Darrin Bush/Las Vegas News Bureau
Published Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 | 1:34 p.m.
Updated Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 | 5:59 p.m.
It’s a better lineup of numbers than three 7s. This afternoon’s official red-ribbon ceremony with Mayor Carolyn Goodman marking the opening of the multimillion-dollar Downtown Grand takes place at exactly 2:15 p.m., thus the calendar lineup is 126.96.36.199.15!
That’s the last time you’ll see that this century, and our Valley High School Marching Band will add to the excitement of the first new hotel-casino downtown in three decades. The construction and redevelopment of Downtown Grand created 600 jobs, and some 800 people will be employed when it is fully operational in the spring.
The Downtown Grand is a feast for the senses with 634 stylish contemporary hotel rooms with marble baths, 600 brand-new slot machines and 30 table games. Reproductions of famous artworks dot the ceiling over the lobby coffee shop and wine bar. A second casino bar, Furnace, will serve mixologist beverages.
Award-winning restaurateurs Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla open the diner bistro Stewart + Ogden, and there’s a sports book with walk-up gaming and dining windows along 3rd Street.
Also opening today, the Mob Bar with a stage for music and the Chinese restaurant Red Mansion. An elevated catwalk links the two towers with dining delights of New York deli Spread, a pizza joint, gourmet burgers and the Ninth Island Hawaiian daiquiri bar. The fast-food court, the Commissary, will be fully operational by December.
The ultimate experience will be the opening in spring of the 35,000-square-foot, grass-covered, urban-rooftop pool retreat Picnic, also the first of its kind downtown. It will be used for pool parties and as a beer garden with outdoor movie screenings and music concerts.
The interior is designed in industrial chic with open ceilings and heavy structural elements juxtaposed with ornate fixtures, chandeliers and canopies. The exterior design blends multiple storefronts with brick and granite facades.
The hotel becomes the anchor and crown jewel of Downtown 3rd, the new metropolitan center. Steve Schorr heads up the team that created the 18-story casino tower and the 25-story Grand Tower from the former Lady Luck site. Steve is a second-generation Las Vegas casino executive.
He said: “We have been working hard on this project for several years. The support of the entire downtown community has been overwhelming, and we look forward to adding another amazing element and experiences to the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas.
“This has been an amazing year — the relocation of Zappos headquarters, multiple new businesses in the Fremont East Entertainment District and the recent Life Is Beautiful festival. All proof we are in the middle of a downtown resurgence.”
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