Thursday, September 13, 2012
[Curbed Detroit] New Vegas Resort, The D, Will Be Vaguely Detroit-y, Serve American Coney Island Food
The "hottest new resort in Las Vegas" (if you can believe the billboards) brings a slice of the D to Sin City. The D Las Vegas (formerly Fitzgerald's) is a casino resort currently under a massive $20 million renovation in historic downtown Las Vegas (aka "old Vegas"). But how Detroit-y is it? We sent intrepid reporter Nicole Rupersburg to take a look.
The casino-resort isn't really Detroit-"themed," but there will be certain touches once the renovation is complete this fall that will be uniquely familiar to Detroiters. Owner Derek Stevens is a metro Detroit native who still splits his time between Vegas and Birmingham. Stevens has already signed a lease with American Coney Island owner Grace Keros for the first American Coney Island outside of Michigan (it will be on the ground level facing Fremont St.). Detroit sports teams will be playing on the 15 flatscreens above the Longbar, supposedly the longest bar in Nevada.