New details about Oscar Goodman’s Las Vegas speak-easy-style restaurant
Conceptual rendering courtesy of Plaza Hotel and Casino
Though it isn’t slated to open for more than a month, details are emerging about former Mayor Oscar Goodman’s steakhouse at the Plaza downtown.
Oscar’s, which is set now to open in mid-December, will be two restaurants in one: On one side, a traditional steakhouse; on the other, a more casual Italian eatery designed to resemble a Prohibition-era speak-easy.
The Italian side will have entertainment and will “be tongue in cheek as to what a speak-easy was back then,” Plaza executive Tony Santo said. He wouldn’t divulge any other details.
Lower-end entrees will start at $20. Steak prices will be higher and will depend on cut.
Santo hopes the eatery attracts locals and tourists who have come to known Goodman through media coverage of his larger-than-life persona.
“It’s going to be a higher-end restaurant that competes with the higher-end places downtown and on the Strip,” Santo said of the steak house. “Oscar is what will set it apart.”
Oscar’s will take over the Plaza’s iconic glass dome, which previously housed Firefly. The restaurant will pay homage to Goodman’s time as a mob lawyer and will be adorned with memorabilia from his tenure as mayor, including his famous throne.
Plaza executives will run the joint. Goodman merely licensed his name to the project. But the lawyer-turned-public servant-turned-entrepreneur has played a significant role in guiding the restaurant’s concept and look.
Goodman most recently visited the Plaza on Friday for a business meeting.
That doesn’t mean customers will get a chance to break bread with Goodman.
The deal doesn’t specify how frequently hizzoner will appear at his namesake. But Santo expects him often.
“He gets to drink for free,” Santo said. “So maybe every night.”