Katy Perry gets the key to the Las Vegas Strip as Resorts World celebrates its anniversary

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Pop singer Katy Perry received a ceremonial key to the Las Vegas Strip in June, highlighting her headlining appearance at Southern Nevada’s newest megaresort.

The key ceremony can also be seen as the symbolic one-year anniversary unlock of Resorts World Las Vegas, the most expensive hotel-casino in Nevada history at $4.3 billion.

Perry appears at Resorts World Theater through August 13, with an eight-day return engagement in the fall, starting October 5.

The red-tinted Resorts World Las Vegas, owned by Malaysia’s Genting Group, opened on June 24, 2021, with Paris Hilton and other celebrities in attendance.

At the time, he owned a store selling second-hand clothes worn by members of the Kardashian-Jenner family, a separate outlet with trained sex therapists on duty, and a vegan ice cream shop based in Los Angeles.

The resort continues to add to its health-focused food choices. The newest addition is Crossroads Kitchen, an “all-plant-based” Italian-Mediterranean restaurant billed as the Strip’s first vegan fine-dining establishment. On the menu, stuffed zucchini flower and chestnut foie gras.

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Northern Strip Revival

Resorts World Las Vegas was the first new major hotel and casino on the Strip since late 2010, when the Cosmopolitan opened. The Cosmopolitan Center-Strip towers over the old Jockey Club near the Bellagio.

The grand opening of Resorts World a year ago also marked a revival for the north end of the Strip.

This revival includes upgrades to two other hotel-casinos, Sahara at the northeast end of the Strip and Circus Circus across the freeway.

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Crowd-bound casinos

Resorts World was built where the Stardust Casino once stood, just south of Circus Circus and the smaller Slots-A-Fun. A replica of the Stardust sign is located inside Resorts World.

The Stardust was demolished in 2007, but was once a Mob-connected casino.

Decades ago, the Stardust was illegally overseen by punter Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, an associate of Chicago Outfit.

Rosenthal ran Stardust and other Argent Corp. properties, including the Fremont in downtown Las Vegas, at a time when untaxed gambling revenue was taken from casino counting rooms and sent to casino bosses. the Midwest Mafia.

This period was depicted in the 1995 Las Vegas Mafia film “Casino”, with Robert De Niro portraying a character based on Rosenthal. In the film, the Stardust’s name was changed to Tangier for legal reasons and placed in a fictional location on the Strip.

Other hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip once linked to the Mafia, including the Riviera, the Sands and the Dunes, were also demolished.

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