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General Admission to Amplify Southwest Las Vegas’ Entertainment and Sports Viewing with Fall Opening at UnCommons

General Admission will welcome sports fans in southwest Las Vegas with a fall opening at UnCommons, Matter Real Estate Group’s highly-anticipated $400 million, 40-acre mixed-use community. The elevated sports lounge will combine electrifying live entertainment, a chef-driven menu, thrilling events and sports viewing within an upscale atmosphere.

General Admission will feature 180 seats within 4,650 square feet of chic dining, bar, and lounge space, plus 1,900 square feet of patio space. With more than 30 televisions throughout the venue ranging from 55-inch to 98-inch, a 40-foot-long bar, plus firepits and skills gaming on the patio, General Admission will offer an elevated experience that redefines the standard expectations of a sports bar.

“General Admission will unite the interrelated worlds of modern hospitality and sports viewing to provide a best-in-class experience for Las Vegas locals,” said Bryan Whitford, co-owner and managing partner of General Admission. “We’re dedicated to redefining the standard of what it means to be an off-Strip sports bar and showing guests don’t have to make sacrifices through high-quality experiences rich in detail and originality.”

Conceptualized by Los Angeles-based brothers Kamran and Kourosh Pourkazemi and brought to southern Nevada by Whitford, a Las Vegas hospitality veteran, the upscale sports venue will embrace classic sports bar fare with a highly curated, chef-driven approach to its menu. The lounge will serve tapas-style appetizers, fresh seafood, dry-aged steaks, traditional dessert items, and a vast draft beer, whiskey, and tequila selection.

“As the home to DraftKings’ Las Vegas headquarters we sought to bring in a concept that redefines what it means to be a sports bar,” said Matter Real Estate Group Partner Jim Stuart. “General Admission will more than deliver as a destination that enhances the sports viewing, drinking and dining experience through chef-driven cuisine, a fun, highly social vibe and a packed entertainment lineup.”

UnCommons will reimagine the workplace experience with market-leading design and technology, floor-to-ceiling windows that welcome daylight and views of the natural Las Vegas surroundings, breakout spaces for individual work or small group collaboration. The campus will set the foundation for a thriving, inspiring workplace by bringing together multiple fitness studios, common open-air areas, contemporary residential units, and a mélange of food and beverage options. Future phases will bring UnCommons to more than 500,000 square feet of modern office space built with distinctive architectural features, the latest safety innovations, and a conference center that can host small meetings and workshops.

Employee Appreciation Leads to Happier Workforce (duh) and 18x Higher Productivity


This Employee Appreciation Day, observed Friday, March 4th, will be the first since what’s been termed as “The Great Resignation,” referring to the roughly 33 million Americans who have quit their jobs since the spring of 2021. Though we love to celebrate a day highlighted for employees, we also want to appreciate them throughout the year. Plus, we want to appreciate employees as human beings and not exclusively as part of a workforce.

While we can all agree that showing appreciation is the right thing to do, there are other measurable benefits, including a company’s bottom line. Research from O.C Tanner, an institute focused on corporate culture and employee experience, has found that the probability of great work increases by an incredible 18x when employees are recognized.

  • With all the obvious benefits, what’s the best way to make employee appreciation a regular practice? Recognition needs to be integrated into the company’s culture. Here are a few practices employers can implement:
    Establish policies for leaders to recognize team members every week or biweekly – via Slack, email, presentation or a forum natural to the company
  • Budget for bonuses
  • Send digital gift cards for coffee or their favorite shop
  • Set up an email account that encourages all employees to send messages recognizing their peers’ tremendous and small efforts that goes to all leadership
  • Offer extra time off. Most have endured a higher level of stress these last few years; all of us have changed the way we live, work and interact. Giving an extra day that doesn’t tap into their PTO showcases that you care about their mental health and want them to think of themselves first.
  • Find time to connect outside of work meetings. Do a virtual game with peers or, when possible, meet in person for an activity like an escape room. During working hours, set up a coworking Zoom call to banter while you work. It shows that you want to connect outside of simply deliverables.

The biggest takeaway: Understand what each employee wants, what they value and what makes them feel seen and heard. Every person is different and wants to be appreciated in different way. The only way we can make sure people feel seen is if we find the time to connect with them on a human level. Each one of us is more than just our work.

UnCommons Introduces Mercadito, a Neighborhood Bodega with Authentic Cuban Sandwiches, Coffee and Grocery Essentials

UnCommons, a $400 million, 40-acre mixed-use community by Matter Real Estate Group, announces Mercadito as its newest tenant. A bodega serving a range of authentic Cuban sandwiches, coffee and grocery essentials, Mercadito will join the much-anticipated development when it opens this summer in southwest Las Vegas.

The 1,000-square-foot market will serve as a gathering place for the community, offering everything from the day’s newspapers and magazines to groceries. The bodega will serve Cuban staples such as cold and hot-pressed sandwiches, empanadas and pastries crafted by Chef Dennis Martinez Miranda, a Las Vegas resident who was born and raised in Cuba.

“We can’t wait to bring our bodega to the southwest Las Vegas community at UnCommons,” said Martinez Miranda. “You can find bodegas in many cities like Havana, Miami, New York and Los Angeles that serve as the community cornerstones. At Mercadito, we hope to be just that, a place where people can stop in for things like laundry detergent or medicine, enjoy an incredible sandwich and feel the pulse of the community.”

Mercadito’s sandwiches, empanadas and pastelitos are inspired by those that can be found at traditional Cuban markets in South Florida. Made fresh daily, signature items will include Cuban sandwiches, guava and cheese pastries and cheese rolls. Mercadito will also feature a walk-up window that serves traditional Cuban coffees and drinks while offering outdoor spaces to connect with friends and colleagues.

“We’re excited to welcome Mercadito, which will bring Cuban flair and cuisine to the people who live, work and visit UnCommons,” said Matter Real Estate Group Partner Jim Stuart. “Mercadito adds an exciting layer to our diverse mix of food and beverage offerings and will enhance UnCommons as a truly connected neighborhood.”

Mercadito will join UnCommons’ thoughtful lineup of food and beverage options including Las Vegas’ first neighborhood food hall, Teaspoon, Urth Caffé and MINA Group’s first off-Strip, fast-casual restaurant, plus many more to be announced soon.

UnCommons will reimagine the workplace experience with market-leading design and technology, floor-to-ceiling windows that welcome daylight and views of the natural Las Vegas surroundings, breakout spaces for individual work or small group collaboration, a conference center that can be used to host small meetings and workshops and more. Bringing together multiple fitness studios, open-air common areas, contemporary residential units and a mélange of food and beverage options, the campus will set the foundation for a thriving, inspiring workplace. Future phases will bring UnCommons to more than 500,000 square feet of modern office space, all built with distinctive architectural features and the latest in safety innovations.