’t currently exist. With an overall project budget of $48 million and a room count matching the pre-closure room count, this tower doesn’t seem to actually be part of the current Binion’s plan, yet it’s prominently featured in a brochure selling investors on that plan. Because why not?

Let’s see what’s planned for the interior renovations.

That sounds delightful! Here are a couple renderings of the lobby.

Snazzy! You won’t find a lobby that looks like that in your run-of-the-mill Hilton Garden Inn in Palo Alto, or Lowes Regency in New York City.

The pool area renovations will include the addition of lavish cabanas.

Binion’s is really proud of its rooftop pool. The sales pitch boasts that no other downtown resort has one. This is absolutely true as long as you don’t count Plaza, Downtown Grand, The Cal and soon Circa.

What’s in store for the hotel suites?

They take on an authentic western feel – almost like something you’d find in a contemporary Colorado home designed by Andrea Schumacher, an Omni Hotel in Fort Worth or a Hotel Le Germain in Calgary. Almost.

If TLC puts as much TLC into renovating Binion’s as it put into developing a current, high-quality sales brochure, complete with original renderings, it’s sure to be a hit. Plenty of legitimate investors with deep pockets and poor Google image search skills will no doubt be interested.

Grand opening date: TBA.


FHBM #711: Oh Thank Heavens

Las Vegas podcast #711 includes:
  • Late Late Show opener
  • Become a Five Hundy Patron, get bonus stuff
  • Vote for the 2019 Hundy Awards
  • Circus Circus and Bellagio sell
  • Keith Urban residency
  • Thomas Johns at Cleopatra’s Barge
  • RUN opens, Carrot Top sticks around
  • Defending the Caveman ends
  • Rumor Watch: CaBARet at Bellagio
  • Golden Nugget shuffles restaurants
  • Pub 1842 closes to make room for International Smoke
  • Ellis Island’s Front Yard is finally opening
  • Strat closes poker room
  • LA to Vegas train update
  • Golden Goose sign returns
  • Trip reviews: Wynn, Charlie’s Bar & Grill, Jardin
  • Hey Remember This: Sidewalk Cafe
  • Call us at (702) 866-9494
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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 10/27/19 (76:32 min, 90.3 MB) or subscribe.

Return of The Hundy Awards

The Hundy Awards are back. Five Hundy listeners are invited to vote for their favorite and least favorite Las Vegas hotels, casinos, restaurants, bars, shows and other stuff. Voting is open through Nov. 5. Results will be announced via Patreon livestream and Five Hundy podcast. I’ve cut a handful of categories from last year, but there’s still a lot to consider so give yourself plenty of time. A few guidelines:

  • One vote per person
  • Suspected ballot stuffing attempts will be disregarded
  • Ballots with responses to fewer than half of the questions will be disregarded
  • If it didn’t exist or occur between Oct. 1, 2018, and Sept. 30, 2019, it doesn’t qualify
  • If you have questions about a category, you’re overthinking it; go with your gut
  • You probably have a dozen different category ideas and ways that you would do this thing differently, but this is what we chose for better or worse
  • This is supposed to be fun, so don’t take it too seriously

Vote here: https://fivehundy.survey.fm/2019-hundy-awards


FHBM #710: You Should Have Been There

Las Vegas podcast #710 includes:
  • Dean Martin Celebrity Roast opener
  • Become a Five Hundy Patron, get bonus stuff
  • Recorded live at The Summit
  • Raiding the Rock Vault is moving
  • Hard Rock displays the good stuff
  • Rod Stewart whips out a batch of 2020 shows
  • Wynn announced winter day parties
  • Sahara adds a poker room
  • Zoox wants you to ride in two Mini-Cooper asses
  • The Monorail is getting a new stop
  • Fremont East neon is moving
  • DTG tangles with Hogs & Heifers
  • Diablo’s Cantina is opening another location
  • Museum of Selfies provides another photo app for narcissists
  • Reviews of Whiskey Licker Up and Happy Place
  • Hey Remember This: Surf’s Up
  • Call us at (702) 866-9494
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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 10/12/19 (41:28 min, 50.1 MB) or subscribe.

FHBM #709: Talkin’ About Pee Boners

Las Vegas podcast #709 includes:
  • It’s a Living opener
  • Become a Five Hundy Patron, get bonus stuff
  • Join us at The Summit
  • New Five Hundy shirts
  • A decade later, Rio is getting a new owner
  • New details about The Drew
  • The Central/601 Fremont project is apparently still a thing
  • Airport ridesharing pickup moves
  • Airport cabs try flat-rate zones several years too late
  • Bellagio announces The Mayfair
  • David Chang announces a burger joint
  • Factory Kitchen is changing its name
  • Flamingo closes steakhouse to open a new steakhouse
  • Whiskey Licker Up is opening
  • Magic Mike Live is moving
  • Gwen is leaving
  • Trademark Watch: Vegas Vickie’s at Circa
  • Listener calls about Waldorf Astoria, Yardbird, room upgrades, Gallagher’s, Chin Chin, hookers, Cravings buffet, Tao, Park Theater, Park MGM, Venetian construction and other Vegasy stuff.
  • Hey Remember This: The Wineyard
  • Call us at (702) 866-9494
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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 9/28/19 (70:18 min, 83.1 MB) or subscribe.