More “Old Las Vegas” To Disappear In June
Old Las Vegas is becoming the new Las Vegas. We just lost the Riviera last week. Now, we will lose more of our beloved casinos. Las Vegas lovers that have been around for a while have a soft spot in their hearts for the old Las Vegas.
In recent decades we have seen the loss and implosions of many of the early, and famous, hotels & casinos. We lost the Hacienda, Aladdin, Dunes, Oasis, Sands, Frontier, Stardust, El Rancho, and the Riviera. All of these on the Strip. I visited all of these at one time or another and stayed at some of them.
Now, this month, we will see the hand of death settle upon some of the mainstays in downtown Las Vegas, on Fremont Street. Last year we witnessed the closing of the Las Vegas club. Next, we will see the closing and passing of Mermaids, La Bayou, and the only gentleman’s club in the downtown area, Glitter Gulch.
One question that comes to my mind is what will happen to Vegas Vicky who sits above Glitter Gulch? Will she be put out to pasture at the Neon Museum? And, what about her hubby across the way, Vegas Vic? Remember they were legally married in 1995.
The background story on these new closings is that the owners of the D Las Vegas, Derek and Greg Stevens, bought the three properties from the Granite Gaming Group. At this writing all three properties are scheduled to close permanently on Monday, June 27th, just a little more than a week away. If you want to take on last look and get a photo with a mermaid, you better get going. Time is short.
The news is not all bad though. The Stevens brothers plan to build an entirely new hotel and casino from the ground up. It’s still unclear or unrevealed exactly how this new property will build out and what it will be called. The Stevens Brothers also own the Golden Gate and the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. When building is completed they will own a good portion of the Fremont Street Experience area. We will update this story as it unfolds.