Vegas4Visitors.com 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.

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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

Hooter's was sold in 2015 to a group of investors who plan on remodeling and rebranding the hotel although how and to what are not public yet. There will most likely be remodeling afoot in 2016.

Silverton

The Silverton, a locals hotel south of The Strip, is adding a 360-room tower set to open in early 2016.

Caesars Palace

The rooms in the Roman Tower, which opened with Caesars Palace in 1966, is getting a major facelift with completely new rooms and a new name, the Julius Tower. Oranges not included.

Monte Carlo

The parent company of the Monte Carlo, MGM Resorts, is hinting strongly that it will be doing a big remodel of the hotel to go along with The Park development opening next door. It may involve a name change (probably to The Park), but nothing has been made official yet.

Alon

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 is expected to begin in early 2016 with an opening date by late 2018.

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 is under construction on Sahara Avenue, just west of The Strip. When complete it will have 200 rooms, several restaurants, and a 19,000 square-foot casino.

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. They haven't said what they want to do with the hotel yet but it could get a new lease on life before 2016 is over.

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 2018.

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.

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SHOWS

Jennifer Lopez

Jenny from the Block will be doing a residency at Planet Hollywood in the same theater that Britney Spears calls her own. J Lo will be doing about 100 shows at the resort over two years starting in January of 2016.

Lionel Richie

He was saying "Hello" long before Adele. And you'll probably be able to hear him perform that and many of his other hits as he takes up a residency at Planet Hollywood starting in April of 2016. He is expected to do at least 20 shows through the year.

TBD Bally's Show

The long-running Jubilee! will be closing at Bally's in February of 2016 and will be replaced by something but nobody is saying what yet. Watch for a new production a little later in the year.

Baz: For the Record

The show I picked as the best of Las Vegas in 2015, which closed after only a few weeks, is rumored to be coming back to a big theater at Palazzo sometime in early 2016. Fingers crossed!

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 doens't have a firm debut date yet, but is being prepped for sometime this spring.

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ATTRACTIONS

The Park

The front of New York-New York and Monte Carlo is being 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 and a 5,000 seat theater. It's all called The Park and is debuting in stages through the rest of 2016. The main part of the Park will open on April 4 and the arena on April 6.

Topgolf

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.

Speed Vegas

Those of you with a need for speed will have a new place to pretend you are a race car driver with the proposed Speed Vegas high-performance driving facility. The attraction will cover 85 acres near the M Resort on the far south side of town and will have a road course where people can drive fast cars by makers like Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Audi, and Mercedes Benz among others. It is expected to open March of 2016.

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 Marvels Avengers and the other all about the Transformers. Details of what will be in them are sketchy but expect hands on displays, movie memorabilia, and some cutting edge technology to wow the crowds. They are both expected to open in the spring of 2016.

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RESTAURANTS

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.

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.

The Still Sports Bar and Grill Mirage

The Mirage is betting big on it's upcoming sports bar and grill called The Still. How big? An 8,000 square-foot airstream trailer big. The kitchen will be located inside the trailer, which will be inside the restaurant, attempting to give it kind of an Austin street food truck type of feeling. They'll have food and drink, lots of TVs showing all the big games of whatever type happens to be on, and even some games for guests to play that don't involve cards or slot machines. The Still should be open in March.

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.

El Burro Borracho

A new Mexican restaurant from Chef Guy Fieri will be opening at The Rio in the spring of 2016.

Herringbone

The seafood restaurant from Chef Brian Malarky is set to debut at Aria Las Vegas in early 2016.

Beauty & Essex

From the same company that operates Tao nightclub at The Venetian comes a Vegas version of the popular NYC restaurant featuring Chef Chris Santos' shared plates menu. It is set to open at The Cosmopolitan in spring of 2016.

Eggslut

Everything eggs, but not just breakfast. It's going to open at The Cosmopolitan in the spring of 2016.

In 'n Out

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

Wahlburgers

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.

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NIGHTLIFE

Jewel

The club that will be replacing the now defunct Haze at Aria Las Vegas should be open by summer of 2016.

Wynn Nightclub

The big nightclub Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas closed in 2015 and is getting a complete revamp and a new name. Details haven't been released yet but it should be open by fall of 2016.

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.

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Fashion Show Mall

The front of the Fashion Show along The Strip is getting new restaurants and shops. The work is underway now and is expected to be done in early 2016.

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 early 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 2106.

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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