Who owns it?
The luck o' the Irish has emigrated to Las Vegas!
and old folks populate this establishment. It's pretty mellow
here, except when the Big
Empire Buddies have their ice cream socials on the balcony.
When I visited, the casino was hosting a "Hawaiian Summer"
promo, so all of the dealers and hotel staff wore Hawaiian shirts.
However, the cocktail waitresses were still dressed like wenches
in off-the-shoulder peasant blouses and green plaid skirts. It's
sad to think that this is one of the few theme-consistent cocktail
waitress uniforms out there. The change folks wore green velveteen
vests and bow ties.
Carpet and Other Decor
Begorrah! This place is hard to miss, since a gigantic, puffy
Mr. O'Lucky fairly looms over Fremont Street, accompanied by
a rainbow and pot of gold.
Inside, every day is St. Paddy's Day, since the overhead lights
cast a green hue over everything. The wallpaper is a tasteful
beige stripe, accented with green molding. Seats at the games
are upholstered in Old Sod green. Be sure to check out the stamped
metal ceiling near the check-in desk. The carpet features the
logo F in a field of shamrocks and leprechaun hats. The jolly
visage of Mr. O'Lucky appears on signs throughout the casino.
Restrooms are nothing spectacular; beige tile and marble seem
to be universal in casino restrooms now. My guess is, people
just don't want to have to think about leprechauns or anything
else like that in the restroom. The wallpaper has a design of
tassels and fleur de lis.
Background music consists of golden oldies from the 1950s and
early 60s. I'm actually thankful for the dearth of pennywhistles
Limerick's Steakhouse has an Old World type storefront of rich,
dark wood with thick glass panes and features World Famous Irish
Shortcake. Molly's Coffee Shop goes for a cozier atmosphere with
walls painted to look like shelves full of books and knickknacks.
I'm sure potatoes are available at both establishments. Mr. O'Lucky
seems to branching out from the gambling business with his Ice
Cream Shoppe and Coffee Pub. Oh, then there's Vincenzo's and
McDonalds, apropos of nothing.
TAppropriate game names include "Leapin' Leprechauns"
and "Dublin Your Jackpot."
Some hard-working Irishman was playing a guitar and keyboard
at the same time. If you're at this casino at the right time,
though, you might see our friend Dan playing the accordion.(
although, he's not supposed to).
Need some luck? Mr. O'Lucky's head is provided for your rubbing
convenience. There's also a "Blarney Stone" for even
more lucky rubbing. If you need a caricature (who doesn't?),
a caricature artist is stationed, ready, with pen and paper.
The "Tower of Jewels" sells jewelry.
Did it work?
The Fitz is about as exciting as your Aunt Medorah's house, but
they develop the theme pretty well for a downtown joint. Ever
since they removed The Magic Forest, the best thing about this
place is the chance to rub Mr. O'Lucky's head. I will never,
ever forgive Fitzgerald's for dismantling The Magic Forest.
Reinstate The Magic Forest!