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.





Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas will be adding more than 80,000 square-feet of shopping, dining, and nightlife outlets in a plaza that will extend from the existing hotel out to The Strip. The two story addition will take the space where the Ferrari dealership was located and more. It should be open by 2017.

Tropicana Las Vegas

The Tropicana was sold in 2015 to Penn National Gaming, making it a sister of the M Resort on the south side of town. The company plans to make some changes to the hotel but hasn't specified exactly what yet. Watch for some remodeling efforts in 2016 but that plan to build a big shopping mall on the corner in front of the hotel? That's probably dead.


Hooter's was sold in 2015 to a group of investors who plan on remodeling the hotel although the details and timeline are not public yet.

Monte Carlo to Become Park MGM

The Monte Carlo, will be completely remodeled and renamed as the Park MGM. The work will start in late 2016 and continue through 2018 and the hotel will remain open during the project.


Alon is the hotel going on the land where the Frontier once stood is from Australia's Crown Resorts. It is expected to have 1,100 rooms in two towers, a major water feature, a casino, nightclubs, restaurants, and more and it will be staffed by more than 4,500 people. Construction was expected to begin in early 2016 with an opening date by late 2018 but the project has been put on hold.

The California

The California, one of Downtown Las Vegas' longest running hotels, will be getting a major makeover in 2016 with new rooms, new decor throughout the public spaces, and new restaurants. It should all be done by late in the year.

Lucky Dragon

The Lucky Dragon is an Asian themed resort that was under construction on Sahara Avenue, just west of The Strip. It will have 200 rooms, several restaurants, and a 19,000 square-foot casino and should be open by late 2016 or early 2017.

Las Vegas Club

The Downtown stalwart closed its doors in 2015 after it was purchased by the Stevens brothers, who also own The Golden Gate and The D Las Vegas. The same guys also bought the adjacent Mermaids and Bayou casinos plus the Giltter Gulch strip club, all of which will get incorporated into whatever new thing they are going to do here.

The W Las Vegas

One of the room towers at the struggling SLS Las Vegas will get remodeled and rebranded as the city's first W Hotel. It will have its own lobby, registration, and spa. It's set to debut in late 2016.

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. It is scheduled to open in 2019.

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 although it's worth noting that construction has not actually begun yet.

Wynn Paradise Park

Wynn and Encore Las Vegas are going to be getting a little sister after the announcement last week that the company is planning to build a third hotel tentatively called Wynn Paradise Park. The $1.5 billion resort will take the place of the golf course, which will close this fall, and feature 1,000 room around a 38-acre lagoon (roughly 5 times the size of the Bellagio lake). The lake will have a white sandy beach, a boardwalk, water skiing and paddle boating, islands accessible by zip lines or a gondola, a nightly fireworks display, and an 8-story King Kong climbing a mountain in the lake (not kidding). There will be a small casino, lots of restaurants and nightclubs, and more convention space also. Construction should start in earnest next year with a 2020 debut planned. Read more about Wynn Las Vegas.



Baz: Star Crossed Love

The show I picked as the best of Las Vegas in 2015, which closed after only a few weeks, is coming back as "Star Crossed Love" in a big theater at Venetian on June 24, 2016.

Puppet Up! Uncensored

They might not be the Muppets but the puppets coming to the Venetian come from the same pedigree. Puppet Up! Uncensored, featuring puppets designed by a branch of the legendary Jim Henson Studios, is best described as a mash up of a puppet show and improv comedy, where suggestions from the audience get turned into sketches that often wind up being much more "adult" than you'll find on Sesame Street. The show will open on July 21, 2016.

Magic Mike

Channing Tatum is producing this new male erotic dancer revue set to take it all off in March of 2017 at the Hard Rock Hotel. No, sorry... he won't be in it.



Transformers/Avengers Exhibits

Treasure Island has inked a deal to bring two family-friendly attractions to the new addition above the CVS. Two walk-through interactive exhibits will go into the second and third floors, one honoring Marvel's Avengers, which is open now, and the other all about the Transformers due later in 2016.



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.


Shibuya, the sushi restaurant at MGM Las Vegas is closing July 2 and will reopen later in the year as Morimoto, the first Vegas restaurant from Masaharu Morimoto from TV's "Iron Chef."


A Vegas outlet of the popular NYC eateries from David Chang will open at The Cosmopolitan by the end of 2016.

In 'n Out

The popular hamburger chain will be opening a new outlet at The Linq Promenade sometime in 2016.


The burger chain run by the family of actor Mark Wahlburg is going to open a branch at the Grand Bazaar Shops in front of Bally's sometime in 2016.

Virgil's Real BBQ

The same company that operates Carmine's at The Forum Shops is bringing another one of its restaurants to Vegas. Virgil's has outlets in New York and the Bahamas and will get a Vegas sibling at The Linq Hotel in the summer of 2016. It will have 14,000 square-feet, outdoor dining, and a poolside patio.

Sugar Factory

The restaurant version of the candy shop closed at Paris Las Vegas but a new one is going to open at the Fashion Show Mall in spring of 2016.

Robert Irvine

The host of the Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible" is going to be opening a restaurant at the Tropicana sometime in early 2017. It will be serving modern American food.



Hard Rock Nightclub

A new nightclub will debut at the Hard Rock Hotel sometime in 2016 to replace Body English, which closed in 2015. No details are available yet.

Redneck Riviera

Big & Rich singer John Rich is opening a country music roadhouse-style bar in the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's sometime in the fall of 2016. Yeehaw.



NHL Expansion Team

The National Hockey League will be bringing a new team to Las Vegas starting in the 2017-2018 season. It will play at the T-Mobile Arena in The Park next to the Park MGM (Monte Carlo) hotel.

Sands Concert Hall

a new 17,500 seat performing arts center will be built behind the Palazzo and Venetian. It is expected to be completed by 2018.

Tropicana Pedestrian Bridges

The county is embarking on a $26 million project that will upgrade the pedestrian bridges that cross The Strip at Tropicana Avenue between MGM Grand, New York-New York, Excalibur, and the Tropicana. The project will replace all of the escalators, which break down frequently, the elevators, and wind screens along the bridges plus adding aluminum panels on the surfaces of the bridges to give them a little bit extra sparkle. The overhauls will begin in June 2016 and should take about a year to complete so expect some inconveniences while the work is being done.

Eclipse Theaters

A group of developers is proposing an 8-screen luxury complex at 3rd St. and Gass Ave., about seven blocks south of the Fremont Street Experience on the edges of the Arts District where the First Friday festival happens. It will have high-end, reservation seating, a restaurant, a lounge, and private event space for their showings of both first-run and arthouse films. The people behind it say they hope to be welcoming movie-goers by late 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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