Las Vegas is always changing. That’s part of why so many people return year after year. There’s always something new to see! There are two somewhat major changes coming to the Vegas Strip later this year. Each of the should be worth exploring when they open this fall.

Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar at Cosmopolitan

Earlier this year we profiled the restaurants at the Cosmopolitan. There are a lot of reason to visit at the Cosmo and dining is near the top of the list. Only a few casinos in Las Vegas can match the dining options at the Cosmo. While the casino operators could be happy with the with their great restaurants the Cosmopolitan is introducing a slew of new quick-serve restaurants.
The Block 16 Urban Eatery & Bar will be sort of a modern take on a food court. The new space will offer six restaurants on the second level of the casino near the Boulevard Tower. While the new dining destination will be upscale, it should be less expensive than the traditional full-service restaurants at the Cosmopolitan.
You might be familiar with some of the restaurants as their original locations may come from cities around the country. Restaurants will include widely popular New Orleans restaurant, District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew., Ghost Donkey, a hotspot tequila and mezcal cocktail bar from New York City, Nashville’s hot Southern chicken restaurant Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Lardo, Portland chef Rick Gencarelli’s over-the-top sandwich eatery, James Beard Award-winning Chef Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok Wing from Portland, and Tekka Bar: Handroll & Sake, an original Japanese handroll and sake concept from locally acclaimed Las Vegas Restaurateur, Takashi Segawa.
These new quick-serve restaurants will open in the fall of 2018. They join a fantastic lineup of restaurants that has always lacked a variety of dining options that are quick and inexpensive. One can only grab so many quick bites at Secret Pizza and Eggslut. The variety is welcome and should become popular pretty quickly.

Welcome Waldorf Astoria To Las Vegas

Earlier this year MGM Resorts sold the Mandarin Oriental to a mystery buyer. The future of the super high-end hotel was unknown for a little while. Well, now have some information on what will become of the hotel just outside of Aria on the Vegas Strip.
The Mandarin Oriental on the Las Vegas Strip will become the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas in August 2018. Waldorf Astoria will assume full operation of the property and plans to re-imagine and renovate the hotel with their own touches and improvements. This will be the first Waldorf Astoria in Las Vegas.
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas will participate in Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through have access to benefits including a Personal Concierge and complimentary Wi-Fi. They haven’t revealed how non-member booking will work.
Waldorf Astoria is one of the most famous upscale hotel brands in the world. While the name the property will change the amenities should remain on par with Mandarin Oriental. The wonderful Mandarin Bar should remain intact. Hopefully, the new bar will continue the tradition of making delicious cocktails in a beautiful environment.


Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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