Sep 15, 2014

Gold Diggers passes re-inspection with "flying" colors

Laughlin, NV
Fruit Flies in the Liquor Bottles - More Pictures Below
Update on the closure of the Gold Diggers club in the Golden Nugget Laughlin.   They were closed briefly by the Southern Nevada Health District on August 30th (2014) for 36 demerits following an inspection.  

Closed on August 30th for violations.
They are now open, having passed a re-inspection on September 2nd with 0 demerits and a A grade.

Note: The SNHD is still using the old name Tarzans for their reporting on Gold Diggers. Click on any image for a larger view.

Re-Inspection results for Gold Diggers

It normally takes 40 or more demerits for the health department to shut a place down.  Gold Diggers had just 36 so we did a bit more digging (no pun intended?).  We  came across a dirty dining report by Action 13 News out of Vegas.    

The list of the origin demerits are below:


Original demerits for inspection of 8-30-14


It appears that fruit flies swimming around inside the multi-use liquor bottles pushed the inspection over the edge and caused the closure.  This was a repeat critical violation at Gold 
Diggers.


What is a multi-use bottle?   The ones at the bar that they use to pour your drink from.  

At Gold Diggers, they were using Black Flag household flying insect killer to try to control a problem they must of been aware of.   Apparently this did not work and is also a violation. Restaurants and bars are required to use to use professional pest control. 

The flies in the bottles are the reason they were shut down without even reaching 40 demerits.

 

Other violations included containers of milk stored at unsafe temperatures.





 Gallon containers of chemicals weren't labeled.


Inspectors also found violations with hand washing and the hand sink. The ice scoop handle was touching the ice used for drinks.   No sanitizer was present in sanitizer buckets. Soda hoses were dangling and subject to contamination.





Inspectors were also concerned about holes in the walls, dirty walls and dirty baseboards.






 Needless to say, no one can tell what is behind the scenes at any restaurant or bar you visit. One just wouldn't have expected flies to have been swimming in the bottle the bartender just poured your drink from.   This is why the health inspections are important.   Still, it isn't very comforting to hear about one after the fact.  One friend of ours was very disturbed to know hear this as they had been to Gold Diggers the very day before the inspection.  

What is even more disturbing is that Channel 13 reported on this and visited the Gold Diggers at the Golden Nugget to talk to them about it.    They reported:

Contact 13 spoke to the hotel's food and beverage manager who said this isn't their proudest moment. He wouldn't go on camera or allow us inside.


Isn't their proudest moment?  In our opinion that is an terrible response.  Management should be aware of the situation in their establishments and certainly not have this cavalier response to potential health hazards to their customers.  Yes, they have now cleaned up their act and received an A grade.  Hopefully, the management and employees have had a refresher on the regulations and health standards necessary as well.  

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Pictures from report by Darcy Spears, Channel 13 Action News:
http://www.jrn.com/ktnv/news/dirty-dining/Dirty-Dining-Gold-Diggers-274667681.html
Photo clippings of health inspection details from Southern Nevada Health District Website
http://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/restaurants/inspections.php






Sep 12, 2014

Buffalo's in FatBurger Laughlin

Laughlin, Nevada

Buffalo's is now a part of the Laughlin, NV Fatburger at the Riverside Casino.

The weather was a bit cooler one morning and we took a walk on the Riverwalk toward the Riverside Casino.

Laughlin Riverwalk and Colorado River leading to the Riverside Casino
We noticed the Fatburger sign on the Riverwalk was different and included "Buffalo's".

Sign on the Riverwalk
We had never heard of it.  So, we headed over to the Riverside by the Riverwalk entrance.

Margaritas for $1.25...not on Friday or Saturday, of course.
Had to maneuver past the crowd of seniors milling around. sitting in chairs, and drinking $1.25 Margarita's as they waited for their tour bus.



It was too early (for us anyway) to eat a Buffalo Wing but we did see the menu.  Buffalo's is served at the same counter as FatBurger.  From a quick search it looks like FatBurger and Buffalo's Cafe created a partnership.   Having only eaten at FatBurger a couple times, we never noticed one that had a Buffalo's in it as well. 

If you have tried the wings, send us a note in the comments below or come over and join our Facebook group here and tell us about it.  

We plan to give it a try sometime.  When we do a review will be shared.  Prices are a bit higher than we would like to see at over a dollar a wing even in larger quantities.  Perhaps they are worth it. Time will tell how well this is received in this location in Laughlin.    

We did notice that the Emerald City Smoothie that went in at the same time FatBurger opened now seems closed.  The menu was gone and no one at the counter on that side. This must of turned out to not be the ideal location to cater to a smoothie crowd. 

No more smoothies



Other fast food - food court type choices in the Riverside include Cinnabon, Dreyers Ice Cream, and a Pizza Hut Express. 


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Sep 7, 2014

Laughlin River Lodge - coming soon!

Laughlin, Nevada

The River Palms Hotel and Casino closed earlier this week.   Already, crews are busy at work to get the new Laughlin River Lodge ready for business.   See details about the sale here.  

The new owners have already secured LaughlinRiverLodge.Com and the message posted as of today, reads as follows. 


Photo screenshot from Laughlin River Lodge website.
Text of the above graphic is below:

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 RIVER PALMS IS NOW LAUGHLIN RIVER LODGE

The River Palms is currently undergoing an extensive remodeling process and we will be reopening the Hotel on September 26, 2014. 

The casino portion of the property will open upon the receipt of our gaming license, which is expected to be November 1, 2014. So until that time, we will be welcoming guests to the property starting on September 26, 2014, and hope that you will pardon us for some amount of construction that will be going on during this initial phase of the remodel. 

We have upgraded 200 of our rooms with amenity packages that include a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and hair dryer, and flat screen TV. High speed WiFi is included is included at no additional charge. 

Upon check in, each guest receives a complimentary bottle of water, and each room comes with 
complimentary snack and candy tray. 
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The old River Palms website has the same info (as of 9-7-2014). 

We saw that they not only have the entrance to the property blocked by a barricade but also have done so at the edge of their property on the Riverwalk.   

The large sign announces the hotel opening for September 26th as well.


The start of the Lauglin River Lodge portion of the Riverwalk

The old River Palms sign showing the new name and hotel opening date.
We are excited to see what the new owners are going to do with the place.  This is the first time in a long time that a new Casino/Hotel is going to open in Laughlin.  We will be sharing new pictures, news and developments as they are released.  

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Sep 5, 2014

GoldDiggers Fails Health Inspection in Laughlin

Laughlin, NV

We came across a notice that the "Sports Bar @ Tarzans Bar" located at 2300 S. Casino Drive in Laughlin had been Closed by the Southern Nevada Health District on August 31, 2014.   See the screenshot from the SNHD website:


The Golden Nugget Laughlin is located at 2300 S. Casino Drive in Laughlin.  The SNHD must be using the old Tarzan name in their records.  This is now the new Gold Diggers club.    

The Gold Diggers Club apparently does serve stadium food during games, according to their ad below.  

Graphic from the Golden Nugget Laughlin FB page posted on 9/4/2014
In the Entertainer magazine (Sept 3-9 issue) the Golden Nugget listing for Gold Diggers Lounge said they had food specials, including sliders, fries,chicken tenders, popcorn shrimp, a 1 lb. junkyard dog, hotwings, nachos, etc. 

We have heard of and seen them hosting private events/gatherings where food has been served. Primarily, however, it appears to be a club and night and sports bar.   



Below are the violations listed which apparently contributed to it being closed on August 31st with 34 demerits. Reading the violations shows some serious issues.  (Click on images for a larger view)


Previous inspections show they received a B with 18 demerits on July 4, 2014 followed by an even worse C with 23 demerits on the Re-Inspection on July 29, 2014.  


When we were at the Golden Nugget, as of September 5th, Gold Diggers was open.  If in fact, the closure report was for them it is probable they had a quick re-inspection, and passed, and it has not yet been listed on the Southern Nevada Health District Website.   We will keep an eye on it and post any updates. 

You can visit the  SNHD  website io look up restaurants in Laughlin or anywhere in Southern Nevada. There is a search feature.  For Laughlin use Zipcode 89029.   Keep in mind, once a restaurant has a re-inspection the original list of violations is no longer viewable. 

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WCR - World Classic Rockers

Laughlin, NV

We saw this banner on the Laughlin Riverwalk the other day.




It reminded us that we saw a promo from the Edgewater in the mail for two comped tickets to this.   Need to look for it.

We weren't even sure who this band is until we searched it.

World Classic Rockers or WCR is being billed as the ultimate classic rock all-star band featuring former members of Journey, Boston, Santana, Steppenwolf, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.



It is  the 17th anniversary of the World Classic Rockers, which features former members including:
Aynsley Dunbar (Journey)
Michael Monarch & Nick St. Nicholas (Steppenwolf)
Fran Cosmo (Boston)
Greg Walker (Santana)
Randall Hall (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Songs they perform usually include "More Than a Feeling", "Don't Stop Believin", "Born To Be Wild", "Separate Ways", "Black Magic Woman", "Sweet Home Alabama", "Magic Carpet Ride", "Anyway You Want It", "Peace of Mind", "Evil Ways", "Free Bird" and many more.

The show is at the E-Center (Edgewater Casino)

September 18, 2014 @ 8pm


Tickets range from $10-$40

Seating chart and prices for this show at the E-Center




See ticket info here

The Edgewater Casino is also offering various room and show packages
http://www.edgewater-casino.com/hotel/hotel-packages-world-classic-rockers.html



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Sep 4, 2014

A Visit to the Diamond Lounge at Harrah's Laughlin

Laughlin, NV

Harrah's Laughlin

We had not been in the Harrah's Diamond Lounge in a long time.  After visiting a few Diamond Lounges in Las Vegas we thought we would stop in and see how Laughlin's compares.  We were UN-pleasantly surprised.  Especially, after reading last year that the Laughlin one was better than the ones in Vegas.

The Harrah's Diamond Lounge is hidden away in the hallway past the Elevators.





Right away we didn't get a good feeling when the Hostess positioned at the podium by the door seemed unfriendly.  She looked at (but did not scan) our card and said nothing but a gruff Thank You.  
The lounge itself is divided into 3 rooms that connect.  One has the bar in it.  One has the food/snack station in in and the other one has seating.  Pictures are not of the best quality as it is it seems dim and dingy in the lounge.   About 1/2 of the tables were in use.  

In one room a TV was on showing tennis.  In the other room the TV was not even on. 



 


The Bar

 There is also some seating out on the balcony, which overlooks the River.  This would be a good place to sit on days when the temps aren't 110+.  This day all the seats outside were taken anyway.  



We should know by now not to always compare or expect the same thing in Laughlin as in Las Vegas.  Yet, a Diamond Lounge should be a Diamond Lounge no matter where.  After all they are all owned by Caesars Entertainment and part of the Total Rewards Players Club.

We sat down and for a few moments expecting someone to stop by the table and ask if we wanted anything to drink. After looking around we realized there didn't seem to be anyone doing this job. So, off to the bar in the other room we went.  One person was working (Carol) with several people waiting at the bar. She seemed unfriendly and in no hurry to serve anyone.  When our turn finally came one of the drinks we asked for was a Bloody Mary for one person in our party. She seemed less than thrilled to have to mix it instead of just grabbing a beer like most people were ordering.  This showed in the drink, as it was not even as good as one that can be received on the Casino floor.

*All the Diamond Lounges we visited recently in Vegas had excellent, fast, attentive service at the tables.

We hadn't planned to eat, though it was between 4-6 and that is when food is served in the other Diamond Lounges.  So, the four of us checked out what there was up in the buffet area in the corner. We tried a few things.  To put it bluntly, what they were offering, the cleanliness, and the quality was terrible.

There were only 4 rolls or buns in the bin the entire time we were there and once people took them no one bothered to refill it.  We were there about 45 minutes. Considering that the main attraction of the food set out seemed to be the chicken salad (below) the fact that there was nothing to put it on would of been a slight problem.  There were a few slices of very dry sliced bread in another bin, apparently having sat out too long.





There were lots of toppings like onions, lettuce, tomato.  Mayo and mustard in packs.  The marinated veggie salad (on the left in the above photo) was called the best thing available but that's not saying much.  Tortilla chips were available, though for a long time the bowl sat with crumbs before a worker dumped a fresh bag in.   The salsa rivaled a generic store brand (hot).   The cheese tray looked awful, unappetizing and picked over, see below.  As did the watermelon. Neither was cleaned up or refilled while we were there.  Overall the entire area was messy with food spilled and no one cleaning up or wiping down the area. 




We did try the soup, which people seemed to be going for.  Not sure what it was since it wasn't labeled, but it tasted like some kind of variation of chicken or wedding soup as it had some brownish chicken and assorted vegetables.

One person who got a bowl of soup was walking past our table and spilled half of it on the floor. This was not long after we got there.  Oddly enough it was still there when we left.  We even watched two of the men whose job appeared to be busing/clearing the tables walked right through it.    One older gentleman heading to the food area almost slipped in it.   Had someone stopped at our table we were going to suggest it be cleaned up, but no one did.


The rest of the floor also was not very clean.  After seeing this and the messy buffet area, we began to wonder when the last time the Southern Nevada Health District inspected the place.

We decided to grab one more drink before we left.  Most of the food items we sampled were pushed aside.  For well over 20 minutes no one bothered to come clear our table. 


On the way out the hostess at the podium looked up at us and didn't say a word. Isn't it the job of a hostess to welcome, greet, say goodbye and show some warmth to the guests coming in and out? Apparently, not at Harrah's Laughlin. 

Someone sent us a message on Facebook suggesting that because we had been there on a weekday, maybe that was the reason it was so bad.  We aren't sure we want to even go back on a weekend to see if they are right.  And we don't agree.  Because shouldn't the cleanliness, service, and quality be consistent for those guests who have access to the "Diamond" Lounge all the time?   

FYI...to get in the various Caesars Diamond Lounge you have to be a qualified Diamond Member or Seven Stars Member.  Members can bring a guest along.  Drinks and Food provided is free.  To get to this level you have to play the equivalent earning 15,000 tier credits in a year.  Roughly this is equivalent to 1 tier credit earned for every 5 dollars played or spent in a Casears property.  15,000 tier credits would be about $75,000 played through the machines.    Seven Stars is even higher requiring 150,000 tier credits!   For this amount of spending/play one would expect the Diamond Lounges should be decent.  

At the Harrah's lounge we saw one station for Internet Access. Someone was sitting at it so we couldn't check it out.  This would be a good benefit to use, since free wifi and even cell reception inside the Casino is hard to come by.  

The bottom line is Harrah's Laughlin and Caesars Entertainment should be embarrassed to provide such a poor experience in this particular Diamond Lounge.  There really is no excuse for the lack of cleanliness and lack of or unfriendly service.  After all this is exclusive to players who "earned" the benefit to visit the lounge by gambling and patronizing the Caesars properties at a high level.  The reward should at least somewhat reflect that.  

The lounges we visited recently at Paris Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, and Planet Hollywood all easily surpassed this one.  Just because this is in Laughlin is not an excuse. 


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Sep 3, 2014

Bruce Clark recovering after triple bypass surgery

Laughlin, Nevada


Bruce Clark, local general manager and KLBC TV2 Morning Show Host, had a triple-bypass surgery on Friday at a Las Vegas Hospital.  According to his wife, Lin Clark, on Tuesday's Morning Show, he had not been feeling well for some time.  She said that  at the suggestion of his cardiologist he went to Valley View Hospital to be seen and was then sent to Las Vegas for the procedure.

The operation was successful and Bruce even called into the Morning Show on Tuesday. He said he would be back "at work" hosting the show next week, though he may need a bit more time.

Meanwhile, Bullhead City Council member and a regular member of the Morning Show staff, Sam Medrano is filling in and including guest hosts to help fill in while Bruce Clark is recovering.

We wish Bruce all the best and a fast recovery.



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Sep 1, 2014

Best Players Card and Comps

Laughlin, NV

We did an informal mini-poll on this blog asking which Players Card was best and gave the best comps in Laughlin.  This is somewhat subjective to where people like to play but here are the results. 




As you can see, the Total Rewards card used at Harrah's and most Caesar's Entertainment properties won the poll easily.  In second place the Golden Nugget and Edgewater tied with the Riverside just behind them. The Pioneer Casino Players card came in last, slightly ahead of the Avi.

The River Palms (which was also a Trop Advantage card) was not included in the poll since they were closing September 3rd.  And the Regency Casino does not have a players card so they were not either. 

If you play at the Golden Nugget Laughlin and haven't exchanged your old 24 Karat Club card for the new version you should do so when you visit next.  Details are here about the new card

Thank you to everyone who participated in the poll.   We appreciate you visiting our blog.   Be sure to come over and join our brand new Facebook Group where you can interact with other Laughlin visitors and locals and share your pictures, experiences, comments or ask questions.  Join the group at this FB link.

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Aug 30, 2014

River Palms Laughlin. The End.

Laughlin, Nevada

River Palms Hotel and Casino



The River Palms is tentatively set to close right after the Labor Day Holiday Weekend, on September 3rd.

Even the large sign/marquee for the hotel and casino is now blank.



The property was was purchased by Nevada Restaurant Services from Tropicana Entertainment in July for a reported $6.75 million.  The new owners also operate a chain of slot parlor/taverns called Dotty's.  They anticipate opening sometime in October after meeting with the Nevada Gaming Commission.  At this point, do not expect them to get a license for table games, should be slots only.

The large River Palms wall mural 

We have heard the name of the new place will be the Laughlin River Lodge or River Lodge.   The same owners are renovating the Hacienda Casino they also purchased in Boulder City and are planning to call that one the Hoover Dam Lodge.

We dropped by for the first time in a very long time to see how the River Palms looked.  Virtually nothing seemed different.  There were still very few people.  Those who were there were wandering around, very few playing machines, some with their small children.

The 3 table games sat silent, no dealers, no action.



Various rumors are going on about what will reopen or be opened first...ranging from the Casino to the Hotel to the Restaurants.

Both Denny's and the Buffet were open.  One family was dining in Denny's and the buffet was empty.  It looked open even though no one was at the hostess stand, we could see food steaming in the trays at least.


The Buffet, Denny's and The Lodge Restaurant
are downstairs in the otherwise empty, cavernous space. 



Once the River Palms is closed more information is expected to be forthcoming on what the new place will look like and what will be there.





The River Palms website shows that they are no longer taking reservations.  If people are there for the Labor Day weekend, they must of booked in advance.  Or perhaps they are taking walk in guests still.



The property has potential.  Not that long ago they repaved the Riverwalk in front and it is a beautiful place to walk and see the River.  The grounds have been well kept, they have a decent pool in full sun.  Hopefully, the new owners have plans to revamp the rooms, clean the inside, and create a nice spot.  




We saw one of the very first machines we ever played at the River Palms years ago is still showing the long time standing $29,999.99 progressive jackpot.  It has been stuck on that amount forever. When the River Palms closes all the money ever played into build that over the years will most likely be "lost". 


Yes, we put in 5 dollars  in it.   


No, we didn't win it. 



Bingo was the only place there were more than a handful of people.  Perhaps the new owners will continue the Bingo tradition, although now the Tropicana is adding a new Bingo Hall on their Casino floor.



Perhaps the new owners won't use "black out" when something changes in their property. 


 Everything was on sale in the Beach Shop Gift Shop, not much left though.  
The normal $2.00 16 oz soda was 25 percent off though, what a deal?! 

  

Java Joes, the coffee/snack bar by the Casino floor was open, 
but unattended with very little in the coolers.



On the way back to the Golden Nugget we passed through the deserted Riverwalk portion with the Big Monkey statues and empty lot (where they held concerts before the Laughlin Event Center was built). 




The End. 



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