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    JuiceFarm Arrives at the Palazzo in December, ‘Prescribes’ Elixirs for What Ails You

    If you’re like us, you’ve almost certainly had nights out in Las Vegas that have left you feeling a little out of sorts. With the arrival of L.A.’s Juice Farm to the Palazzo in mid-December, you’ll be able to recover at the Strip’s first restorative, cold-pressed juicery.

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    High Tide for Lobster ME

    By Xania V. Woodman

    A new crustacean-centric restaurant by Lev Restaurant Group, also creators of I ♥ Burgers, will claw its way onto the Las Vegas scene this July. Lobster ME—the name is a playful invocation of the postal abbreviation for Maine—will offer two variations on that New England staple, the lobster roll: steamed and served with drawn butter and herbs on a freshly baked bun, and steamed and served with mayo, celery and herbs on the same bun.

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    Rí Rá Irish Pub will have Vegas seeing green

    By Xania V. Woodman

    “Ree-Rah.” Pronunciation and location are all you really need to have some good craic (“crack,” sociable fun) at Rí Rá Irish Pub, opening March 17 in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place. Beer, whiskey, Irish vittles and live music will be served up day and night in an environment so authentic you can still smell the ink on the staff’s visas. But look deeper—Rí Rá is stacked to its antique rafters with salvaged material from all over the Emerald Isle.

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    Tailor-Made Nightlife at Savile Row

    By Xania V. Woodman

    2010 returned “bespoke” to popular usage, though not exclusively in reference to custom suiting. Previewing New Year’s weekend and promising a bespoke nightlife experience, Angel Management Group’s new boîte, Savile Row (rhymes with “gravel”; named for London’s street of custom suit shops), aims to embody discriminating taste as it replaces Noir Bar beneath LAX’s entry bridge. “We’re trying to create a place where people will do whatever it takes to get in,” says AMG’s vice president of marketing, Alex Cordova. Las Vegas: Brace yourself to possibly hear the word “no.”

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    The Other Big Debut

    By Sean DeFrank

    Americans love hamburgers, ordering 9.5 billion in restaurants in 2009. But that doesn’t explain the overwhelming response to the Las Vegas debut of Steak ’n Shake. When the diner-style fast-food restaurant opened in the South Point at 11 a.m. Dec. 16, people who had been waiting in line for more than three hours rushed in to get their first taste of the chain’s famous Steakburgers and “hand-dipped” milkshakes. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman joined South Point owner Michael Gaughan for the opening.

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    Everybody in the Pool!

    By Marvin Lucas

    After more than a year of renovations, the city of Las Vegas’ Pavilion Center pool, 101 S. Pavilion Center Dr., is back in business. Fourteen months and $3.85 million later, the pool reopened Dec. 13. The new-and-improved facility features retractable doors and rooftop, and the same 50-meter pool it’s had since it first opened in 2002. The renovation was funded by the Clark County School District ($1.3 million), bond proceeds ($2.1 million) and proceeds from the regional construction tax ($460,000 of which had to be used for recreation facilities in Ward 2).

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    Makin’ Whoopee

    By Cindi Reed

    On what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 95th birthday (Dec. 12), Wynn Las Vegas premiered Sinatra Dance With Me (Encore Theater, $69-$89, 7:30 p.m. Mon-Sat, 770-9966). Conceived, choreographed and directed by legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp, the 80-minute show combines Sinatra’s recorded vocal tracks with a live big band while telling an abstract boy-meets-girl story through dance of four young couples.

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    Living Up to Its Name

    By Xania V. Woodman

    The husband-and-wife duo of photographer Westley Isbutt and graphic designer Debra Heiser has been living and working in the Arts Factory since 1992. The building at the intersection of Casino Center and Charleston boulevards has, in the last decade, housed Tinoco’s Bistro, then Paymon’s Mediterranean Bistro and now Isbutt and Heiser’s own Bar + Bistro (BarBistroAF.com), which opened in August.

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    Welcome, Lady Silvia

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Following the scheduled Dec. 15-opening of Resnicks urban grocery at Soho Lofts (900 Las Vegas Blvd. South), Sam Cherry Development will open the Lady Silvia bar and lounge a few doors down in mid-January. The 2,900-square-foot space is modeled, says developer Sam Cherry, after an “Old World library.”

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    Where Somebody Knows Your Name

    Established in 1884 in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, P.J. Clarke’s has thrived for 125 years by defining itself as a no-nonsense, old-fashioned saloon. Now, P.J.’s is set to bring its authentic ambience, friendly service and traditional fare to the Strip.

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    Artful Spaces

    By Marvin Lucas

    Bellagio recently unveiled two initiatives designed to whet art aficionados’ palates. The first comes in the form of Cirque du Soleil’s third art gallery, which opened earlier this month across from the resort’s conservatory and botanical gardens with the Art of Richard MacDonald Presented by Cirque du Soleil. The show features MacDonald’s rare and limited-edition bronze sculptures, all of which are inspired by Cirque productions.

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    Claws 3

    By Marvin Lucas

    The term “New England charm” may conjure up images of quaint coastal towns, but when Mobstah Lobstah came West, it skipped the cute. Instead, Mobstah Lobstah deals in fresh Maine seafood served in a style that’s more Tony Soprano than Martha Stewart. The brawn behind the venture, mixed martial arts fighter Allen Berube, was born and raised in Maine. UFC fans may recall the fighter-turned-restaurateur from Spike TV’s Ultimate Fighter 5.

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    Wynn’s Secret Bar Gets an Overhaul

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Chef David Walzog’s Lakeside Grill wasn’t the only thing to open up last month down by Wynn’s Lake of Dreams. Beyond the hotel’s registration desks, the gleaming, petite new North Show Terrace bar quietly began serving on Oct. 13, replacing the rolling banquet bar that had presided over the long, narrow balcony since the property opened. With 10 tables and comfortable rattan patio furniture, it’s the perfect place from which to take in the fantastical shows on the lake, which in winter begin at 7 p.m.

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    Lakefront Property

    By Xania V. Woodman

    About the only thing better than a Walzog restaurant overlooking Wynn’s Lake of Dreams is having two of them. Chef David Walzog and members of the SW Steakhouse team—including general manager Mario Disi and executive pastry chef Kimberly Valdez—will add Lakeside Grill to their résumés when it opens to the public (four days early) Oct. 29, serving dinner nightly.

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    Going Native

    By Marvin Lucas

    Las Vegas may be a transient town, but a new bar is catering to those who call the city home. Following a quiet opening, Born and Raised tavern, or BAR, officially opens Oct. 9 with a private benefit for Opportunity Village early in the evening before welcoming the public at midnight. Mayor Oscar Goodman is scheduled to attend.

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