A less traveled local's casino will soon be off the map. The Opera House Casino and its Cadillac Joe's coffee shop intend to shutter on Oct. 31, pending expected approval by the North Las Vegas City Council. The proposal from Silver Nugget Gaming LLC, calls for the casino to close for one year "to secure new ownership and complete an extensive interior and exterior remodel." They have asked for permission to keep their gaming license intact during these 12 inactive months.
The very un-fussy Opera House is a sibling venue to the larger, better equipped Silver Nugget Casino one mile away on Las Vegas Boulevard. Both operate within a short distance from the more famous Jerry's Nugget Casino, itself working through a Chapter 11 reorganization plan.
Silver Nugget Gaming LLC is owned by Jeffrey Fine, who bought both casinos for $23.8 million in January 2007. Fine is the Nevada franchiser for the familiar Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf chain and is owner and co-founder of Fifth Street Gaming, who are widely perceived as struggling with their Downtown Grand resort. Fine is also a partner in District Tavern Group, who ran Balboa Pizza Company, Al’s Garage and Kennedy Tavern at The District at Green Valley Ranch. All three finally shuttered this year.
Built in 1968, the Opera House branded itself, "a Boutique Casino" and ran less than 150 gaming machines. The Cadillac Joe's diner, serving every item for less than $10, was open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.