Las Vegas is always changing. While we tend to focus on the changes happening on the Vegas Strip, there are businesses opening and closing all over town. Today, we’ll look at some of the changes you may have missed in downtown Las Vegas.
Ten years ago, you might have thought of downtown Las Vegas as just an old part of town with nothing new to offer. Old Vegas has come a long way and continues to evolve. There are now things to do all over the area considered downtown Las Vegas.
The casino corridor, Fremont Street, is keeping up with the rest of Las Vegas. The casino area continues to change in ways you won’t see anywhere else in Las Vegas. Not only are casinos receiving updates but local bars and restaurants are changing hands.
The Plaza
You may remember last summer when the Plaza opened their new rooftop pool deck. Well, the changes haven’t stopped. The casino continues to move forward. They’ve recently added some beautiful giant murals outside of the casino and will continue inside with a new deli opening soon.
Last year Boyd Gaming renovated the entire hotel and casino. All of the rooms have been updated. Some of the restaurants have changed and there’s a new and beautiful sports book and bar. The Cal is located a block away from the Fremont Street Experience so you may have never seen this property. Another reason to visit The Cal — No resort fee.
Golden Gate
One of the most popular breakfast restaurants in downtown Las Vegas just closed. DuPar’s at the Golden Gate abruptly shut its doors on February 8. Since this is the only restaurant at the hotel, expect to see a new restaurant move in quickly.
The Golden Gate is expanding to the casino formerly known as La Bayou. The new space will add additional slot machines and hopefully more breathing space. The small casino can feel a bit claustrophobic at times.
El Cortez
Siegel’s 1941 and Pizza Lotto aren’t new but they’re not old. If you haven’t been to the casino in a while, you may not recognize these restaurants. Siegel’s is a good all-around coffee shop with an excellent grilled cheese.
The newest addition to the El Cortez is a bar near Pizza Lotto and the Keno area. There is room to lounge on one side of the bar and video poker machines to play on the casino side. The addition of the bar also made room for the casino floor to shift around. You may not notice it but there are more table games for when it’s busy.
The D
The D looks mostly the same as it did a year ago, but they’ve added a mobile coffee stand. The stand is open daily near the hotel lobby from 6 am to 5 pm. After it closes, the stand folds up to make room for the party. This is a welcome addition to The D since the only cup of coffee available at 6 am was at McDonald’s.
Las Vegas Club, Mermaids, Glitter Gulch
These three properties are closed and will become one massive casino-hotel in the future. Details haven’t been released yet, but don’t be surprised when you see this half of the block closed on Fremont Street.
Off Fremont Street
The area surrounding Fremont Street has become sort of a cool place for new bars and restaurants. Here are a few highlights of what’s come and gone in the past year.
Glutton, The Beat, and Itsy Bitsy Ramen & Whiskey have all closed. Donut Bar and Evel Pizza have opened. Atomic Kitchen should be opening any day now.


Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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