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.

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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.



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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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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.
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FHBM #702: Dolls with Good Teeth

Las Vegas podcast #702 includes:
  • Guys and Dolls opener
  • Become a Five Hundy Patron, get bonus stuff
  • MGM Resorts further devalues MLife, raises resort fees, hates you
  • Foreigner residency at Venetian
  • Journey adds December dates
  • Football stadium will probably be named Alegiant
  • Cannabition closes
  • Former Beauty Bar/Don’t Tell Mama space update
  • Binion’s rents ghost kits
  • Frank Marino is retiring his shitty Joan Rivers impression soon
  • Listener calls about quakes, The Linq and other Vegasy stuff
  • Hey Remember This: KISS Coffeeshop
  • Call us at (702) 866-9494
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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 8/4/19 (35:51 min, 43.7 MB) or subscribe.
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FHBM #687: Eh tu, Fuerza Brute

Las Vegas podcast #687 includes:
  • Restoration Neon opener
  • Become a Five Hundy Patron, get bonus stuff
  • The Summit, Oct. 11-13 at The D Las Vegas
  • Binion’s opens room reservations at unrealistic rates
  • Vigin Hotels transition delayed
  • The Hunger Games: The Exhibition at MGM Grand
  • Kimmel announces comedy club opening date
  • Beauty Bar is really closed this time
  • Flights opens in June at Miracle Mile
  • Barry Manilow extends Westgate residency
  • Fuerza Brute ends early
  • What’s up with Celestia?
  • Bellagio Game of Thrones fountain show raises questions
  • Hey Remember This: The Drive
  • Call us at (702) 866-9494
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Direct download of the podcast: Five Hundy By Midnight 4/6/19 (40:37 min, 48.7 MB) or subscribe.
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