Downtown LV Clears Out as Hotels & Businesses Close their Doors

Fremont East District in the EveningIf you were downtown over the last few days and didn’t know what was going on in the news, it wouldn’t have been immediately obvious that the valley was in the middle of a shutdown by how many tourists and locals were out and about in the area.

That’s since changed with an order that Governor Steve Sisolak mandated last night, calling for all non-essential businesses and hotel-casinos to close down for 30 days, effective Wednesday at noon.

“I have spoken with the chief medical officers of all of Nevada’s hospitals to get their assessment of our current situation and most responsible next steps. They have advised that the most effective course of action is to direct all Nevadans to stay home and for all non-essential businesses to close to the public for 30 days,” Sisolak said as he addressed the state Tuesday night.

Nom-essential businesses are being classified as casinos, theaters, gyms, recreational centers, bars and clubs, shopping malls and centers, some restaurants, hair salons and spas, bowling alleys, skating rinks, concert venues, and museums.

Downtown Las Vegas Wednesday Morning

Around 10 a.m. this morning, hotels in downtown in Las Vegas, like the D Las Vegas, were already preparing to close their doors by shutting down their entrances and shutting off their escalators.

The Fremont Hotel was also closed before noon, although the doors to the building were still unlocked. Around 10:30 a.m., a group of people were departing the Downtown Grand with suitcases in hand, getting ready to check out.

Other pinnacle downtown businesses have decided to go out with a bang, like Evel Pie, a downtown pizza eatery. On Wednesday, they announced that they would be giving away free pizzas through their walk-up window beginning at 11 a.m. until they ran out, according to a news release they released on their Facebook page.

“This was a very difficult decision because of our employees, but we need to the responsible thing,” said Evel Pie creator/co-owner Branden Powers. “We hope to be back serving the community as soon as we can.”

According to the Facebook post, they were giving away one large cheese pizza per person while supplies lasted.

The marquee sign the local restaurant put up before the closure happened read, “See you in 30 days, we love you.” It’s currently their Facebook cover photo.

RTC Transit to Suspend Downtown Express Bus Route

Following the governor’s request to shut down all nonessential businesses for the next 30 days, the Region’s Transit Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has decided to suspend its service routes on the Strip and their Downtown Express Route (SDX).

The 39-stop route, which runs from the South Strip Transit Terminal all the way to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets North mall in downtown Las Vegas, will be temporarily suspended beginning Thursday, according to a statement released by the RTC.

“We remain committed to providing transit service to our community, especially during this challenging time,” said RTC deputy CEO, Francis Julien. “While we are pausing service of the Strip & Downtown Express, riders can continue to move through the Resort Corridor through other RTC routes like the Deuce on the Strip. No changes have been implemented to residential fixed route or paratransit services at this time, but riders are encouraged to be patient in the event of service delays.”

We hope that everyone is staying safe during the nationwide quarantine. Stay tuned for other news and updates regarding COVID-19.


Downtown Casinos See Revenue Boost from Customers Seeking ‘Vibrant’ Experience

Downtown Las Vegas' Fremont Street ExperienceDowntown casinos collected an unprecedented $684.9 million in pre-tax gaming wins from customers in 2019, the market’s best gaming revenue performance in nearly 30 years. Prior to 2019’s revenue performance, 1992 saw downtown’s largest gaming revenue year.

In 1992, downtown casinos collected $703 million. The reason for the following 25-year gaming revenue low had to do mainly with casino expansion on the Strip, local casinos, the Great Recession, and the expansion of legal gambling in other states.

But what has made downtown a unique place for customers to flock to recently is the perfect harmony they’ve been able to foster with the existence of gaming and non-gaming entertainment alike.

Downtown offers many exciting pockets, including the Arts District, East Fremont, Symphony Park, the Smith Center for Performing Arts and more. The offerings of these high-energy experiences work in tandem to draw customers to downtown gaming properties.

And while some have expressed concern over downtown’s newest mega-resort Circa disrupting the gaming market, others aren’t losing sleep. In fact, Boyd Gaming CEO Keith Smith shares his insight into why he thinks downtown’s economy is booming:

“Downtown is a value-oriented market that has a certain authenticity factor,” said Smith.

Smith’s first company downtown, the iconic California Hotel Casino, has operated in the area since 1975. Boyd Gaming added two more well-known downtown properties over the years, Fremont and Main Street Station.

Downtown Offers a High-Energy Experience

What enabled downtown to finally come back in their numbers this past year?

Well, for one, it wasn’t an overnight process. You can trace it back to the downtown revival that began with Zappos founder Tony Hsieh moving his company’s headquarters downtown into the former City Hall building.

Hsieh launched and funded the Downtown Project (DTP) back in 2012. According to the description on their official website, Downtown Project’s is:

“A privately-funded, for-profit enterprise dedicated to helping revitalize part of downtown Las Vegas by investing in people and projects that share our vision of downtown as a hub of inspiration, entrepreneurial energy, creativity, innovation, prosperity, and discovery fueled by the Three C’s: collisions, co-learning, and connectedness.”

DTP helped position downtown as a uniquely diverse Vegas experience, and the “spot to be” among locals and tourists alike.

What Sets Downtown Apart

Downtown has many experiences that make it a hot-spot in the valley. It’s a refuge for tourists who are looking for a more authentic experience, and one that’s more manageable than the Las Vegas Strip, which can be an overwhelming place for visitors at times.

But that’s not to say that downtown is without its own set of bells and whistles. For one, it hosts the annual Life is Beautiful music festival that draws in more than 180,000 people each year.

Fremont East District also features a ton of local artwork, bars, and dining that allow visitors to slow down in a sense and feel a more down-home local community,

The Fremont Street Experience, which features an LED screen canopy that enlightens spectators with vibrant Vegas-themed display and popular music, is a huge drawing point for visitors. In fact, in data found a recent visitor profile, 54% of tourists said they went downtown to see the Fremont Street Experience.

What’s Coming to Downtown in 2020

One of the most highly anticipated projects scheduled to open its door this December is the new Circa Casino Resort. It will be the first resort of its kind in the area, and will proudly stand at the tallest building downtown.

Circa will feature 777 rooms, a multi-level sportsbook, and the “world’s greatest pool.”

While many have been divided in their overall opinions of the downtown area, the introduction of a new state-of-art property like Circa is sure to positively change the mind of downtown naysayers.

Circa’s owner, David Stevens, has, much like Tony Hseih, done a lot to revitalize the downtown area through the properties he currently runs and owns. Besides Circa, he created the Downtown Events Center, a three-acre open entertainment space, and owns and operates The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate casinos.

“People want to come to a downtown area to visit and to also live in an area that’s vibrant and offers so much to do and see,” Stevens said.

Seth Schorr, chairman of Downtown Grand for the Evil Pie restaurant venture on East Fremont, says these new projects and developments are continuing to steadily build the downtown brand in a positive light.

“What’s been important is the new types of businesses helped change the brand positioning of downtown,” Schorr said.“At Downtown Grand, we created an experience that complements and blends in with other parts of downtown.”

Schorr commended Stevens on bringing “significant investment and unique offerings” to downtown.

Casinos Operators Will Continue to Make Downtown Thrive

Downtown is experiencing major growth and visitation in recent years, and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The unique culture that’s only found that is a huge selling point, but downtown casino operators get major credit for growing their customer base.

According to Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, casino operators are to thank for the many new businesses that are opening up shop in the area. She believes it’s the casinos that are the main driving force behind the versatility and attractive amenities that bring tourists and locals alike to the area.

Goodman also gives casino operators credit for successfully breeding an environment that puts value on non-gaming projects, since it enhances the entire downtown image overall.

“Downtown reflects how gaming and our businesses are working shoulder to shoulder to create an area of excitement,” Goodman said.

Downtown Las Vegas Will Soon Get Neon Arches to Welcome Visitors

Welcome to Downtown Las Vegas SignDowntown Las Vegas will soon get an illuminating set of neon arches that will serve as a beautiful welcome greeting to visitors heading downtown.

The arches will be built on Las Vegas Blvd., between St. Louis and Bob Stupak avenues, adjacent to the STRAT. It will face visitors as they drive down or walk north on Las Vegas Blvd toward downtown LV.

In an artist’s rendering of the new arches, the design of the arches will be a vibrant baby blue color, with the “City of Las Vegas” sign in baby pink. It’s a great tie-in to the aesthetic visitors can expect to find in Downtown Vegas, vintage storefront designs, and a bustling, colorful art scene.

The arches will reflect the city’s effort to renovate infrastructure in the downtown area, and update signage. Pretty soon, the new downtown sign will be popping up in Las Vegas tourist pictures in the same fashion as the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. That’s the hope, at least.

Construction on the 80-foot arches is set to begin on Monday, March 16, and is scheduled to be completed in September. According to the city of Las Vegas, the project will cost around $6.5 million. “Sporadic closures” on Las Vegas Blvd. will also be put into place to allow construction to take place.

Las Vegas Neon Signage

It’s no secret. One of the blazing images that make Las Vegas so memorable in the eyes of tourists and locals alike is its neon signs. It only makes sense that downtown Las Vegas wants to pay homage to its iconic neon roots by installing the new arches.

In fact, there’s a non-profit Neon Museum located downtown that exists solely to collect, preserve, study, and put historical, decommissioned signs on exhibit for visitors to explore and enjoy. Until April, visitors can still catch Neon Museum’s popular “Lost Vegas” exhibit, which is a collection of large-scale artworks by acclaimed, quirky director Tim Burton.

Based on the success of Tim Burton’s exhibit, which has benefitted the downtown economy substantially, the museum says they plan on featuring more traveling exhibits in the future.

One of the museum’s latest iconic additions will be the former Hard Rock Hotel’s 80-foot-tall neon Gibson guitar sign since the property will become Virgin Hotels this fall.

Yesco, the sign company which originally purchased the guitar sign, donated the piece to the Neon Museum who is thrilled to be its new retirement home. Since the sign is 27-years-old, there will be some work done on it to spruce up the neon effect and replace missing bulbs.

Most Iconic Las Vegas Neon Signs

Other iconic neon signs that have found their permanent home at the Neon Museum include:

The Aladdin lamp: It used to shine brightly at the former Aladdin casino that opened in 1966 and closed permanently in 1997. The Planet Hollywood now sits on the property.

The Stardust: The sign represents the booming atomic age era in Las Vegas, and was first created in 1958. It was rescued before the Stardust Hotel & Casino was imploded in 2006. It’s the biggest, brightest sign in the neon boneyard.

The Moulin Rouge: The former Moulin Rouge opened in 1955 and was known as being the first integrated hotel in the city. Fun fact: The same designed who designed the world-famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, Betty Willis, was the same designer behind this elegant signage.

Have you been to the Neon Museum of Las Vegas yet? Let us know what your favorite piece of neon signage is in the city, old or new!

Computer Outage Causes Downtown Vegas Slots to Shut Down

Downtown Las Vegas is home to a number of hugely popular casinos. Many of these venues feature thousands of different slot machines. Unfortunately, a computer outage caused many Downtown Vegas slots to temporarily shut down.

Picture Of Slot Machines

This was obviously frustrating for slot gamblers in the area during the shutdown. Today, we’re going to look at what we know about this situation. We’ll also discuss some of the best slot gambling options available in the US right now.

Let’s get into it!

Downtown Las Vegas Continues to Improve

For many years, Las Vegas was thought of as the seedier, less desirable area of Las Vegas. The Fremont Street Experience helped to draw in more tourists, yet even today this part of the city is not nearly as developed as it is on the Las Vegas Strip.

Things are beginning to change, though. Over the past decade, several major casinos have opened their doors here. Some of these venues are opened by Derek and Greg Stevens, who continue to invest money Downtown.

Soon, the Stevens brothers will open their most ambitious Downtown Las Vegas property to date. This casino-resort, called Circa Las Vegas, is expected to be incredible. Several details of this property have already been released.

Most people are talking about the swimming pool at Circa Las Vegas. It will be the largest swimming pool ever built in the city. A massive screen will also be featured here to play sporting events.

Over the next ten years, more amazing properties are expected to open in Downtown Las Vegas. More visitors are coming to this part of the city than ever before. Unfortunately, this area is not immune to technical issues.

Downtown Vegas Slots Temporarily Shut Down

It’s not completely uncommon for casinos to experience computer issues. Occasionally, something unforeseen happens that forces gaming machines to shut down. That’s exactly what happened this week in Downtown Las Vegas.

Two major Las Vegas casinos in this area experienced computer issues that caused their slot machines to shut down. Social media users were the first to report on this news. The machines featured error messages and were unable to function.

Interestingly, officials believe this was a result of hacking. Garvin Bushell, president of The Learning Center Las Vegas, spoke about the issue that caused these Downtown Vegas slots to close down to the media this week.

“When it comes to cyber security, it’s not if, it’s a when and how bad,” he said. “No matter what you do, the hackers just have to be right one time and as an IT professional, I have to be right every single day and all those attacks are happening on a daily basis. Ransomware is out there and for them to be down from Wednesday to [Monday] it kind of raises from flags.” 

The Nevada Gaming Control Board is actively monitoring the situation. Many slots fans in Vegas are concerned about the safety of playing inside the city’s casinos. Fortunately, there are a huge number of fantastic online slot options available throughout the US right now.

Did Your Vegas Slots Crash? Try Playing Online Instead!

The popularity of online casino gambling is growing around the US every single month. Nowadays, there are a huge number of incredible casino websites that offer more slots than the top land-based casinos in the country. With situations like the Downtown Vegas slots shutting down, more people are choosing to make their bets online.

One of the best internet slots sites available right now is Cherry Gold Casino. This site has grown hugely popular over the past few years. It offers a wide range of table games, poker options, and slots.

Cherry Gold Casino also offers some fantastic promotions right now. One of the best is a 200% welcome bonus on your first deposit using the promo code CHERRYSLOTS. Terms and conditions apply to this bonus offer.

Las Vegas isn’t the only city to experience a major technical issue. Back in late February, the Encore Boston Harbor also experienced an issue that forced the casino’s slots to shut down. As more of these glitches pop up, more individuals are choosing to make their bets online.

What exactly caused the Downtown Vegas slots to shut down is still unknown. We should have a better idea as to what happened over the next few days. Stay tuned for updates!

Downtown Grand Tops off Third Tower, Final Phase of Development

Downtown Grand Hotel & CasinoThe Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino are nearing completion of the expansive, third tower addition to their property, which first broke ground a little over a year ago. The new tower is adding a generous 250,000 square feet of hospitality space, with 495 new rooms to tack onto the property’s existing 629 rooms. The tower has seven total guest-room floors.

“The topping out of our newest tower is an energizing milestone for all of us at the property,” said John Culetsu, VP and Managing Director of the Downtown Grand. “We are in the final phases of development and closer to the ultimate goal of extending our revered guest experience to many more travelers. We look forward to delivering the city’s newest room product this fall.”

The new tower plans to begin hotel bookings by spring, and ready for guests officially check-ins this September.

Third Tower Boosts Property’s Aesthetic

Located on the east side of the property, Downtown Grand’s third tower is a sleek, redefining architectural feature that stands at the corner of 4th and Ogden, within clear pedestrian view. With its contemporary exterior architecture, featuring clean lines and a modern, neutral color scheme, it’s a ramped-up boost to the property’s overall street presence.

The towel also features a versatile new entrance that leads to the main hotel casino floor.

Suite Upgrades

The Downtown Grand seeks to provide the modern traveler with a unique “boutique hotel experience.” With that goal in mind, the third toward has also upgraded its suites to include a premier room list offering 67 studio units, 20 one-bedroom suites, and three Presidential Suites. The Presidential Suites include the largest square footage, with close to 1,500 square feet of entertainable space.

Downtown Grand Continues to Pioneer the Way

Since 2013, Downtown Grand has been the pioneering mecca for downtown travelers looking to experience an industrial, futuristic-chic atmosphere in an area of Las Vegas more commonly known by its stark contrast as “Old Vegas” or “Vintage Vegas.”

The hotel launched during Downtown Las Vegas’ exciting resurgence. During this pivotal turning point in Downtown history, mega online shoe and clothing retailer, Zappos, relocated their headquarters downtown, Fremont East District was developed, and the Life is Beautiful Music Festival first launched.

Downtown Grand continues to adapt with the times and serve as a central hub for Downtown Las Vegas’ latest events and happenings. Now, more Vegas visitors and locals alike will get a chance to enjoy its sleek, boutique hotel experience with the latest addition of their third tower.

About Downtown Grand

From Downtown Grand’s website:

Downtown Grand was awarded the 2019 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence, Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino is a unique hospitality and entertainment destination right in the heart of revitalized downtown Las Vegas. Located on 3rd Street between Ogden and Stewart, Downtown Grand encompasses an entire urban block of hotel, casino and dining amenities.

With its third hotel tower under construction and set to open in 2020, the property currently features an 18-story and 25-story tower adjoined by a walking bridge elevated over 3rd Street, with 629 guest rooms and suites offering luxury accommodations that set a new standard for sophistication and style in downtown Las Vegas.

Downtown Grand’s casino offerings include 25,000 square feet of gaming space with nearly 500 of the hottest slot machines, table games and a fully featured sports book powered by William Hill.

Restaurants, bars and entertainment options include Freedom Beat, Furnace Bar, Art Bar, Sidebar, The Spare Room Showroom, and the award-winning Las Vegas steakhouse Triple George Grill. Partnering venues include the famous Hogs & Heifers saloon and Pizza Rock, renowned as one of the best pizza restaurants in the city.

Downtown Grand features Citrus Grand Pool Deck, a rooftop pool experience with more than 35,000 square feet of entertainment and special event space, an infinity pool, restaurant and bar, semi-private cabanas, a fire pit and a grass seating area.

Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Connect Collection. All guests of are eligible to enroll in the I Prefer hotel rewards program, which extends points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, elite status, and special benefits such as complimentary Internet to members upon every stay at more than 700 participating Preferred Hotels & Resorts locations worldwide.

For more information, call (702) 719-5100 or go to

Golden Knights to Host Annual Fan Fest in Downtown Las Vegas February

Vegas Golden Knights Banner in Hockey RinkThe Vegas Golden Knights announced on Wednesday that they will be hosting their annual Fan Fest on Saturday, Feb. 29. It will be held at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, which is presented by the D Las Vegas, from 1-3 p.m.

It’s a free event that’s open to the public. You might be able to catch one of your favorite Knights’ players, as select players will be in attendance. Golden Knights broadcasters will also plan to be at the event.

The event will include various fun activities for fans of all different ages to engage in, including “Family Feud” and “Newlywed” style games between broadcasters and players. Question and answer sessions highlighting VGK knowledge will also go down.

More hands-on activities that will be available include street hockey, inflatable obstacle courses, face painters, and balloon artists. Fans will even get a chance to see performances and receive lessons from the VGK team.

The first 500 fans to make it to the event will receive a free Golden Knights/D Las Vegas giveaway item.

Food and beverage will also be available at the event for purchase.

Golden Knights season ticket holders will be able to enjoy an expedited entry into the event, as well as access to a Member Exclusive standing area, according to the team.

About the Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights are members of the National Hockey League (NHL) franchise and were first founded in 2017. Las Vegas first dedicated NHL team, they started their inaugural season impressively strong despite the Route 91 Harvest music festival shooting that struck Las Vegas on October 1st, 2017.

In fact, the team being formed during the tragedy helped raised the community spirit in ways the city didn’t expect.

“Having the team in this city during 1 October created a bond for all of us,” said Dena DuBoef-Roth, a Las Vegas local. None of these guys were from Las Vegas, except for one, yet they became one of us. They were not an just NHL expansion team. They were our team.”

They made it all the way to the playoffs in their first season, coming short against the Washington Capitals in their quest for the 2018 Stanley Cup. The Knights continue to work hard and make their fans proud through their dedicated sportsmanship and community efforts.

In the summer of 2019, VGK launched The Knights Assist, which is a community grant program providing aid to various Las Vegas-based nonprofit organizations. The program has provided $50,000 in community grants to five different charities that fall within the Knight’s giving pillars: Health and wellness, education, military, hunger and homelessness, and youth.

Grants are awarded bi-annually through the program, once in the spring and once in the fall.

About the D Las Vegas

The D Las Vegas is a modern-day casino and hotel experience, with hints of vintage Vegas, in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. The property offers comfortable rooms, blackjack tables, old and new slots, and bars that provide bustling entertainment and delicious drinks. As an ode to its innovative nature, the casino has recently released a cashless gaming system.

The D Casino & Hotel is Officially Going Cashless

Over the past few years, downtown Las Vegas has begun to transform into a high-scale tourist destination in the city. The D Casino & Hotel is one of the most popular venues in this area, attracting thousands of visitors every single money. This week, The D announced that it’s debuting an exciting new cashless gaming system. The D Casino & Hotel

This may start to become a popular trend in Las Vegas. Casinos around the country have announced that they’re interested in taking this route. Today, we’re going to look at why The D has made this decision. We’ll also look at some of the other things coming to Downtown Las Vegas.

Let’s get into it!

Looking At the History of the D Casino & Hotel

Decades ago, Downtown Las Vegas was where everything happened. Las Vegas truly began in this area. More recently, the Las Vegas Strip has grown popular and casino operators in the Downtown area have been working hard to attract more gamblers. The D Casino & Hotel is considered one of the best hotel-casinos in this area.

In 1980, the venue first opened its doors under the name the Sundance Hotel. Located directly on the Fremont Street Experience, it quickly grew to be a local hotspot. In 1987, this venue changed names again, this time as the Fitzgerald Hotel & Casino.

In 2011, the owners of this venue decided it was time to sell. Derek and Greg Stevens now operate The D and have taken steps to improve this property. This included a $22 million property that completely revamped this venue.

The Stevens brothers are some of the most successful property owners in the Downtown Las Vegas area. Both have committed to making this area more popular. Several exciting new properties are scheduled to open here over the next few years.

This week, The D announced that they’re beginning to offer new cashless gambling systems. Here’s what’s coming to this casino’s floor.

Cashless Gaming System Comes to The D

Casinos around Las Vegas have been working hard to offer new gambling systems to their patrons. This week, The D Casino & Hotel officially announced that a new cashless gambling system is being offered. Its purpose is to make things more convenient for gamblers playing inside the casino’s tables.

This new system, called PlayOn, allows gamblers to collect casino chips using just a debit card, It eliminates the need to visit an ATM or the cashier’s window between hands. Patrons inside the casino are able to withdraw $50 to $3,000 using this system.

There is a $4.00 fee every time someone uses PlayOn. These gamblers will also be charged a 2.5% fee on the amount of money they withdraw. The system does not allow credit cards to withdraw money.

Now, The D Casino, The Palms, Golden Gate, and the Strat are all using this new system. It’s an exciting time to be a gambler in Las Vegas. It seems likely that more cashless gambling options will become available throughout the city soon.

Downtown Las Vegas Continues to Improve

For years, locals in Las Vegas have claimed that the Downtown area of the city is the best. It’s cheaper and feels a little more authentic than the Strip area of the city. In recent years, the Downtown area of the city has improved dramatically.

Much of this is due to the efforts of Derek and Greg Stevens. These brothers have purchased and improved many properties in this area. Soon, the Stevens brothers will debut the Circa Casino-Resort. From what’s being said, this will be one of the best venues in the city.

Last week, Derek Stevens revealed several new restaurants that are slated to open in this new venue. Five incredible eateries are coming here, all of which are run by respected chefs. The crowning jewel of this venue is without a doubt its swimming pool, though.

Circa will soon feature the largest and most impressive swimming pool in Las Vegas. It will feature several bars, a huge number of cabanas, and one of the largest video screens in the city. Many are already calling it a “destination pool,” and expect it to be a massive tourist draw.

The D Casino & Hotel continues to improve. We’ll need to wait and see how popular the new cashless gaming system proves to be here.

Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few weeks!

More Details About Circa Las Vegas Are Coming Out

For the past year, construction has been taking place on a brand new hotel-casino located in Downtown Las Vegas. It’s one of the most highly-anticipated venues on the Fremont Street Experience in recent memory and is expected to become hugely popular. This week, Circa Las Vegas announced several new restaurants that are set to open up this year.Circa Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas is known for its incredible restaurants. Recently, many of these world-class eateries have begun opening up in the Downtown area. Now is the perfect time to look at what to expect from the newest major casino-resort opening here.

Downtown Las Vegas is Beginning to Transform

Opinions are torn on the Downtown area of Las Vegas. Some claim that this part of the city is more authentic and affordable than the Strip area. Others claim it’s rundown and doesn’t offer the same level of entertainment that the Strip does. There may be some validity to both of those statements.

In recent years, Downtown Las Vegas has begun to transform and more visitors to the city are choosing to head over to this area. Over the past decade alone, several new hotel-casinos have opened here and some major renovations have taken place to the venues.

Several major casino operators realize the potential in Downtown Las Vegas. Back in August of 2015, Derek and Greg Stevens began planning a massive new casino-resort on Fremont Street. It was eventually named Circa Las Vegas and was scheduled to open in December of 2020.

Construction on this project began in early 2019. Since that time, more and more details of the property have been released. This week, the owners revealed several new additions to the new hotel-casino.

Based on what’s being said, this will be one of the best venues in Downtown Las Vegas to date. Here’s what has just been announced.

Several New Restaurants Are Coming to Circa Las Vegas

Nowadays, many people visit Las Vegas simply for the different culinary options. There are a host of fantastic restaurants in this city, more of which are beginning to open on Fremont Street. Derek Stevens recently told the media about five incredible new restaurants that are opening up inside this hotel-casino.

“While each owner brings a diverse background to Circa, they are united by the common thread of having a passion for customer service and the Downtown Las Vegas community,” Stevens told the media. “In addition to incredible food, they will all deliver that spirit of fun and community that is integral to the Circa experience.”

Here’s are some of the restaurants coming to Circa Las Vegas.

  • Saginaw’s Delicatessen, a deli-style restaurant by Paul Saginaw.
  • Barry’s Downtown Prime, a steakhouse being developed by Chef Barry S. Dakake.
  • Victory Burger & Wings Co., this will be Circa’s main sports bar developed by the owners of American Coney Island.
  • 8 East, a pan-Asian restaurant from chef Dan Coughlin.
  • Project BBQ, the first permanent food truck at Circa Las Vegas featuring Carolina barbecue options.

It’s clear that the Stevens brothers are focused on making this resort a food haven. Each of the restaurants opening here is expected to be fantastic.

Circa’s Pool Will Be the Best in Las Vegas

The food scene at Circa Las Vegas is incredible. That’s not the only thing people are talking about right now, though. Derek Stevens claims that this casino-resort will feature the best swimming pool in Las Vegas.

According to the CEO, it will be a multi-level pool amphitheater featuring a massive 134 by 41-foot video screen. Hotel developers are calling it a “destination pool.” The goal is to attract visitors from around the country solely to spend time in this luxurious swimming area.

“This is going to be a great venue to watch sports, a great place to catch sun, a great place to listen to music,” Stevens said, “and a great place for product launches. We expect to be able to do 4,000 people a day.” 

30 cabanas, 38 day beds, and 337 chaise lounges are opening at the hotel’s pool. We’re expected to see some pictures of this area in a few months.

Downtown Las Vegas is improving rapidly. Circa Las Vegas is expected to be the crown jewel in this part of the city. Stay tuned for more updates on the hotel-casino over the next few months!