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February 1, 2015

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Booze and beef: Oscar Goodman to open speak-easy in downtown’s Plaza


Courtesy of Plaza Hotel and Casino

Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will be opening a steakhouse inside the dome of the revamped Plaza Hotel and Casino. The downtown hotel-casino is currently undergoing a $35 million renovation and will reopen later this month.

It was inevitable, of course. Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman is opening a speak-easy, and yes it will be named after him.

The mob lawyer-turned-public servant-turned-entrepreneur is opening a steakhouse and bar this fall in the Plaza downtown, in the space previously occupied by tapas restaurant Firefly.

The three-term former mayor and martini connoisseur had long floated the idea of opening a food-and-booze joint “where all the inebriates can come down and have a drink on me" but wanted to wait until he left office. Goodman was forced out of City Hall last month because of term limits. His wife, Carolyn Goodman, replaced him as mayor.

“Oscar’s” will be the Plaza’s new marquis establishment, set in an upstairs glass dome that overlooks the Fremont Street Experience and which became available after the Plaza’s $35 million renovation and the decision of Firefly to close that location.

Goodman hopes that name recognition and his infamous Vegas flair will carry him through the still-sour economy. His restaurant will pay homage to his time as a mob lawyer, will be adorned with memorabilia from his tenure as mayor (think horse head and throne) and will feature classic photographs of the city. The lounge is slated to serve Goodman’s signature gin martinis.

“Goodman epitomizes the spirit and nostalgic tradition of vintage Las Vegas, and Oscar’s is the perfect brand for the Plaza’s iconic dome,” Poju Zabludowicz, chairman of Tamares Real Estate, the company that owns the Plaza, said in a statement.

Goodman also has plenty of history with the property. He twice called for the Plaza to be imploded to make room for a “gateway” to Symphony Park, although he now describes the hotel as the “coolest place in Vegas.” And, it’s one of the spots where Goodman was featured in the movie “Casino.”

“Oscar’s” is being pitched as a fine dining restaurant and will serve dinner nightly, as well as Sunday brunch.

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  1. Good luck!

  2. I've always thought that El Cortez or even Mickey Gaughan missed the boat by not naming a steak house Jackie's in honor of Jackie Gaughan. He deserves the tribute, for sure. And so does Oscar.

  3. Mr. Goodman will find it was much easier running this city then it will be a Steak House.

    Good luck to him and hope he does well with it. It will provide jobs. Hopefully he has hired someone that knows what they are really doing.

  4. We need a good liver and onions and a good Salisbury steak in town. A Veal Oscar and a good Gin Fizz.

    Package deal, mob museum and a gin fizz and a brisket dinner.

    (Hey Newt! We have a mob museum!)

  5. Wonder what kind of deal he was able to work out with the Plaza?

  6. speakeasy |spekeze|
    noun ( pl. speakeasies ) informal
    (during Prohibition) an illicit liquor store or nightclub.

  7. I'll be there for sure. What great news for the Plaza.

  8. "and his infamous Vegas flair"

    Infamous? I would say famous.

  9. Good for him! How many times do many of you complain about the way elected-officials spend other people's money? Oscar's putting some of his downtown!

  10. Noindex:

    Look up "infamous". Oscar IS "infamous" for his Vsegas flair....and his drinking!!

    I'd go to this place!

  11. Awesome.

    This is why Oscar is great for this city. He is a true Vegas local that invests in the city he lives in even after his duty is over.

    Very impressed.

  12. Will I be able to order the "Tony the Ant" special? That would be an OVERLY WELL-tenderized piece of seasoned itailian meat, cooked in an open pit and left buried for days as it soaks up its juices. Oh, and its served with a side of fresh Indiana corn, of course.

  13. This is awesome. I hope Oscar will spend time in the restaurant with the patrons. I'd go, for sure.

  14. Main Street had a good steakhouse Pullman Grille. It was great and reasonable. It closed because of lack of business. I think after the novelty wears off (6 mos) it will go the way of Pullman Grille, People like to spend their money at the strip with their overpriced restaurants.

  15. !?*WINNING*?! This sounds like a WINNER to me. A renovated, refurbished Plaza AND a new restaurant operated by gin-lovin' Oscar... I can't wait to visit the place. I know it will be quite a social eating/drinking place; I just hope it is not designed (for cost of food and drink) with too much Strip upscaleness.

    Good luck, Oscar!

  16. <Main Street had a good steakhouse Pullman Grille. It was great and reasonable. It closed because of lack of business. I think after the novelty wears off (6 mos)>

    No... I think this place will have a good run for years. It sounds like "an adult" place where the loud music/annoying screamers will have no interest in going to or will it serve a plate of food for $50 and you have less food on it than what your cat eats! If the prices stay pretty reasonable, it could be become a great locals' place.

    Refresh my memory. What was the name of the place that used to be east of the Strip then moved down LV Blvd near the airport. Italian joint with live music on certain nights. For the life of me, can't remember the name. Been to both locations and liked the ambiance of both places. That is what I have in mind for Oscar's place.

  17. Good luck to Oscar - also the name of one of my uncles and a grandfather - a great name! Don't forget the show girls!

    Ok, Munch I think you be a thinking of the Bootlegger!

  18. This is great news for downtown, Las Vegas and those who so-much enjoy the rich (and fun) history of Las Vegas. Best of luck, Oscar! go get 'em, baby!
    and yes, it is/was the Bootlegger. now way down the strip at 7700 S LV Blvd... and still wonderful food and ambiance...

  19. This is GREAT!
    Let the GOOD TIMES ROLL!
    Just LOVE LOVE LOVE the "Speak-Easy" flare, it's so daring, and makes you feel like you're going in on the sly! It just can't get any better,but it does, with what they are doing with the place!

    Best of LUCK and SUCCESS to OSCAR and the PLAZA Establishment, you are TOPS!!! Keep it coming strong for Las Vegas!

    Looking forward to seeing the new Mayor Carolyn Goodman out there promoting the place (maybe with a couple of hunks at her side/more appropriate! hahahahaha!) and having a great place to meet people.