Golden Gate President Mark Brandenburg: 5 gems at Las Vegas’ original casino hotel


Leila Navidi

Mark Brandenburg, president and co-owner of the Golden Gate Hotel, stands in front of a brand-new mural in the new entrance of the Golden Gate in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, March 19, 2012.

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. The Golden Gate in downtown Las Vegas.

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The Golden Gate in downtown Las Vegas.

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The Golden Gate in downtown Las Vegas.

Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach invests household time in La Jolla, Calif., after returning from his yearly Italian journeys, numerous of our Strip characters have actually stepped forward in his absence to pen their words of wisdom.

We continue today with visitor columns from Golden Gate President and owner Mark Brandenburg on the concealed gems at the earliest gambling establishment hotel in the area and Fine Restaurant Group chef Yvonne Maatouk. Right here’s Mark:

It’s hard to believe that in 2016, we will certainly celebrate Golden Gate’s 110th anniversary. That corrects: Our doors opened at 1 Fremont St. in 1906 when there were no neon lights overhead, definitely no Slotzilla and not even a paved street– simply a dusty road traveled by horse and buggy. We are the Las Vegas original!

My history with Golden Gate began in the eighth grade, when Italo Ghelfi, the handling partner and my stepfather, presented me to the basement (something from “The Addams Family”) and handed me a mop.

While Italo was less thinking about teaching me lessons in Las Vegas history than working for a living, I would learn how to appreciate both. Today, I proudly act as the president and owner of this traditional hotel casino and want to share five hidden gems that you might otherwise miss out on:

Mini museum

When you approach the Golden Gate lobby, you’ll find a display case holding artifacts. This includes 1907 video gaming ledgers, authentic design of Las Vegas’ very first telephone (the phone number was 1!) and Prohibition-era scotch bottles discovered in walls during our home improvement.

These pieces are a testament to Golden Gate’s history dating to when the building was Hotel Nevada and Sal Sagev.

Consume like The Rat Load

We’ve been putting drinks for fun-loving partygoers for more than a century, consisting of fantastic flappers during The Roaring ’20s, plus Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. during The Rat Pack period.

Idea your glass at Bar Restriction!, our vintage bar serving specialty beverages in tribute to the vibrant people who made Las Vegas what it is today.

Best ‘tail in the area

OK, this gem is not so covert. Individuals from all over America– and world– know where to discover the very best shrimp cocktail in the area. When my stepfather introduced shrimp cocktail in 1959, he started a Las Vegas tradition.

That tradition prospers today served in the very same traditional tulip sundae glass with our secret cocktail sauce that’ll clear your sinuses.

Swank penthouses

Where can you discover an outdoor patio balcony downtown with fireplace, HDTV and grill? Our 2 penthouses showcase these features, along with 2 master bedrooms and sophisticated living/entertainment location with three flat-screen Televisions and island bar.

Times have actually altered given that 1906. Light up a cigar, throw on some steaks and invite 20 to 30 of your closest buddies.

Old-school monitoring with mirrors

Security video cameras are all over today, however, in the 1950s, my stepfather set up two-way mirrors in the ceilings and walls and crawled inside 100-plus-degree attic space to catch cheaters.

So the next time you play blackjack at Golden Gate, look up at the ceiling. We kept that mirror to remind us that surveillance is a lot cooler than it made use of to be.

Right here’s something you never heard Sinatra state: Tweet us at @GoldenGateVegas if you discover any of these hidden gems throughout your next go to!

Be sure to take a look at our other guest column today from Great Restaurant Group chef Yvonne Maatouk. Likewise have a look at my visit with Shania Twain for her “Rock This Nation Trip” stop Saturday night in San Diego.

We’ll have our final guest columns as I wrap my household holiday in La Jolla and return for Thursday’s premiere of Celine Dion at Caesars Palace and a star-studded Labor Day Weekend.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” popularity has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has invested the past 15 years providing readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Robin_Leach.

Follow Las Vegas Sun Entertainment + Luxury Senior citizen Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at VDLXEditorDon.

Golden Gate Hotel & & Casino The Golden Gate bills itself as being the Las Vegas initial– it started out in 1906 as Hotel Nevada, which opened to the public with electrical lighting, ventilation and steam heat radiators. The initial living rooms, with contemporary enhancements, are still in use. The city’s first telephone was set up there, with the contact number “1.” A group of Italian-Americans from the San Franscisco Bay location bought the property and developed the Golden Gate in 1955. Blending vintage and modern Las Vegas, the store casino-hotel was remodelled and broadened in 2012 with new luxury suites and a high-limit pit. The new lobby displays artifacts from the hotel’s history, while modern features add to their list of Las Vegas firsts, consisting of a Gen 2 energy-generating elevator, advanced HD monitoring system and Tangerine Global digital streaming for its in-room TV entertainment centers. The casino features attractive Dancing Dealerships and mixes the current in slots and video with traditional craps, blackjack and more recent table video games like 3-card poker and Let it Ride. The casino pays 10x odds on dice and 3 to 2 on all blackjacks. See more photos from the remodelling celebration. The Golden Gate likewise features Du-Par’s Dining establishment and Bakeshop, a 24-hour diner that serves what Esquire Magazine has actually called the “Finest Pancakes in America.” The Golden Gate likewise remains to offer “Las Vegas’ Original Shrimp Cocktail,” a custom considering that 1959, served in a tulip sundae glass for $2.99.
1 Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101

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