LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas is losing a trio of kitschy downtown properties, including the last remaining topless show on the Fremont Street casino pedestrian mall, and a signature spot for deep-fried Twinkies and Oreos.
Mermaids, Topless Girls of Glitter Gulch and La Bayou were due to close their doors Monday.
In April, developers and casino owners Derek and Greg Stevens acquired all three properties from the Granite Gaming Group. They've said they plan to build a new hotel-casino at the site of the three shuttered properties.
The Stevens brothers also own the open-air Downtown Las Vegas Events Center concert venue on the site of the former Clark County courthouse, and the D Las Vegas and Golden Gate casinos.
The brothers say they are still in the planning stages for the new property, which would be the first ground-up development in downtown Las Vegas in decades.
"There will be a combination of demolition, renovation and new construction," Derek Stevens told the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/28Qy0Yz ). "At this point, this is all that is a certainty."
Mermaids opened in 1956 as the Silver Palace, and at the time was the first two-level Fremont Street gambling hall.
La Bayou has had several names over the last 100 years, and holds the distinction of receiving the first Nevada state gaming license in 1931.
The name Glitter Gulch was a nickname for the Fremont Street gambling district in the years before the Las Vegas Strip developed across the Clark County line a few miles south on Las Vegas Boulevard.
The casinos were among the last few in town where slot machine gamblers could still hear the clunk of coins hitting metal trays, and customers cashed out with real money instead of paper vouchers.
About 170 jobs were being lost, although the Stevenses pledged in April to give priority hiring opportunities to employees at the closing venues.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com