It's been out of sight and out of mind for downtown Vegas watchers and investors, but the owners of shuttered Odyssey Tavern on a far eastern stretch of Fremont Street have been hoping to kick-start a comeback for more than five years.
Year after year they've been renewing their tavern status, hoping to entice a new tenant. And it now looks like they have found one. The Epic Jazz & Blues Club has signed a 15-year lease to operate inside the Odyssey Tavern space.
No word yet if the current construction improvements will affect the adjacent and 30-year neighborhood veteran Odyssey Pizza. The very casual restaurant has remain open during the downsizing, and still offers up slices, wings and a vintage Donkey Kong and Pac-Man arcade machine. The club will occupy proximately 3,200 square feet in the building, with the future possibility of adding up to 15 gaming machines.
A tavern has been in operation on this lot since it was built in 1964. While property owners are improving and cleaning the parking lot, the jazz club operators are in the process of obtaining their tavern license.