The second Las Vegas outpost of White Castle has made quick progress in preparing for a downtown debut in 2017. A local phenomena when they opened on The Strip in early 2015, the 3,428-square-foot build-out is headed to the corner of Fremont and Fourth streets and will face the downtown Denny's and the entrance to the Fremont Street Experience pedestrian promenade.
A Harley-Davidson retail store until earlier this month, the development has also shut down the $10 discount store, T-shirt shop and a cigar store that all operated within the same building. The removal has uncovered the original fixtures of souvenir store Trader Bill's, which lasted 85 years on the site and started out selling "Western and Indian Novelties." An illuminated Trader Bill’s sign still points to the front door.
Developer Herbst Richardson, who was behind the franchise's 5,615-square-foot Best Western Plus Casino Royale location, is also attached to this project. It is working its way through the city approval process under the name White Castle Downtown.
The fast casual restaurant footprint is smaller than the total lot size estimated by the city, but any other tenants headed to this corner have yet to be revealed. A minimum of six months should be expected before opening day.