The Fremont in Downtown Las Vegas is often a hotel i stay in when i visit Las Vegas and now comes the announcement from Boyd Gaming of a possible expansion to the property. Boyd Gaming has submitted permits to build a 32 story hotel tower with 509 rooms at the back of the property on Ogden Avenue.
The plans submitted also include a remodel of the existing 447 rooms which are in a 15 story tower that was build in 1956 which at the time was the tallest in Las Vegas. The casino size will also increase by 22,000 square feet and will include a new race and sports book and an expansion of the parking garage.
No date has been announced yet about when construction would begin but when it does start its expected to take about 30 months and cost $32 million. As i said previously i often stay at this hotel and its always a shame to see things change but its the nature of Las Vegas things often change.
The California another Boyd property downtown has been getting a make over of its 2nd floor casino space and Downtown in general has been getting more competitive in general in recent years as properties have upgraded. Boyd’s Gaming has three resorts in Downtown Las Vegas the California, Fremont and Main Street Station and its not really a surprise that after paying down debt they would look at making there existing properties more competitive in the marketplace.
In Las Vegas a casino on a second floor is unusual and now we have one less as the second floor casino at the California has been walled off and closed as part of the ongoing remodel of the property. The California has removed all the video poker and slot machines as well as closing the rarely open bar from the top of the escalators although all the retail in the hallway is still open. I played a little in the nearly deserted 2nd floor casino recently and machines themselves were mainly older ones, its not really a surprise that Boyd’s might want to make better use of the space.
The sports book had previously been moved to an area off the main pit down on the first floor casino. No plans have been announced on what Boyd’s plans to do with the 2nd floor casino space although more convention space would be a possibility as there is some currently next door; Other options for the space could be a restaurant, more retail or sports bar but we will have what actually happens for the former casino space.
The Boyd’s hotels and casinos in Las Vegas are running a point multiplier event for Memorial Day Monday May 28th where their players club members can earn slot points for their play on slot as well as video poker machines; One such bonus day is Monday on Memorial day at Boyd’s three casinos Downtown which are the Fremont, California and Main Street Station as well as their other casinos in the Las Vegas area, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Sams Town, Suncoast and Aliante.
The special Memorial Day point multipliers are 11X points on reels and 6X points on video poker after you activate your points multiplier at any kiosk and have your players card in the machine. The slot points can be used towards freeplay on the machines, or used towards things like company owned stores, the buffet or your room charges, see the B Connected players booth in each casino for more details and rules.
Mothers Day food specials are easy to find in Las Vegas, but a little more non traditional one is at the Noodle House in the California Hotel & Casino; The special runs from 4 pm to 10 pm on Mothers Day and for $16 you get a grilled Chinese chicken salad, Kung Pao shrimp, and finishes off with a chocolate crunch cake. The deal is for a minimum of two diners also you still have to add on your tip but its a good deal and something a little different than your traditional Mothers Day dinner.
Address: 12 East Ogden Av, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
In Las Vegas there is a long tradition of late night food specials to help fuel the late night gamblers and if you are up and can eat a meal late night you can get some amazing bargains. Although this is less common on the Strip as their are less twenty four hour coffee shops there are available but its much more common to see these deals Downtown or off Strip.
Market Street Cafe dining room
I’m not a big fan of the crowds during the prime evening hours so i’m often out and about when the crowds thin out so late night food specials work for me. One place that i have often visited late night over the years is the Market Street Cafe at the California Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas a block off the Fremont Street Experience. The Market Street Cafe is the California’s twenty four hour coffee shop and is a beautiful room with high ceilings and much nicer than the average coffee shop.
The Market Street Cafe has a Graveyard Specials menu which runs from 11 pm to 9 am daily and includes many different items but the one i was here for is the New York Steak special for $6.99. The special as you see in the above picture includes the steak of course plus vegetable, then your choice of rice, fries or mashed potatoes
The cut of steak might not be of the same quality as some of the high end steak houses in town but then the price is of course a lot less expensive. The steak itself was tasty and perfectly cooked, the potatoes where really good and the beans were cooked well, not rock hard like many more expensive restaurants, looking at you House Of Blues. The meal was really good and a bargain at the price, i understand not everyone can eat meals late at night but if you can the Graveyard Specials at the Market Street Cafe at the California are worth checking out.
The Boyd casinos in Downtown Las Vegas have long been a hold out with no resort fee but starting April 16th that will change as the California, Fremont and, Main Street Station will add a $14.99 daily resort fee. That means the Four Queens is the only major Downtown resort not charging a resort fee; The Four Queens like the Boyd casinos has used the no resort fee as a marketing way to get traffic but with the Boyd casinos adding the resort fee most likely the Four Queens will add one too.
Their are rumors that the Ports O’ Call buffet at the near Strip Gold Coast may soon be closing to be replaced with a twenty four hour cafe concept which may be similar or the same as the Courtyard Cafe at sister property the Orleans. The rumors also include the possible closing of the Cortez fine dining restaurant at the Gold Coast with another restaurant to replace it. Boyds PR has no comment about the possible closing although Boyds did recently replace a restaurant at the California Downtown with a noodle house so a revamp of its restaurants across its properties which haven’t been changed for a long time is quite possible. The Ports O’ Call buffet was always one of the less expensive buffet options in town and it would be a shame to see it close, although i can understand boyds making changes to improve the income of its restaurants at its locations.
Over the last few years we have seen many properties downtown doing major overhauls such as the Fitzgerald’s being remodeled and, turned in to the D Las Vegas as well as the long shuttered Lady Luck finally reopening as a remodeled Downtown Grand; The Plaza also was remodeled in to well a new Plaza okay no name change in this case but the property was totally updated. It seems every major downtown property has done something even if it’s just adding a Fremont Street bar to the mix. A big exception to the updates seems to have been the Boyd properties downtown, which are the Fremont. California and Main Street Station. Boyd’s has seemed to be intent to pay down its debt and not make any major changes but that may have changed as they have announced the closing of the once popular Pasta Pirate at the California. Yes casino restaurant closings happen all the time but they happen less often downtown and very rarely at Boyd’s properties downtown. The replacement for Pasta Pirate is said to be an Asian noodle restaurant, which could do well with the Hawaiian and Asian package groups that the hotel brings in. The footprint for the new restaurant will be larger than the current Pasta Pirate which will also include part of the main casino cage which has been located to the second floor for the moment. I don’t know if this is the start of Boyd’s updating all their downtown properties but any updates to properties are welcome.
If you are member of Boyd’s B Connected players card they have a really good deal right now which is 40 percent off food at all Boyd’s owned restaurants when you play with points. The deal is good at all their Las Vegas properties including the California, Fremont and Main Street Station as well as properties close to the Strip such as the Gold Coast and The Orleans. The B Connected card is free if you are 21 or older with a valid id so if you are going to play at these or their other Las Vegas properties you might want to sign up if you plan on eating there.