The Linq Announces Impressive First Wave of Tenants

Posted Monday, October 1, 2012 by in Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas Casinos, Las Vegas Hotels, Nightlife, Shopping, The Linq, Things to Do. 5 Comments.

The Linq just got a serious dose of realness!

In case you hadn’t heard (hint: visit this blog more often), The Linq is a $550 million district coming to the center of the Las Vegas Strip that will include copious amounts of retail stores, dining and entertainment, as well as a giant observation wheel called The High Roller. In other words, The Linq is about to dramatically transform what’s already the world’s most exciting city.

The Linq Las Vegas

This is how Vegas does bling, baby.

Today, an initial group of tenants that will make up The Linq was announced, many of which are making an appearance in Las Vegas for the first time.

Brooklyn Bowl is a full-on entertainment experience centered around a 32-lane bowling alley, with live music every night of the week. Rolling Stone magazine called the original Brooklyn Bowl in, you know, Brooklyn, “One of the most incredible places on Earth,” and the nightlife mecca was even named the best music venue in New York City by the folks at the Zagat Survey. Now, it’s Sin City’s turn! Visit the official Brooklyn Bowl site for some flavor. Or read more in the Las Vegas Sun.

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl NYC is to a "bowling alley" as the Gobi Desert is to a "sandbox."

Sprinkles Cupcakes and Sprinkles Ice Cream is said by many to have begun the cupcake craze (they opened the world’s first cupcake bakery in Beverly Hills), and now Sprinkles is coming to Las Vegas for the very first time. Bonus Sprinkles trivia: They introduced the first cupcake ATM. This blog already hearts you, Sprinkles.

Sprinkles

You had us at, well, cupcakes.

Chayo Mexicano is an upscale casual restaurant with plans for multiple bars, private dining rooms, indoor/outdoor seating and even a mechanical bull. The menu will feature food made with authentic Mexican ingredients designed by Executive Chef Carlos Garcia Rios. DJs will spin everything from salsa and house to hip hop and top 40.

F.A.M.E. is a brand new “food, art, music and entertainment” concept. F.A.M.E. will re-create the popular “Asian Night Market” vibe, with a lounge, Asian street food, street art and live, Asian-inspired entertainment.

Here’s an exuberant, electronic dance music-filled promotional video for F.A.M.E. that might set the tone.

Koto is an oddities store described as “a cross between Sharper Image and a gift store.” This store has roots in Aspen, and this outlet in The Linq will be a first in Las Vegas.

Off the Strip Bistro is an Italian restaurant which will have a neighborhood feel with a center bar, visible kitchen and a variety of delicious offerings like pastas, steaks, chicken, pastas, fish and pastas. Guess which dish we’ll be trying first? Off the Strip Bistro got its start in the Southern Highlands area of Las Vegas, so it’s homegrown goodness.

Off the Strip restaurant

Off the Strip restaurant may also serve food. Ahem.

Bella Scarpa is a unique footwear and accessories boutique poised to wow shoe fanatics from around the world. The shop will offer a collection of platforms and heels, wedges and ballet slippers, boots and sneakers, “adorned, embellished and all about fun.”

Ruby Blue will boast some of the hottest trends in costume jewelry and accessories, all amidst a store designed with the feel of a burlesque dressing room. The store will also offer lingerie, bustiers and novelty legwear as well as a variety of sexy novelty games and toys. Do we have your attention yet?

Caesar

Where's The Linq, again? Right over there.

Yard House is already a hang-out in Vegas, known for its mind-boggling selection of beer, ale and lager, but the restaurant-bar’s location (right across from the High Roller observation wheel) and the fact it’s the largest Yard House in the country, will assure its utter uniqueness. This casual eatery is a mix of family-friendly atmosphere, classic rock music, American cuisine and unforgettable good times.

Here’s a little Yard House sizzle to get you in the mood.

Tilted Kilt is a Celtic-themed sports pub staffed with beautiful servers in saucy plaid kilts and bras. Although there are Tilted Kilts across the country, the very first Tilted Kilt was in Las Vegas, so this will be a homecoming of sorts. This blog has typically not had an issue with establishments wherein beautiful servers dwell. We’re open-minded like that.

Tilted Kilt

We don't make up the news, we just report it.

Flour and Barley is a pizzeria that will sport pizzas with wood-fired crusts, fresh ingredients and house-made toppings. Craft beer will also play an important role at this “rock-influenced pizzeria.” The decor will feature wood and brick, a marble bar top and red and white-checkered tabletops, along with vintage rock posters and black and white sports photography.

The Linq

Construction of The Linq is already well under way. This structure is going up in the space formerly occupied by the self-park garage of O'Sheas casino.

All-in-all, this eclectic mix of offerings should provide more than enough to keep senses reeling as The Linq springs to life in 2013. Exciting times ahead, folks, and we’re not just talking about the quilts. Probably.

More news to come!



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  1. If anyone’s taking suggestions, I hope Brooklyn Bowl will have more daytime hours in Vegas than it does in Brooklyn. The Linq has the potential for being the missing element in Vegas for people who have to bring their kids. A bowling alley, particularly one so far from any casino floor, seems a significant part of the solution, but the original Brooklyn Bowl has very limited access to the under 21 crowd.

    Also, I’m wondering what the busker policy is going to be. I’d love to see the odd saxophone or found object percussionist, but I’d be very, very disappointed if there were any “characters” offering the opportunity to have a picture taken with them.

  2. Anonymous

    We appreciate any and all suggestions, Jonathan. The Linq is intended to be a 24-hour-a-day experience, but we’ll have to see if the actual hours reflect that aspiration. Good question on the busker thing. Maybe this won’t be public property?

  3. C’mon guys…a ferris wheel? A bowling alley? Beer pong? Oh, and cupcakes were all the rage maybe 5 years ago. I hate to be so blunt, because I love Vegas and Caesar’s but who is coming up with these lame ideas? On a more positive note, the plans for Drai’s look very nice. Maybe you should have the Drai’s management people help you with the rest of your properties.

  4. Anonymous

    Maybe we haven’t explained what these venues are well enough. The bowling alley is actually an entertainment venue that packs them in in NYC. And this blog loves cupcakes.

  5. Anonymous

    Just found this site… Too much fun…Sort of, info w/ a gotta be kidding twist! Keep up the photo and not all together right attitude…