Dal Rae Replaces Historic Neon for Ugly Backlit Plastic

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The recent replacement of the Dal Rae’s historic neon with backlit plastic – aside from being extremely ugly – is tragic and terribly misguided. Most likely the owners felt that it was too expensive to continue maintaining the original neon. … Continue reading

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Discovering Wisconsin’s Amazing Supper Clubs

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Wisconsin is famous for many things – Beer, schnitzels, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen, cheese curds, the Green Bay Packers, the Dells, Friday fish frys, and supper clubs.  Of these it’s Wisconsin’s supper clubs that make me long for a leisurely … Continue reading

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Celebrating Lawry’s 75th Anniversary

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Lawry’s The Prime Rib opened on June 15, 1938 at the foot of what would come to be called Restaurant Row.  Last week, the restaurant celebrated its 75th anniversary with some amazing events. On Tuesday, the company honored its loyal … Continue reading

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Celebration of Vegas El Cortez Hotel/Casino on National Register of Historic Places

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A fabulous celebration occurred Thursday, May 9th in front of the El Cortez Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  It was in honor of the property’s listing in the National Register of Historic Places for its role in the development … Continue reading

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The Mob, the El Cortez, and the Flamingo

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Gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931.  The first legal gambling clubs in Las Vegas were simply business as usual, with back room gambling relocated to the front room facing Fremont Street.  Locals were the main market, although other clubs, … Continue reading

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Musical Discovery: Grimes

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About a year ago I downloaded the song “Vanessa” by the Canadian artist Grimes after hearing it on KCRW’s Chocolate City one night.  I didn’t think much about it until a few weeks ago when my friend Daniel Paul mentioned that … Continue reading

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Lord Fletcher’s: Rancho Mirage Classic Dining Discovery

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Here’s another recent unexpected find, a superb classic dining restaurant located in Rancho Mirage just outside of Palm Springs, Lord Fletcher’s Inn!  While updating my classic dining slide show I decided to check out an establishment that I’d driven past … Continue reading

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