Las Vegas News Briefs and Celebrity Sightings

June 22, 2014 by  

Mar. 29, 2015 - Franco Harris was spotted at LAVO Restaurant on Friday. The former NFL player was joined by a small group of friends for dinner. They dined on Margherita pizza, meatball ricotta, calambari and tomato basil.

Mar. 28, 2015 – This past Wednesday, March 24, one of the founding members of the influential hip hop group Run-D.M.C., Rev. Run Simmons, who is also popular for his family’s MTV reality show, Run’s House, was spotted with his family at Holstein’s Shakes & Buns, the popular burger concept inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas from Block 16 Hospitality. Rev. Run enjoyed the California Turkey with fried egg and sweet potato fries, and finished it off with a Red Velvet Shake (non-alcoholic), while his son, Diggy Simmons, enjoyed the Triple Cheeseburger with mushrooms, fried egg and bacon.

Also, last night, March 26, the American professional boxer and five-division world champion, Floyd “Money” Mayweather stopped by Flour & Barley’s to-go window and chowed down on a slice of cheese pizza to help ‘fuel up’ and maintain his undefeated title.

Mar. 27, 2015 – “The Big Hurt” Frank Thomas, celebrated designated hitter and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, dined at celebrity hot spot GIADA at The Cromwell on Wednesday, March 25.

Thomas and his guest enjoyed a variety of GIADA signature dishes, including the Arugula Salad and the Chicken Cacciatore. They had a great time and thanked the GIADA team members for the delicious food and great service as they left.

Mar. 26, 2015 – Spotted in the audience of Elton John’s The Million Dollar Piano at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Tuesday night, was singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, daughter of the late legendary musician Johnny Cash.

Mar. 22, 2015 – Richard “Rip” Hamilton dined at Carmine’s in the Forum Shops at Caesars Friday night with a friend. The retired Detroit Pistons basketball player enjoyed the Shrimp Parmigiana.

Mar. 21, 2015 – More than 50 years after they made their debut on Motown, legendary vocal group The Temptations attended Sherry Gordy Presents Take the Stage – An Open Mic Experience at Fiesta Rancho on Thursday, March 19.

On Thursday, March 19, NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon celebrated the thrills of the kickoff of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament inside the sports haven Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas. Moon viewed the intense games of the Kentucky Wildcats vs. Hampton Pirates, North Carolina Wolfpack vs. Louisiana State University Tigers and Wofford Terriers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks.

Moon is a former American professional gridiron football quarterback who played for the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos and the National Football League’s Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. Moon has held several all-time professional gridiron football passing records. He currently holds the position of color commentator for the Seattle Seahawks radio network.

Mar. 20, 2015 – Spotted at Elton John’s “The Million Dollar Piano” performance at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, March 18 were actors Jonah Hill, Miles Teller and Bradley Cooper, who were in town filming the Warner Bros. film “The Arms & The Dudes” at Caesars Palace. Following the show, the three actors enjoyed food from Nobu Restaurant & Lounge at Caesars Palace.

Also seen at the show Wednesday evening was singer / songwriter and frontman of The Killers, Brandon Flowers.

Mar. 19, 2015 – Nick Diaz was spotted at Lavo Restaurant on Wednesday. The UFC fighter was joined by a group of friends for a late night dinner. They dined on beet salad, asparagus, wild mushrooms, roasted potatoes.

Mar. 15, 2015Melissa Rycroft and Tye Strickland were spotted dining at TAO in Las Vegas on Friday night. The reality TV star and her husband enjoyed specialty cocktails and signature dishes including lobster wontons, satay of bass and Imperial Wagyu. The affectionate pair were very gracious to all who approached their table.

Earlier in the day Nigel Bradham was seen soaking in the sun at TAO Beach. The linebacker for the Buffalo Bills donned TAO swim shorts and took over a cabana with friends.

Mar. 14, 2015Patrick Dempsey, known for his role in Grey’s Anatomy, stopped by Michael and Jenna’s downtown Mexican eatery, La Comida for lunch.

The handsome star stopped by with his racing team and the group dined on the patio. He’s in town to participate in the Mint 400 race today. Dempsey noshed on the Cameron Al Maya Tacos by Executive Chef Paloma Cuellar and sipped the on an iced tea. The group enjoyed the Pollo al Horno, Enchiladas de Pollo and the Pollo al Guajillo Tacos. The Hollywood hunk commented on how wonderful the food was.

Mar. 14, 2015 – Popular DJ and music producer John Borger, better known by his stage name “Borgeous,” was spotted at Michael and Jenna Morton’s La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway inside Wynn Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

DJ Borgeous was joined by two friends in La Cave’s garden lounge for late-night bites. The trio snacked on small-plate items including Executive Chef Billy DeMarco’s signature three-bean salad, Moroccan chicken skewers and bacon-wrapped dates.

Mar. 12, 2015 – NFL superstar Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks attended Barry Black’s performance at Club Madrid inside Sunset Station.

Mar. 11, 2015 – Straight off a strong finish at the Kobalt Tools 400 race, celebrated NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. enjoyed lunch at Giada De Laurentiis’ first-ever restaurant and celebrity hotspot, GIADA at The Cromwell on Tuesday, March 10.

Earnhardt Jr. and his group enjoyed a variety of GIADA signature dishes, including the Orzo Meatballs and the Venetian Panino.

Mar. 9, 2015 – Professional dancer and choreographer Lacey Schwimmer joined singer, musician and composer Frankie Moreno and his 10-piece band on stage last night at Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Resort. Moreno will return to Red Rock Resort on Saturday, April 11.

Mar. 8, 2015 - Dave Chappelle and Bill Bellamy were spotted at Marquee Nightclub on Saturday, March 7. The comedians were dressed to the nines in tuxedos and suits, joined by friends at a VIP table outside under the Dome. Bellamy even jumped into the DJ booth signing along and shouting out to the crowd with Mike Attack, who was spinning.

Mar. 7, 2015 - Business woman and fashion model, Nicky Hilton, received an afternoon of pampering at COLOR: A Salon by Michael Boychuck on Friday.

Dressed in a white tank top with black pants, Hilton received a refreshed look to her “Boychuck Blonde” locks. COLOR Salon Artistic Director Jackie Barajas gave Hilton a new cut and style, while hair guru, Michael Boychuck, gave her his signature blonde coloring.

The hotel heiress had a great time chatting and posted to Instagram before leaving, “Loved getting glammed at my favorite salon by @MichaelBoychuckLV.”

Saturday, March 7 was a star-studded evening at Michael and Jenna Morton’s newest restaurant, CRUSH eat, drink, love, inside MGM Grand on Friday.

Burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, entrepreneur and actress, Dita Von Teese, dined with a male friend for an early dinner. The pair noshed on signature selections prepared by Executive Chef Billy DeMarco including: Kale Salad, Date & Artichoke Flatbread and Sea Scallop Benny.

Also spotted at the restaurant for a little late-night partying and VIP service was FOX sports radio host J.T. “The Brick,” former NFL quarterback Bob Hewko and offensive tackle for the Las Vegas Outlaws Brandyn Dombrowski. The group snacked on several small plate items, including Ricotta Gnocchi, Grilled Salmon, NY Steak and Tuna 2 Ways. During their boys night out, the trio was spotted mingling with girls while sipping on specialty drinks made by CRUSH’s celebrity bartender, John O’Donnell.

Mar. 6, 2015 - On Monday, March 16, Terry Fator will introduce a new character to his show Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment at The Mirage to celebrate his 6th anniversary. The identity of the new character is being kept a secret until show time, but all fans attending will receive a commemorative t-shirt with his/her/its likeness on it following the show!

Mar. 4, 2015 – Steven Tyler, lead singer of the iconic rock band Aerosmith, was spotted at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for a Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! show on Wednesday, March 4. Tyler hung out backstage with the band before heading to his VIP suite where he watched the concert with a large group of friends.

Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! continues at The Joint through Saturday, March 14. Tickets start at $39.50 (plus applicable service fees) and can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel box office, by calling 888.9.AXS.TIX or online at

Mar. 2, 2015 – AJ Green was spotted with a large group taking over several dance floor tables at TAO Saturday night. The wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals said hello to Eric D Lux in the DJ booth as he manned the decks.

At the next table over Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron, returned to the club for the second night in a row. The Detroit Lions wide receiver chatted and took photos with fans.

Austin “Chumlee” Russell of Pawn Stars fame was seen in the club with friends and got a shout out from DJ Eric D Lux.

Maurice Jones-Drew, running back for the Oakland Raiders was also spotted taking in the scene from a VIP table, and a yet another table New England Patriots linebacker Akeem Ayers enjoyed the night with friends.

Mar. 1, 2015 – Members of Pentatonix were spotted dining at TAO Friday night with 20 people. The a cappella pop stars enjoyed a special menu from the Asian Bistro with signature dishes including sea bass, orange chicken and platters of sushi.

At TAO Nightclub, Calvin Johnson was seen with a group of friends. Nicknamed Megatron, the running back for the Detroit Lions commanded a dance floor table, taking in the sounds of DJ Big Ben.

Feb. 28, 2015 – On Sunday, March 8, speed demons who race over to Rockhouse after the NASCAR Kobalt 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be rewarded – arrive within one hour of the checkered flag for free open bar all night on March 8. Fans must bring their ticket stub to claim the offer. For those who want to watch the race from the comfort of a bar, Rockhouse will be broadcasting and all the weekend’s NASCAR races from its 80 HDTVs.

Feb. 23, 2015 – Jennifer Coolidge was spotted enjoying a late night dinner at TAO Saturday following her stand-up act at Lipshtick. The comedienne was joined by friends for lychee martinis and a meal of signature favorites including stay bass, orange chicken and sausage fried rice, even requesting seconds of crispy rice and yellowtail jalapeno.

Terrance Knighton was spotted at TAO Nightclub on Friday. The defensive tackle for the Denver Broncos commanded a dance floor table with a group of 15 friends and family. They took in the sounds of DJ Politik, who gave the NFL pro a shout out in the club.

Feb. 21, 2015 – Academy Award-winning actor and Las Vegas resident Nicolas Cage was spotted filming scenes for his upcoming movie “The Trust” last night at the Riviera Hotel & Casino. While at the historic property, Cage and the crew celebrated the filming of their 10,000 roll with a champagne toast. “The Trust” joins the ranks of many classic movies filmed at the renowned property, including “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Casino.”

Feb. 17, 2015 – This past weekend, retired Pittsburg Steelers wide receiver and current NBC studio analyst Hines Ward stayed at The Cromwell, Las Vegas’ first and only standalone boutique hotel on the famed Strip.

Saturday evening he dined at Giada De Laurentiis’ first-ever restaurant, GIADA at The Cromwell, with his wife and two friends, where they celebrated Valentine’s Day by sharing the Antipasti Platter and pasta.

Sunday evening, he rode the world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller at The LINQ Promenade. Hines, his wife and their two friends took in the stunning views of Las Vegas from 550 feet in the air in a private VIP cabin, with a Sky Bar and personal bartender.

Feb. 16, 2015 –  Comedian, actor, writer and producer Allen Covert, who is best known for his collaborations with actor Adam Sandler, was spotted at Michael and Jenna Morton’s La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway inside Wynn Las Vegas on Sunday.

Covert and his wife enjoyed the restaurant’s signature butler-style brunch while sipping on their morning espresso.

Feb. 15, 2015 – It was a star-studded evening at Michael and Jenna Morton’s newest restaurant, CRUSH eat, drink, love inside MGM Grand Saturday night.

Australian actor, Luke Jacobz, arrived with a group of close friends and sat at a VIP table. The group sipped on wine, beers, vodka cocktails and shots while shouting, “cheers mate!”

Also spotted at the restaurant for a nightcap was ESPN anchor, Steve Levy. Levy enjoyed vodka cocktails, beers and wine while hanging out with friends.

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