Man­dalay Bay space needs magic touch

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THE KATS! Bureau at this writ­ing is brunch at RM Seafood at Man­dalay Bay, a round­table chat at a square ta­ble headed by Chef Rick Moonen .The celeb restau­ra­teur is seek­ing strate­gies to re­turn to form at his casino-level eatery, across from House of Blues and next to the 1923 Bour­bon Bar speakeasy.

The ho­tel’s over­all busi­ness has sagged since the Oct. 1 shoot­ings. But Moonen’s res­tau­rant con­tin­ues to pre­pare and present a great menu (try the salmon).

Look­ing across at that 1923 Bour­bon space, which has just about fallen out of con­ver­sa­tion since Holly Madi­son was in part­ner­ship with the ho­tel, I am re­minded of its po­ten­tial as a chic nightspot. In the days of Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce, which flamed out in 2009, and the early days of Madi­son’s bur­lesque-themed project, the club was a re­li­ably cool lit­tle hang.

The 1923, with its vin­tage, mus­tard-yel­low con­vert­ible road­ster out front, still hosts pri­vate func­tions and is open to the pub­lic Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day nights. But as some­one at the ta­ble asked, “Is that place still open?” Not good.

If only a well-known Strip per­former who just left a hit show were to sprin­kle some fairy dust on that place … I can think of one who could make it hap­pen. Just a thought.

More from the scene:

Siso­lak lauded, and lauds

Clark County Com­mis­sioner and Ne­vada gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date Steve Siso­lak, an in­creas­ingly ac­tive and ubiq­ui­tous elected of­fi­cial, was hon­ored Thurs­day night at the 26th an­nual Camelot gala at Op­por­tu­nity Vil­lage’s Mag­i­cal For­est on West Oakey Boule­vard.

Op­por­tu­nity Vil­lage Pres­i­dent and Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Bob Brown pre­sented Siso­lak with a com­mem­o­ra­tive Key to the Vil­lage. Siso­lak is the one usu­ally giv­ing out such items, the Key to the Strip.

“I’ve never re­ceived a key be­fore,” Siso­lak said. “This is very special to me.”

Siso­lak in­tro­duced one of the night’s special guests, Clark County Sher­iff Joe Lom­bardo.

“I said I wasn’t go­ing to talk pol­i­tics when I got up here, but I’m go­ing to change that. You’re not go­ing to find a bet­ter sher­iff in the United States than that gen­tle­man right there. That he even has to run for re-elec­tion is a trav­esty, as far as I’m con­cerned. Joe, you should be sher­iff as long as you want to be sher­iff.”

Siso­lak also in­tro­duced two of his table­mates: Man­dalay Bay se­cu­rity guard Je­sus Cam­pos and build­ing en­gi­neer Steven Schuck, the first to re­spond to the shoot­ing on the ho­tel’s 32nd floor (Cam­pos was wounded in the in­ci­dent but has since re­turned to work). “If it weren’t for them, there wouldn’t be 58 peo­ple dead, there would be hun­dreds,” Siso­lak said.

The event was em­ceed by KLUC-FM (98.5) per­son­al­ity Chet Buchanan, its auc­tion led by Chris­tian Kol­berg .The take has not been an­nounced, but the ta­ble do­na­tions alone ex­ceeded $100,000, and a Dodge Ram pickup fetched a win­ning $70,000 bid.

For the uninitiated, Op­por­tu­nity Vil­lage is a Las Ve­gas-based char­ity serv­ing de­vel­op­men­tally chal­lenged chil­dren and adults through vo­ca­tional train­ing and job place­ment.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion, founded in 1954, be­came fa­mous as the man­u­fac­turer of the scarves Elvis Pres­ley draped around fans’ necks dur­ing his days at the In­ter­na­tional and Las Ve­gas Hilton.

Tyson’s Chile re­cep­tion

Mike Tyson was de­nied en­try to Chile on Thurs­day, rais­ing the ques­tion, “Why is Mike Tyson try­ing to get into Chile?”

Be­cause he was hired to host an awards show to air on a Chilean TV net­work, but the coun­try’s lead­ing law-en­force­ment agency ruled the ex-heavy­weight champ didn’t meet re­quire­ments for en­try be­cause of his 1992 rape con­vic­tion and sub­se­quent prison sen­tence.

“When we checked, they said there were no special visas needed. We get there and they said he couldn’t en­ter be­cause of the con­vic­tion he had, so we came home,” Tyson’s wife, Kiki Tyson, said Fri­day.

She added: “Mike is to­tally fine. Things hap­pen. He re­spects the laws of all coun­tries and re­al­izes he’s an easy tar­get, so he doesn’t sweat these kinds of things.”

Op­por­tu­nity Vil­lage

Clark County Com­mis­sioner Steve Siso­lak is shown with Man­dalay Bay se­cu­rity of­fi­cer Je­sus Cam­pos, right, and build­ing en­gi­neer Stephen Schuck, left, on Thurs­day dur­ing the 26th an­nual Camelot gala at Op­por­tu­nity Vil­lage’s Mag­i­cal For­est.

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