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The Light Group Announces Hospitality Venues at Aria Resort & Casino at Citycenter

Leading hospitality development and management company, The Light Group, announced today its plans to unveil four innovative concepts at the groundbreaking ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter upon its opening in December 2009.  The new lineup, consisting of a nightclub, a lounge, a restaurant and a pool lounge, follows the successful formulas of existing Light Group destinations, while once again raising the bar on Sin City’s hospitality offerings. Each venue is designed to reflect the grandeur and opulence of CityCenter, the unparalleled urban resort destination underway on the Las Vegas Strip between Bellagio and Monte Carlo.

“We are thrilled be part of CityCenter and ARIA Resort & Casino, ”expressed Andy Masi, Partner & CEO of The Light Group. “Our new collection at this groundbreaking project will perfectly complement our existing venues while changing the landscape of Las Vegas’ hospitality scene,” added Masi.

Expanding its portfolio of successful dining establishments, The Light Group will unveil Union Restaurant & Lounge, serving a creative and playful dinner menu featuring contemporary American cuisine. Executive Chef Brian Massie will offer unique interpretations of American favorites in a cutting-edge environment that enhances the culinary experience.  Located in the epicenter of the resort’s casino floor, Union’s unique interiors, by renowned designer Adam Tihany, will allow guests to enjoy a meal within a hip and open layout. A series of strategically positioned floor-to-ceiling architectural “trees”, bathed in natural tones, give the open space a greater sense of seclusion and intimacy.  At Union, diners will enjoy the action and panoramic views of the casino around them while becoming the center of attention to gamblers looking on.

The Deuce Lounge, located off the main casino floor, will be an invigorating destination fusing the elements of an upscale lounge with high-limit gaming, creating an intimate nightlife experience. Designed by Franklin Studios, the space will invite its guests to try their luck on the numerous blackjack tables around the room while enjoying cocktails from an inventive menu, creating an alternative gambling scene to that of the bustling casino floor. The lounge also will feature a number of HD flat screen TVs for guests to watch evening sporting events while enjoying hors d’oeuvres from UNION’s kitchen.

Conceptualized and designed to mirror the success of existing Light Group venues, Haze Nightclub will be a colossal cutting-edge space in which guests will be challenged to question their sense of perception and reality. Designed by award-winning interior design firm, ICRAVE, the nightclub will feature large hanging props over the entryway that will draw guests to a grand staircase transporting them to the mezzanine level where they will enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the action below.  The main dance floor will peer up at a wall of interactive projection screens stretching one hundred feet across on a performance structure where impromptu acts by world-renowned artists will regularly take place. Suede walls and plush surfaces will help define the weaving interior, including a unique two-story wall of lights incorporating the latest in technology coupled with a one-of-a-kind sound system designed by John Lyons Systems.

Completing the portfolio will be Liquid, the resort’s adult-only pool playground and outdoor refuge, where guests will enjoy poolside pampering and daytime indulgence. Offering a combination of elements that allow guests to enjoy Vegas’ high-energy lifestyle during the day, Liquid’s atmosphere and vibe is conceptualized to offer the ultimate experience under the Vegas sun. Opening in spring 2010, the alfresco utopia, designed by Graft Lab, will feature 17 cabanas providing seclusion, within an already exclusive setting, as guests enjoy the latest in high-tech amenities. Numerous dipping pools, featuring underwater speakers, will dominate the space while visitors mingle and dance to electrifying beats spun by world-class DJs. Multiple bars will complement personalized chaise lounge and daybed service, also including a mouthwatering food menu.