Weekly Column by Rick Garman

The list below is the latest information I have what is coming soon to Las Vegas. Keep in mind that although all of this stuff has been publicly confirmed and is in some stage of development, you should keep a "I'll believe it when I see it" attitude about everything and not build your vacation around the opening of something on this list.





Treasure Island

Treasure Island will add a new 3-story retail and restaurant annex at the front of the building right on the corner of The Strip and Spring Mountain. It will feature dining outlets, a pharmacy, and other stores including an new car showroom. It will be accessible from both The Strip and from inside the resort. It should be up and running by late 2014.

New York-New York/Monte Carlo

The front of New York-New York and Monte Carlo will be completely revamped with new Strip facing bars, restaurants, retail, and more plus a park in between the two of them leading back to a new 20,000 seat arena. More details on the project here.

Tropicana Las Vegas

A major expansion of the Tropicana will get underway in 2015 that will add a 275,000 square-foot shopping mall to the front of the property along Las Vegas Boulevard. It is expected to have dozens of stores and restaurants in three stories that will be built in front of the hotel and partially over the existing porte corchere and casino. The latter means that the iconic Tiffany Glass ceiling over the main gaming pit will go away. The mall is expected to open in 2015.

Resorts World Las Vegas

A new $7 billion, Asian-themed property called Resorts World Las Vegas is being planned for the North Strip on the site of the former Echelon/Stardust project, across the street from Wynn Las Vegas. The property will have 3,500 rooms, the biggest casino in Las Vegas, a 4,000 seat showroom, and more with a heavy Asian theme that will include a replica of the Great Wall of China, the Terra Cotta Warriors, and a Panda Habitat. It is scheduled to open in 2016 or 2017.

All Net Resort Las Vegas

A $1.3 billion arena and hotel project is being planned for the former Wet 'n' Wild site on the Las Vegas Strip, just south of SLS Las Vegas (formerly The Sahara. The project is set to include a 22,000 seat retractable roof arena, a 500-room all-suite hotel, and a 300,000 square-foot shopping plaza with stores, restaurants, entertainment venues, and a 16-screen movie theater. It is slated to open in 2017.

Untitled Mega-Resort on Frontier Site

Australian billionaire James Packer bought the former Frontier site across the street from Wynn Las Vegas and plans to build a mega-resort there. Details have not been announced but they are hoping to start construction in 2015 and open by 2018.



Rock in Rio

The Rock in Rio Festival is already a huge deal in Brazil, Spain, and Portugal, with the events there drawing upwards of 700,000 people to shows that have featured everyone from Justin Timberlake to Bruce Springsteen. The Las Vegas concerts will take place over two weekends in May of 2015, with an intention of having them every other year after that. The festival grounds will be more than just a patch of dirt or a parking lot with some porta-potties thrown at it. Instead it will be a fully realized events space called "Rock City" with five outdoor stages, several movie set style streetscapes with food and merchandise vendors, carnival games and rides, and even zip lines running across the whole thing. It will hold up to 80,000 people at a time. It will be built on the SW corner of The Strip and Sahara, across from the SLS Las Vegas and will remain permanently to be used for other events throughout the year.

Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn Together in Las Vegas

Country superstars Reba McEntire and duo Brooks & Dunn are going to be headling at Caesars Palace starting in June of 2015. The headlining stint, entitled "Together in Vegas," will consist of at least 24 shows a year for two years. Check the Reba, Brooks & Dunn page for more info.




Topgolf Las Vegas will be a new driving range facility located at MGM Grand. It'll have four levels with VIP booths, a stage for entertainment, and microchips in the balls so you can see how far you hit it. It should open by spring of 2016.




Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America fame will be opening an eponymously title Japanese restaurant at The Mirage in 2015. It will replace the existing Japanois restaurant.


Julian Serrano is taking over the former Circo space at Bellagio for his new restaurant Lago, which will serve small plates with a lovely view of the Bellagio Fountains. It should be open in the spring of 2015


Alaine Ducasse is replacing his own restaurant Mix at the Delano with a Vegas branch of his popular Rivea restaurant serving French and Italian dishes. It should be up and running by summer of 2015.

Gordon Rasamy Fish

Chef Gordon Ramsay will be serving up quick-bite fish and chips in a shop on the Linq Promenade by summer of 2105.

Mr. Chow

Caesars Palace will be adding Mr. Chow, the upscale Chinese restaurant that has been a favorite in New York, London, and Beverly Hills as far back as 1968. It should be open by summer of 2015


A new comfort food restaurant Searsucker from "Top Chef" alum Brian Malarky is planned for Caesars Palace by spring of 2015.

Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row

Country singer Dierks Bently will be bringing a branch of his down home Whiskey Row restaurant to The Park, the pedestrian friendly promenade going in between New York-New York and Monte Carlo. It should be open by summer of 2015.

Cuba Libre

Also at the The Park will be an outlet of Cuba Libre, the restaurant and rum bar with locations in Philadelphia, Orlando, and elsewhere.

Rainforest Café

The family friendly restaurant is picking up stakes and moving from their current location at the MGM Grand to the Harmon Corner shops next to Planet Hollywood. They will be taking over the space once occupied by the Goretorium haunted house attraction by the summer.

Ben's Southern Kitchen

Downtown Las Vegas is becoming quite the food mecca and the area will be getting at least one new notable restaurant when Food Network chef Ben Vaughn opens Ben's Southern Kitchen next door to Atomic Liquors.



Caesars Nightclub

Caesars Palace shut down its Pure nightclub earlier this year and is building this new one that will be one of the biggest in Vegas with more than 75,000 square feet. It'll debut in March 2015.



Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort

The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort will be undergoing a major expansion that will add lifts and courses. It is expected to be complete for the 2014 skiing season.

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

The Las Vegas Premium Outlets North will be expanding. More than 30 new stores and parking will be added by 2015.

MGM Resorts Arena

MGM Resorts is planning on building a new 20,000 seat arena behind Monte Carlo and New York-New York for concerts, sporting events, and conventions. The project will also include a street of entertainment, restaurnats, bars, and shops from The Strip to Frank Sinatra Drive. It will be open in April of 2016.

Las Vegas Convention Center

A $2.5 billion overhaul and expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center has been approved that will completely revamp the inside and outside of the facility, add new transportation hubs, green spaces, and a street of retail and entertainment outlets. New facilities will replace The Riviera on The Strip, which closes in May 2015.





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