Commission approves sale of 50 percent stake in Golden Gate Hotel.

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The GOLDEN GATE HOTEL in downtown Las Vegas sells 50% interest to an investment partnership: “A 50 percent interest in Las Vegas’ oldest hotel-casino was sold [Mid-March, 2008] to an investment partnership controlled by two brothers whose family made their fortune manufacturing nuts and bolts in the Midwest.” read more…
“The partnership [“Desert Rock“] owns 19 percent of Riviera Holdings, the parent company of the Riviera, and has made several land investments in the Las Vegas Valley. Through some family trusts, Derek Stevens and his 37-year-old brother recently completed the purchase of the Las Vegas 51s, the top minor-league baseball affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.” read more…
“We won’t touch the shrimp cocktail,” Stevens said of the Golden Gate’s famous menu item. “It’s the best shrimp cocktail in Las Vegas.”
“Desert Rock plans to invest more money in the property to remodel the hotel’s 106 rooms and refurbish the property’s public areas by building new restrooms, adding a sound system inside the casino and enhancing the signs on Fremont Street.”
“Jack Binion, scion of the Benny Binion gambling empire downtown, said he thinks the area will benefit from the upscale boom on the Strip.”
“As the midlevel places get imploded on the Strip, I think it is going to drive more people downtown,” said Binion, 71, whose family no longer operates Binion’s. “Everybody is into nostalgia. There is a lot of nostalgia down there.”

“Review-Journal reporter Benjamin Spillman contributed to this article. Contact reporter Howard Stutz at hstutz@reviewjournal.com or (702) 477-3871.”
The preponderance of this information is from The Review Journal.

“Established in 1906, the Golden Gate is proud to be Las Vegas’ most historic hotel/casino and the smallest hotel on Fremont Street, with only 106 rooms. Our guests can enjoy the intimate atmosphere of an historic hotel and then step outside our front doors into the grandeur and excitement of the Fremont Street Experience, with dazzling free light shows and special events. Our shrimp cocktail started a Las Vegas tradition over 40 years ago, and still is named “Best of Las Vegas” year after year. We offer great accommodations, plenty of gambling action and excellent food in a warm and friendly environment.” [Access the Golden Gate’s Website.]

The LasVegasBuffetClub says: “I hope they don’t touch the diner. The Bay City Diner at The Golden Gate is a classic diner. It’s ambience and patina can’t be replaced.”

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Corner Gas

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One of my favorite new (to this writer) TV shows is called: Corner Gas.
It is a charming small-town-comedy (ultra-hip) TV show from Canada that premiered: January 22, 2004.
“Airs Next: CTV at Thursday 8:00 PM (30 min.)” [sic,] excerpt is from TV.Com.

Corner Gas is about the lives of the people who live in Dog River and hang around the only gas station and restaurant in town. The cast of characters includes Brent LeRoy, the owner of Corner Gas and chronic comicbook reader; his assistant at the station, Wanda Dollard, who is just a little too well educated to be stuck where she is, but doesn’t seem to mind it; Hank Yarbo, Brent’s friend from…” read more…

“This is the first scene from Corner Gas, Episode 1, Season 1.’ ‘I just recently started watching.’ ‘It was a great start to the show,” so says, “sedawk” who “owns” the video.

The Cast:
Tara Spencer-Nairn – Karen Pelly, Fred Ewanuick – Hank Yarbo, Nancy Robertson – Wanda Dollard, Lorne Cardinal – Davis Quinton, Gabrielle Miller – Lacey Burrows, Janet Wright – Emma LeRoy, Brent Butt – Brent LeRoy, Eric Peterson – Oscar LeRoy
. > > > I think Gabrielle Miller – Lacey Burrows is very interesting. This link’s to Gabrielle Miller’s Official Website.
Gabrielle Miller’s Lacey Burrows runs the restaurant: The Ruby. She is the sophisticated, big-city girl whose urban-slick charms don’t always work in Dog River. They work here…

Read All About It on TV.Com, click this.
(The TV.com pages have comprehensive information about this show, including bios.)

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MonteLago Village Resort at Lake Las Vegas

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On the North-Eastern edge of the desert, past Boulder Highway, about 20 minutes (17 miles) from the Las Vegas Strip, there is a cool oasis which is a man-made phenomenon called Lake Las Vegas. On the shores of 320-acre Lake Las Vegas there is a Mediterranean-style village with hotels, condos, gaming, restaurants, shops, sidewalk cafe’s and a small marina: “Most weekends, the marina offers a one-hour lake cruise aboard the La Contessa Yachtread more…
Also available: Gondola Cruises, Gourmet Dinner Cruisee, Electric rental boats, water toys, Kayaking and more. (click above)

There is a resort just beyond the marina called MonteLago Village Resort.

Lake Las Vegas with the village in the background...
Photo is from the MonteLago Village Resort’s Website

MonteLago Village Resort is a one of a kind luxury Las Vegas resort and real estate opportunity, located just 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. Set among the desert mountains of Nevada on the shores of sparkling Lake Las Vegas, the Mediterranean-themed village offers exquisite shopping and dining, golfing, European-style gaming, and access to the championship golf and lakeside recreation of Lake Las Vegas Resort.” [Excerpt is from the MonteLago Village Resorts Website.]

The MonteLago Village Resort is a mix of a modern American hotel (condo) and an old Tuscan structure. Among several restaurants, there is a good cafe that has indoor seating as well as tables on a patio overlooking the town square: “Cafe Tenuta, Located in Casino MonteLago – Features 24-hour café dining with a diverse, breakfast, lunch and dinner menu including steaks, seafood, salads, sandwiches, and pasta.” [Excerpt is from the MonteLago Village Website.] Condos are available to rent (like hotel rooms.) Hotel rooms are available in nearby hotels, such as: Ritz Carlton Hotels or Loews Hotels.

Casino MonteLago is tucked into the hotel’s “wine cellar,” to loosely paraphrase the website: “Casino MonteLãgo offers you an intimate casino setting where value and service is paramount. Just a few miles East of Lake Mead Drive, at beautiful Lake Las Vegas Resort, Casino MonteLãgo charms you with European style and hospitality and is reminiscent of a cozy 17th Century Tuscan winery” read more…
A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS Casino MonteLago boasts of over 200 Penny slots, as well as Video Poker and other current, popular video gaming machines; table games and a Sports lounge are active.

“The entire Lake Las Vegas scene is pretty cool allowing that it is just a little bit square.” They do, from time to time, have sidewalk Art shows and music concerts by the marina; the website declares that “The Ice Rink is now open.” It can be quite pleasant to stroll through the village streets, after dinner, or unlax on the grassy-knoll – on a blanket – watching a Jazz concert; they also produce an “Opera Under the Stars.”
The area is Kid/Family friendly…
Click on the web links for maps, driving directions, photos and other information.

The LasVegasBuffetClub’s main website has a page on the MonteLago Village Resort – click this link to access that page.
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Fading O’ The Green: The 2006 closing of Denver’s Duffy’s Restaurant / Tavern.

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Fading O’ The Green” The closing of Denver’s Duffy’s Restaurant.
Watch a YouTube video of the (2006) closing night -St. Patrick’s celebration.

Duffy’s Restaurant in Denver, Colorado closes after being in business for over 50 years.

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The Gold Spike Hotel Casino in Las Vegas reports having a new owner…

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Gold Spike Hotel & Casino – 400 East Ogden Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Contact Info:
(702) 384-8444
(800) 634-6703 (toll-free)
“Hot Diggity! The Gold Spike has new owners, and they plan to do something the old owners didn’t: spend money. They better, because they spent more dough buying it than they’ll ever find in lost change between the slot machines and stuck to the old carpet.” Read more…
From The Siegel Group:
Greetings from the new owners of the Gold Spike Hotel & Casino. Read more…

This is the new LOGO for the Gold Spike:

The new Gold Spike's Logo...

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day ( Keylight Entertainment Group and Kudos Productions Ltd.) “Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job [1939 London.] An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse.” – Plot Outline by IMBd.
This Cinderella-High-Romance film is beautifully decorated like a rich Art Deco cake with gobs of frosting…Delysia Lafosse (Amy Adams) is the cherry on top. This film is for lovers of “romance,” drop-dead-gorgeous set decoration, (period) Swing-Jazz and fine performances by: Frances McDormand … Miss Pettigrew and Amy Adams … Delysia Lafosse; Directed by: Bharat Nalluri; Writers (WGA): David Magee (screenplay) and Simon Beaufoy (screenplay) …
If I were giving out awards for this film, I’d give awards for the set designers and decorators, acting awards for Francis McDormand and Amy Adams, and awards for a very fine soundtrack – maybe a few more…
Watch a YouTube video with Amy Adams and Francis McDormand – Oscar nominee Amy Adams talks about her work with Oscar winner Francis McDormand in the romantic comedy ‘Miss Pettigrew Lives for a day.’