News of Note

New to the Neighborhood – May 2015


The building at the corner of 7th and Carson recently got a new face lift and some new tenants, to boot:  Glutton and VegeNation. Two of Downtown’s newest culinary contribution, these new eateries are both located at 616 East Carson Ave. Glutton’s menu features New American savory options that include meat dishes, house-made pastas, locally sourced produce and Pacific seafood fare. In addition to a robust and belly-busting food menu, their bar entices diners with barrel aged cocktails, beers and ciders on tap as well as a thoughtful collection of wines by bottle or glass. Glutton is open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. Next door, VegeNation serves up fresh, street food inspired options with a global influence. All the menu options at VegeNation are vegan. Most of the plants and vegetables used in their dishes are locally sourced and many of the herbs are grown right in the restaurant itself. The bar menu features a selection of “juicetails” made from locally sourced distilled liquors and cold pressed juices. In addition to the plant based menu, the establishment itself is green-rated and used composted and reclaimed materials for its interior, focusing on sustainability in design and practice. VegeNation is open for lunch and dinner daily. Monday – Thursday 11:30am – 9pm Friday – Saturday 11:30am – 10pm Sunday 11:30am – 9pm Photo: Courtesy of VegeNation Read More

Arts District – May 2015


The 18b Arts District’s newest watering hole, Hop Nuts Brewing, is located at 1120 S. Main St., #150, next door to recently opened coffeehouse, Makers & Finders.  The industrial-designed brew house featuring handcrafted brews is the newest addition downtown and is a perfect fit for the eclectic mix of galleries, one-of-a-kind stores, and restaurants in the Las Vegas Arts District. Founded in 2013 by Kevin Holder, the brewery opened its doors on New Year’s Day 2015, celebrated its grand opening in February with a ribbon–cutting officiated by Las Vegas city councilman Bob Coffin, and has since gained momentum from foot traffic downtown and word-of-mouth referrals. The bar features 12 beer taps with homemade staple brews, along with rotating seasonal and guest brews. Of the 12 taps, seven are staples, three are seasonal and two are guest beers. Hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday from 2 p.m. – 2 a.m. and Friday & Saturday from 2 p.m. – 4 a.m., with brewery tours available upon request. Live music hosted every Friday at 9 p.m. Photo: Courtesy of Hop Nuts Brewing Read More

Urban Enthusiasts – May 2015


Richard Hooker and Babs Daitch are owner/operators of Las Vegas Pop Culture Tours, a new home-grown tour company that celebrates Las Vegas as an outdoor museum of popular culture. Hooker and Daitch focus on the city’s unique history, fabled places, iconic people and landscapes of the city’s historic and colorful past. Hooker came to Las Vegas from Sante Fe, New Mexico and took a job with the Office of Cultural Affairs under Mayor Oscar Goodman. Daitch, originally from New York City, came to Las Vegas in the 60’s after spending time in San Francisco, initially working as social secretary for Frank Sinatra. The pair conducts walking tours that include a  90-minute stroll through the historic Fremont Street downtown with its new hip persona and a two-hour cultural journey through the emerging 18b Arts District. What are some of your favorite places downtown? Hooker: I’m drawn to small entrepreneurialism; I love the newer venues of Fremont East like Writer’s Block, PublicUs, EAT, Park on Fremont. And over on Industrial Rd., eLearningMedia gallery at Downtown Spaces and Sin City Gallery does it for me in 18b. Daitch: Roulette and Parlor Lounge cocktails at the El Cortez, Pizza Rock & beer, breakfast at the Gold Spike or EAT, affordable suites for yearly celebrations at the Plaza Hotel, the pool at the Downtown Grand, Inspire Theater for Wednesday night movies, fresh fruit and an incredibly delicious grilled cheese sandwich at the Market on Fremont Street, lunch at Park on Fremont, The Mob Museum, Writers Block Book Store, Sin City Gallery at the Arts Factory and the 18b Arts District, Container Park food, shopping and people watching, Happy Hour at the Commonwealth, dinner at Casa Don Juan’s and Burlesque Hall of Fame! Need I say more? What do you think sets DTLV apart from other neighborhoods in Las Vegas? Hooker: I see downtown as an interconnected cluster of neighborhoods Read More

What’s Up Downtown – May 2015


The 4th Annual Sundown Downtown event is Friday, June 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. The theme: is A Night at the Museum, Under the Stars. The annual event is a grown-ups only (21+) outdoor soiree filled with small bites, refreshments, and entertainment donated by Downtown Las Vegas businesses. Proceeds from the event assist in furthering the mission of the Las Vegas Natural History Museum: to inspire, through educational exhibits and programs, a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world, the sciences, and ourselves. Single Ticket: $55 Couple Ticket: $100 6-Pack of Tickets: $275 12-Pack of Tickets: $525 Call the Las Vegas Natural History Museum at (702) 384-3466 ext. 223 for corporate packages and museum member discounts. Tickets available here Photo: Stephanie Stallworth & Seth Schorr at the 2014 Sundown Downtown event Read More

Down to Business – May 2015


The results are in and Downtown Las Vegas was honored by Entrepreneur Magazine as the Best Meeting Destination in the magazine’s  2015 Business Travel Awards. Categories spanned from Best Flier Trend to Best Hotel, with winners spanning the globe at various price points. While business travelers clock more than a few miles in the air, it seems that the little things during travel or at their destination are what make or break a successful trip. Entrepreneur Magazine describes the scene downtown springing up from the older, established area as “a newer, younger, more entrepreneurial Vegas.” The accolade was earned both for its proximity to a bevy of start-ups and tech companies as well as amenities like inexpensive hotel rooms and plentiful Wi-Fi, much desired by business travelers. Read the full article here. Photo: Fremont East by Lucky Wenzel Read More

  • Dayvid Figler and Rae Lathrop

    DF: Downtown was great as a kid and it is even greater as an adult. I love all of downtown’s hidden gems, its vibrancy, history and sense of connection. Rae is relatively newer to Las Vegas, but just as passionate about downtown. Downtown lends itself to the shared experience, and as a couple we both love seeing this part of the city through each other's eyes. Photo: Lucky Wenzel


  • Rob Ponte

    Some of the best nights I’ve experienced started out with no plan other than walking around to check out what’s going on. The great thing about having so many bars and restaurants downtown is the ability to move around if you’re not feeling the vibe in one place. There are plenty of options just outside the door. Photo: Lucky Wenzel

  • Brandon Wiegand

    The downtown Las Vegas of today has much to attract residents - a burgeoning restaurant and nightlife scene, growing diversity of businesses, and major centers of art and culture. Plus, living downtown I am easily within walking or biking distance of it all. Photo: Lucky Wenzel

  • Hank Gordon, Chairman of Laurich Properties

    It is always a pleasure to deal with the city of Las Vegas’ economic development department. The staff is really interested in helping create a positive business environment to work with.

  • Jonathan Jenkins, Founder & CEO of OrderWithMe

    As our company continues its rapid growth, we quickly realized the need to set up a formal U.S. headquarters. We explored multiple cities and were about to make the move to San Francisco, and then we heard about the complete reinvention of downtown Las Vegas. Coming from China where things are booming and growing, we love that downtown Vegas now has a similar vibe of energy and change. Not only is there an exciting tech community here and much lower costs than the Bay Area, but we love the fact that almost every industry group brings their conventions to our front door once a year.

  • Andy Hsieh, Owner of Lux Delux

    We love the vibrancy and energy of Las Vegas, and downtown is at the heart of it all. That's why we've launched our mobile platform with a focus on downtown. This is an exciting time in Las Vegas history, where community, commerce and technology are all converging at once. Downtown is our city's hidden gem.

  • Ramesh Srinivasan, Chief Marketing Officer & Head of Partnerships of SocialWellth

    We chose to relocate from the suburbs to downtown for several reasons. Our brand image and that of downtown’s mesh perfectly. The new downtown Las Vegas reflects a more hip, startup, social media-style image. Additionally, downtown’s emerging technology corridor, anchored by Zappos, is an environment that enhances our ability to recruit the types of technical skill sets required for our continued growth and success.

  • Mark Brandenburg, President of Golden Gate

    I think downtown Las Vegas is a unique blend of intimacy and great energy. Plus, in contrast to The Strip, it’s so easy to walk around…The Golden Gate has been here for over 100 years and with all the changes going on downtown, it feels like a new era. It truly is a renaissance—the rebirth of a classic.

  • Roberto Mendoza, Co-owner of Banger Brewing

    The city has been great in helping us with the licensing and procedures necessary to start a business. There hasn't been a brewery built in the city of Las Vegas for probably 10 years. So for them it hasn't been a typical ‘cut and paste’ thing. We're something different. It was a team work process to get us opened – a lot of talk and listening on both sides. And now the city started opening up the doors for other breweries once we were up and running. Good news for us and good news for the future. (Photo: Lucky Wenzel)

  • Alexandra Epstein, Executive Vice President of El Cortez Casino Hotel

    This downtown area… is emerging and where many events are happening.

  • Meghan Mossler, Owner of Stitch Factory

    The city and the department of economic development have been very helpful to us and all the other downtown business owners. It’s such a community here, and everyone asks you what you need. That kind of help launching a business is amazing and priceless.

  • Pamela Dylag, Co-owner of Velveteen Rabbit

    The city is so supportive of new businesses. Things are popping up constantly. (Photo: Lucky Wenzel)

  • Marc Abelman, CFO & Co-owner of Inside Style

    Downtown is becoming very much in demand…there’s a limited supply. Run fast, don’t walk.

  • Sam Cherry, CEO of Cherry Development

    For a while, downtown was one of the only places in the valley you would see cranes when you drove around. It was nice that city government stepped up and the private sector married with the public sector to create amazing projects that filled the gap. That was very important for us.

  • Johnny Jimenez, Owner of Toy Shack of Las Vegas

    Our business is booming amid the foot traffic on Fremont Street, and we’ve started to see how tourists are falling in love with downtown as they discover it. In the past year, we’re increasingly hearing things like, ‘Wow, next time we’ll stay downtown instead of on The Strip,’ or ‘We’ve visited downtown many times, but this is the first year we’ve actually stayed in a downtown hotel.’ They like that there is more to do within a smaller walking radius.

  • Rich Worthington, President and CEO of The Molasky Group of Companies

    Historically, downtown Las Vegas has not been a top destination for many locals, but in recent years… that trend is reversing itself. Given all the recent openings and progress, there’s much to explore and experience downtown.