A Rio Zip Ride in the Works; Lake Las Vegas Hotel Gets Name Change; National Burger Month Celebrated

rio zip lineWith rumors about a ride at the Rio, where will the thrills and spills end?

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The Rio is reportedly considering putting a zip line between its towers, 357 feet in the air. Take that, SlotZilla!

The Rio zip—a representative could not confirm the project—would run 1,200 feet above the ground at 33 miles per hour. You would start above the VooDoo Lounge and fly over the pool toward the Ipanema Tower. When you got there, you’d travel back, backwards, to the Lounge.

This brings up two questions: 1. Will SlotZilla and Rio zip lines compete with each other, or will they inspire thrill-seekers to fly to Vegas and experience both? And 2. what’s next? Free climbing New York-New York’s Empire State Building replica? Circus-style high diving into shallow Bellagio fountains? BASE jumping from Ghostbar atop the Palms? Parkour at the Fontainebleau construction site? Sliding down the Luxor? Actually, they already did a Luxor slide on Fear Factor. At this rate, it’s just a matter of time before regular old Vegas visitors can take that plunge, too.

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lake las vegtasLake Las Vegas hotel getting new name — again
By Eli Segall
www.vegasinc.com
A Lake Las Vegas luxury hotel with a history of financial woes is changing its name for the second time.

The 349-room Ravella at Lake Las Vegas will become a Hilton-branded hotel by June, said Benson Lee, regional director of hotel operations for landlord Kam Sang Co.

The Mediterranean-style hotel already is listed on Hilton Worldwide’s website as the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa.

Kam Sang, based in Arcadia, Calif., bought the 13.8-acre Henderson hotel site and adjacent one-acre Casino MonteLago last November for $46.9 million. It was one of the most lucrative real estate deals of the year in Southern Nevada.

But the Ravella’s occupancy rate is only about 50 percent, well below February’s regional average of 83.5 percent. The new brand should boost occupancy by 10 percent to 20 percent, largely because of the improved name recognition, Lee said.

There are more than 540 Hilton hotels and resorts in 78 countries; there is only one Ravella. Lee said his company bought the hotel with the intention of rebranding it, although the day spa will keep the “Ravella” name.

The hotel opened in 2003 as a Ritz-Carlton. Deutsche Bank, however, foreclosed in 2009 and the Ritz shut its doors the next year. Dolce Hotels and Resorts took over the lease in 2011 and reopened it as the Ravella.

Meanwhile, Casino MonteLago closed in 2010 because of the Ritz’s closure but reopened last year.

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beltre burgerThe Best Thing In A Bun: Vegas Celebrates National Burger Month In May 2013

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May is known as National Burger Month making it prime time to dust off and fire up the grill. Guaranteed to spice up the burger-flipping season, the restaurants at MGM Resorts offer distinct twists on the traditional bun, meat and cheese recipe. With house-made sauces and gourmet patties, the burgers at BLT Burger, The Pub at Monte Carlo and Burger Bar heighten this classic American favorite.

* BLT Burger at The Mirage brings Mediterranean flavors to life in the Lamb Tandoori burger. The house-made Colorado lamb patty, mint-cilantro yogurt sauce and Mediterranean salsa create a matchless Greek-American fusion. Top off the meal with the popular Mother Fluffer milkshake, a rich and creamy combination of vanilla ice cream graced with a sweetly toasted marshmallow.

* The Pub at Monte Carlo is not only home to the 8-pound Burger Challenge, but also is celebrated for its delicious beef-alternative option, the Caliente Chicken Burger. The white pepper ground chicken patty with sautéed onions and garlic is layered with pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions and chipotle mayonnaise with the choice of bun. Don’t forget to order the cinnamon sugar sweet potato fries paired with an exceptional house-made marshmallow dipping sauce (trust us, it’s worth it).

* The historic Rossini Burger from Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay has a notable flavor and name. The burger is named after a 19th century Italian composer whose love for fine food was legendary. Appropriately named, the decadent Kobe style wagyu beef is flavored with sautéed foie gras, shaved truffles and a rich black perigord truffle sauce served on an onion bun.

* Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace will kick off summer with delicious burger specials for National Hamburger Day on Tuesday, May 28. Executive Chef Todd Harrington’s delicious burger creations will be $5 off all day, available exclusively for the burger celebration. Creative burgers include the chicken burger, served with curry aioli and caramelized onions; certified Angus beef burger served with shallot aioli, bacon and cheese; and the Ahi tuna burger served with ginger aioli.

About Central Michel Richard: Central Michel Richard opened in 2010 to widespread acclaim. The restaurant has been named one of the “33 Reasons to Go to Vegas Now” by Saveur, “Best New Restaurant” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and one of the “Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America” by Gayot. The 9,600-square-foot restaurant at Caesars Palace serves American favorites with a French twist, crafted by James Beard award-winning chef, Michel Richard. The 24-hour restaurant offers extensive breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night menus.

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