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Eater VegasWire: Mr. Chow Hits the Strip, Dolce Group Heads to the Hard Rock

Because it's so close, because we love it as much as Britney (poor, poor Britney), because everyone should go just once if not once a month, some Vegas restaurant news. Expect regular VegasWeek every week or so. If you have a tip or experience to share, please throw the dice here.

CITYCENTER: This won't happen until CityCenter opens in 2009, but Mr. Chow has finally been lured to the Strip. As part of the $7.4 billion MGM Mirage mini-city going up between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo, the Harmon Hotel gets the celeb-magnet restaurant, to be designed by Michael Chow himself. According to the flacks, hoteliers have been trying to ge a Mr. Chow to Vegas for years, and Peter Morton almost cut a deal for the Hard Rock before he sold it. The Light Group, which owns Fix, Stack and Diablo's among other Vegas spots, finagled a partnership with Chow and MGM Mirage. TMZ will need an extra horde of cameramen to set up camp outside. [EaterWire]

HARD ROCK: Retro cool is quickly getting pushed aside for the Paris Hilton-Lindsay Lohan-The Hills-type vibe. Case in point: A.J.'s Steakhouse at the Hard Rock has closed and sometime down the road the Dolce Group will open Rare 120. An opening date hasn't been announced. [JBF Dateline/EaterWire]

THE STRIP: New Year's weekend saw a bunch of nightlife debuts. Rumors swirled that it might not open in time, but Jay-Z's sports-themed 40/40 Club premiered at the Palazzo; missing a few bells and whistles, Miami-import Prive debuted at Planet Hollywood; the Light Group opened The Bank (formerly Light) at the Bellagio; and of course, chef Kerry Simon's CatHouse swanked up the Luxor. [LAT]

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