One-half of the vintage Huntridge Pharmacy & Soda Fountain has shuttered, ahead of yet to be revealed upgrades by developer J. Dapper. The pharmacy will continue to serve the local community from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is scheduled to move into a smaller space within the same building.
The photogenic storefront will be taken over by the third Las Vegas Wingstop and their fast-casual menu of wings, boneless wings and chicken strips.
Since 1962, the diner and soda fountain has occupied this corner of the Huntridge neighborhood, sharing one side of the pharmacy. In recent years the diner evolved into a 100 percent Kosher dairy restaurant, upgraded with a retro design that proved a very popular spot for photo shoots. Behind the counter stood the original 1960s freezer, always stocked with Thrifty’s ice cream.
Dapper Companies purchased the 62,000-square-foot Huntridge Shopping Center for $5.2 million last winter and have been trying to attract brand names like Wingstop to the long-overlooked district.
While Dapper has promised to revive the soda fountain at some point, exact plans have yet to be announced. Chef William Pridgen posted via Facebook a plea to investors to help him continue the diner's menu and tradition in a new venue or food truck. Right next door, the layout of the equally famed dive bar The Huntridge Tavern appears to remain unscathed during the upgrades, according to recent site plans.
Tenant facades at the center will receive a uniform new look from Dapper’s multi-million dollar investment. On Sept. 15, new throwback-style signage will be formally unveiled, created by local sign legends YESCO and one of downtown’s favorite design teams, Bunnyfish Studio.
Bunnyfish is also working on Dapper’s other major project, Mahoney's Retail Center, a short walk away from the pharmacy and already promised to feature the second downtown restaurant from Cory Harwell and the Simon Hospitality Group.