It sometimes takes more than a famous out-of-state name to create a steady following in Las Vegas and like fellow legendary import Anchor Bar and their Buffalo wings, Al’s Beef is prematurely shutting down and taking their beef sandwiches back home.
Rumored to be closing for weeks, the casual counter service spot is confirmed to be shuttering on July 28. The parent company had tersely deflected Eater Vegas away last month when approached for clarification about a possible closure.
Located at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard inside the former shiny, retro diner Bollywood Grill space, Al’s specialty since 1938 is their namesake Italian beef sandwich, "roasted with 100% pure spices and natural juices" and topped with roasted green peppers and spicy giardiniera.
Franchising began in 2001, expanding from their original Taylor Street location to 11 Illinois branches and out to Dallas, Alhambra, California, and Dubai. The Texas and California ventures have now also shuttered.
Al’s Beef debuted on Sahara in January 2014, featuring a menu including char-grilled Polish sausages, loaded fries, wraps, chili, chicken sandwiches and burgers, all featuring the endorsement of celebrity spokesman, coach Mike Ditka.
No replacement for the 3,200-square-foot, stand-alone property has been announced.