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Lynyrd Skynyrd-themed restaurant to open at Excalibur in December

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Johnny Van Zant, Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke pose at Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur. The restaurant is under construction and set to open in December.

Lynyrd Skynyrd at M Resort

Lynyrd Skynyrd at M Resort on Sept. 16, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Southern rock band behind hits such as “Freebird” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” is taking a gamble on a Las Vegas restaurant.

The band has licensed its brand for a new barbecue joint at Excalibur, set to open in early December. It is the band’s first foray in the culinary world.

Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer will feature Texas-style barbecue for breakfast, lunch and dinner, then transform into a late night club with music and entertainment after hours. Band memorabilia will line the walls, and members have promised to play occasional shows along with cover bands. Dancing bartenders will perform nightly and host customers in sing-alongs.

The venue replaces Sherwood Cafe and is being modeled after “Hell House,” the tin shack where Lynyrd Skynyrd lived and practiced in their early days. Michael Frey and Craig Gilbert, the team behind Rhumbar at the Mirage and Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor, will oversee operations.

Band members Johnny Van Zant, Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke toured construction at the restaurant Friday. They were in town to play a concert at M Resort.

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  1. Well I heard Mr. Young sing about her. Yeah, I heard old Neil put her down. Well, I hope Neil Young will remember that despite his historical accuracy depicting horrific and violently brutal racism and murder and segregation in the South during the late 50s and early 60s including some sanctioned by the governor, too, that the Southern man don't want him around anyhow. In other news Im looking forward to the Sweet Home Potatoes Alabama, but not smelling "That Smell."

  2. What's the gamble? It licensed it's name....pure profit.

  3. and yet Hooters cant get more funding.

  4. The interior sure looks authentic Alabama. I'll have a plate of free range bird with a side of huffed okra...

  5. Sounds great, big fan!

  6. The Excaliber seems to have a more party rowdy crowd than other casinos so this should be a good fit, rock on!

  7. "Whiskey bottles, brand new cars...
    Oak tree, your in my way."

  8. I hope the food is good.