Mar 27, 2015

Aquarius Resort Casino Revenue Up

Laughlin, NV



American Casino & Entertainment Properties, the operator of Aquarius Casino, as well as the Stratosphere and two Arizona Charlie's properties, reported its a net income of $200,000 for the quarter that ended Dec. 31.

This reversed a net loss of $2.8 million for the same period a year ago.  Overall revenue in the fourth quarter increased 8.3 percent to $84.8 million, due largely to higher customer spending in the casino, hotel and food and beverage divisions.

By property net revenue for the quarter was:
Aquarius -  Increase by 10.3%
Stratosphere - Increase by 10.4%
Arizona Charlie - Increase by 2.7%

The Aquarius Resort Casino also showed an occupancy increase of  42.2% in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to 39.8% in the fourth quarter of 2013. Casino revenue increased 9.8% due to increased slot and table revenues.

American Casino & Entertainment Properties has on-going commitments to improve amenities and the look of their properties.  At the Aquarius a new resort pool is planned for the area by the Riverwalk where the Amphitheater is.  Improvements to the look of the Riverwalk portion of the property have already been completed and a new look to the main entrance is underway. 

Riverwalk in Laughlin by Aquarius Resort Casino

Statistics were taken from the American Casino & Entertainment Properties quarterly press release of March 26, 2015 and can be viewed at
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Mar 26, 2015

Best Of Laughlin Winners

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Best Of Laughlin Award Winners



We are proud to announce the Inaugural "Best Of Laughlin" Award Winners. 

Laughlin Buzz readers from social media and the Tri-State area, as well as Laughlin visitors from all over the U.S., Canada, and abroad, cast their vote for their favorites in dozens of categories.   

Congratulations to these winners!

Best Overall Resort Casino
Aquarius Resort Casino

Best Hotel
Aquarius Resort Casino

Best Slots
Aquarius Resort Casino

Best Table Games
Riverside Resort

Best Poker
Colorado Belle Casino Resort

Best Video Poker
Aquarius Resort Casino

Best Keno
Avi Resort Casino

Best Video Keno
Avi Resort Casino

Best Bingo
Riverside Resort
  
Best Players Club
Total Rewards
Harrah’s Laughlin

 Best Customer Service
Aquarius Resort Casino

Best Sports Book
William Hill Sports Book
Edgewater Casino Resort

Best Place to Watch Sports
Gold Diggers
Golden Nugget Laughlin

Best Casino Bar
Cove Bar and Lounge
Aquarius Resort Casino

Best Drink Service on Casino Floor
Harrah’s Laughlin

Best Lounge for Music
Caboose Lounge
Tropicana Laughlin

Best Lounge to Dance
Loser’s Lounge
Riverside Resort

Best “Locals” Bar
The Hideout

Best Restaurant
Saltgrass Steakhouse
Golden Nugget Laughlin

Best Buffet or Brunch
Fresh Market Buffet
Harrah’s Laughlin

Best Steak
Saltgrass Steakhouse
Golden Nugget Laughlin
  
Best Breakfast
Bumbleberry Flats
Pioneer Hotel and Gambling Hall

Best Shrimp Cocktail
Sidewalk Café 
Riverside Resort

Best Burger
Daniel’s Restaurant 
Regency Casino

Best Pizza
Pints Brewery and Sports Bar
Colorado Belle Casino Resort

Best Sub or Sandwich
Capriotti’s
Edgewater Casino Resort

Best Café or Diner
Cafe Aquarius
Aquarius Resort Casino

Best Special Occasion Dining
Saltgrass Steakhouse
Golden Nugget Laughlin

Best Mexican Food
Casa Serrano
Riverside Resort

Best Seafood
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Golden Nugget Laughlin

Best Coffee House
Duet Coffee and Wine
Aquarius Resort Casino

Best Place for Happy Hour
Pints Brewery and Sports Bar
Colorado Belle Casino Resort

Best Bloody Mary
Cove Bar and Lounge 
Aquarius Resort Casino

Best Ice Cream
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Laughlin Outlet Mall

Best Sweets/Desserts
Poolside Café 
Tropicana Laughlin

Best Late Night Eats
Carnegie’s Café
Tropicana Laughlin

Best Chef
Craig Pinkard
Bumbleberry Flats
Pioneer Hotel and Gambling Hall
                                                                  
Best Casino Host
Sharon Almquist
Aquarius Resort Casino

Best Shopping in the Outlet Mall
Burkes

Best Casino Gift Shop
Harrah’s Laughlin

Best Beach
Harrah’s Laughlin

Best Movie Theater
Riverside Resort

Best River Cruise
U.S.S. Riverside 
Riverside Resort

Best Concert Venue
Laughlin Event Center

Best Neon Sign
Pioneer Hotel and Gambling Hall
River Rick -  Cowboy Sign

Best Casino Exterior Look
Colorado Belle Casino Resort

Best Part of the Riverwalk
Pioneer Hotel and Gambling Hall

Best Place to see a Concert
Laughlin Event Center

Best Holiday or Event
Laughlin River Run

Best Non-Gaming Attraction
Antique Car Collection   
Riverside Resort

Best Outdoor Attraction
Laughlin Riverwalk

Best Hidden Gem
Colorado River Heritage Greenway Trail

Best Wedding Venue
U.S.S. Riverside 
Riverside Resort

Best Spa Services
Harrah’s Laughlin

Best Wi-Fi
Laughlin River Lodge


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Mar 24, 2015

Southern Grounds Festival on the Riverwalk

Laughlin, Nevada


 

In keeping with the very popular country music theme and the Alabama Concert at the Laughlin Event Center, the Colorado Belle is also hosting the Southern Grounds Festival on the Riverwalk this weekend.  

March  27-29th   (2015)


The festival includes 3 days delicious southern style food and music by two bands, the Brian Lynn Jones Band and Sidewynder on the outdoor stage located on the Riverwalk.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase  Admission to hear the great music is always free at their Riverwalk Festivals. 

Alabama plays at the Laughlin Event Center on Saturday, March 28th.  
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Southern Ground Festival hours: 
Fri. 4-10 pm
Sat. 2-10 pm 
Sun. Noon-7 pm

If you get out and enjoy some of the festival drop by our Facebook Group page and share some pictures or tell us how you liked it.     Laughlin Buzz Group

 
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Mar 18, 2015

Laughlin TownFest 2015

Laughlin, Nevada

Laughlin TownFest 2015

Photo Credit:  Laughlin TownFest FB Page 
The 12th annual Laughlin Townfest will take place on April 2-5.  

Among the events scheduled for the four day festival include a carnival in the Laughlin Town Center, Live Music, a Beer Garden, Food, Games, and of course, the popular TownFest Parade along Needles Highway.    

The Carnival this year is expected to be a new one . 

The Parade will take place Saturday, April 4, beginning at 10 a.m. 

The theme this year is “Clowning Around.” 


Photo Credit:  Laughlin TownFest FB Page
Individuals and clubs are invited to participate in the parade with floats, cars, walk their pets or carrying a banner supporting their organization.   There is no charge to participate.  

Application forms are available at the offices of KLBC TV2 and Kruz ‘n Kuts, both of which are in Laughlin Town Center at the intersection of Needles Highway and El Mirage Way. Applications are available, as well, by emailing a request to lclark@TV2KLBC.com or give Lin Clark a call at  702-298-2222.




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Mar 11, 2015

FatBurger Laughlin - Restaurant Inspection

Laughlin, NV

Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort
FatBurger - Laughlin


We regularly watch the Southern Nevada Health District restaurant inspections for Laughlin.  Lately there have been very few negative reports.   However, on 3-5-15 the FatBurger located inside the Riverside Resort received a B rating with 17 demerits.

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Inspection result from Southern Nevada Health District Website

While this is not terrible, it is not good either. A is the top rating and anything beyond 40 demerits usually requires a closing until a re-inspection is passed.  As you can see by the clip from the SNHD website the demerits included those for Handwashing, protection of food from contamination, and proper washing of kitchenware.

Inspection result from Southern Nevada Health District Website
 Previous inspections listed on show all A grades.  


Reports on the SNHD site have a lag time from the time of inspection to posting.  7 days have now passed and it is likely FatBurger may have already had a re-inspection not listed.   All establishments are required to post their most recent grade on a certificate.  Usually this is by the cash register or hostess stand/entrance.   



We cannot recall the last time we ate at the FatBurger in the Riverside and don't have a current review.  If you have tried it recently, we would love to hear from you.  Share your comments or come over the the Laughlin Buzz Facebook group and tell us about it. 


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Mar 4, 2015

Carnegie's Cafe at Tropicana Laughlin

Laughlin, NV
Tropicana Laughlin
Carnegie's Cafe - Restaurant Review





Except for one very late night/early morning breakfast we have not been to Carnegie's Dining Car Carnegie's Cafe in quite awhile.

One of the recent changes, upgrades and remodels that have taken place at the Trop over the past few months included some menu changes as well as the name change for this popular 24-hour cafe.

  

We visited twice last month.

First visit:
Despite it being busy we were seated right away and our server took our drink orders.  We decided to try the Prime Rib.  Upon ordering it we were told they were out of Medium and Medium Rare.   So we went with Medium Well.  One small cut and one larger.  Both came cooked as close to well done as you can get.  The prime rib was still flavorful and seasoned well.  While it wasn't the absolute best Prime Rib we have had, for a cafe/diner place it was good.  Very little fat and honestly much better than one we had recently elsewhere for a higher price . Veggies, heavy on the Broccoli, and a Baked Potato were good.  The cafe was very busy and our server, Sal, was overworked but did his best and was very friendly.



Second visit:
This time three of us visited. We were seated right away and the restaurant was again busy.  But our server didn't show up at the table for 10 minutes to take drink orders.  By then we had decided what we wanted so to prevent another wait we ordered drinks and our meals.  We went with a more traditional cafe order this time.  To start an order of the chicken wings as an appetizer.  We were told they only come in hot or BBQ, so went with hot.  Main orders were one Hot Open Faced Turkey Sandwich and two of their new Gourmet Steak Burgers they advertise.

The wings came almost a half hour after we had ordered.  They were soaking and covered in hot sauce and way too hot.  We should of went with BBQ or better yet they should offer a couple choices of heat levels.

The hot turkey sandwich was real turkey breast, fresh and tender, covered with gravy and served with fries. Plus a small side container of cranberry.   Everyone around us was also ordering it so it must be a popular choice.   This is something we would order again.      





Gourmet Steak Burger


We were looking forward to the burger but it slightly disappointed.   The burger itself was thinner and drier than expected.  The toppings were fresh but the bun was like one that would come out of a $1.49 package from Safeway.  Thin and doughy so the burger and toppings overwhelmed it.  It wasn't terrible but definitely not in the top 5 of places to get a good burger in Laughlin Sorry to say we would not consider this a Gourmet Steak Burger but will give them the benefit of the doubt that this was just an off night and probably try one again sometime.  Everything (usually) deserves a second chance.  The thick steak fries with the burger were also served semi-cold and could of been cooked a bit longer for crispness  This was because service was very slow. Our server was friendly but kept apologizing for the delays.

Despite being there so long we ordered dessert, as they have always had good ones.  The strawberry cake was as good as always and is highly recommended. We also ordered one of their large Eclairs to take home.  Sorry to all the Eclair fans at another place in Laughlin but this one is much better!  You can also grab one at the Poolside Cafe.

The cafe also offers daily specials - watch the board as you enter.  They also have specials on the placard on the table.


They also currently offer the following specials (be sure to check ahead as things do change): 
BUILD YOUR OWN OMELET2 item omelet with hash browns & toast.  $4.99 with Trop Advantage Card.
Available 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. Monday – Friday.
STEAK & EGGS with Hash Browns and Toast.  
Available Midnight to 5 a.m. $3.99 with Trop Advantage Card.

The cafe is right off the Casino floor and across from the Caboose lounge so it is a loud dining experience, which was fine with us.   There are many other options to choose from and a late night menu posted on their website.  The regular menu isn't up there yet, nor have they changed some of the headings to reflect the name change (as of this writing on 3-4-15).  They do accept comps off your Trop players card.

  

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Feb 26, 2015

The Lodge Steakhouse - Review

Laughlin, NV
The Lodge Steakhouse at the Laughlin River Lodge

Restaurant/Dinner Review




Three of us visited recently on a weeknight for dinner.  Everyone wanted steak or prime rib. We had very good Prime Rib a few months ago when they were offering a special and figured this would be a good chance to check out the new menu.

There is an early bird menu, which runs from 4 to 5:30 (Wednesday-Sunday).  See the end of this review for details.

We were seated promptly by the window, overlooking the Colorado River.  Wine and a beer were ordered, they have a good wine list but we went with simple choices by the glass. 

We were disappointed to see the Shrimp Cocktail and Lobster Bisque was missing from the menu. They were among two of the very good items that had been on the menu on our last visits.  Who has a steakhouse without these?   


The salads and basket of rolls were fresh and good as in the other visits we have made.  


The Prime Rib dinner now goes for $23 (10oz) or $31 (16oz) Served with thin but nicely done asparagus and a large backed potato (other options available).  The Prime Rib was seasoned nicely and the portions of it that were edible where very good. Unfortunately, there was 5-6 ounces of it that were inedible fat rather than marbled prime rib. Much of that part was even uncut-able.  We also had ordered it medium and as you can see it came a cross between medium well and well.  Since two of us were splitting it and one of us thought it was fine, we didn't send it back for the proper done-ness.


The Filet Mignon (6 oz) for $30 was a nice cut of steak. The taste, consistency and flavor was excellent and nearly cooked to a perfect medium.  For a thick filet they did a good job on it. The seasoning was perfect and it melted in your mouth.  

Staff was very friendly, although they seemed a bit hurried in trying to manage a only half full dining room.  No one bothered to come back and check if we wanted additional drinks.  Once the food was dropped off that was it.   


The lighting and decor are nice and there was music from a piano player who was playing and singing by the large fireplace. This nice touch was a bit obscured by the volume of the staff when taking orders or talking to other guests.  In a "nicer" steakhouse as the Lodge is obviously striving to be, the atmosphere shouldn't at times sound like a diner or cafe

No dessert or after dinner coffee was ordered, in part because we were full from the meal and secondly because of the slowness of the staff coming by to check if we wanted anything else. 

The Lodge Early Bird Menu (subject to change by them) is currently on the LRL website as this:
Wednesday-Sunday, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

  • Prime Rib – English Cut: Three slices carved to enhance the rich beef flavor. Features our creamed fresh spinach. Your choice of baked potato or house garlic mashed potatoes. $14
  • Chicken Marsala: Breast of chicken sautéed in this rich, classic wine sauce that includes tender mushrooms. Fresh vegetable du jour and choice of baked potato or house garlic mashed potatoes. $12
  • Pan Seared Tilapia: Seasoned and sautéed to a golden finish. Accompanied with our house tartar sauce. Fresh vegetable du jour and choice of baked potato or house garlic mashed potatoes. $12
  • Shrimp Scampi: Ten succulent shrimp sautéed in garlic, white wine and butter. Served over linguini with a spear of garlic toast. $14
  • Spaghetti & Meatballs: House made meatballs with our fresh marinara served over spaghetti with a spear of garlic toast. $11
  • LRL Burger: Fresh ground burger with your choice of toppings below. 
  • Served with house potato chips. $10  Choose from: Romaine, tomato, shaved red onion, bacon, pickle, smoked gouda, American cheese, cheddar cheese, sautéed wild mushrooms, spiced bacon jam, roasted garlic, bourbon bbq sauce, house burger sauce

Split Plate Charge: $5  We appreciate your understanding that there are no substitutions on our Early Bird Menu Early Bird menu is available for restaurant dining only.


The new, full menu, as of this writing, is not on the LRL website.  

The Lodge Steakhouse is open Wednesday-Sunday, starting at 4 p.m.

In summary:

Two meals (one split), for three including 2 glasses of wine and a beer came to just over $100 with tax and tip. You could do worse, for a steak dinner in Laughlin but you can also do better. 

Although the Filet Mignon was good, the Prime Rib disappointed this time.   Next time when we are craving steak we will probably pass on the Lodge Steakhouse for now.  Perhaps again in the future we will try it again. 

The Range at Harrah's and the Steakhouse at Tropicana are currently our favorites, in that order, for steak in Laughlin.   

Sadly, we much preferred the Lodge Steakhouse when we visited the previous 2-3 times last year BEFORE the changes and new menu.  



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Feb 16, 2015

Blues and Brews Festival 2015 - Laughlin

Blues and Brews Festival 
April 17-19th

Press release from the Colorado Belle:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LAUGHLIN, NV—Grammy-award winning Buddy Guy returns to the Edgewater E Center at 8 pm Saturday, April 18.  17TH ANNUAL BLUES & BREWS FESTIVAL will be held outdoors on Colorado Belle's Riverwalk at the Loading Dock Bar & Grill Stage Friday through Sunday, April 17-19, 2015.  Event hours are 4pm-10 pm Friday, 2 pm to 10 pm Saturday and noon to 7 pm Sunday.  Buddy Guy concert tickets start at $30, available at edgewater-casino.com. 

BUDDY GUY IN CONCERT
At age 78, 7-time Grammy and 23-time WC Handy Award winning Blues giant Buddy Guy received his 7th Grammy--the Lifetime Achievement Award, February 8th.  Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and has been a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  A pioneer of Chicago's fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city's golden days of electric blues, Guy's 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards are the most any artist has received.  He has also received the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contribution to American culture, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 30 of its "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".  Tickets from $30, available at edgewater-casino.com.

WE'VE GOT YOUR BLUES
Blues fans, enjoy great live blues and exceptional beer when great bluesmen perform all weekend on the Loading Dock stage!  Memphis bluesman Preston Shannon, a powerful guitarist with soulful vocals and the reigning "King of Beale Street", returns to the Belle for Blues & Brews.  Also returning are Las Vegas bluesman John Earl & The BoogieMan Band and Chris Hiatt.  New to Blues & Brews is rockin' blues guitarist Chris Duarte.  Entertainment at the Loading Dock is free to the public. The event will also feature great food and beer—including several Pints microbrews. 

WE'VE GOT YOUR BREWS
In addition to a wide assortment of brand named beverages, Blues & Brews will feature an assortment of beer from Pints, Colorado Belle's microbrewery, including Premium Golden Ale, Russian Imperial Stout, Chili IPA, Imperial Red, American Pilsner and Watermelon Wheat.

Events, offers and promotions are subject to change without notice, management reserves all rights. The Colorado Belle and Edgewater Casino Resorts are owned and operated by Marnell Gaming, LLC, a limited liability corporation which owns gaming establishments in Laughlin, Nevada. The corporation develops, expands and acquires gaming-related properties and is focused on providing a unique portfolio of gaming offerings to its guests.


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Keepin' It Country Weekend in Laughlin, NV

Laughlin, NV


Alan Jackson performs Saturday in Laughlin, NV

 Country Music is a big theme this upcoming weekend in Laughlin.




Alan Jackson brings his 25th Anniversary KEEPIN' IT COUNTRY TOUR
on Saturday, Feb. 21st to the Laughlin Event Center.


The Colorado Belle is also hosting the

Keepin' it Country Riverwalk Festival

February 20-22, 2015



The festival includes 3 days of live country music by the Hollywood Hillbillies and Guitars and Cadillacs on the outdoor stage located on the Riverwalk.  




Video clips of Guitars and Cadillacs when they 
performed at the Aquarius Resort Casino in Laughlin



Hollywood Hillbillies


Food and beer will be available for purchase
Admission is Free!

Festival hours: 
Fri. 4-10 pm
Sat. 2-10 pm 
Sun. Noon-7 pm



The weather looks like it is going to be in the mid 70s and plenty of sunshine.
Come on out and enjoy some country music on the Laughlin Riverwalk.

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