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17 of the Biggest 2012 Restaurant and Nightlife Closings

Just as quickly as a new restaurant opens, another shutters. The storyline this year in Vegas — a massive number of revamps, ushering out an era for one restaurant to make way for another. Here, a look at 17 of the bigger closings — restaurants, nightclubs and even a casino — in 2012 and what's taking its place. RIP. Feel free to leave your final farewells — to these and others — in the comments.

Bradley%20Ogden%20shuttering%2012-27-12.jpgBradley Ogden: Perhaps the biggest shutter of 2012 came when Vegas' only James Beard Foundation Restaurant of the Year winner Bradley Ogden at Caesars Palace closed in August. Now the space is home to Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill.
Switch%2012-27-12.jpgSwitch: This Encore Las Vegas restaurant with a $40 million revolving wall shut the front door in July to make way for Andrea's and VDKA, which plan to open Dec. 28.
MGM%20Grand%20SEABLUE%2012-27-12-12.jpgSeablue: Michael Mina's seafood restaurant shuttered at MGM Grand to make way for a new project from the chef, 1842 Pub, opening next year.
CatHouse%2012-27-12.jpgCatHouse: The onetime Kerry Simon restaurant and nightclub at Luxor shut down quietly in November. No word on what replaces the bordello-inspired space.
BB%20kings%20interior%20main_1000%2012-27-12-thumb.jpgB.B. King's Blues Restaurant & Club: The blues club chain at the Mirage shut down in November after filing for bankruptcy. While no replacement for the space has been named, rumor has it B.B. King's plans to open anew mid-Strip.
Rain%20Nightclub_12-27-12.jpgRain Nightclub: Halloween proved to be spooky for Rain. The nightclub at the Palms closed after the big Halloween bash, and plans a brief reopening for New Year's Eve. N9NE Group hasn't announced what will take its place, but construction should begin in the new year.
Playboy%20Club%2012-27-12.jpgPlayboy Club: The home of the bunnies shuttered in June at the Palms. The space still hasn't been revamped.
Lynyrd%20Skynyrd%20BBQ_12-27-12.jpgLynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer: The Southern rockers didn't fare too well at the Excalibur. After less than a year in business, the barbecue restaurant shuttered after filing for bankruptcy. No replacement for the space has been announced.
Flavor%20Flaved%2012-27-12.jpgFlavor Flav's House of Flavor: The Public Enemy hype man and chronic clock wearer shut down his chicken restaurant after only six months. Fans can head to Blondie's at the Miracle Mile Shops to sink their teeth into his dishes.
The_Range_Steakhouse%2012-27-12.JPGThe Range Steakhouse: The cult favorite steakhouse at Harrah's Las Vegas with a mean French onion soup shuttered in November. In its place, a Ruth's Chris Steak House.
China%20Grill_12-27-12.jpgChina Grill and Red, White & Blue: Both restaurants at Mandalay Bay were shut down in November when The Light Group took over the leases. Red, White & Blue becomes Citizens Kitchen & Bar, which opens next month, while China Grill will be home to Akira Back's newest unnamed restaurant.
Beso_Chelsea%20McManus_12-27-12.jpgBeso: Eva Longoria's oft-maligned steakhouse shuttered at Crystals back in August. In its place, find SHe, a 1920s era dining and nightlife spot complete with fashion shows opening on New Year's Eve.
Johnny_Smalls_12-27-12.jpgJohnny Smalls: The tapas from around the world restaurant shut down quietly in July to make way for , a Chinese restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel.
osheas_12-27-12.jpgO'Shea's: An entire casino said goodbye to Vegas when O'Shea's shuttered at the end of April. The Linq plans to have a smaller version of the casino when it starts opening at the end of 2013.
Rockhouse_12-27-12.jpgRockhouse Bar & Nightclub: This club that sat in front of Imperial Palace (now The Quad) found itself in line to be demolished in May as part of the renovations for The Linq, expected to open in late 2013. A new version of the bar is opening at the Palazzo.
RPM_12-27-12jpg.jpgRPM Nightclub: After making its debut at the Tropicana last New Year's Eve, the nightclub closed to make way for Bagatelle.
Studio%2054%2012-27-12.jpgStudio 54: This nightclub at the MGM Grand stood the test of time since 1997 before shuttering in February to make way for Hakkasan.

Beso Steakhouse

3720 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-254-2376 Visit Website

Pub 1842

3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-891-3922

Rain Nightclub

4321 W Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103 702-942-6832 Visit Website

Michael Mina

3600 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 693-7223 Visit Website


4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Bagatelle Supper Club

3801 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 701-0200

Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub

3799 South Las Vegas Boulevard, , NV 89109 (702) 891-3838 Visit Website

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

3475 Las Vegas Boulevard S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 693-6000 Visit Website