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Brunch now an option at Ellis Island's Front Yard

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You may have to search hard to find someone unsatisfied with the beautiful weather Las Vegas is experiencing in the month of February.

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If you’re looking for a reason to step outside this weekend, The Front Yard at Ellis Island now offers weekend brunch at its indoor/outdoor venue. Eat (and drink) your hangover away, or simply set yourself up for an adventure-packed day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

You can expect live entertainment from DJ’s, local acts and headliners during your visit from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. While at the two-story beer garden, you can check out the second-floor atrium, which offers views to the Strip. 

Spring does not officially start until March 19, but it’s never too early to work on your winter body. The brunch menu gives you hearty options such as Duck Fat Poutine, made with potato scoop fries doused in duck gravy with green onions and parmesan sprinkled on top. There’s other options that are good for the soul as well: The Loco Moco is seared ground beef served on steamed rice topped with mushroom gravy and two eggs cooked to your liking; The Smoked Egg Benedict built with three eggs, hollandaise sauce, and two slices of bacon cured and smoked in house, served on slices of country bread.

For those more focused on a summer body, there’s lighter options for you, too: the Caprese Omelet with mozzarella, basil and heirloom tomatoes folded inside provides you a lower calorie option; the Salmon Lox with cream cheese, avocado, sliced onions and capers topped with everything bagel seasoning provides some nutrients as well. 

Another option for an even lighter diet: the liquid diet. Bottomless mimosas for $20 are certainly an option for mimosa fans out there, or for $30 you can upgrade your bubbles to “Rose all day.” No matter the diet of choice, there’s suitable options for a range of people. 

Gearing up for Madness

March Madness will be here before you now it, and The Front Yard doesn’t fall short in providing a spot to watch the games either. Catch the latest sports action on an 18-foot big screen tv as spring sports begin to heat up, just like the valley weather. The number of expansive windows encompassing the venue creates a naturally lit spot, providing an alternative viewing option if the idea of catching the action at a sports book seems a bit stuffy. 

Unlike many venues with a close proximity to the strip, Ellis Island offers free parking, giving an additional reason to check out the casino’s brewery and classic steak special all while the property undergoes a multi-million-dollar upgrade. 

Plaza’s new podcast 

Plaza Hotel and Casino’s “On the Corner of Main Street” is weekly podcast, hosted by Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel. The podcast gives listeners insight from players within gaming industry, with new episodes released each Wednesday.

Some of the special guests on the slate include former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and William Hill US CEO Joe Asher.

Jossel says the podcast will be a way to “highlight downtown’s developments” and “introduce listeners to the people behind the projects that are setting downtown Vegas apart.”

The initial 12-episode series of On the Corner of Main Street will be available on the Plaza’s website at www.plazahotelcasino.com/podcast/ as well as on Spotify and the Apple Podcast App.

In conjunction with the new podcast is The Comedy Works new schedule at the Plaza, featuring nationally acclaimed comedians. Catch weekly shows inside the Plaza’s showroom running Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. Kevin Farley performs this week on Thursday through Saturday. Farley has appeared in movies such as Black Sheep, with his brother Chris Farley and The Waterboy, with Adam Sandler.