Still looking to forge a standout, independent identity, downtown’s Plaza Hotel & Casino has a new attraction on the way, while it continues erasing the memory of an earlier experiment.
Facing Fremont Street, The Beer Garden has never formally been announced as closed, but demolition work has begun on the shuttered space, including removing all traces of its "living wall," a "vertical garden" that looked that on the "real grass" and 3,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor European-inspired venture.
Originally overseen by by Michael Vakneen, creator of Pop Up Pizza inside the resort, the once-named Bier Garten debuted in early 2014. A replacement has yet to be announced.
Last month the Plaza debuted its latest addition, Brightside Breakfast & Burgers, an "authentic New York style deli" on the casino floor and in the latest move to attract new locals and tourists, a go-cart track facility is proposed for a southern section of the outdoor car park.
With a maximum speed of 30 mph, the vehicles created by Bowman Karts can also be remotely controlled by track supervisors if customers become too zippy on the snaking 800-foot track. Seeking city approval, an estimated arrival date has not been revealed.
UPDATE: Word from a spokesperson for the Plaza Hotel & Casino updates the Beer Garden "is closed for renovations, and the property will announce the future plans for the space at a later date." Meanwhile, the boozy venture has chosen to abandon and not renew its dedicated web domain "biergartenlv.com," now operated by an unrelated blog.
The resort also advises the go-cart track "has not been confirmed to move forward at this time." That could change in front of the Las Vegas City Council on April 19. Gene Woods Racing Experience will present their case for the downtown expansion of their permanent facility on Sunset Road. In the southeast, the Experience's half-mile track lets brave souls race through "15 to 18 heart pounding laps...just inches off the ground."