This past Monday, 6-27-16, marked another passing in Las Vegas. Not the funeral type, but the passing of another mainstay in Downtown Las Vegas. This date was the last day of operation for Mermaids Casino, Glitter Gulch and La Bayou. The trio were purchased by Derek Stevens, co-owner of The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate Hotel and Casino. He plans to renovate them but is quiet on what that will be.
What I will miss about these two casinos is that they are a throwback to when Downtown casinos were just that, casinos. I know that was many years ago, but many years ago, a trip to Sin City meant staying at one of the surrounding motels and going to the casinos to gamble. Eventually most evolved to becoming hotel and casinos properties, but not Mermaids and La Bayou. The latter was also the only all coin slot machine casino left. Remember the days of the slot girls walking around with their apron full of rolls of quarters and dollars? Looking back, that must have been punishing work.
From a gastro point of view, I will miss the deep fried twinkies and oreos, even though I only had them once, as I always thought “I get one on the next trip”.
It must have been nostalgic in the hours before closing and really wish I could have been there to take part in it.