Laughlin Buzz

Aug 25, 2016

Changes at Bumbleberry Flats in the Pioneer Casino

Laughlin, NV
Bumbleberry Flats in the Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall




In the August 25, 2016 (online) report in Food and Beverage magazine the management of the very popular Bumbleberry Flats restaurant announced a change in their executive chef.

Multiple award winning Chef Craig Pinkard is out with new Executive Chef Johnny Flores set to take over the culinary gem hidden in the otherwise unspectacular setting of the Pioneer Casino.

Chef Pinkard was the creative force and passion behind  Bumbleberry Flats.  He helped build it from the inception as an unknown spot with a strange sounding name into a favorite among locals and visitors to the Laughlin area.  

Bumbleberry Flats opened in January of 2014 and from the onset the restaurant under Pinkard's leadership began to win awards from local Best of Polls and Food Fests.




We are very sad to see Chef Pinkard go and wish him success in his future endeavors.  Hopefully, we will see him remain somewhere in the local Laughlin or Tri-State restaurant scene.

Now the question* is what will happen to the Bumbleberry Flats so many have come to love?

New, Executive Chef Johnny Flores has an impressive resume (coming from Las Vegas).  The only constant is change, so stay tuned for reviews and further information soon.

*Another unanswered question might be why the change?   


Below are some of the Awards won by Bumbleberry Flats and Chef Pinkard since they opened.

2016 AWARDS

2016 Best of Laughlin 
Best Restaurant - Bumbleberry Flats
Best Chef - Chef Craig Pinkard, BumbleBerry Flats
Best Breakfast - Bumbleberry Flats
Best Late Night Eats -Bumbleberry Flats
Best Bloody Mary - Bumbleberry Flats
Best Desserts/Sweets - Bumbleberry Flats





2016 Mohave Valley Daily News Best of 2016
Best American Food
Best Burger

Photo from the Mohave Daily News
Taste Of Bullhead 2016 
Under Chef Pinkard, Bumbleberry Flats won the Best EntréeAward at the Taste Of Bullhead 2016 for the 3rd Consecutive Year.   For 2016 the win was with featured the Entrées, Brisket Burger and BBQ Ribs.


2015 AWARDS



2015 Best of Laughlin
Best Chef - Chef Craig Pinkard, BumbleBerry Flats
Best Breakfast - Bumbleberry Flats, Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall

2016 Mohave Valley Daily News Best of 2015
Best American Food
Best Burger

Taste Of Bullhead 2015
Taste of Bullhead Peoples Choice Award for Best Appetizer and Best Entrée 2015



Photo above and below by Mohave Daily News



Chef's Food Fest 2015
Voted BEST FOOD



2014 AWARDS


2016 Mohave Valley Daily News Best of 2014
Best Breakfast
Best Burger

Taste Of Bullhead 2014
Taste of Bullhead Peoples Choice Award for Best Entrée 2014






If you visit Bumbleberry Flats and would like to share a review, come over to our Laughlin Buzz Facebook Group or contact us at LaughlinBuzz.Com




Laughlin Buzz is not affiliated with and received no compensation from any person, entity, or organization mentioned herein.  Photos/Graphis shared were taken by Laughlin Buzz, from the Bumbleberry Flats public Facebook page, or as attributed to the Mohave Daily News.  


Aug 22, 2016

Laughlin Gaming Revenue Up for June

Laughlin, Nevada





The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported that Laughlin Casino properties gaming revenue was up 9.57% to $38,644,522  for the month of June 2016.  

Overall in Nevada Statewide Gaming win was up 6.8% to $887 million dollars.




Gaming revenue win by area breakdowns:
Clark County                    + 7.33%
Vegas Strip                        + 9.74%
Laughlin                             + 9.57% 
Mesquite                            + 4.38%
Downtown Las Vegas      + 0.56% 
North Las Vegas                - 1.34%

Boulder Strip                     - 0.10%


For the Fiscal Year-to-Date 7/1/15 to 6/30/16, Laughlin is up 1.14%  at   $472,224,711 



All numbers are comparisons to the same period in June of 2015 and are from the Nevada Gaming Board source at:  http://gaming.nv.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=11260










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 All content and pictures are presented for informational purposes and are based on and taken from the Nevada Gaming Control Board Press Releases. Laughlin Buzz is not affiliated with, nor receive any compensation from any of the properties or entities mentioned herein.

Aquarius Casino Resort posts 2nd Quarter Revenue Increases

Laughlin, NV


American Casino & Entertainment Properties, parent company of the Stratosphere, Aquarius and two Arizona Charlie's properties reported a net income of $12.3 million on revenue of $105.1 million for the second quarter of 2016 (ending June 30th).  For the same quarter in 2015, income was $7.4 million on revenue of $102.6 million.

At the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, NV:
Overall Net Revenue increased 3.1% 
Casino revenue was up 1.7%
Food and Beverage revenue was up 8%
Hotel revenue was up 8.5% due to increased occupancy and room rates

At the other properties in Las Vegas/Nevada:
Stratosphere’s net revenue increased 3.1%  
Arizona Charlie’s net reveue decreased with a 0.1%  

Aquarius from the Laughlin River Walk

Cove Lounge at the Aquarius - from the Laughlin River Walk




Aquarius was the biggest winner in the 2016 Best of Laughlin Awards.  
See who won at the link below.

 


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"Looking Over The Fence" - Former Mohave Generating Station Site in Laughlin, NV

Laughlin, NV

"Looking over the Fence"- A 12 minute look over the fence at the former Mohave Generating Plant Site in the center of Laughlin, Nevada. 



I know this posting might show a little of the economic development side of our efforts at the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation but the entire tri-state area as been waiting for this sale and private development since the plant closed in 2005. The development possibilities are evident and have been for over a decade. Thank you for taking the time to view.

Description-Former Mohave Generating Station Site- and Griffith Switch Station-approximately 2200 acres will be offered for sale and private development in December 2016 by the four utility company owners. 



Best viewed at 1080HD


Relevant SCE Timeline from the SCE Land Sale Website (www.on.sce.com/mgs ) is included below for easy reference:


1st & 2nd quarter 2016
─ Complete property disposition map process with Clark County
─ Public Announcement of sale process
3rd & 4th quarter 2016
─ Conduct open sale
─ Co-owners approve sale
─ File for approval by governmental agencies
2nd quarter 2018
─ Obtain final co-owner and governmental approvals
3rd quarter 2018
─ Complete escrow and record sale transactions


Drone flight video and information provided by Robert Bilbray






 


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Aug 17, 2016

Good Prime Rib, Good Value, Great View

Laughlin, Nevada

Prime Rib Room 
Riverside Resort


This was our first visit to the Prime Rib Room at the Riverside Resort in several years.

Prime Rib is the featured selection, but they also offer Chicken or a Fish selection.   Included in the $16,99 price is the Salad and Potato Bar, Dessert Bar, and Coffee, Tea or a Soft Drink.   Alcoholic beverages are also available, served separately from the nearby lounge.


The Prime Rib was a very big cut especially for the price.  Overall it was very good and a great value for the price.  I forgot to get a picture of it

The salad bar was stocked with everything and was very fresh.   At the potato bar you could choose from a baked potato, au gratin type potatoes or potato wedges, plus all the toppings to choose from. Carrots, Creamed Spinach, Dinner Rolls were also available. 

Desserts included regular and sugar free varieties of cake and pie, plus soft serve ice cream.   

Although you go up to the bar to help yourself for everything else, the prime rib is served at the table with a choice of mild or hot horseradish and au jus.  

For $16.99 you probably cannot find a better value than this in Laughlin. 

We had a great view just as the sun was starting to set.  



 


Service was very good, fast, and attentive.  They do take reservations and during busy times or if you want a seat right by the window, they are recommended.   

Overall it was good prime rib, good value, and great view.  We had the added bonus of a fun time with good friends, Mark Villalovos and Rudy Rios.  Thank you for inviting us!

We definitely won't wait so long to try the Prime Rib Room again.      

If you are a runner be sure to check out Mark's Run Laughlin page at 



The second annual Laughlin / Bullhead Half Marathon & 5K is coming up on December 3, 2016
Join in, or share this with your friends who are runners and might be interested.    





 

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Jul 31, 2016

Players Club Changes coming to the Riverside Resort

Laughlin, NV

The Riverside Resort is implementing a new players club card and system.  


Effective August 1, 2016, the new King of Club cards will have four different levels, from Bronze to Platinum.    Earning periods will run from Aug. 1st to July 31st.  

Reels and Video Slot machines will earn 1 base point for $2 Coin-In
Video Poker will earn 1 base point for $5 Coin-In

See the picture below for other details: 





Oddly enough, discounts that kick in at the Silver, Gold  and Platinum levels are only available for CASH Transactions.    See the ** notation on the chart above.  


* The Riverside Resort is celebrating it's 50th Anniversary.  





 


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Players Club Changes Coming to Colorado Belle and Edgewater

Laughlin, NV


Colorado Belle Casino


The Colorado Belle and Edgewater Casinos both operate an Access Club Players Card.  However, both have their own card that accumulates points at their property, even though you can use comps accrued at either one.   That is changing in August as they switch to 1 player card for both properties.  Details still have not been announced and as of today the cards have not been available, nor is there anything on their website about it.

We recently did receive a mailer with the following information--



They also were "kind" enough to send us a 21 dollars in FREE play.  But the free play is broken out over several days and only redeemable on the specific ones they assign it to.   Plus, who is going to make a special trip to play $3 in free play on a designated day?  




There have also been complaints of long lines because any free play now awarded has to be redeemed at Casino Services instead of being available directly on the card as it was in the past.   This is supposed to be only for the month until the new system is in place.   It isn't a great start and reflects poor advance planning on the part of management.  At least in our opinion.


Edgewater Casino


Hopefully with their new system also they do away with this method of rewarding free play benefits and allow their customers to use them when they desire.   We are looking forward to seeing what kind of benefits the new players club offers.   With any luck, it will be friendlier to not only local players, but also to visitors from out of the area.




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New at the Laughlin Outlet Mall

Laughlin, NV

Laughlin Outlet Mall 





In the Food Court, a new coffee shop is slated to open on August 1st.    Wild West Coffee already had it sign up and ready several days ago.  Work was going on behind the scenes.

Wild West Coffee 


In addition, one of the other two remaining open spots in the Food Court looks like it will have a new occupant soon.    No firm details have been announced about who or what it will be.











In the main part of the mall, change and new stores have happened slowly.     However, a new store just opened this past week.   Oakes 3-D .  Below are a couple pictures posted by the owners on the Laughlin Buzz Business Community on Facebook  (visit the group here and see more).







The Laughlin Walk-In Care center opened a few months ago at the mall.





In October it will be two years since the since the new owners bought the mall,

Hopefully, some new additions to the stores will finally be forthcoming soon.  There are far too many empty storefronts, especially for a town that gets so many visitors each month.   And in an area (including the local tri-state area around Laughlin) where there is no large indoor mall.  




 The movie theater in the Laughlin Outlet Mall now offers all seats (except 3D movies) for $6 all the time. 








If you are a runner or know someone who is share the Run Laughlin race info with them.
December 3rd will be the 2nd annual race in Laughlin.








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