In case you're heading out to the dessert for the holiday weekend—or planning to soon—some news from the Vegas Strip.
1) LAVO, the restaurant and nightclub that paired LA's own Ludovic Lefebvre with the Tao Group, opened on Tuesday. (Here's a sneak peek.) Both the restaurant and nightclub are taking reservations, but the grand opening is slated for September (we'll be there!). [VegasWire]
2) Jay-Z, we hardly knew thee: The music mogul's sports-themed-dance-club 40/40 is closing. The LVRJ reports that the Palazzo plans to turn it into a race and sports book with a restaurant. The space was beautiful and there were some really cool VIP/private rooms, but it never really took off the way it should have. When we met one of the managers earlier this year, he admitted the big events like Super Bowl and March Madness worked, but the club wasn't drawing in the crowds any other time. Understandable, though: Everyone wants to go to dance clubs in Vegas, not places with tiered seats (bottle service only) and TVs turned to sports while a DJ spins in the background. 40/40 just opened on New Year's Eve. [LVRJ]
2) Not to worry—Sugarcane Lounge opened next to SushiSamba in the Shoppes on August 15. Blending Japan, Peurvian and Brazilian influences, there will be everything from capoeira performances to samba dancers, geishas, taiko drummers and models-as-Brazilian soccer players. Crazy mix. The cocktails are just as eclectic, but they have a 12-drink "cocktail tree" so you can try a bunch at once. (702.607.0670; website). [VegasWire]
4) Everywhere: If you do happen to be out in the desert next week, it's Las Vegas Restaurant Week from September 1-7. Similar to events found in many cities, it's a good way to check out a bunch of restaurants in one fell swoop because lunches are only $25.08 and dinners $50.08. Participants include Ago at the Hard Rock; Aureole, Mix, RM Seafood and Fleurs de Lys in Mandalay Bay; Charlie Palmer Steakhouse at the Four Seasons; Rao's and Mesa Grill at Caesars; Craftsteak and L'atelier de Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand; Daniel Boulud and Stratta at the Wynn; BLT Burger and Japonais at Mirage and many more. Proceeds go to Las Vegas food charities. [VegasWire]