Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: December 6, 2005

RENOWED RESTAURANTEUR and chef Joseph Keller, who owns and operates Comos at MonteLago Village at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, is set to open another eatery overlooking the lake next month. Bistro Zince will bring a taste of New Orleans to the area with Zydeco music and a menu featuring American cuisine with French-Cajun influences. The restaurant also will include a small bakery and a retail shop with cookbooks, kitchen tools, knives and a special line of china created by the chefs brother, Thomas Keller. The eatery will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

EVER SEEN THE PHRASES high-end and bowling lounge used in the same sentence? Thats whats coming to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino next fall, thanks to Pure Management Group. A first for the city, the as-yet-unnamed venue, which will replace BiKiNiS Beach and Dance Club, will feature a 12-lane bowling alley and a high-end martini lounge and cafe with live DJs on the weekends.

REPRESENTATIVES from Las Vegas Events and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association reached an agreement to keep the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas through 2014. The new agreement extends the time on the previous contract, which was set to expire in 2009. One notable change in the contract is that the event will begin and end one day earlier than it has during the past 21 years. In 2006, the Wrangler NFR is scheduled to start Nov. 30 and end Dec. 9.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE for the 2006 Miss America Pageant, which will be held in Las Vegas for the first time, at the Aladdin Resort & Casino. Miss America Organization officials announced in August that they had received permission from the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority to move the competition from Atlantic City, N.J., to Las Vegas. The Aladdin will be the pageants new home; it is currently under renovation and will be rebranded the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, a Sheraton hotel. Ticket prices for the pageants preliminary competitions range from $25 to $65 for Jan. 17 and 18 and from $30 to $75 for Jan. 19. The cost of attending the pageant finale on Jan. 21 runs from $35 to $95. A four-night ticket package ranges from $100 to $250. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (702) 474-4000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

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