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JOHN-O's Las Vegas (& Honolulu pg 8) Thread
christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2012-10-28 2:50 pm   Permalink

New Year's Eve is a good night for a Grand Re-Opening.
Fremont East has not been enclosed into the proverbial Disneyesque experience, yet it is experiencing investment. The area around Atomic Liquors is close enough to the El Cortez, so as to benefit from that investment. I hope it continues until it reaches the area around The Blue Angel.
A map of the regentification:
http://www.vegastodayandtomorrow.com/THEdowntownMAP.htm#.UI2UDcXR7Is


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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2012-10-28 3:25 pm   Permalink

C295, why does your post read like a spam post?
just the way you wrote it,sounds like spam.
I know it is not, but I thought it sounded odd


 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-12-07 2:54 pm   Permalink

Some cool Atomic Liquor links...

http://www.atomiclasvegas.com/

You know what's funny? Everyone's associating the Joe Pesci pen stabbing scene in "Casino" to the Atomic. That's actually incorrect, but I think was lifted from a prior post I made on this thread (and have since fixed, it was a different scene). Haha.

Also on another related note, the Hard Hat Lounge is touting the Frank Bowers mural connection. I've seen that in many internet articles including this one...

http://vegasseven.com/feature/2012/06/21/las-vegas-bar-hall-fame

That credit needs to go to Tiki Central and Mr. Smiley's urban archeology follow-up. Everyone keeps poaching TC discoveries without the proper acknowledgment.

Respect !!


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christiki295
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2012-12-09 10:32 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-10-28 15:25, Atomic Tiki Punk wrote:
C295, why does your post read like a spam post?
just the way you wrote it,sounds like spam.
I know it is not, but I thought it sounded odd


I read the book, "My Week at the Blue Angel," and then repeatedly drove back and forth down Fremont, checking out the vibe, the development and gazing the amazing signage, while also noticing the locals and the housing quality. It is an interesting mix and Atomic Liquors is a very good representative as a microcosm of the entire area.


 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2013-01-28 1:49 pm   Permalink

That was kind of surreal opening up yesterday's Sunday LA Times front section and seeing a picture and article on P Moss, Las Vegas entrepreneur of Tiki and Punk.

He's such a stealthy presence at Tiki events, I always catch him in the corner of my eye and then he disappears !!


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OnlyATikiLad
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Posted: 2013-01-28 2:33 pm   Permalink

Excellent! Thanks for the link.

 
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Posted: 2013-02-18 08:54 am   Permalink

I Hope the new Atomic Liquors doesn't suck. "Bottle Service" scares me! http://atomiclasvegas.com/

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christiki295
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Posted: 2013-02-19 07:39 am   Permalink

Anything is better than nothing.
It looks like they are marketing the place well.
The ATomic Cafe is just on the outer edge of the downtown area undergoing a badly needed transformation.
Hopefully, enough tourists and locals will enable the owners to repay their loans.


 
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Luckydesigns
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Posted: 2013-02-19 07:54 am   Permalink

Moss told me that he looked into buying that place and said that the neighborhood was even too bad for HIM. And Moss ain't afraid of sh*t.
It'll be interesting to see what happens. I'm really looking forward to seeing the inside of the place.
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Posted: 2013-02-19 5:10 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-10-28 14:50, christiki295 wrote:
New Year's Eve is a good night for a Grand Re-Opening.
Fremont East has not been enklosed into the proverbial Disneyesque experience, yet it is expearencing investment. The area around Atomic Liquors is close enough to the El Cortez, so as to benefit from that investment. I hope it continues until it reaches the area around The Blue Angel.
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christiki295
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Posted: 2013-05-12 9:30 pm   Permalink

Thanks!

 
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christiki295
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Posted: 2013-05-12 9:32 pm   Permalink

The LATimes jumps on the celebtration bandwagon.
Raising a glass to an atomic history: A Cold War-era liquor store and bar reopens with new owners, who plan to mark the role it played during an even brighter, flashier era.
By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times 10:07 PM PDT, May 11, 2013
On a nearly deserted downtown block, a small brick building fronted by a curvy neon sign heralds a bygone era here: That's when the big bombs went boom and awe-struck Las Vegas residents watched the mushroom clouds billow into the bright desert sky.

At the start of the Cold War, in the 1950s and early 60s, people timed their days to watch the U.S. government's nuclear explosions at the nearby Nevada Test Site. Think of it as a small-town fair with 10,000-pound bombs serving as fireworks.

At Joe and Stella Sobchik's liquor store and bar on Fremont Street, downtown denizens walked up to the roof, cocktails in hand, most without protective goggles, for a better view of the sky show. The Sobchiks eventually renamed their former restaurant Atomic Liquors to capture the oddball flavor of the events.

The place outlived the Cold War, stubbornly staying open until the couple died a few years ago. Now after a two-year hiatus, Atomic Liquors is back in business with new owners who plan to mark the bar's role in the history of the town that once called itself America's Atomic City.

A trio of investors brothers Lance and Kent Johns, originally from Orange County, and Las Vegas filmmaker Derek Stonebarger bought the bar in 2011 from the Sobchiks' only son. Their new "bar-seum" will feature artifacts such as Geiger counters and posters from the nearby National Atomic Testing Museum.

The Atomic was once an atmospheric 24-hour hangout for the city's brightest lights, including mobsters and performers who dropped in for nightcaps after their shows at downtown casinos. Regulars included Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Roy Rogers and the Smothers Brothers, the owners say.

The place made cameo appearances in TV shows and films, including the original "Twilight Zone" series, Clint Eastwood's 1977 movie "The Gauntlet," and "The Hangover" with Bradley Cooper. In the 1995 film "Casino," it was the setting for a scene in which Joe Pesci's character kills a man with a pen.

"People tell us wild stories about this place," said Lance Johns, adding that the bar had hosted a few parties and would open next month. "One guy said he was a local driver for Jimmy Hoffa and took him to the Atomic whenever he was in town. Another said Joe Sobchik was getting shaken down by a local thug until he called in Frank Sinatra. After that, the guy gave Joe all his money back."

But the Atomic is most known for its role in nuclear tourism. "So much history is torn down here," said Stonebarger. "It's nice to be part of preserving such a colorful chapter of Las Vegas' past."

In 1951, the government began experimenting with bombs more than twice as large as the ones dropped on Japan in World War II. A year later, the government invited reporters to the test site, 65 miles outside Las Vegas. A Washington journalist described the first televised test blast.

"A fantastically bright cloud is climbing upward like a huge umbrella," he observed, moments after the detonation of a 31-kiloton bomb nicknamed "Big Boy." "You brace yourself for the shock wave that follows an atomic explosion. A heat wave comes first, then the shock, strong enough to knock an unprepared man down. Then, after what seems like hours, the man-made sunburst fades away."

An atomic frenzy swept the nation, with Las Vegas at its center. Casino operators led by Benny Binion printed calendars with the dates and times of the explosions. The new nuclear tourism push included atomic-themed postcards and even showgirls' headdresses. The Flamingo and the Sands advertised atomic cocktails, the atomic hairdo and Miss Atomic Bomb beauty contests.

"Benny Binion felt if they're going to give us lemons, let's make lemonade," said Karen Green, curator at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas. "He coined the phrase 'atomic tourism.'"

Joe Sobchik also cashed in. "My dad renamed his place Atomic Liquors in 1952," said son Ron, an aerospace engineer who lives in Fullerton. "It was in the news. People talked about it everywhere."

For 12 years, the government detonated a bomb every three weeks, for a total of 235 massive explosions whose flashes could reportedly be seen as far away as Montana, Green said. Scientists assured residents that any harmful radiation would dissipate once it reached Las Vegas.

Yet critics said the blasts blew out windows, rattled stacks of chips at the casinos and left livestock with burns and other ailments. Billionaire Howard Hughes once complained to President Johnson that the tests damaged the water supply, Green said. Each time a bomb went off, tremors shook Hughes' penthouse suite atop the Desert Inn.

Finally, the 1963 Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty stopped above-ground testing in Nevada. The blasts moved underground.

The new Atomic Liquors owners say they want to celebrate the glory days of the joint that Joe and Stella Sobchik ran for more than half a century. After the couple died in 2010 within weeks of one another, their memorial service was held at the Atomic.

On a recent evening at the bar, the trio talked of such touches as installing bike racks nicknamed for the infamous hydrogen bombs "Fat Man" and "Little Boy" dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Stonebarger produces a business card that, instead of an electron revolving around a nucleus, shows an olive circling the word "Atomic."

They discuss serving a new-generation Atomic cocktail when Realtor Kent Johns mentions the song of the same name. He whips out his iPhone to pull up the 1946 ditty by the Slim Gaillard Quartet that features such lyrics as:

That's the drink that you

don't pour

When you take one sip you

won't need any more

You're small as a beetle or

big as a whale

BOOM Atomic Cocktail.

"That's a terrible song," says Lance Johns.

"Well," Stonebarger adds, "we're going to play it here."

john.glionna@latimes.com

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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2013-05-13 10:16 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-05-12 21:32, christiki295 wrote:
The LATimes jumps on the celebtration bandwagon.

Raising a glass to an atomic history: A Cold War-era liquor store and bar reopens with new owners, who plan to mark the role it played during an even brighter, flashier era.

By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times 10:07 PM PDT, May 11, 2013

... In the 1995 film "Casino," it was the setting for a scene in which Joe Pesci's character kills a man with a pen....


OMG, now even the L.A. TImes is poaching some of my (incorrect) content !! Haha. (See 3 posts down from top).

And on a related note, I can't help but notice all of the new members getting beat up for threads that aren't considered Tiki. I've been getting away with murder on this thread for years. I promise my next post will be Tiki though. Kinda.


 
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JOHN-O
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JOHN-O
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