Pawn Plaza Sets Opening Date, Here’s a Sneak Preview

Rick Harrison, of “Pawn Stars” fame, is opening his new shopping center in downtown Las Vegas, Pawn Plaza, on Oct. 9, 2015.

Pawn Plaza was inspired by the popular Downtown Container Park, and should bring some much-needed life (and commerce) to a lackluster neighborhood in downtown Las Vegas.

Pawn Plaza

It’s like they took the wheels off the Partridge family bus and started serving hooch.

While Pawn Plaza isn’t open to the public yet, that naturally didn’t stop us from doing a security breach to get some pics. Being the first Las Vegas blog to have been booted from the premises will be an honor we cherish always.

Pawn Plaza

Rick Harrison went before the Las Vegas City Council for a zoning exemption to have less neon at Pawn Plaza than would normally be required. We won’t hold it against him.

Pawn Plaza is located next to the Gold & Silver Pawn shop made famous on History Channel’s insanely popular “Pawn Stars” reality series. That’s 725 Las Vegas Boulevard South in case you’d like to map it.

Pawn Plaza Las Vegas

Most shipping containers are about 250 square feet. In some cases, two containers are smushed together. Which is probably not the technical term.

During our most recent visit, we learned Smoke’s Poutinerie is already open and serving customers.

Pawn Plaza

We honestly would not know a poutine if we tripped over it.

Here’s a first look at the menu at Smoke’s Poutinerie.

Pawn Plaza

Cheese curd is the new “What in the hell is cheese curd?”

Pawn Plaza reportedly cost $2 million to build. Or, perhaps more accurately, assemble. The entire shopping center is made of shipping containers.

When it opens, Pawn Plaza will house about 16 restaurants and retail shops.

Pawn Plaza tenants include Smoke’s Poutinerie, Rita’s Italian Ice, Rick’s Rollin’ Smoke BBQ & Tavern, Pawn Donut & Coffee, So-Cal Speed Shop and Vegas Flip Flops.

Pawn Plaza

Rollin Smoke BBQ is said to be known for its Arkansas-style, hand-rubbed meats (motto: Some jokes just write themselves).

Especially intriguing is Inna Gadda di Pizza, from the folks behind the Pizzera at Cosmopolitan (often referred to as “Secret Pizza,” possibly the worst-kept secret in the history of secrets).

Several of the shops are appearing for the first time in Las Vegas.

Pawn Plaza

Don’t despair, Rita, summer will be back again before you know it.

“Pawn Stars” cast members are expected to drop in on Pawn Plaza from time-to-time, so fans may get more face time with the reality stars there than in the Gold & Silver Pawn shop itself. The cast can no longer work the counter at the shop, so they tape the show in a set that replicates the real Gold & Silver Pawn, but behind the scenes.

Pawn Donut & Coffee

Yes, in that order.

Rick Harrison has said he’ll even take on bartending duties at Rick’s Rollin’ Smoke Barbecue & Tavern once Pawn Plaza opens.

Pawn Plaza Vegas

The existing Rollin Smoke BBQ has what’s known as a metric ass-ton of good reviews on Yelp. This bodes well.

Update (10/5/15) The tavern portion of Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ & Tavern has already opened.

Rick's Rollin Smoke BBQ

Pretty cozy, and the more you drink the less you notice the hard wooden chairs.

Once the kitchen opens downstairs, food will be available at the bar. The food will arrive via a dumbwaiter.

Rick's Rollin Smoke BBQ

Let’s just assume its a faux boar’s head, shall we?

Signature cocktails run $10, and our Captain Morgan and diet was $7. Here’s a first look at the cocktail menu at Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ & Tavern.

Rick's Rollin Smoke BBQ & Tavern

The Lil’ Pink Piggy gets the thumbs up.

Here’s a look at the beers on tap, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Rick's Rollin Smoke BBQ

Rick’s touts 16 beers on tap, many from local breweries. We didn’t count. We are a blog, not an abacus.

Fans of “Pawn Stars” or old currency will want to check out the bar’s collection of antique bills, presumably acquired by Rick Harrison and his crew at the Gold & Silver Pawn shop.

Rick's Rollin Smoke currency

Quite fun for fans of cabbage, or whatever people are calling paper currency these days.

Here’s the official Rollin Smoke BBQ site.

Pawn Plaza is also expected to feature live entertainment.

Pawn Plaza

Live bands will perform on the second floor party deck. If you dance, please dance lightly. It’s shipping containers.

Pawn Plaza is the next phase in the evolution of an unlikely television phenomenon that’s made the quirky bunch at Gold & Silver Pawn international stars.

Pawn Plaza

We could chillax here. If that’s still a thing.

Given that Gold & Silver Pawn is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Las Vegas, we suspect Pawn Plaza will be a big draw as well.

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  • I can’t beleive there is an entire store devoted to Flip Flops.

    • boulder steve

      This store used to be located at the Ling and it Flopped..sorry i could not help myself.

  • AccessVegas

    Local’s Tip: Cody’s Smokin’ BBQ inside the Hard Hat Lounge (1675 S Industrial Rd
    Las Vegas, NV 89102) is about 30% cheaper than Rollin’ Smoke, bigger portions, and more authentic than Rollin’ Smoke.

    • Good to know! Thank you.

      • Misslaydj

        Awesome will check the reviews for the next trip.

    • Las Vegas Advisor

      Hard Hat is just awesome, period, altho’ I miss the tacos. Best thing on Industrial Road that isn’t a Strip Club or an erotic museum with bondage and naked yoga classes, or a member of the Rat Pack. Hell, is Industrial Road actually the coolest thing in Vegas? I say yes, screw the Strip. Indie’s where it’s hat. I mean at.

  • Brandon Carter

    No trip to Canada is complete without a stop by Smoke’s Poutinerie…VERY happy to have one here in town. Pulled Pork Poutine is the perfect treat to end a night out.

  • Misslaydj

    Poutine……i cant rock with this stuff. i rather have a mashed potatoes. i dont know…… i never liked loaded fries but loaded mash i can do.

    • Yeah, don’t get it, but trust the BBQ will be solid.

  • Jim

    Pawn Stars isn’t what it used to be before it “Jumped the Shark” and hired all the so-called writers. the actual pawns with real customers were the real stars.
    Now they have an actual TV production set, phony drama, and hand picked and auditioned “customers.”
    Just not the same.

    • Yeah, it’s definitely changed. The price of fame, as they’ve become victims of their own success.

  • Jim

    I would have thought the dumb waiters would have been Corey and Chumlee.

  • richard williams

    I guess I dont need to visit Vegas now, I wanted to stop by the pawn shop just to see it. Thats to bad as Nevada is out of the way to California anyway. We will stay on I-10 and continue our trip now to Palm Springs.