Harley-Davidson Cafe Failing, On the Verge of Replacement

The Strip’s Harley-Davidson Cafe, known for its iconic 7.1:1 scale Sportster facade, is months behind on its rent and is rumored to be closing.

While in a seemingly ideal location, at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue, the Harley-Davidson Cafe has struggled in recent months, forcing the restaurant’s landlord to search for a new tenant.

Harley-Davidson Cafe Las Vegas

Harley-Davidsons are known for their choppy “potato-potato” sound, whatever that might mean.

There’s no word on who the replacement tenant will be, or when the Harley-Davidson Cafe might shutter. The venue opened in on Sep. 23, 1997.

The Harley-Davidson Cafe features quite a bit of Harley-Davidson memorabilia and also boasts an American flag made of 44,000 chain links. No, we did not count them. We are a blog, not an abacus.

The 28-foot tall Harley on the front of the building is a popular photo op, but a restaurant does not live by photo ops alone.

We’ll keep our ear to the ground for further developments, and by that we mean we’ll check in on the Harley-Davidson Cafe from time to time from the balcony at Twin Peaks. The sacrifices we make for you.

Update (10/12/16): Harley-Davidson Cafe has confirmed it will close Oct. 31, 2016. Read more.

Share some Vegas. Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone
  • Still, a 20yr run for a themed restaurant must be some kind of Vegas record?

  • Rooster

    All the 28 ft Harleys in the world won’t make up for overpriced crap food.

    There’s just so many better options to eat in Vegas. If you’re a restaurant, you better be bringing your “A” game.

    • Truth! It’s never seemed compelling to me, but yeah, it’s probably time to change things up.

    • Lee

      All food on the Strip is overpriced so that isn’t a legitimate gripe. If you don’t like the food then you don’t like the food. I like the place.

  • happy hour 101

    “The venue opened on Sep. 23, 1997”

    The last time I was in there was, uh, Sep. 24, 1997

  • I am surprised it has been open that long to be honest.

  • FYMYAWF

    Ate there twice. First time, had a surprisingly good steak. Second time, had a cheese steak that started the Battle of the Somme in my bowels. Haven’t been back since.

    Far better options around there, including Scott’s Twin Peaks, but yeah, slightly sad to see another iconic strip spot go by the wayside, if it does.

  • Bouldersteve

    Never been in there however have walked by many times and never saw many customers so not suprised. Theme restaurants have a limited shelf life.Anyone remember the Planet Hollywood or Rain Forest restaurants? This one lasted longer than most probably because of its good location.

  • Photoncounter

    Last spring I stopped there for the first time, ate outside. The buffalo fried shrimp was excellent. However, I saw two girls eating and drinking. They were looking a bit suspicious and yes at the right time when the waitress and security dude had their attention elsewhere they jumped up, scooted through the bushes that make up the divider and disappeared into the crowd without paying. It took about 30 seconds for the waitress to notice, she was almost in tears as I bet she had to eat the check. Bet that wasn’t the first time it happened.

    The land must be worth a fortune. Somebody should have a better use for the spot. Since Las Vegas gets lots of Californians maybe a beans sprouts on a stick restaurant?

  • Wally Marshall

    Maybe the Downtown Grand will take it. Better than anything they have now.

  • andybflo

    People still like/buy Harleys?

    Thought most of the world’s middle-aged accountants had enough joint replacement surgeries to render them unable to shift gears with their feet…

  • Angel

    Does anyone really know what is going to happened with the Harley Davidson cafe? I am a member of Tacos El Gordo and I think the owner will like to put the restaurant there,if The Harley Davidson cafe decides to leave. Can anyone let me know. Thank You