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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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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 60: So Much Vegas, You May Rupture Your Lap Band

It’s the podcast your mother warned you about, just before she sexted us!

In this week’s hastily slapped-together episode, we make it rain exclusives like we’re at the Cromwell.

We’ve got the latest on the Fontainebleau sale, the end of Vegas Seven’s print edition and augmented reality on the way to the Big Apple coaster at New York-New York.

We chat up an epic human who also happens to be the Director of Hooch (sorry, “Beverage”) at The D and Golden Gate and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, David Rosborough.

David Rosborough Golden Gate

David Rosborough is one of our favorite casino executives, ever, and not entirely because he holds the key to all the liquor. Primarily, but not entirely.

Get the inside scoop about the monster excavator, nicknamed Bronto (for brontosaurus), that will take down the hotel towers at Las Vegas Club.

We pulled Greg Goscenski, General Superintendent for North American Dismantling Corp., off the demolition site to give you the skinny you won’t get anywhere else.

Las Vegas Club demolition

That yellow thing is the base of the bigass excavator (also known as “Bronto”). The orange thing is the crane being used to assemble it.

Naturally, we round up the latest Las Vegas news, and crank out an obligatory “Listicle of the Week.” This time around, we rattle off “12 Places to Satisfy Your Munchies (or Drunchies) in Las Vegas.”

We cap off our 60th episode with a conversation with Markham Anderson. Anderson is the voice actor behind Pappy and Zoltar, the characters inside those ubiquitous fortune-telling and penny-crushing machines around Las Vegas and the country.

With more than 212,000 downloads, we’re feeling pretty feisty, so listen in and revel in the unlistenability of the ninth best podcast in Las Vegas, the Vital Vegas Podcast.

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Las Vegas Club Demolition Update: Rubble Happens

The demolition of downtown’s Las Vegas Club continues at a brisk pace.

Crews and their toys have virtually finished off the casino level of the former Las Vegas Club.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Soon, the Las Vegas Club will re-emerge as a new resort. Sort of like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, but in this case the butterfly is wearing tassels. Hey, it’s Vegas.

See our complete, borderline obsessive, coverage of the Las Vegas Club demolition.

The street-facing facades of the Las Vegas Club and Glitter Gulch strip club are being kept in place to assist with dust suppression, as well as for as aesthetic reasons. The facade of Mermaids casino was supposed to stay up as well, but the excavator guy had a little too much coffee that day. That’s our technical explanation, as we know less about demolitions than sports, which we didn’t actually think was possible.

North American Dismantling Corp., out of Michigan, has now turned it attention to the Las Vegas Club’s parking structure.

Here’s a look at the Las Vegas Club demolition site, mainly because it’s less expensive than therapy.

Workers are using a massive excavator to cut through the Las Vegas Club’s parking garage like butter, but it’s not the biggest excavator that will be used during the demolition.

Soon, a record-breaking excavator, with a reach of 182 feet, will be delivered on a fleet of trucks. It’s the longest reach excavator in the country and we’re giddy about seeing it in action.

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It’s like cutting into a layer cake, but with rebar instead of frosting. Or something.

Starting in September, the shorter of the two Las Vegas Club hotel towers is slated to come down first, followed by the taller.

After a bit of clean-up, the entire 18 Fremont block will be ready for construction of a new resort from Derek and Greg Stevens (also out of Michigan, by the way), owners of The D and Golden Gate.

Demolition of the Las Vegas Club and 18 Fremont block should be completed by the end of 2017, at which point we’ll have a massive void in our lives which we hope to fill with Captain Morgan and age-inappropriate women.

Hey, you do therapy your way and we’ll do it our way.

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Demolition Crews Make Quick Work of Las Vegas Club

The Las Vegas Club, in downtown Las Vegas, opened in 1930. It closed on Aug. 19, 2015, and is well on its way to being a memory.

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Oddly, there’s very little difference between the Las Vegas Club now and its last few years of operation.

The Las Vegas Club is being leveled to make way for a new Las Vegas resort. The resort project is informally referred to as “18 Fremont,” the address of the shuttered Las Vegas Club.

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Serves them right for giving us $20 on that Wheel of Fortune spin. That’s what was the Glitter Gulch strip club, at left.

Our obsessive coverage of the demolition continues with this sweet video of the 18 Fremont site.

The Las Vegas Club was around forever, and was purchased by Derek and Greg Stevens, owners of The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate.

Here’s a look inside the Las Vegas Club right before its demise, just in time to save Fremont Street the fate of having another (wait for it) pharmacy.

No, really. The previous owners were making a deal to turn half the Las Vegas Club’s casino into a CVS. Because the WTF is strong downtown.

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The largest excavator in America will soon start tearing down this hotel tower, then its neighbor. This could be better than an implosion.

Demolition mavens North American Dismantling Corp. have been making swift progress in recent weeks, taking down an office building, Mermaids and the Glitter Gulch strip club.

Here’s a look at Mermaids today.

Mermaids demolition

Mermaids is currently doing its impression of a sandbox.

In the time it’s taken to write those first paragraphs, demolition has begun on the Las Vegas Club’s parking garage.

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There’s never a dull moment when you’re pulverizing things.

Enjoy more demolition porn from the 18 Fremont project, and check out all our posts about the demolition of Las Vegas Club, Glitter Gulch and Mermaids.

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Mermaids Casino is Demolished in Downtown Las Vegas

Mermaids Casino, a seedy but beloved casino on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, has been demolished to make way for a new resort.

Mermaids demolition

Mermaids has gone to Davy Jones’ locker.

The Mermaids site has hosted a number of casinos since it opened as Silver Palace in 1956.

After Silver Palace, it was Carousel Casino, Gambler’s Hall of Fame Casino, Sundance West and Sassy Sally’s.

Mermaids demolition

An excavator dips below ground level, where there was once a restaurant, Cosmo’s Underground Italian restaurant.

Mermaids closed at 11:00 p.m. on June 27, 2016, along with another small casino nearby, La Bayou.

Mermaids was a low-roller favorite on Fremont Street, known mainly for its convenient restrooms and deep friend Oreos and Twinkies.

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Nothing says “mermaid” like guitars, bongos and congas.

On August 5, 2017, the Mermaids facade came down as part of a blockwide demolition which includes the Glitter Gulch strip club and Las Vegas Club casino.

Here’s an aerial view of Mermaids in all its pulverized glory.

Crews have already begun work on gutting the casino level of the Las Vegas Club. Soon, the casino’s parking structure and hotel towers will be brought down.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Now’s a fine time to bid farewell to the Las Vegas Club casino, too.

Demolition of the block will be completed by the end of 2017, and a new resort, from Derek
and Greg Stevens, owners of The D and Golden Gate, is expected to debut in 2020.

Mermaids casino demolished

That’s going to take some getting used to.

One thing can be said for certain about Mermaids, it had character. The casino, a certified
“grind joint,” was a source of fond memories for many Vegas visitors. And intestinal
distress. But mainly that first thing.

Mermaids casino

In Las Vegas, a light rain is akin to beer goggles.

Farewell, old girl.

Enjoy more exclusive photos from Mermaids’ final moments.

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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.

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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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