Monte Carlo’s BLVD Plaza to Host GEICO Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon’s Run Thru Wedding Ceremony

GEICO Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon’s Run Thru Wedding Ceremony at Monte Carlo’s BLVD Plaza Sunday, November 15

Runners to say “I Do” in Memorable Open-air Ceremony

Monte Carlo Resort & Casino will host 156 couples as they declare their love on the run during the Run Thru Wedding Ceremony at the GEICO Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon.

Forty-one couples marrying for the first time and 115 couples renewing their vows will run side-by-side to Monte Carlo’s BLVD Plaza, the open-air Strip-side destination, where they will exchange vows in front of friends and family at mile three of the course. In its tenth year, couples from countries around the world including Australia, Canada, Germany and Brazil will partake in the annual tradition.

Non-running family members and friends are invited to watch the ceremony officiated by Dao Vu, host of KTNV Channel 13’s popular shows, “The Morning Blend” and “Valley View Live!” from a designated viewing area at BLVD Plaza.

Run Thru Wedding participants can enjoy 20 percent off at Monte Carlo’s food and beverage venues including Yusho, 800 Degrees, Double Barrel, Sambalatte, BLVD Creamery, The Pub at Monte Carlo, BRAND Steakhouse and Diablo’s Cantina as well as 10 percent off at Monte Carlo’s retail venues including Casino Royal, Monte Carlo Boutique, Monte Carlo Beach Club, Monte Carlo Essentials, Monte Carlo Express and Monte Carlo Spa & Salon.

Sunday, November 15
Approximately 5:40 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Monte Carlo’s BLVD Plaza
3770 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109


Monte Carlo Gives Java Junkies Reason to Celebrate on National Coffee Day, Monday, September 29

Monte Carlo Gives Java Junkies Reason to Celebrate on
National Coffee Day, Monday, September 29

Strip-Front Plaza Venues Sambalatte and BLVD Creamery Offer Caffeinated Promotions for the Holiday



In celebration of National Coffee Day, venues at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino’s outdoor dining plaza will offer special promotions Monday, September 29. Java fans who state they are visiting the venues in honor of National Coffee Day will receive a 50 percent discount on coffee beverages at Sambalatte Coffee Lounge & Espresso Bar and 50 percent off coffee ice cream, created with Sambalatte’s house-roasted beans, at BLVD Creamery.


To honor highly skilled latte artists everywhere, guests are encouraged to post pictures of their favorite latte art all day using the hashtag #LoveThatLatte. The most artistic shots will be reposted by Monte Carlo’s social media team.


Newly opened this spring, Monte Carlo’s plaza delivers a cool, high-energy atmosphere, making it the ideal setting to enjoy Vegas’ perfect September weather. In addition to Sambalatte, the Vegas-grown premium coffee experience and BLVD Creamery, a contemporary ice cream shop with innovative flavors and unexpected desserts, the destination includes Diablo’s Cantina, a festive, two-story Mexican restaurant from leading development and management company The Light Group; Yusho, featuring inventive Japanese-inspired street food by celebrated chef Matthias Merges; Double Barrel Roadhouse, the first authentic roadhouse concept from renowned hospitality group sbe, and; 800 Degrees, a pizzeria from the California-based restaurateurs behind Umami Burger.


Monte Carlo Introduces Open-Air Casual Dining Plaza on Las Vegas Strip



Enjoy Live Entertainment and Al Fresco Dining at Yusho, Double Barrel,
800 Degrees, BLVD Creamery and Sambalatte

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Monte Carlo Resort & Casino has completed a multi-million-dollar reinvention of its Strip-facing facade, debuting a lively open-air plaza with six unique dining concepts, vibrant community spaces and dynamic live entertainment.


Monte Carlo’s new plaza delivers a cool, high-energy atmosphere making it the ideal setting to enjoy Vegas’ sultry summer nights. The destination includes Diablo’s Cantina, a festive, two-story Mexican restaurant from leading development and management company The Light Group, and introduces five indoor-outdoor restaurants new to The Strip: Yusho, featuring inventive Japanese-inspired street food by celebrated chef Matthias Merges; Double Barrel, the first authentic roadhouse from renowned hospitality group sbe; 800 Degrees, a pizzeria from the California-based restaurateurs behind Umami Burger; BLVD Creamery, a contemporary ice cream shop with innovative flavors and unexpected dessert offerings; and Sambalatte, a Vegas-grown premium coffee experience.


An experiential social gathering place, Monte Carlo’s new plaza offers:


  • Live entertainment: A rotating roster of live bands of all genres, solo musicians, artists and street performers take over the plaza daily. From 3 p.m. until late night, guests will be surprised and delighted by the skilled entertainers that complete the upbeat, interactive setting.


  • Yusho Japanese Grill & Noodle House: Renowned Chicago chef Matthias Merges brings his imaginative take on Japanese street food to Las Vegas with Yusho. Merges’ cuisine showcases varieties of steamed buns, unique ramens, house-made pickles, fresh meats and surprising desserts. Signature menu items include the Logan Poser Ramen, made with crispy pork, egg, nori and cucumber; as well as 2X Fried Chicken, created with spicy kanzuri, green tea and lime zest. Yusho’s innovative beverage program features six cocktails on tap as well as an immense selection of Japanese craft beers and road-ready sakes.


  • Double Barrel Roadhouse: This high-energy entertainment and dining venue complements an array of craft cocktails, frozen libations and beers with its creative Southern-inspired menu. Roadhouse Sliders, BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps, and Deep Fried S’Mores are just some of early the favorites. The 12,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor space, envisioned by award-winning designer Mark Zeff, welcomes visitors with live performances by the lively “DB girls” on the elevated catwalks surrounding the bars.
  • 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria: From the masterminds behind Los Angeles’ Umami Burger, 800 Degrees offers guests the experience of creating their ultimate, gourmet personal pizzas baked at lightning speed. After selecting a sauce and toppings from an assortment of vegetables, meats, cheeses and spices, the Neapolitan pizza is baked in an 800-degree wood-burning oven. For those who prefer a chef’s recommendation, specialty pizzas and side dishes include the Bianca, Sausage & Peppers, Tartufo and Marinara pizzas along with small bites such as Meatballs, Truffle Cheese Bread and Antipasti. The 3,000-square-foot indoor dining room and 1,000-square-foot outdoor patio seat approximately 120 pizza lovers.


  • BLVD Creamery: Childhood favorites and cutting-edge flavors come together at this vibrant ice cream shop that features organic ice creams along with sorbets, cereal-flavored milks and other dessert novelties including flavors such as watermelon-jalapeno, avocado and pinot noir. Monte Carlo’s skilled pastry team churns each creation to silky smooth perfection daily, ensuring each treat is fresh and delicious. Pops of pastel colors set against bright white walls and an upbeat soundtrack of indie alternative and post-punk new wave tunes welcome guests of all ages into a whimsical world of sweet treats.


  • Sambalatte Coffee Lounge & Espresso Bar: This Las Vegas-based, award-winning coffee shop exclusively features a Coffee Bean Roaster and a state-of-the-art coffee lab, providing “The Theatre of Coffee,” where guests can watch the experts as they undergo the roasting process. Of course, no entertainment experience would be complete without a beverage in hand, so guests may indulge in signature house blends or creative creations, such as the Nutella Latte, while they watch live entertainment on Sambalatte’s outdoor patio. The venue also serves tea, sandwiches, muffins, scones, cookies, pastries and more.


Monte Carlo’s plaza is the first completed element of an interactive neighborhood in development by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). In addition to the plaza, the indoor-outdoor district includes an energetic patio culture at New York-New York and The Park, a highly social dining and entertainment space leading up to a 20,000-seat world-class Las Vegas arena by MGM Resorts and AEG. The Park and arena will be completed in spring 2016. The project draws inspiration from historic promenades and squares while focusing on creating unique memories for today’s spontaneous, experience-driven guests.



About Monte Carlo
Offering unpretentious luxury at an affordable price, Monte Carlo features 2,992 deluxe rooms and suites including the exclusive HOTEL32 at the top of the resort.  Monte Carlo is home to the entertainment phenomenon  Blue Man Group, a tranquil spa, lush pool and tantalizing restaurants and nightlife including the award-winning French cuisine of Andre’s, The Pub and Diablo’s Cantina, d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar and Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar. Monte Carlo recently unveiled a new outdoor plaza on Las Vegas Blvd featuring a variety of culinary venues in a casual and interactive environment. Monte Carlo is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).

SLS Las Vegas Announces Opening Date

Today renowned nightlife and hospitality leader sbe announced that the highly anticipated SLS Las Vegas hotel will open its doors on Labor Day weekend this year.  As the first property to open on the Las Vegas Strip in several years, SLS Las Vegas is bringing new life to the city and has quickly become one of the most exciting openings of the year.


SLS Las Vegas is the first Las Vegas hotel by sbe and will feature an imaginative mix of the most innovative nightlife, dining and entertainment experiences under one roof. Notable brands opening at SLS Las Vegas include a reinvention of the popular L.A. nightspot, The Sayers Club, and dynamic restaurant concepts including The Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya, Cleo, 800 Degrees, Umami Burger and The Griddle Café, with more to be announced. I’ve included the latest SLS Las Vegas rendering for reference.

Take a look at the SLS Las Vegas blog for a special message from CEO Sam Nazarian about his excitement for the opening of SLS Las Vegas:

SLS Las Vegas Announces the Award-Winning Cleo as the Latest Addition to Its Culinary Offerings

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Cleo Joins The Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya, Umami Burger, 800 Degrees and The Griddle Café in Making SLS Las Vegas an Unrivaled Foodie Destination


SLS Las Vegas, a lifestyle-driven, mixed-use resort and casino featuring sbe’s award-winning hospitality brands, today announced that Cleo will join the property’s mix of popular culinary offerings. Made famous in Hollywood following its debut at The Redbury Hotel in 2010, Cleo will showcase Chef Danny Elmaleh’s acclaimed contemporary Mediterranean cuisine alongside The Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya, Umami Burger, 800 Degrees, The Griddle Café and other brands yet to be announced.

Occupying a 4,000 square-foot space, Cleo, named to Los Angeles Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants” in 2011, will impart a familiar narrative to fans of the Hollywood outpost, with multiple kitchens that showcase chefs bringing the cuisine to life in addition to a central wood-burning oven.  Chef Danny’s favorites like the Brussels sprouts, homemade laffa breads, meatball tagine, moussakah and many others will be accompanied by a selection of new dishes currently under development.  Complementing the cuisine will be Cleo’s signature mixology program highlighted by a selection of beverages made with fresh ingredients and fresh-pressed juices.

“Bringing the Cleo dining experience to SLS Las Vegas is something we’re all very excited about,” said Rob Oseland, SLS Las Vegas President and Chief Operating Officer.  “Chef Danny’s menu and dedication to seasonal cuisine has established Cleo as one of Hollywood’s most talked about restaurants and will only elevate what’s already shaping up to be an unparalleled collection of food and beverage offerings.”

“Cleo’s menu and vibe are a natural fit for SLS and the entire team is hard at work concepting new dishes that capture both the essence of Hollywood and Vegas,” added Elmaleh.  “And having Cleo positioned alongside such an incredible mix of food and beverage brands is an absolute honor.”

While much of Cleo’s design is still under development, fans of the original location can look forward to an aesthetic that reflects the one composed by sbe Founder, Chairman and CEO Sam Nazarian and acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Matthew Rolston in Hollywood.  The space will also include a special area for the ceremonial plate-breaking which has become a cherished experience for diners celebrating special occasions.

“Hollywood provided the stage for Cleo to achieve a special place in the culinary community, but Vegas will give diners an even grander experience where the food and the space will be designed to transport guests to another world within SLS,” said Matt Erickson, SLS Las Vegas Senior Vice President of Restaurant Operations.

Set to debut in the fall of 2014, SLS Las Vegas represents the first new resort and casino development on the Strip in over two years and has been one of a handful of new developments that have helped to fuel the local economy’s rebound.  In addition to Cleo, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya, Umami Burger, 800 Degrees, The Griddle Café, SLS Las Vegas will also feature a collection of other celebrated sbe brands, including The Sayers Club, Foxtail and several other brands yet to be announced.

In other news, SLS Vegas recently announced its partnership with William Hill, one of the world’s top gaming companies, to introduce a state-of-the-art sports book concept to the property.  SLS Vegas will collaborate with William Hill to launch a sports book experience featuring groundbreaking wagering technologies designed to provide guests with an unrivaled sports betting offering.

For more information about SLS Vegas, visit and to stay connected to the latest developments from SLS Vegas, visit the Daily Blog here.

sbe is a creative hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hotels, restaurants and nightlife. Through exclusive partnerships with cultural visionaries, sbe is dedicated to delivering the best in design, culinary and entertainment. Already a proven leader in the hospitality and real estate industries, sbe has over 80 properties currently operating or in development, and has expanded several of its flagship brands including SLS Hotels, Katsuya by Starck, The Bazaar by José Andrés and Hyde Lounge nationally and internationally. Founded in 2002 by Chairman and CEO Sam Nazarian, sbe is a privately held company.  More information about sbe can be obtained at, or by downloading the sbe App.


SLS Las Vegas is an all-encompassing, mixed-use resort and casino with more than 1,600 guest rooms and suites, 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, and a collection of sbe’s acclaimed restaurant and nightlife brands. When it opens in 2014, SLS Las Vegas will provide an approachable experience that will feature The Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya by Starck, multiple unparalleled nightlife offerings, retail by Fred Segal and additional brands currently in development. If you would like us to keep you up to date as to what is happening at SLS Las Vegas, click on “Sign Up” and provide us with your contact information.



Chef Danny Elmaleh, the culinary mastermind behind many of sbe’s most renowned restaurants, is best known for his award-winning concept, Cleo. Drawing on both his childhood and professional life spent around the world, Elmaleh is known for effortlessly blending diverse cuisines to create exotic and sumptuous dishes, often in the most unexpected places.


With his development of imaginative culinary offerings, he continues to make a name for himself as the creator of enlivening menus that encourage a social dining experience. While Chef Danny has had an inspired impact on nearly every one of sbe’s restaurant offerings, his menu at Cleo at The Redbury has earned him critical acclaim. Boasting a distinctly light and fresh menu that evokes a boho-inspired mezze bar, Cleo has become one of the hottest restaurants in the country.


Elmaleh began his career as a chef in Japan at a prominent French restaurant. He then cooked at Ristorante Giannino in Milan and Melisse and its sister restaurant, Lemon Moon, in Los Angeles. In 2006, Elmaleh opened Celadon restaurant and was named a “Rising Star Chef” of 2007 by Star Chefs. It was there that he met Katsuya Uechi and forged the relationship that led to his role with sbe.


Elmaleh’s unique culinary style is informed by his upbringing. Born in Haifa, Israel, to a Moroccan father and a Japanese mother, Elmaleh began his training at the famed Culinary Institute of America in New York.