Maybe local favorites, Mob Bar and Triple George, unofficially, but sort of, are part of the large compound footprint of the project and will pad out the numbers. Our sources indicate that The Grand (as we've been calling it, or maybe the G, to rival the D?) has less than double digit dining options, if you sensibly exclude real quickie fast food.
Some very early prototype names for their grazing quota include the Lady Luck Cafe, Commissary and Empire Room. We've heard of a food court like venture in the West Tower which has already provisionally committed to dim sum, burgers and crepes. Maybe it's a food court, maybe a buffet. Too early to tell.
The main casino floor does have two substantial restaurants planned, one large, but currently a secret; the other, a Chinese restaurant located just off the gaming floor. Surrounding the gaming area, there's also a daiquiri bar and a deli. The main bar sits right in the center of the action of the large, open gaming area. By the brand new pool, there's a grill and bar. Again, nice to have options, but calling a take-out counter, a restaurant, seems a bit of stretch. Time will tell.
Another thing we noted in our travels was this plot of land across the street from the Gold Spike at the corner of Fourth Street and Ogden. Currently, a construction trailer farm for the development, this area will ultimately turn into the porte cochere for the Downtown Grand. Old-timey gooseneck lighting will illuminate the concourse and signs for traffic will use an art deco/20s-style font. In case you missed our last report, the word of the month is "old-timey."
We enlarged the company's concept rendering as much as we could to give you an idea.
One final preview nugget we discovered: the possibility of outdoor gaming on Third Street, across from the Hogs & Heifers Saloon. It will be located just off the sportsbook, and a few steps from the daiquiri bar. Perfect for the September 2013 promised opening.
(PHOTOS: VegasChatter, Fifth Street Gaming)