With muted fanfare, the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's debuted promptly at 9.30 a.m to the distant sound and sight of construction workers still finishing much of the two-acre outdoor retail and dining destination.
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At the rear of the property, still undisclosed and only shown as "coming soon" on the official map, the site of the first of three Las Vegas Wahlburgers is still a long way from being finished.
Although fans of the A&E realityl TV show Wahlburgers have seen chef Paul and his brother, actor and New Kid Donnie tour their future restaurant, little appears changed since their visit. The doors to the burger joint were wide open as workers continued their buildout.
A concert by the New Kids on The Block at the Mandalay Bay Events Center is three months away, and was expected to be a lure for Donnie to venture over to the up-and-running restaurant. That appears an optimistic time frame for the restaurant's opening day.
Elsewhere at the Grand Bazaar Shops, most of the anticipated food options are also "coming soon." No signage has been revealed for locals Nacho Daddy or Skinnyfats. Still to come, San Francisco's Katana-ya, now dubbed Katana Ramen on their front door. Next door will also see the previously unannounced second location for another local favorite, Bronze Cafe.
Falling under the "coming soon" umbrella, Cake Pushers, Gelato San Marco, Going Nuts, JoJo Jerky, Shawarma, Sugar Factory, Honolulu Cookie Company and Vegas Dogs featuring Hebrew National. Said to be open, but not ready on opening day, Waffle Bar, Tipsy Truffles, Sandwich Haven, Nazar Turkish Ice Cream and Jimmy's Seaside Fries.
Visitors' current options include Del's Lemonade, now upgraded with lobster rolls on their menu, Fuel Bar with their flair bartenders, and I Scream Sandwich.
Opening hours are now 9.30 a.m to 12:30 a.m.