Circa, the 1.25 million-square-foot casino and resort under construction on the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas, plans to open the first five floors along with a parking garage ahead of schedule on Oct. 28. Circa replaces the rundown, former Las Vegas Club with a glitzy, 21st century resort.
CEO and developer Derek Stevens, who also owns the D Las Vegas and Golden Gate, says four of the resort’s restaurants and the massive sports book with room for 1,000 will debut in October.
Barry S. Dakake returns to the Las Vegas dining scene with Barry’s Downtown Prime, a vintage steak and seafood restaurant. The clubby restaurant features dark wood and a long and glowing bar. Aside from steak and seafood, Dakake, most recently the executive chef at Scotch 80 Prime at the Palms, promises table-side presentations with some dishes.
Michigan restaurateur Paul Saginaw opens Saginaw’s Delicatessen with a roster of Reubens, matzo ball soup, onion rings, salads, latkes, chopped liver, breakfast specialties, and more.
Victory Burger & Wings Co. from the family behind the 102-year-old American Coney Island anchors the three-story screen in Circa’s sports book and features its own radio booth. Five specialty burgers including a half-pound Victory Burger that uses a blend of short rib, brisket, and Angus beef in the patties and the Michigan Olive Burger — a beef patty topped with a mixture of mayonnaise, chopped olives, and olive brine — make the menu along with an array of chicken wings, fries, and beers.
And Project BBQ from chef Rex Bernales brings Carolina-style barbecue dishes such as pulled brisket, pork, chicken. That restaurant features a patio on the Fremont Street Experience with picnic tables and an outdoor bar.
Chef Dan Coughlin, who runs Le Thai, plans to open his pan-Asian restaurant 8 East in December with a menu of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Thai dishes.
Circa also reveals its year-round pool with six temperature-controlled pools, two spas, and super cabanas, which can host up to 50 guests, as well as a massive screen that will broadcast sporting events on the resort’s fifth floor in October. The venue also will feature its own food and beverage venue and music from DJs and special guests.
The resort includes a two-story casino with 1,350 slot machines and 49 table games. The iconic neon kicking cowgirl Vegas Vickie decorates resort’s lobby. Vegas Vickie first appeared in 1980 and in a PR stunt, married her neon counterpart Vegas Vic in 1994. Stevens removed the neon sign to make way for Circa’s construction.
Circa also features Garage Mahal, a ride-share hub and parking garage filled with art installations throughout its nine floors. Visitors who use Uber and Lyft arrive and depart on the first level, while self-parkers use an air-conditioned bridge over Main Street to access Circa.
Stevens originally targeted December as an opening date for the resort, but reallocated construction resources from Circa’s hotel tower to the first five floors. Once complete, Circa will offer 777 rooms and suites starting on the eighth floor. Room reservations will go live June 24.
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