It's been hiding behind a generic title for over a month, but Atomic Kitchen is now revealed as the name of an "Old Vegas"-themed tavern and restaurant headed to the garage adjacent to downtown's still thriving beacon of old Las Vegas, Atomic Liquors.
The 3,237-square-foot tavern will sit inside the garage once used to film the backroom mobster scenes in Martin Scorsese's 1995 film Casino. Atomic Kitchen will also take over the existing 475-square-foot fenced-in patio space out front.
Inside, it'll serve "American style" cuisine within a room flaunting a "semi industrial yet refined" design.
The vintage theme will highlight the building's 1940s pedigree and extend to the artwork on the walls, vintage videos played in the bathrooms and new cocktails named with nods to Sin City. Live entertainment will be scheduled twice a week for guests sitting at curved banquettes with room for 36, or at the tables and chairs that can seat 24. The lounge has room for 14 right at the bar and an additional 10 stools at long tables.
No timetable for completion has yet been revealed. Current paperwork makes no mention of chef Ben Vaughn's apparently abandoned plans to open Ben’s Southern Kitchen in this garage, announced with much fanfare back in January.