A Rockin’ Restaurant
LAS VEGAS — Get out your 45s, the Motown Cafe is rockin’ and rollin’.
Motown Cafe, in New York New York Hotel & Casino, is a paradise for Sixties rock ‘n’ roll nostalgia buffs.
Several times an hour, the “Motown Cafe Moments” perform favorite hits from the famous recording label. The performers are fashioned after such legends as The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Four Tops and the Temptations.
Memorabilia is scattered throughout the restaurant. The world’s largest vinyl record (remember vinyl?) is suspended from the ceiling and measures 32 feet in diameter and Diana Ross’s gown from “Lady Sings the Blues” and the original sequined jackets worn by The Temptations are all on display.
The classic American menu features hickory-smoked ribs, catfish fingers, sweet potato pecan pie and other home-style, regional delicacies.
The cafe, which seats 700 in a 33,000-square-foot venue, is the second Motown Cafe. Its flagship opened in Manhattan in September 1995. Future sites include Orlando, London and various Pacific Rim cities.
And what’s a theme restaurant without a gift shop? Motown Cafe has the merchandise, from authentic leather jackets to shot glasses emblazoned with the trademarked Microphone logo.
We’ll Always Have Paris
Las Vegas — A number of famous cities have been springing up in Las Vegas, from ancient Rome to old-time New York. And when Hilton Hotels Corp. bought Bally Entertainment last year for $3 billion, it jump-started Bally’s languishing plans for a resort based on the City of Light: Paris. The project will be distinguished by a 50-story replica of the Eiffel Tower and will cost between $375 million and $425 million.
The casino/hotel will house 3,000 rooms, seven restaurants and a 1,500-seat showroom.
Downtown at New York New York
Las Vegas — To get a taste of the Big Apple in this city of glitz, tour the ersatz Greenwich Village in the New York New York Hotel & Casino. This is a traditional food court set inside a typical residential neighborhood, complete with shop fronts and sidewalk dining.
The area looks like a movie set, with its brownstones and brick buildings, fire escapes, balconies, people in windows, street lamps under a canopy of trees and an old-fashioned elevated subway platform.
Cobblestone streets wind through several eateries, which are set up like outdoor cafes under a night sky with colored bulbs strung across the courtyard.
A Breath of Fresh Air
Las Vegas — There is a small getaway nestled in snow-covered mountains, just 30 minutes from the blazing Strip. The rustic Mount Charleston Hotel boasts a Canyon Dining Room with breathtaking views of the mountains and international cuisine.
During the winter it snows, but the hotel has a huge stone fireplace that warms the lobby and hot chocolate to warm the body.
Rates range from $49 for a first-floor room with two double beds to $155 for a third-floor suite with balcony and fireplace. Take Route 95 and turn left at 157.