First revealed back in October, "Old Vegas"-themed tavern and restaurant Atomic Kitchen is making up for lost time, with a rush of construction right next door to Atomic Liquors, "Las Vegas' oldest freestanding bar."
Located inside the bar's 3,237-square-foot garage, Atomic Kitchen will also take over the existing 475-square-foot fenced-in patio pace out front and is now working on adding an extra 1,000-square-foot of private patio.
The site of the backroom mobster scenes in Martin Scorsese's 1995 film Casino, the concept originally promised to serve "American style" cuisine surrounded by a "semi industrial yet refined" interior design.
Built in the 1940s, the project will pay homage to the decades of history with artwork, 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.
Johsua Horton, formerly with the Cili Restaurant on the Bali Hai Golf Course across Las Vegas Boulevard from the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, signed up as executive chef. Kitchen owner Lance Johns has revealed guests will be able to order food sitting at the new bar. So far, Horton has only hinted the menu will include homemade mustard and warm pretzels.
No formal timetable for completion has been announced.