Archive for March, 2012

Golden Nugget Fire Was Arson

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Yesterday morning, there was a fire in a room at the Golden Nugget that critically injured one man and forced the evacuation of many floors in the Rush Tower. The cause of the two-alarm blaze was not determined right away, though there is speculation that it was an intentionally set fire.

The Las Vegas Fire and Rescue crews rushed to the scene after responding at 8:26 a.m. that morning. The fire broke out on the 22nd floor of the Rush Tower in a guest room. By 9:01 a.m., the fire had been extinguished by the firefighters. A total of fifty people were evacuated from the floors near the blaze. No other injuries were reported.

The hotel guest who was critically injured, was transported to the hospital promptly. Fire officials are still not clear as to how the guest would up in a locked room that was on a floor that was closed to the public.

Currently, the Golden Nugget is undergoing some remodelling, and floors 22, 23, and 24 are the floors being worked on right now. As a result, all the rooms on those floors are unoccupied by guests.

Guests who were evacuated were able to return to their rooms an hour later after the incident.

Fitzgeralds Hotel-Casino To Become The D

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

In the constantly changing downtown Las Vegas, here’s another change coming soon!

The Fitzgeralds hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas will soon be renamed to the D Las Vegas once it has undergone a $15 million renovation while still being operational. As it stands now, the property has nearly 640 hotel rooms as well as a casino with two levels. The previous owner was the first black casino owner in Las Vegas, Don Barden.

The renovations will be done slowly, two floors at a time. The casino will also be split, with the upper level keeping things classy in a ‘Vegas style throwback to the olden golden days. The lower level of the casino will be decorated in a modern and contemporary style.

Also coming down is the signature giant “F” signs representing the “Fitzgeralds” name. The new name is expected to be installed shortly.

Derek Stevens bought the hotel-casino last year, and always intended to change the name and spruce things up to make the hotel-casino a hotspot in downtown Las Vegas. Stevens also owns the majority of the nearby Golden Gate casino.

Stevens told The Associated Press “I really didn’t want to buy the hotel to maintain the (current) hotel.”

Stevens explained the “D” in the name stands for “downtown”. It is also a homage to his own nickname, as well as to his hometown of Detroit.

International Pizza Expo In Las Vegas

Monday, March 12th, 2012

The International Pizza Expo is on this week in Las Vegas! It starts tomorrow, and will end its run on the 15th.

The International Pizza Expo is being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center this year, and there will be even more participants and attendees than ever! It’s a great networking and brand building opportunity as well, not to mention an extremely informative few days for those who work in the industry.

Many things in relations to pizza are on exhibit, and attendees can even enjoy cooking demonstration sessions throughout the expo. For those attending that want a little fun, there are also pizza games and competitions that will be held.

Over 450 companies, chefs, and pizza experts attend this major industry event, and there are plenty of opportunities to learn as there are also over 75 educational sessions planned over the next three days while the expo is on.

Of course there are also plenty of opportunities to taste and try a vast array of pizza creations and related products. Some of the main highlights of the International Pizza Expo are:

1. International Pizza Challenge

2. Conferences, Power Panels and workshops

3. World Pizza Games

4. The MEGA BUCKS Giveaway Contest

5. The Beer and Bull Idea Exchange session

6. Pizza making demonstration sessions

7. The Finals and Rocking Party