Plaza Hotel & Casino debuts reimagined Main Street façade as new downtown destination for cocktails, gaming, and dining
Four new venues open: Carousel Bar, Oscar’s rooftop patio, Pinkbox Doughnuts, and Brian Christopher Slots at Plaza, downtown’s first smoke-free, social media friendly gaming space
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LAS VEGAS – Under the twinkling lights of its iconic dome, the Plaza Hotel & Casino officially cut the ribbon to celebrate the upcoming grand opening of its Main Street Reimagination projects that transformed its historic Main Street façade and porte-cochère into a one-of-a-kind destination for cocktails, gaming, and dining with four new venues: Carousel Bar, Pinkbox Doughnuts, the rooftop patio at Oscar’s steakhouse, and Brian Christopher Slots at Plaza, downtown’s only smokefree and social media friendly gaming space. All venues officially opened to the public on June 10.
“For more than 50 years, the Plaza has called 1 Main Street home,” said Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. “Main Street is where Las Vegas got its start, and the Plaza continues to enhance this historic and exciting thoroughfare. Last year, we opened the legendary live music venue Sand Dollar Downtown. Today, we further establish Main Street as a premier downtown destination with the addition of Carousel Bar, Pinkbox Doughnuts, Brian Christopher Slots at Plaza, and a rooftop patio overlooking it all at Oscar’s steakhouse.”
The centerpiece of the Plaza’s Main Street reimagination project transforms the space under the Plaza’s iconic dome into the Carousel Bar, an outdoor bar experience unlike any other. Guests enjoy handmade cocktails, beer, wine, and mocktails among life-sized Vegas-themed elements, including carousel horses moving up and down, a martini glass with a spinning olive, an oversized deck of cards, a 14-foot-tall neon showgirl sign, and a rotating ribbon of lights above the bar. The bar’s design preserves the dome’s iconic vintage Vegas lights that have been featured in numerous movies and shows over the years. The 2,500 sq. ft. outdoor venue includes Vegas’ only outdoor video poker machines, an outdoor cooling system, and seating for nearly 100 guests in booths, at the bar, and along its outer rail that overlooks Main Street at the western entrance to the Fremont Street Experience.
Adjacent to Carousel Bar is Brian Christopher Slots at Plaza, downtown’s first smoke-free and social media friendly gaming space. The new gaming space expands the popular social media influencer’s presence at the Plaza by 5X, from the original 16 slot machines to an expansive 2,500 square feet with 75 of the industry’s latest and most innovative games for guests 21 and older. The space also supports social media posting like never before by offering fun backdrops for selfies and group shots as well as the ability to play only copyright friendly songs that can be posted on social platforms.
Oscar’s rooftop patio is above the new gaming space and accessible via the restaurant’s existing lounge. Offering the award-winning restaurant’s full dinner menu in addition to its extensive wine and cocktail lists, Oscar’s patio will be the first al fresco space for fine dining in downtown. Able to accommodate approximately 225 people, the patio at Oscar’s is a great new location for dinner and cocktail receptions with amazing views of downtown, including Carousel Bar and the lights and action on Fremont and Main Streets.
The fast-growing Nevada-based doughnut franchise, Pinkbox Doughnuts rounds out the Main Street Reimagination with its first location in downtown Las Vegas. Known for its over-the-top doughnut creations and immersive store experiences, Pinkbox Doughnuts welcomes guests through a giant 12-foot-tall 3D doughnut with sprinkles entrance. The interior décor of the 1,200 sq. ft. store mirrors Pinkbox Doughnuts’ other locations with its pink floor stripes and 3D sprinkles, signature pinks drips on the walls, and a glass doughnut display case that shows the full line of more than 70 delicious and whimsically designed doughnuts.
Naming Contest -- The Plaza is asking the public to help name the Carousel Bar’s life-sized showgirl at the entrance. Now until July 10, potential names can be submitted online at https://www.plazahotelcasino.com/showgirl/. Winners will be announced July 11 and will receive a two-night stay at the Plaza Hotel & Casino, $100 to Carousel Bar, $250 to Oscar’s steakhouse, and one dozen free doughnuts at Pinkbox Doughnuts. The selected name will be engraved on a nameplate beside the showgirl.
Special hotel offer -- To showcase the new food & beverage venues, the Plaza is offering the “Reimagine Your Stay” hotel package for stays June 10 through Sept. 6 that includes two complimentary signature cocktails at Carousel Bar, two free glazed doughnuts at Pinkbox Doughnuts, and 20% discount for dinner at Oscar’s steakhouse. The package can be booked online with the code: IMAGINE.
At the ribbon cutting, Jossel thanked city of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and her husband, former Las Vegas Mayor and steakhouse namesake, Oscar Goodman for their continued support of the Plaza and downtown redevelopment. He also recognized Judith Perez Siegel, Michael Crandall, and Brian Christopher for partnering with the Plaza. Jossel added that the Plaza’s evolution and improvements, including these four projects, wouldn’t be possible without the vision of the property’s owner, Poju Zabludowicz, chairman and CEO of Tamares Group.
About the Plaza Hotel & Casino
Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, the Plaza Hotel & Casino combines a vintage Rat Pack attitude with modern styling and personal customer service for the ultimate Vegas experience. First opened in 1971 and built on the site of the original Las Vegas railroad depot at 1 Main Street, the Plaza has transformed its historic location into a one-of-a-kind destination for cocktails, gaming, entertainment, and dining. Its glittering porte-cochère is home to the outdoor Carousel Bar that offers handmade cocktails inside a life-sized, animated Vegas-themed carousel setting. The Main Street entrance also is home to Pinkbox Doughnuts and downtown’s first and only smokefree, social media friendly gaming space created in partnership with social media influencer Brian Christopher. The Plaza has nearly 1,000 modern rooms and suites, a classic Vegas showroom, downtown’s only bingo hall, live music at the Sand Dollar Downtown, and 30,000 sq. ft. of refurbished ballroom and meeting space. The Plaza brought the rodeo back to downtown with its CORE Arena, downtown’s only outdoor equestrian and multipurpose facility. Guests enjoy a variety of dining options led by the renowned Oscar’s Steakhouse in the hotel’s iconic glass dome and rooftop patio overlooking the Fremont Street Experience. A lounge-style race & sports book along with hundreds of slot machines and nearly two dozen table games comprise an 80,000-square-foot casino floor. A rooftop pool and recreation deck with private cabanas, hot tub, food truck, and dedicated Pickleball courts, provide a variety of outdoor amenities. For more information on the multiple award-winning Plaza Hotel & Casino, visit www.plazahotelcasino.com. Get updates via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.