18 Fremont Demolition Update: Time Has Come for Mermaids and Las Vegas Club’s Casino

Our alleged obsession with casino demolitions continues with the latest from the 18 Fremont project in downtown Las Vegas.

Let’s cut to the chase.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Mermaids is lower left, the Las Vegas Club’s casino is upper middle, Glitter Gulch is that debris in between.

Demolition crews have made quick work of several buildings at the block on Fremont Street that’s home to the closed Las Vegas Club. Recently leveled was the strip club equivalent of a Petri dish, Glitter Gulch.

On Aug. 2, 2017, excavators began having their way with a once-popular grind joint, Mermaids. (Please note it’s Mermaids, not Mermaid’s. Like Caesars Palace. And that’s the only way Mermaids was in any way like Caesars Palace, trust us.)

Here’s a sweet look at the sexy demolition happening at 18 Fremont. Yes, video is a bit of overkill, but blog awards don’t win themselves.

Mermaids was best known for its free Mardi Gras beads, deep fried Oreos and Twinkies, sticky floors and convenient restrooms.

Mermaids closed on June 27, 2016. And, yes, this blog personally had the very last deep fried Oreos ever served there. We love living dangerously.

Look closely at our exclusive photos of Mermaids and you may get a glimpse of a little-known historical artifact, Cosmo’s Underground Italian Restaurant.

Mermaids demolition

Bon voyage, Mermaids, we will miss your abysmal slot hold percentages.

The demolition at 18 Fremont is being done by North American Dismantling Corp., considered to be one of the best demolition companies in the world.

The demolition company has proven it can multi-task, because on the same day they went to town on Mermaids, they also took some mighty big chunks out of the Las Vegas Club casino.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Demolition of the Las Vegas Club’s casino wasn’t scheduled to begin until Aug. 8. You go, excavator dudes.

The Las Vegas Club closed at midnight on Aug. 19, 2015.

Plans are for the entire 18 Fremont block to be taken down to the ground, paving the way for a new downtown casino resort owned by Derek and Greg Stevens, owners of The D and Golden Gate.

Next, North American Dismantling Corp. will get to work on the Las Vegas Club parking structure, then the two Las Vegas Club hotel towers, with the assistance of the largest excavator in the country.

Crews will use a 182-foot CAT 5110B Ultra High-Reach Excavator to take apart the hotel towers. The excavator can reach the top of an 18-story building.

Mermaids casino demolition

Mermaids has had lots of names. It started as Silver Palace, then Carousel Casino, Gambler’s Hall of Fame Casino, Sundance West and Sassy Sally’s. For now, we like Barney. Just watch “Ocean’s 11” again.

It’s expected demolition of the entire 18 Fremont block will be completed by the end of 2017, and the new resort is likely to open sometime in 2020.

Enjoy a few more photos from the Las Vegas Club and Mermaids demolition site, and if you bump into Derek Stevens at The D, please tell him he should let us share the name of his new resort, thanks.

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  • Photoncounter

    That’s a very large crane/excavator they plan to bring in to demolish the tower. Going to be quite the task to get it assembled and quite a sight once it’s up. Have they designated a lay down area yet? Will they have to close off streets to accomplish this?

    • The lay down area is the parking area near Plaza until they start the parking structure, then it’ll be on the other side of the railroad tracks. Main Street will be closed for portions of the demolition, yes.

      • Photoncounter

        Do you have a FAA Part 107 licensed pilot for the drone? Planning on flying it during active demolition? That would be cool…

  • Rocky Sullivan

    My inner 8 year old can’t get enough of all the demolition coverage.
    Thanks!

  • RustyHammer

    Exciting.

    Where are the casserole updates?

    • Lewmoore

      What, in the ever loving fuck, is wrong with you?!

    • Hey, Rusty, I know this has been a thing for awhile now, but maybe it’s time to retire this running gag, as least in the comments section of my blog. It will be missed by some, I’m just not sure who! It’s been a good run. “)

      • Manybar Goatfish

        I don’t think he’ll be able to do it alone. But this is a good first step in casserole crisis intervention. We should all keep in mind that casserole OCD is a disease and not just a moral failing.

      • RustyHammer

        I left a comment a few weeks ago that had nothing to do with casserole. And you called me out for it.

        I’ll stick with what the people want, at least as long as you want to perpetuate the idea that sauce, cheese and a crust is not pizza.

        • As mentioned, Rusty, your comments are appreciated, even when I don’t agree with what’s being expressed. The intention of the comments section of the site, though, is to encourage and further discussion about the topic being discussed in a given story. I hope you’ll continue to share your non-casserole thoughts!

          • RustyHammer

            Remeber this rule? When did this change?

      • EnuffBull

        Hey, Scott! I for one look forward to each and every NY vs Chicago pizza debate on this site! But happy to say I will be in town and get my Pizza Rock on next week. Whoo hoo!!!

        • I enjoy the pizza discussion as well, and I always look forward to Pizza Rock, too, even though it’s readily available every day.

          • EnuffBull

            Well I’ll look for you and raise a glass of whatever cocktail I’ll be imbibing when I will be frequenting the area, Pizzas Rock, Triple George, and all the fine establishments you and your awesome team promote for the Fremont Street and Downtown Project areas. In town tonite (Sun) thru Thurs morning. Cheers!

      • Larry Kalpakoff

        I blocked Rusty some months ago over the Casserole crap. So now all I see is “This user is blocked”. I suggest everyone do the same. Thanks for the great blog Scott, I read it every day.

        • RustyHammer

          I block people too. Great tool.

        • RustyHammer

          And you can thank Scott for what you call the “casserole crap.”

      • RustyHammer

        Remeber when you weren’t so bitter and angry? Those were the good ol’ days.

    • wysiwyg100

      Rusty, it was funny the first thousand times, but I believe it’s run its course.

      • RustyHammer

        Comedy? Who said this was a comedy bit?

  • Charles Auer

    Did Cosmo’s have deep fried meatballs? …or girlfights, like Mermaids had one night a few years ago when I decided it was better to avoid the place.

  • Adam Retzlaff

    So, what is the over under that Derick and Greg will have their new casino built and open before Resorts World is complete?

    • That is an awesome question. Both seem to have 2020 target dates, but I can say with certainty 18 Fremont project is going to blaze forward with demolition and build. Resorts World is still a puzzle.

  • Rooster

    Thanks for posting this! It’s way cool to those of us a half country away.

    • You’re welcome. It’s been wild to watch the progress.

  • EnuffBull

    Visiting and staying downtown next week. Looking forward to seeing the debris, and missing my beaded Mermaids showgirls, in person!

    • It’ll all be gone. They accelerated the schedule yesterday and Mermaids is completely down. A couple of days clean-up and it’ll just be a hole in the ground.

  • Last trip there was watching them pick apart the smaller hotel, amazing to see wrecking balls are out and now they use that big claw, grab onto any concrete part, squeeze it then it vibrates and the concrete just breaks up and falls apart.