Welcome to our photo series Eater Scenes, where Eater Vegas visits some of the city's great restaurants and bars to capture them at a certain, and very specific, point in the day. Today, Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge.
The 24-hour Fireside Lounge and its sidekick the Peppermill Restaurant have been a staple on the Strip since Dec. 26, 1972. A year after opening their Peppermill Coffee Shop in Reno, lifelong friends Nat Carasali and Bill Paganetti ventured south to bring the bright purple, pink and blue neon lights, kitschy fake trees and mirrored ceiling to Las Vegas, sandwiched between the Riviera and at the time the Dunes, and across from the former Stardust. And while the Dunes made way for Wynn Las Vegas and the Stardust was imploded to become a skeleton of the former Echelon and future Resorts World, both the diner and round the clock lounge remain.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Showgirls filmed there. Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone shared a drink around the fire pit in Casino. Singer Dean Martin and comedian Jerry Lewis frequented the joint. And today it’s just as relevant to the dining and drinking scene as it was 42 years ago when the stand-alone building opened. One drink from a long straw from the martini menu is a must for any trip to Sin City.