Circa, the 1.25 million square foot casino and resort under construction on the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas, plans to open the first five floors along with a parking garage early on October 28th replaces the shabby, former Las Vegas club with a dazzling 21st century resort.
CEO and developer Derek Stevens, who also owns D Las Vegas and the Golden Gate, says four of the resort’s restaurants and the giant sportsbook with seating for 1,000 will be out in October.
Barry S. Dakake returns to the Las Vegas dining scene with Barry’s Downtown Prime, a vintage steak and seafood restaurant. The clubby restaurant has dark wood and a long and bright bar. Aside from steak and seafood, Dakake, most recently head chef at Scotch 80 Prime at the Palms, promises table presentations with a few dishes.
Michigan restaurateur Paul Saginaw opens Saginaws Delicatessen with a list of Reubens, Matzo Ball Soup, Onion Rings, Salads, Latkes, Chopped Liver, Breakfast Specials, and more.
Victory Burger & Wings Co., from the family behind 102-year-old American Coney Island, anchors the three-story screen in Circa’s sports betting and has its own radio booth. Five burger specialties, including a half-pound Victory Burger, which uses a mix of short rib, brisket, and Angus beef in the patties, and the Michigan Olive Burger – a beef patty with a mix of mayonnaise, chopped olives, and olive brine – are made the menu along with a range of chicken wings, fries and beers.
And Chef Rex Bernales’ Project BBQ brings Carolina-style grilled dishes like pulled brisket, pork, and chicken. The restaurant has a terrace on the Fremont Street Experience with picnic tables and an outdoor bar.
Chef Dan Coughlin, who runs Le Thai, plans to open his pan-Asian restaurant, 8 East, in December, serving a selection of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai dishes.
Circa is also unveiling its year-round pool with six temperature-controlled pools, two spas and super cabins that can accommodate up to 50 guests, and a giant screen that will broadcast sporting events on the resort’s fifth floor in October. The venue also has its own dedicated space for food and drink, as well as music from DJs and special guests.
The resort includes a two-story casino with 1,350 slot machines and 49 table games. The legendary neon kicking cowgirl Vegas Vickie adorns the lobby of the resort. Vegas Vickie first appeared in 1980 and married her neon counterpart Vegas Vic in a PR stunt in 1994. Stevens removed the neon sign to make way for Circa’s building.
In Circa there is also the Garage Mahal, a car sharing agency and a parking garage with art installations on nine floors. Visitors using Uber and Lyft arrive and descend on the first level, while self-parkers use an air-conditioned bridge over Main Street to gain access to Circa.
Stevens had originally planned December as the opening date for the resort, but had redistributed the construction resources from the hotel tower from Circa to the first five floors. After completion, there will be around 777 rooms and suites from the eighth floor. Room reservations will go live on June 24th.
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