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Beretta to Open Store, Shooting Range Inside the Palazzo


A decision by the Clark County Planning Commission opens the door for a shooting range on the Las Vegas Strip.

High-end Italian gun maker Beretta got the OK late Tuesday from the Clark County Planning Commission to build a shooting range.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Shooting Range Proposed for Las Vegas Strip Shops

Shooting Range Proposed for Las Vegas Strip Shops


The Clark County Planning Commission will hear a proposal to open a shooting range and firearms shop inside the Shoppes at the Palazzo on the Las Vegas Strip, during its meeting Tuesday evening.

The shop is being proposed by General Growth Properties which developed and owns the Palazzo’s shopping area. Legal teams from the Venetian and Wynn Las Vegas are expected to present the commission with safety concerns about the proposal.

County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani says ammunition will not be sold at the shop, but she has concerns about what people might bring inside the casino. She says the whole idea “goes against what (the commissioners) want in the resort corridor.” 

Strip-Peddler Ban Moves Forward

Strip-Peddler Ban Moves Forward


The Clark County Commission moved forward Tuesday on a proposal that could restrict or ban peddlers on the Las Vegas Strip.

Under the new rule, vendors would not be allowed to sell anything on public sidewalks or streets. Commissioner Steve Sisolak says the goal of the ordinance is to improve safety on the busy street. The rule is part of a series of new rules the commission is looking at for the Strip. Earlier this year, the commission voted to restrict animals on the boulevard.

A public hearing and final vote on the ordinance could happen at the next commission meeting on July 3. 

Construction Begins on Hakkasan Restaurant at MGM


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Construction is under way on the Strip for the five-story Hakkasan lounge, restaurant and nightclub in the MGM Grand.

Company officials say Tuesday they've installed on-site cameras so people can watch the progress on the upscale Chinese restaurant, which is replacing the Studio 54 nightclub and one of the casino's main exterior facades.

Hakkasan first opened in London in 2001 and now has U.S. locations in Miami and New York City. Officials say they're planning restaurants in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the next year.

Designers say the 75,000-square-foot restaurant will feature modern Chinese-inspired decor and rich interiors.

Nobu Hotel Starts Taking Reservations

Nobu Hotel Starts Taking Reservations

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Caesars Palace will start accepting reservations in October for the new Nobu Hotel on the Strip.

It's the first venture into hotels for Nobu Hospitality, which operates Japanese restaurants in major cities around the world. Officials with Nobu and Caesars say the 180 guest rooms will feature simple, natural designs inspired by cherry blossoms, origami and Japanese Zen gardens.

The hotel is scheduled to open late this year.

Strip Closures Upcoming for MGM Renovations

Strip Closures Upcoming for MGM Renovations

MGM Grand’s renovation project will cause traffic headaches on the Strip next week.

Drivers can expect lane closures and overnight traffic delays near the intersection of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard South starting late Sunday night and is expected to last only three to five days.

The closures will accommodate construction crews erecting a 140-foot crane needed for the ongoing renovation work at MGM Grand. Two lanes of Tropicana Avenue, just east of the Strip in front of MGM Grand, will be closed to accommodate construction equipment for the three to five days it will take to build the crane. The crane will remain on site through the summer months.

US Casinos Slowly Coming Back from Recession Woes

US Casinos Slowly Coming Back from Recession Woes

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- The nation's commercial casinos continued their slow-but-steady comeback from the recession last year, with revenues up 3 percent nationwide and jobs holding nearly steady.

In its annual report released Wednesday, the American Gaming Association noted the nation's 492 non-Indian casinos paid nearly $8 billion in taxes to state and local governments, a 4.5 percent increase over 2010.

The casinos took in $35.6 billion last year. They also provided more than 339,000 jobs, a decline of less than half of 1 percent from a year earlier. And casino workers saw their pay decline by 3 percent last year, to $12.9 billion in wages, benefits and tips.

Atlantic City had the biggest revenue drop at 7 percent.