Category Archives: Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas is a quirky alternative to the Las Vegas Strip, with good gambling, a grittier vibe and a diverse collection of restaurants, bars and casinos. Downtown Las Vegas isn’t for everyone, but many locals and tourists enjoy it for the value, authenticity and lively atmosphere.

Gird Your Loins, White Castle Opens on Fremont Street

The second White Castle restaurant in Las Vegas has opened for business, this time in downtown on Fremont Street.

We were the first to report White Castle would be coming to Fremont Street, news that proved to be polarizing.

That’s because people who love White Castle really love White Castle. Others, not so much.

White Castle

You can’t fool us, your loins aren’t even remotely girded. Shame on you. We’ll wait while you gird.

Business has been brisk at the new White Castle location, but the opening proved to be far more subdued than when Sin City’s first White Castle opened at Casino Royale on The Strip back in January 2015.

White Castle Fremont Street

White Castle was founded in 1921. Which is odd, because we didn’t even know it was losted.

Fremont’s White Castle is open 24/7 and even serves beer. It’s Vegas, so it’s the law.

White Castle Fremont beer

Come for the belly busters, stay for the giggle water.

While we weren’t thrilled when White Castle fancied up a classic Trader Bill’s sign, we enjoyed our first visit.

We tend to agree with those who say White Castle is an acquired taste, probably because the patties appear to be steamed rather than grilled.

Signs at White Castle assure the sliders are 100% beef, so we’ll take them at their word on that.

We passed on the onions, although purists probably consider that an unforgivable transgression.

White Castle Fremont Street

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut once ate 103 White Castle sliders in eight minutes. Competitive eater Joey Chestnut’s digestive system has never forgiven him.

The prices for the various slider combos and “Castle Packs” seem reasonable, making White Castle a good fit for value-conscious guests on Fremont Street.

White Castle Fremont menu

Yes, there’s a Veggie Slider. It was added to the menu by Lucifer, but it’s there.

Also a good fit is the location.

The Fremont White Castle sits at what amounts to the entrance of Fremont Street Experience (where we work in digital marketing as our day job), across from the Neonopolis shopping complex, at the intersection of Fremont Street and 4th Street.

White Castle sits smack dab in the middle (especially if you include the Fremont East Entertainment District) of what amounts to an endless, liquor-fueled street party attended by thousands of people each night suffering from “munchies,” “drunchies” or both.

White Castle Fremont Street

Look for the new White Castle on Fremont Street. You sort of can’t miss it.

As we predicted during the lengthy construction process, the White Castle on Fremont Street pretty much has a license to print money.

However you may feel about White Castle, there’s no denying it’s now a very visible and odoriferous part of Fremont Street.

White Castle on Fremont Street

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Downtown’s Carson Kitchen Closes Temporarily During Expansion

A popular downtown restaurant, Carson Kitchen, has closed during an expansion into a neighboring space.

Carson Kitchen closed

Fun fact: Carson Kitchen, surprisingly, isn’t on Carson Ave. It’s on 6th Street, but it’s in the former John E. Carson Hotel. Yes, we define “fun” very broadly.

The restaurant opened in June 2014. The place was an instant hit and continues to draw foodies with its sophisticated but accessible fare.

Carson Kitchen is expanding into the space formerly occupied by Black Spade Tattoo.

Here’s a look at the guts of Carson Kitchen as construction kicks into full gear.

Carson Kitchen expansion

They should keep the bucket and tell people it’s art.

The expansion will feature a bar, a decision this blog is fully behind. Especially if Carson Kitchen starts carrying Captain Morgan spiced rum. Ahem.

Carson Kitchen will re-open on Oct. 9, 2017. We would call this an “exclusive” were it not for the fact there’s a big-ass sign on the restaurant that says so.

Carson Kitchen closed

We are clearly the best investigative journalist, ever.

Carson Kitchen was the brainchild of celebrity chef Kerry Simon. Simon passed away in Sep. 2015 of multiple-system atrophy.

Simon was known as the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Chef,” and his passion for cooking lives on at Carson Kitchen.

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Bigass Excavator Bites Into Las Vegas Club Casino Towers

The demolition of downtown’s Las Vegas Club casino continues, and we’ve got exclusive photos and video to keep you in the loop on all the glorious carnage.

Las Vegas Club demolition

The housekeeping staff is really falling behind at Las Vegas Club.

North American Dismantling Corp.’s high reach excavator, nicknamed Bronto, has been working is way up and down Las Vegas Club’s southern hotel tower.

Las Vegas Club demolition

“Before” and “after,” all in one photo.

Here’s  the exclusive video thingy.

The best part is you can watch that video over and over again and you won’t go blind or get hair on your palms.

If you’re like us and can’t get enough of demolition photos and video, you’ll want to slide your eyeballs into our Las Vegas Club demolition archive.

While the focus of the Las Vegas Club demolition has been on the hotel towers, additional work has been going on nearby as well.

A portion of the facade has been cut away, resulting in a photo op sure to win us some sort of blogging award.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Or course we blog for awards. And groupies. But mainly awards.

The baseball player statue’s days are winding down, and it’s expected the figure will be taken down with the rest of the facade.

The demolition of the Las Vegas Club is part of a larger project taking down a number of structures at 18 Fremont to make way for a new casino resort.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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Bronto Goes to Work on Las Vegas Club Tower, Golden Goose and Glitter Gulch Facades Go Away

The demolition of the Las Vegas Club continues with the country’s highest reach excavator taking on the casino’s southernmost hotel tower.

The excavator, nicknamed “Bronto,” can reach 182 feet, more than enough height to drop the Las Vegas Club’s tower, piece by piece.

Las Vegas Club demolition

That excavator is nearly as badass as our photo of that badass excavator.

Demolition crews from North American Dismantling Corp. have made quick work of a number of structures on the 18 Fremont block, formerly home to Mermaids and the Glitter Gulch strip club.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Bronto doesn’t take lunch breaks because to Bronto, everything is lunch.

Here’s an exclusive look at the demolition work being done on Sep. 19, 2017, including Bronto taking big bites out of the south tower.

It’s expected the south tower will take about three weeks to come down, then it’s on to the north tower, the newer of the two.

The north tower has been draped with a containment mesh to help control dust and debris.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Las Vegas Club’s north tower slips into something more comfortable.

Nearby, less flashy progress has been made, some of it bittersweet.

Two old-timey facades, that of Glitter Gulch and the Golden Goose have been removed.

Glitter Gulch Golden Goose

The empty space formerly known as Glitter Gulch and Golden Goose.

Here’s a “before” shot of crews working on the former perch of Vegas Vickie.

Golden Goose Glitter Gulch demolition

Not that we aren’t sentimental, but the demolition of the Glitter Gulch strip club has already improved the smell of downtown.

The Golden Goose is still at the demolition site, as there aren’t currently any plans to dispose of the old (and sort of disgusting) sign. The Golden Goose originally opened in 1974.

Golden Goose demolition

Goose down! We’ll wait.

Prior to it becoming the Golden Goose, it was the Las Vegas Coffee Shop and Bakery, State Cafe, Buckley’s, Starlite Sales and Mecca Slots.

Demolition of the 18 Fremont block is expected to be completed by Christmas 2017. A new resort will be built on the site and is expected to debut in 2020.

Enjoy more exclusive photos of just one of our Las Vegas obsessions, the demolition of the Las Vegas Club in downtown Las Vegas. Check out all our coverage.

Las Vegas Club Demolition: Sep. 19, 2017

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Fremont White Castle Opens This Week, Ditto Fremont East’s Flippin’ Good Burgers

A long-awaited White Castle restaurant, only the second such location in Las Vegas, will open at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Sep. 22, 2017.

Yes, we were the first to report a White Castle would be coming to Fremont, but we don’t like to brag. Link to our original story, yes, but brag, no.

White Castle Fremont Street

White Castle on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas is nearly ready for the onslaught.

The new Fremont Street White Castle is located at the east end of the Fremont Street Experience (where we work in digital marketing), just across from the Neonopolis shopping plaza.

Given the festive, liquor-fueled street party that is Fremont Street, we expect the owners of White Castle will soon have more money than any number of Gates or Adelsons or Buffetts.

White Castle Fremont Street

This is likely to be the last time you don’t see a line in this doorway. Because drunchies.

Fremont lost its Trader Bill’s sign with the arrival of White Castle, but the thought of some tasty sliders is helping with the grieving process.

Another burger restaurant, Flippin’ Good Burgers & Shakes, will also open on Sep. 22. Or, technically, re-open.

Flippin Good Burgers renovation

Yes, the door was open, but we’re calling it a “security breach,” anyway, because it just sounds cool.

The fast food restaurant in the Fremont East Entertainment district originally opened in August of 2015.

The eatery recently closed for a major renovation, and will now be more of a fast casual restaurant, complete with a new bar, servers and a focus on “chicken, burgers and beer.”

Flippin’ Good Burgers & Shakes has completely overhauled its interior with new colors, and flourishes of metal and wood. The new color scheme is reflected on the building’s exterior as well.

Flippin Good Burgers renovation

Flippin’ Good Burgers has an outdoor seating area with some new picnic tables, which will be perfect for the two weeks a year when Las Vegas has perfect weather.

It’s no coincidence these restaurants are opening on the same date. A huge influx of potential customers will be heading downtown for the Life is Beautiful music festival, and the restaurants no doubt wanted to take full advantage of the crowds.

Life is Beautiful runs from Sep. 22-24, 2017.

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All the Latest From the Las Vegas Club Demolition

We know you’d be lost without knowing the latest about the demolition of the Las Vegas Club, so we’re all over it!

The project is moving along at a brisk pace, and crews have just about completed demolishing the Las Vegas Club’s parking structure.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Somebody has a very extensive rubble collection.

Excavators have also started carving out a bottom portion of the Las Vegas Club’s north hotel tower.

Las Vegas Club demolition

The Las Vegas Club’s hotel towers closed years before its casino was put out of its misery on Aug. 19, 2015.

Here’s an exclusive look at the demolition happening at 18 Fremont, and pay special attention to the large yellow excavator being assembled at the site.

Oh, yes. Bronto is here.

Bronto is the nickname of the CAT 5110B Ultra High-Reach excavator which will soon take apart both Las Vegas Club hotel towers. Bronto (short for brontosaurus) is North America’s longest reach excavator, and was delivered on eight trucks.

Hear the General Superintendent for the demolition site, Greg Goscenski of North American Dismantling Corp., talk about the excavator and other details of the demolition on our podcast. We knew doing a podcast would come in handy someday.

Here’s Bronto in all his glory. Or her glory. It’s Vegas, so we’re not about labels, we’re about bigass pieces of machinery.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Yes, Bronto is happy to see you.

What can we tell you about Bronto, which the demolition guys tend to refer to as the “fifty-one ten high reach”?

The excavator was brought in from Denver for the 18 Fremont gig. Assembly of the machine started on Aug. 30, 2017.

Bronto weighs a staggering 580,000 pounds, and has a reach of 182 feet.

Las Vegas Club demolition

The only thing that could console us about the fact there won’t be an implosion is the fact there’s a bigass excavator.

The southernmost Las Vegas Club hotel tower is concrete and will come down first. The north tower is made of steel and will be wrapped in mesh before being dismantled.

The demolition at 18 Fremont, of course, is to make way for a new resort expected to open in 2020.

For better or worse, expect more updates soon. We have issues.

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