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LAS VEGAS — Here’s the latest news from Las Vegas, as announced this month by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

At a recent investor conference, Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts discussed plans for a new entertainment destination built around a first-ever recreational lake concept. The development, subject to approval by the company’s board of directors, will feature a 38-acre lagoon surrounded by meetings and convention space; a 1,000-r00m hotel tower; a small casino; and extensive dining and nightlife.

Derek and Greg Stevens, owners of the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel, Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, and the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, have bought the land adjacent to the recently acquired Las Vegas Club. This will enable the Stevens brothers to reshape the block on the Fremont Street Experience as they work to develop a third hotel-casino property.

TAO Group and chef Chris Santos have opened Beauty & Essex at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. This opening marks the second location of the New York City pawn shop, restaurant and lounge. Spanning 10,000 square feet, and with more than 230 seats for dining and another 90 seats in the bar/lounge, the restaurant explores jewels in all their forms. On the plate, Santos’ menu echoes the multi-ethnic dishes of the New York location and will offer dishes exclusive to Las Vegas. Also announced at The Cosmoplitan is the planned arrival of contemporary Japanese restaurant Zuma. Expected to open in late 2016, Zuma serves modern Japanese cuisine in a space inspired by the informal izakaya dining style.

The 100-acre SPEEDVEGAS motorsports complex has opened, featuring a 1.5-mile Formula One-inspired racetrack. The 20,000-square-foot, two-storey welcome centre features indoor and outdoor observation decks, a cafe and meetings and event space.

The Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts has unveiled a 5,000-square-foot museum that showcases legendary cars from the flamboyant performer’s stage act. Located in the Hollywood Cars Museum, the Liberace Garage displays vehicles such as a 1961 Rolls Royce Phantom V limousine and a 1956 Rolls Royce Convertible, and also offers event space.



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