A shuttered Las Vegas staple will finally receive a complete revamping. The Tillerman featured a distinctive maroon exterior, a woodsy, tree-decorated interior and a steak and seafood menu. Originally created in 1980, the famed East Flamingo Road location lasted 20 years there (31 years in Vegas) before abruptly closing in 2011. An informed tipster tells Eater Vegas a new venture called La Jolla will take over the 8,200-square-foot space.
Originally listed for sale for $2.5 million, the property was eventually put out for lease, offering a 267-seat capacity and the bonus of all the furniture, fixtures and equipment. An existing tavern license dangled the possibility of installing 15 gambling machines. The leasing agent also noted "50,000 plus cars pass by property daily," valuable information for a prospective upscale project, "7 minutes from Strip."
Once a hang-out for local celebrities including Siegfried and Roy, a eulogy by journalist Steve Friess paints a picture of the sad downfall of a once treasured off-Strip restaurant. One lost and lamented feature of the place was "salad was served family style on a lazy Susan with a central lettuce bowl and condiments and vegetables in individual ramekins."
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