Welcome back, Chinatown fam!

Get ready for another whirlwind week in your favorite Las Vegas neighborhood! This edition of “This Week in Chinatown” is packed with some exciting news you don’t wanna miss.

Chinatown in the News!

Sand Dollar Lounge Named Best Dive Bar by Las Vegas Weekly:

Las Vegas Weekly has recognized our Sand Dollar Lounge as the “Best Dive Bar”2024 Best of Vegas Reader’s Choice. This hidden gem on Spring Mountain Road is a favorite among locals for its relaxed atmosphere and great drinks. Head over and see for yourself what the buzz is about! Read More

While we are talking Best Dive bar in Vegas, here is a look a head to te live music at this iconic loungeL ive music rocks the Sand Dollar Lounge this week! Catch The Centuries (Zander), Chase Walker Band, Stanley Avenue, Cole Larravide Band, and The Blues Society. All shows start at 10 pm, 21+, and there’s no cover! See the full lineup at Sand Dollar website

Mama Chai’s Mochi Donuts Praised by Las Vegas Weekly:

We are calling all donut lovers! Our very own Mama Chai’s has been featured in Las Vegas Weekly’s recent article on the “Best Mochi Donuts” in the city. The article praises Mama Chai’s for their “chewy, flavor-rich doughnuts” and highlights them as a must-visit spot in Chinatown. We couldn’t agree more! Stop by Mama Chai’s and experience these delicious treats for yourself. Las Vegas Weekly article

Eater Vegas Highlights Chinatown’s Best Asian Food Options: Looking for a delicious Asian food adventure? Eater Vegas has created a guide to the best bets for Asian cuisine in Chinatown. From Korean hot dogs to traditional dishes, there’s something for everyone. Check out the full list and support these amazing Chinatown businesses! Eater Vegas article


AAPI Community and Metro Partner Up: Building Bridges in Chinatown

This week in Chinatown, we witnessed a significant step toward fostering stronger relationships between the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro).

The official launch of Metro’s Asian American Pacific Islander Alliance at the Las Vegas Little Theater marks a commitment to open communication and collaboration. This new alliance, modeled after the existing Hispanic Alliance and Black Community Alliance, aims to address issues faced by AAPI communities within Las Vegas.

Sheriff Kevin McMahill acknowledged the need to rebuild trust, stating that the department has “alienated” many AAPI residents in the past. The alliance serves as a platform for dialogue and aims to ensure that AAPI voices are heard and represented within Metro. applauds this initiative and believes it’s crucial to building a more inclusive and collaborative policing environment. We look forward to the positive impact this alliance will have on our community



Las Vegas Little Theater


Also at the Las Vegas Little Theater, Get ready for “Once Upon a Mattress,” opening July 12th at 7 pm on the LVLT main stage (LVLT.ORG).

This week’s spotlight shines on Amy Isaacson, a recent Las Vegas Academy of the Arts graduate and rising star! This is her first performance with the Las Vegas Little Theatre, and she’s bringing her passion for singing and acting to the stage.

Head over to LVLT.ORG for tickets and showtimes. Break a leg, Amy!


This Cone Report: The Neverending Saga of Decatur & Spring Mountain (June 30, 2024)

Las Vegas residents and visitors, buckle up! It’s time for another update on the seemingly permanent construction project at the Decatur and Spring Mountain intersection. Here at, we’ve been chronicling this saga for over two years, and frustration is reaching a boiling point.

Ying Hop-Soi, a frequent visitor from Seattle, shared the common sentiment: “This is our 3rd trip to Las Vegas in 2 years, and it looks like nothing has changed at this intersection! Meanwhile, a few blocks west, there are potholes the size of craters. Couldn’t they use a few buckets of tar and patch those up while they’re at it?”

Adding to the woes, the crosswalk for pedestrians exiting the bus has been closed for over a year, creating a major inconvenience and safety hazard.



Repaving at the Spring Mountain and Decatur intersections. 2 years and counting


We reached out to Las Vegas Paving for an update on the project timeline and potential worker shortages, but unfortunately, our calls went unanswered. would like some answers.  This extended construction is an eyesore and a major inconvenience for residents, tourists, and local businesses alike. We urge Las Vegas Paving to address these concerns and provide a clear timeline for completion.

In the meantime, we’ll keep you updated on this ongoing saga. Stay tuned, and remember, navigating the “cone zone” is just part of the Las Vegas experience… (for better or worse!)


Las Vegas Chinatown Gears Up for Yi’s Traditional Korean Beef Soup!

Las Vegas foodies, get ready for a taste sensation! We at were the first to break the exciting news back in March of 2023 about the arrival of Yi’s Traditional Korean Beef Soup, a beloved family-owned chain from Washington state.

This highly anticipated restaurant is finally nearing its grand opening and is now slated for late July/early Aigust 2024. Renowned for their slow-simmered Korean beef bone soup (Seolleongtang), Yi’s promises to bring a taste of Korean comfort food tradition to Las Vegas Chinatown.


A Sneak Peek at Yi’s Las Vegas Location:


Yo's Traditional Koprean Beef Soup

Yi’s remodel update, looking northeast on Jones, just before Spring Mountain Rd.As we mentioned back in March of last year, the roof has been raised 4 and 1/2 feet


As construction inches closer to completion, we can already get a glimpse of what to expect. The photo above shows the exciting progress on the restaurant’s exterior. Look closely, and you can even see a peek of the upcoming signage in the upper left hand corner.



Coming soon to Chinatown


Stay Tuned for Even More!

We at are thrilled to welcome Yi’s Traditional Korean Beef Soup to the neighborhood! We’ll be bringing you updates on the restaurant’s interior, menu details, and the official grand opening date as soon as they become available.

In the meantime, you can visit their Washington state location’s Yelp page to learn more about their menu and rave reviews.

Don’t miss out on this exciting addition to Las Vegas Chinatown!




That’s a wrap for this week, Chinatown fam! From celebrating Double Zero Pie & Pub’s Top 50 Pizza ranking to highlighting media mentions of hidden gems like Sand Dollar Lounge and Mama Chai’s mochi donuts, it’s been a delicious journey through the heart of Chinatown. We can’t wait to share more exciting updates next Sunday, so stay tuned! Remember, what happens in Chinatown Las Vegas, happens here on See you next week!


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