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Downtown Roundup: RCP Is Here, Park Almost

February 26, 2013 at 5:33 PM | by | ()

For those hungry for more dining and drinking options downtown, one more is finally here and another is a bit closer to its Fremont East arrival, too.

First, after opening countdown reset after opening countdown reset, downtowner and Andiamo fan @BruceNV on Twitter alerted us to the fact that Radio City Pizza was finally serving up pie (although a new countdown reports we have t-minus one more day to go):

@BruceNV was so excited to see RCP open that he forgot to snap a pic so the image above, taken about two weeks ago, is the most recent we have. We'll stop by a slice and a few snapshots soon.

Right next door, Park on Fremont says March will be its debut month. This after once saying before year's end. That's 2012's end. But, not like we were keeping track, or anything.

The delay has just caused our impatience anticipation to grow, especially since the opening of sister bar Commonwealth. Park describes itself as a "5,000-square-foot gastropub" and promises to deliver "innovative bar fare and an eclectic art collection, with a laid-back area for dining indoors and antique tables in a lush garden outdoors." But, wait! There's more:

The Park logo will be projected onto the concrete at the entryway, where countertop stools align the southwest corner for quick and takeaway dining. Once inside, an aberrant art collection featuring works by Mark Ryden, Peter Gronquist and Mark Mothersbaughs adorn the walls as well as promote conversation in the rustic 2,500-square-foot interior. The booths and chairs are covered with an array of rich textured leathers, complemented by dark woods and the reclaimed herringbone floor. Forty-five rpm records played on a 1940s-era jukebox will set the mood, with guest musicians and music aficionados continually curating the music selection.

Out back, plants and flowers overtake the landscape of the patio, creating objects d’art from eroded items such as a footed bathtub overlooking the outdoor bar and a Cinderella-style carriage situated on the rooftop, each blooming with brightly colored flowers. Framed by ornate fencing, the 2,500-square-foot exterior boasts wood salvaged from an old barn and offers antique wood bistro tables for dining and conversation, as well as a game of hopscotch made with mosaic tiles. An 8-foot-tall archangel statue atop the fireplace will provide a stunning centerpiece while a small outdoor bar will emulate an aging greenhouse. Tucked in back of the garden will be a secret smoking area complete with games, including an oversized Jenga and a seesaw, as well as custom art installations.

Once you get over raving about the $499,000 transformation of a space that was once a hookah lounge, the menu will boast eats ranging from Hammered Chicken to Grilled Cheese. Some 100 brews will be on hand, too, as well as "distinctive gin and vodka selections" and "specialty Bloody Marys and other cocktails all served in mismatched glassware."

No specific date in March has been announced for the opening of Park on Fremont. When it does debut, it will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

(Images: VegasChatter, nutoneconstruction.com)

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