Seventy years ago, no one could have predicted the exponential growth of Las Vegas. From a small desert oasis to a thriving 24-hour city, Vegas has transformed and reinvented itself more times then Madonna.
So when I heard the El Cortez was celebrating its 70th anniversary on May 27, 2011, I was impressed. The downtown hotel is now dwarfed by newer and larger buildings such as the more than 5,000-room MGM Grand.
But, the classic El Cortez is still going strong, with an updated new Cabana Suites wing and a strong community involvement such as hosting the Vegas StrEats, a popular monthly food truck festival.
You can celebrate with El Cortez by heading to the wine walk on Jackie Gaughan Parkway across from the hotel, tomorrow at 7 p.m. In addition to wine, there will also be a local food truck on hand.
While strolling down the street, wine in hand, watch the movie “Bugsy,” about Bugsy Siegel’s time in Vegas. In the 1940s, Siegel, a famous member of the mob, owned the El Cortez. The movie begins at 9 p.m.
Happy Birthday, El Cortez. Here’s to 70 more years.
600 E. Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101