Vegas’ plate’s full of tasty openings

Nov 6, 2007 5:46 AM

Beginning with Planet Hollywood next week and the Venetian’s Palazzo next month, there are a wealth of openings scheduled in Las Vegas over the next year.

The big news in the hotel arena will be the late 2008 opening of Encore, the sequel to the popular and successful Wynn Las Vegas.

At a projected cost of more than $2 billion, the hotel will be connected to Wynn but will function independently with more than 2,000 rooms in a 61-story tower, a 40,000-square-foot casino, restaurants, nightclubs, entertainment facilities, its own pool and spa, and more.

Powerhouse local developer Station Casinos will debut its latest creation with Aliante Station on the far north side of the city.

Station plans to build on its huge success at places like Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch with an upscale, boutique hotel that will feature 200 rooms, a big casino, restaurants, movie theaters, and all of the bells and whistles that bring the neighbors out of their houses to play. It is slated to open in late 2008.

On the east side of town, The Eastside Cannery is scheduled to open by the fall of 2008.

A sister property to the north side locals’ favorite The Cannery, it is going up on Boulder Highway just down the road from hotels like Sam’s Town and Boulder Station.

When complete, it will feature more than 300 rooms, a 65,000-square-foot casino, restaurants, a nightclub and more.

Then, of course, there’s Trump International, a condo-hotel project with no casino slated to open in early 2008.

There will also be a lot of activity happening at existing hotels, with major construction at Caesars Palace and its new $1 billion tower, the Hard Rock with a $750 million expansion and the Tropicana, which is getting a $2 billion makeover with just about everything new.

None of that is expected to open until 2009, so it will primarily just be dusty and noisy in 2008.

In the showrooms, there are three big things to look forward to.

As Celine Dion’s big show at Caesars winds to a close this December, the Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, is waiting in the wings to take over the stage at the Colosseum. Her show is almost guaranteed to be one of the biggest, brashest spectacles in town when it bows in February.

Meanwhile, the Broadway trend will try again with the opening of "Jersey Boys" at The Palazzo.

The Tony-Award winner is based on the lives and career of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and features such pop classics as "Earth Angel," "Sherry," "Big Girls Don’t Cry" and "Walk Like a Man."

It is scheduled to open in January 2008, a few weeks after the hotel debuts in late December.

Cirque du Soleil’s sixth show will be opening at Luxor in the summer of 2008 and will feature illusionist Criss Angel of A&E’s "Mindfreak" series.