Downtown expands entertainment venues

Feb 8, 2005 11:50 AM

Hogs and Heifers, the centerpiece of the proposed entertainment mall planned for Third Street across from the Lady Luck, is now scheduled to open in April, according to owner Michelle Dell.

The bar will be modeled after the original Hogs and Heifers, which gained enough notoriety in New York City to have a movie, Coyote Ugly, created around the flamboyant and, at times, rowdy staff and clientele.

Another New York-based nightspot, Beauty Bar, is set to open this spring on Fremont Street, a portion of which has been earmarked by the city as its Entertainment District. More about the Beauty Bar later.

The Hogs and Heifers owner Dell said she chose downtown Las Vegas because it has an energy that appeals to her. She said Binion’s Horseshoe wanted her to open a Hogs and Heifers inside its casino four years ago, but "we’re not a casino operation. We’re too edgy to be in a casino."

She turned down Binion’s partly because it didn’t have a place where people could park their motorcycles (or hogs).

Hogs and Heifers was supposed to open in November but there were building code issues that had to be resolved and she decided on making some changes in the interior that caused a rearranging of the construction plans. "The delays were on our end. We decided to take our time and do it right and open in the spring," she said.

She said the plan now includes six slot machines, 13 video poker machines, a clothing store and an area reserved for private parties. The 72-foot bar will be accompanied by two pool tables and as many as 10 bouncers, employees she refers to as her "gentle giants."

"We are not a club. We are truly a bar," says Dell, who adds that downtown Las Vegas has an edginess she likes. "The timing is perfect for a Hogs and Heifers in Las Vegas."

The new Beauty Bar is into the newly-created Entertainment District of downtown Las Vegas. The original in New York has been a backdrop for a multitude of fashion, television and movie shoots, even appearing on the hit HBO series, "Sex and the City." The owners recently signed a lease with Barrick Gaming, which owns the property at 517 Fremont St.

"Where else in Las Vegas can you get a manicure and a martini?" said Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. "Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (played by Kim Cattrall) and Charlotte York (played by Kristin Davis) couldn’t get enough of this place, and I know the Las Vegas Beauty Bar will become a well-known hot spot in the downtown area."

The first Beauty Bar opened in the summer of 1995 in the former Thomas Beauty Salon on East 14th Street in New York, the brainchild of lounge pioneer Paul Devitt. Beauty Bar San Francisco opened in the fall of 1998 in the growing Mission District; and Beauty Bar Los Angeles followed in 2000 on Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood.

The 2,100-square-foot Beauty Bar Las Vegas will follow in those footsteps, Devitt said.

"Beauty Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a casual cocktail with a professional manicure or celebrate a special night," Devitt said. "DJs spin an eclectic mix of classic grooves seven nights a week."

Beauty Bar joins Take 1 Nightclub and Benedettos Italian Restaurant as the first tenants to open in the city’s Entertainment District, which is centered on Fremont Street spanning Las Vegas Blvd. to Eighth Street.