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Annual checkup: The Downtown hotel and casino celebrated its one-year anniversary late last month.

Downtown Grand remains focused on building something unique

November 19th, 2014

Annual checkup: The Downtown hotel and casino celebrated its one-year anniversary late last month.

  • Veteran chef Tsutomo Molde's just-off-Strip Japanese steakhouse draws a diverse, very Vegas crowd.

  • Why the property works, just the way it is.

  • “We’re not here to build a hotel and move on,” Sam Nazarian said at the pre-opening press conference. “This is who we are. And we’re ...

  • Somehow, among giants like the Linq, High Roller and Cromwell, this little slice of strange still belongs.

  • The hotel-within-a-hotel concept hasn’t exactly changed the game on the Strip. Could Delano change that?

  • "It’s all very pretty, embellished and ornate, but I can’t shake how Barbary Coast it still feels."

  • MGM Grand just finished refurbishing its 254-foot-tall, 94-foot-wide sign on Las Vegas Boulevard, retrofitting the big “MGM” letters with more than 13,000 custom-made LED pucks ...

  • In lieu of the tourist attractions of yesteryear (think: Sirens of Ti, the Bellagio Fountains), several properties are building shopping centers close to the Boulevard.

  • With its spiffy new look, the property's renovation is on par with those at the Tropicana and Downtown's Plaza and the D.

  • Much more than a renovation of the Sahara, SLS could have a larger impact on the Strip.

  • Robbed by the recession, we didn’t get to see what Las Vegas was supposed to be in 2013. The Incidental Tourist explores what the Strip ...

  • Food

    Drop that baster! Make a reservation this Turkey Day.

  • TV

    "We’re always helping other people’s dreams come true, but we never had a chance to do any work on our own place."

  • Casino

    Here’s a chilling thought, courtesy of the man who made it all possible: “Ask yourself, if there was no Mirage on the Strip, what would’ve ...

  • Art

    "It's time to refresh the project, look at options of location and ensure that our communication about the project is more clear than it has ...

  • A&E

    Face-melting Turkey Day meals, carols with Liberace and a drive to the North Pole (Experience)—it's time to shake your holiday season up!

  • As We See It

    Annual checkup: The Downtown hotel and casino celebrated its one-year anniversary late last month.

  • Casino

    If you were there for the opening of the Mirage 25 years ago, Folk was probably the first person you met.

  • Food

    Start with potato pancakes and save room for the rouladen.

  • A&E

    Opulence, decadence, excessive ornamentation and extreme wealth.

  • Dining

    If you thought last year's Grand Banquet was amazing, wait until you see the sequel.

  • Dining

    The Downtown stalwart has new owners, a new look and an exciting new Mexican menu.

  • Dining

    Also, a feast of white truffles and Nebbiolo at Ferraro's and a throwback menu at Spago.

  • Art

    Even professional exhibiting artists have sat down at the space, creating works that eventually went into gallery shows.

  • Nightlife

    Also, a Rebel Pride edition of GBDC and Adore Delano at Piranha.

  • Food

    And the chicken fried steak tastes just as good.

  • Features

    It's Weekly's annual Thanksgiving appreciation issue, chock full of thanks for everything we find delicious, hilarious, brave and beautiful.

  • Nightlife

    "We are finally seeing the growth and a significant point of differentiation that will continue to move the needle forward."

  • Dining

    Borrow these eclectic dishes to add something different to your turkey-day table.

  • As We See It

    Time included "feminist" in its annual online "word banishment" poll last week, lumping it in with expressions of the moment like "bae," "turnt" and "yaaasssss."

  • Dining

    This year’s event featured 408 competitors in 11 categories, with nine defending champions, eight countries and 25 locals in the mix.