Sam Nazarian: SBE to merge with Hakkasan Group; Hakkasan to be folded into SBE

Wall Street is abuzz this morning with billionaire hotel owner Sam Nazarian’s confirmation that he expects to close a giant merger with Hakkasan Group within 60 days that will form a huge hotel, restaurant and nightclub operation headquartered in Las Vegas with a $1 billion valuation.

The Wall Street Journal and other New York banking sources have confirmed the deal along with Sam’s confirmation. They say although it will be deemed a merger, Hakkasan will be folded into SBE.

Sam confirmed in a news release: “SBE, the leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hospitality venues globally, is in advanced discussions to merge Hakkasan Group into the SBE family.”

Sam added, “SBE is in advanced discussions with Hakkasan Group regarding a potential merger. As currently contemplated, SBE would welcome Hakkasan’s global portfolio of prestigious restaurants and best-in-class nightlife assets into SBE’s international platform of lifestyle hospitality and entertainment assets to create the most dynamic hospitality, residential, restaurant and entertainment company in the industry.

“The merger is expected to close within 60 days.” Sam, who is known here for opening Hyde Bellagio and SLS Las Vegas with its W Hotel tower, is the founder and CEO of the privately held, leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hotels, residences, restaurants and nightclubs.

A spokesman for SBE stated: “Through exclusive partnerships with cultural visionaries, SBE is devoted to creating extraordinary experiences throughout its proprietary brands with a commitment to authenticity, sophistication, mastery and innovation.

“Following the acquisition of Morgans Hotel Group, the pioneer of boutique lifestyle hotels, SBE has an unparalleled global portfolio featuring 23 world-class lifestyle hotel properties in nine attractive gateway markets and more than 136 global, world-renowned hotel, entertainment and food and beverage outlets.



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Las Vegas’ Neon Museum Expanding With Grant From City of Las Vegas

Feb 17, 2017  Joe Kleiman


For the first time since opening, the Neon Museum has purchased additional land to allow for its first significant expansion. The purchase of the parcel, which occupies .27 acres adjacent to the existing Neon Boneyard and La Concha visitor’s center, was made possible thanks in part to a $425,000 grant from the City of Las Vegas. Once construction is complete later this year, the new outdoor exhibit area and events center will host a variety of private events and public programs.

The expanded Neon Museum space will house 30 signs not currently on view, including those from the Las Vegas Club, Spearmint Rhino, Longhorn Casino, Sahara Saloon, Opera House Saloon and Riviera. Many of these signs have been held in the museum’s storage facility due to lack of available space at the existing Neon Boneyard.

SH Architecture designed the new enclosed, open-air exhibit and events space to be constructed on the new parcel. Incorporating Midcentury Modern design motifs such as a cantilevered roof, decorative concrete block and stacked stone, the space will integrate seamlessly with the adjacent Googie architecture of the La Concha motel lobby, which houses the museum’s visitor’s center and store. In addition to a space to display additional signs, the new construction will add a large covered patio canopied by a modern, solar-paneled shade structure.


Gadget Show: Annual CES Tech Show Opens in Las Vegas


TVs, drones, robots and a slew of other gadgets will showcase the annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week.

CES is one of the world’s largest trade shows and is the forum for many tech companies and startups to unveil their plans for the year. Its influence has waned over the years, given that many leading companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft hold their own events. But the CES show still draws a lot of attention.

The event starts Tuesday with two days of company announcements on new products and services. The show floor itself opens on Thursday.



What you need to know for New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas


Here’s a list of some of the most common questions about New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas.

When will the fireworks on Las Vegas Strip start: 11:59:50
How long will the show last: 8 minutes and 11 seconds
How many fireworks: More than 80,000
Where will the fireworks be set off: Aria, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood, Stratosphere, Treasure Island, The Venetian
Is there a theme for the show: The theme is “Vegas Rocks” and will feature songs by Lionel Richie, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Luke Bryan, Earth, Wind & Fire, David Bowie, Clint Holmes, Prince and Celine Dion.
Who is it produced by: New York-based Fireworks by Grucci
How many people will be in town: Approximately 320,000
How many police officers will be on duty New Year’s Eve: Almost all of them. The National Guard will also be stationed at the airport.
What if I see something suspicious: Call 702-828-7777
What is banned on the Las Vegas Strip: Backpacks, large bags and purses, luggage, coolers, glass bottles (6 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday). Masks and weapons are also banned, obviously.
What should I wear: Warm clothing and comfortable shoes
How cold will it be: Mid 40s
Will it rain: There is a very small chance of rain. Winds between 5 and 10 mph are expected.
When will the road closures begin: Approximately 4 p.m. for downtown area and 5 p.m. for Strip area. More info here.
Where should I park if I go to Strip: Try to get into a hotel garage closest to your destination. They will fill up fast though. You need to get there early. Or, choose alternative transportation.
When will Las Vegas Strip be open to foot traffic: Approximately 6:45 p.m.
Can I take a break inside of a hotel while on the Strip: Not necessarily. Many of the hotels limit access to guests on New Year’s Eve.
When will roads reopen near Strip: Scheduled to reopen around 3:30 a.m.
What if I don’t want to drive on NYE: All buses on all routes around the valley are free.



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Peacocks are terrorizing Wayne Newton’s Vegas neighborhood

Feathers are flying in the neighborhood around Wayne Newton‘s estate, where residents are complaining that peafowl like the ones on the Las Vegas showman’s 40-acre ranch have become roosting, roaming pests.

Residents who live near Casa de Shenandoah claim peafowl from the ranch wander the neighborhood — squawking, scratching family cars and creating a traffic hazard.

“We heard something on our roof that scared us to death,” April Juelke told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We thought a burglar was breaking in, but it was a bunch of peacocks.”

The Juelkes and others say the birds roost at the ranch. The couple say their Labrador retriever, Reginald Winthorp, has twice had intestinal illnesses that they blame on bird droppings.

Newton’s lawyer, Jay Brown, said the birds aren’t Newton’s.

“We’ve never bought a peacock. We’ve never brought in a peacock,” Brown said.

Sure, peacocks and hens were among the exotic menagerie the iconic “Mr. Las Vegas” headliner kept when he lived at the ranch southeast of the Las Vegas Strip. Among them were Arabian horses, penguins, a Capuchin monkey named Boo, and wallabies.

Brown said peafowl were already at the ranch when Newton bought the property in the ’60s.

Casa de Shenandoah is officially home to about 25 peafowl that are tagged and live in an enclosure, Brown said.

Newton no longer lives at the estate, which today is a tourist museum focused on Newton’s life and career.

Brown said the Newtons are willing to help remove the wild birds, but it wasn’t their responsibility.

“These are feral peacocks,” he said. “It’s a neighborhood problem, not a Newton problem, in fairness.”



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Cubs’ run allows Vegas bookmakers to be just fans


David PurdumESPN Staff Writer

Four months after the Boston Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, ending their 86-year championship drought, then-Caesars Palace sportsbook director Chuck Esposito was sifting through baseball revenue numbers, trying to figure out why they had won so much more money than he had expected.

“A lot of the [Red Sox] futures tickets went uncashed. People saved those as souvenirs,” Esposito recalled. “It wouldn’t surprise me if the same thing happened again with the Cubs.”

Las Vegas sportsbooks allow guests to mail in winning tickets anytime from up to 30 days to as much as a year after the event is completed. At Station Casinos, the deadline is 180 days to cash a winning ticket. (Although, being the generous bookmakers they are, the rule is loosely enforced). There are a massive amount of Cubs futures tickets out there, each with mailing instructions on the back. The Cubs, as longtime lovable losers, have always been a popular bet in Las Vegas and were often among the sportsbooks’ worst-case scenarios.

This year, with the Cubs the favorites, even more bets showed up at the windows. Three and four times more bets were placed on the Cubs to win the World Series than on any other team. And, yet, Las Vegas still won.

“We actually needed the Cubs in the Series and in Game 7,” Esposito, now the sportsbook director at the Sunset Station casino, said. Esposito, a Chicago native and lifelong Cubs fan, watched Wednesday’s Game 7 at Brando’s, a Las Vegas sports bar that caters to Chicago fans. He said the bar went silent when Cleveland Indians centerfielder Rajai Davis tied the game with a two-run home run off Cubs reliever Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning.

Shortly after, Esposito elected to race home during the 17-minute rain delay between the ninth and 10th innings. He made it home and got to enjoy a special moment for him, his 12-year-old son Nicholas and all of baseball.



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Jerry Jones says it’s ‘pretty definitive’ that the Raiders will move to Las Vegas

There’s a bit of stop-and-go when it comes to the Las Vegas Raiders. Lots of progress is made but then an obstacle like a really rich billionaire or a slowed-down relocation vote pops up.

If you want to read the tea leaves on how a possible relocation to Vegas will go down, there is one owner who might be smart to listen to, and that’s Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. He’s one of the most powerful owners in the league, and if you believe the stories of back-room dealings, he helped shepherd the Rams to Los Angeles.

And Jones, while speaking on CBS Sports Radio affiliate 105.3 the Fan in Dallas Tuesday morning, says he sees the Raiders to Vegas as almost a sure thing. He called it “pretty definitive” and said it could be “as strong” as the Los Angeles situation.

“Really if you look at the history of teams moving, this is pretty definitive. There’s a pretty bright line right there. They’ve provided for a team, the most funding that’s ever been funded from third parties,” Jones said. “So that’s about as strong, L.A. never really had that powerful of influence, I’ll put it that way. Which is over $700 million of initial contribution from the state of Nevada and the city of Las Vegas. That’s pretty strong. Vegas has a lot going for it. I think it’s going to really have, a real, if you will, strong case to get an NFL football team. I know that Oakland, certainly, was approved to move earlier this year.

“And you put all of that together and that’s pretty confluence of things coming together. I call that the crosshair theory when things get in the crosshair, you better recognize it most of the time.”

Now, Jones isn’t the end-all, be-all of decisions when it comes to moving a franchise. The NFL owners still have to vote on the Raiders going to Vegas, with the Raiders needing 24 votes to make the move.

Roger Goodell would prefer to keep an NFL team in the Bay Area TV market, however, and it’s entirely possible the Raiders don’t get to hold a relocation vote in January. That would make things interesting if the Chargers pass on their opportunity to move to Los Angeles, as the Raiders would get an option to join the Rams at that point.


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Halloween never ends at year-round southwest Las Vegas costume and prop shop

After Halloween night, the ghost, goblins and ghouls will still have a home at the year-round HalloweenMart.

The walls of the store at 6230 S. Decatur Blvd., Suite 101, are covered in a wide selection of masks, wigs, accessories, props, decorations and costumes for adults, kids and pets. At HalloweenMart, anyone can be one step away from becoming Donald Trump, Chewbacca, Frankenstein or The Joker.

“When you put on a costume, you can be anybody that you want to be,” store owner Ann Siegel said. “You step out of your comfort zone as a banker, teacher, and you can be silly, or you can be stupid; you can act however you want to act, and that’s what’s great about Halloween.”

HalloweenMart has been a part of the Las Vegas community for 22 years. Siegel said she started her business as a temporary store for the holiday season in a smaller space on Valley View Boulevard, but after noticing that there was no year-round Halloween store, she decided to make it permanent.

Siegel said what sets her store apart from competitors is its selection and customer service. While the store specializes in Halloween, it has inventory for every holiday and occasion from Thanksgiving to President’s Day that brings people in past Oct. 31.

Because the store also carries rave and club wear, the annual Electric Daisy Carnival draws in crowds almost as large as Halloween shoppers.

Repeat customer Mark Hanks said he enjoys being able to count on the store for his Halloween needs each year.

“It’s always there, and it has all the stuff you need,” Hanks said.


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