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The D might be Keselowski’s lucky charm


The next time Brad Keselowski shows up in Las Vegas, he might find a steak named after him at The D’s Andiamo steakhouse.

After Keselowski crossed the finish line at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, completing his double-win weekend, The D’s owner, Derek Stevens, tweeted maybe it was the “good luck” steak Keselowski had Thursday at Andiamo.

Keselowski stayed for the steak after a Miller Lite-hosted meet-and-greet that included his car in front of The D on Fremont Street.

“This was a cool one,” Stevens said. “I’m a Detroit guy, and so is Brad. He lives a couple miles from my home in Detroit.”

After the meet-and-greet, Stevens asked Keselowski whether there was anything else he could do for him.

“I’d love a steak,” Keselowski said. “Being from Detroit, he knew about Andiamo’s reputation as a steakhouse.”

Four NASCAR teams stayed at The D, formerly Fitzgeralds. Stevens and brother Greg, majority owners of the Golden Gate casino, spent $22 million on a rebranding and opened The D in fall 2012.

The D staff was all abuzz over Keselowski’s big weekend. He won the Nationwide race on Friday for the rare double.

“Everyone’s excited, saying that we brought him luck,” said The D’s Richard Wilk, a veteran casino host.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Las Vegas restaurateur and consultant Elizabeth Blau received the Woman of the Year honor from the prestigious Maitres Cuisiniers de France USA/Canada during the five-day convention at The Venetian. …

The Baguette Café on Sunset Road in Spring Valley, ranked No. 21 on Yelp’s top 100 must-try U.S. restaurants. …

Holly Madison has a bold new look: She’s switched her hair color from blond to burgundy red. She’s preparing for a new show on the Strip that she’s producing. It’s called “Bourbon Burlesque,” US Weekly reports.

SIGHTINGS

At the Canelo Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo fight at the MGM Grand Garden arena on Saturday: comedian/actor George Lopez; NBA star Metta World Peace; Juan Pablo Galavis of “The Bachelor”; CBS sports reporter Jenn Brown; musician Pepe Aguilar; poker star Phil Ivey; boxers Abner Mares, Andre Berto and Brandon Rio; former boxing champ Zab Judah; New York Giants cornerback Prince Amakamura; and UFC fighters Nick and Nate Diaz. … NASCAR couple Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., at Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s “Soul2Soul” show at The Venetian on Friday. … Pro wrestling legend Bill Goldberg, at REO Speedwagon’s concert at The D on Saturday. The NASCAR-flavored crowd roared when Goldberg stood up for a photo in the owner’s box. … Giada de Laurentis at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill (Caesars Palace) on Sunday. She tweeted a photo of the “yummy” goat cheese queso. Her long weekend in Las Vegas included taking in “Absinthe” outside Caesars. She’s opening her first Las Vegas restaurant in May at The Cromwell. … Galavis, checking out the Forever Grand Wedding Chapel at MGM Grand and taking a photo with emoticons that portrayed a face screaming with fear. He’s due to get engaged this week on “The Bachelor.” … Luxor headliner Carrot Top, tweeting pre-race photos from pit row on Sunday. He was there with rocker Vince Neil. … Jonathan Goldsmith, who plays Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man in the World” was the grand marshal for the NASCAR race on Sunday. Cast members from “Million Dollar Quartet” Harrah’s sang the national anthem at the race. … Nick Cannon, doing a meet-and-greet with fans on the patio outside of Andrea’s (Encore at Wynn Las Vegas) on Saturday. … Meat Loaf, hanging out with Criss Angel after “Magic Jam” at Luxor on Saturday.

THE PUNCH LINE

“Saying your e-cigarettes are safer than regular cigarettes is like saying you’re tougher than Justin Bieber. It is like saying you’re more affectionate than a cat. It’s like saying you’re more trustworthy than Congress.” — Craig Ferguson

Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He can be reached at 702-383-0244 or email him at norm@reviewjournal.com. Find more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow @Norm_Clarke on Twitter. “Norm Clarke’s Vegas” appears Thursdays on the “Morning Blend” on KTNV-TV, Channel 13.