Open, closed and under construction in Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas had a booming year in 2013, and 2014 looks to be no different. We recently visited downtown to check out the latest redevelopment in the tourist corridor and found plenty of construction underway.


Slotzilla is expected to open in the Spring. Photo by Aleza Freeman /

Construction update: Construction is nearing completion on Slotzilla, the $11.5 million zip line ride between Las Vegas Boulevard and Main Street on the Fremont Street Experience. There are several construction workers and lots of construction equipment on site. Right now the focus seems to be on the center portion of the ride (which appears to be the landing platform for the lower level), between the Four Queens and Fremont hotels.

Project summary: SlotZilla, a two-level zip line ride at the Fremont Street Experience, is expected to premier in spring 2014. The ride, which replaces the previous Flightlinez zip line, was originally slated to open in summer 2013. Riders on Slotzilla will  take off from a 12-story slot machine-themed takeoff platform located near the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street and zip below the colorful, psychedelic Viva Vision canopy. Riders on the upper level will take off 110 feet above ground while lying flat (Superman-style) and will land on a platform at Fremont and Main streets. Riders on the lower zip line take off about 70 feet above ground and land on a platform between the Four Queens and Fremont hotels.

Bier Garten

The Bier Garten at the Plaza in downtown Las Vegas. Photo by Nicole Lucht /

Construction update: Much of the garden appears to be finished. The grass and a pergola are installed and the exterior is well on it’s way to completion. We tried peeking into the restaurant from inside the Plaza (next to the food court) but it’s temporarily walled off. We contacted the folks opening Bier Garten for an update, but so far, no response. Last we heard, Bier Garten is slated for a spring opening.

Project Summary: The German-inspired beer garden at the Plaza offers outdoor seating for up to 160 guests with a view of the Fremont Street Experience. Indoor seating is also planned. Craft beer and artisan sausages make up the majority of the menu, with patrons having an option to build their own sausages and wursts (a veggie wurst is an option), including toppings like pickled veggies and hot peppers.

Golden Nugget

A painter puts finishing touches on the ceiling of the Golden Nugget's gaming floor. Photo by Nicole Lucht /

Construction update: A lot is happening at the Golden Nugget. On Friday, painters were putting finishing touches to the ceiling over the gaming floor. Over at Cadillac Tequila Cantina & Sports Bar and Claim Jumper, signs promised “Hopefully soon” as an estimated opening date for the neighboring bar and restaurant. Both appear close to completion. In Cadillac, TVs line the walls of the sports bar. In Claim Jumper, tables and chairs have been set out while construction workers finish the job.

Project Summary: Like the Golden Nugget, the Cadillac bar and Claim Jumper are owned by the Landry’s group. According to, Claim Jumper  will offer breakfast, in addition to the lunch and dinner. Although requests for additional information were made to the Golden Nugget, no one responded in time for this report.

The old county courthouse

The courthouse on Jan. 24, before much of the structure was torn down on Jan. 25. Photo by Nicole Lucht /

Construction update: On Jan. 25, much of the former Clark County courthouse lay in rubble after construction workers tore out the fourth through seventh floors, according to owner Derek Stevens’ Twitter account.

Project summary: Stevens, also CEO of the D Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas, bought the old county courthouse in October 2013 for $10 million during a public auction. What’s left of the courthouse can be found at Third Street and Carson Avenue. According to The Las Vegas Sun, the 2.7-acre courthouse site would give the D room to grow and hold events for the casino, such as concerts and food-and-arts festivals. The building is expected to be completely demolished by June and outdoor events could be happening soon after.

Additional openings and closings

Photo of construction in building adjacent to Fremont Country Club. Photo by Aleza Freeman /

CORRECTION: previously reported that the interior of the Fremont Country Club had been demolished.

According to RMD Designs, Inc., Director of Operations Michael Barron, the photo (at right) is the inside of the building attached to the Fremont Country Club. The Club is open, is not under construction and has an active schedule for 2014. There is a concert with Passafire, Bally Hoo and other bands scheduled for Friday, January 31. deeply regrets this error.

Inspire Theater, a small community theater, opened late last December on the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street. Transforming a dilapidated 7-Eleven convenience store into a 150-seat theater, the theater also offers a bar inside the theater, one on its rooftop, a newsstand and a co-working space.

Fremont Street welcomed its first craft brewery, Banger Brewing Company, in December 2013. The brewery is located on the ground floor of Neonopolis (next door to the Heart Attack Grill).

The 19,000 square foot sustainable shopping attraction, Downtown Container Park, opened in late November 2013 on the southeast corner of Fremont and Seventh streets. Constructed from a mix of shipping containers and multi-functional modular cubes, it serves as the hub for an assortment of small boutiques, galleries, bars, eateries and outdoor spaces as well as entertainment and education programming.

Groundbreaking on the Strip

The ground vibrated for about 10 minutes last week as more than 50 members of the Southern Nevada Harley Owners Group revved their engines at a “ground shaking” event in honor of the Las Vegas Strip’s first Harley-Davidson dealership. The 50,000-square-foot Las Vegas Harley-Davidson facility is projected to open in late October (in honor of Nevada Day). It will be located on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard, just north of the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign and south of Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino.