Atomic Liquors, holder of Las Vegas' oldest liquor license, is still on track to re-open by the end of the year. The bar, which has been shuttered since January 2011, was purchased earlier this summer by three investors who hope to revamp the building and highlight its history. Among the new owners' plans are a beer garden, movie space, live-music venue and seats dedicated to Atomic's famous regulars, such as Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand.
Co-owner Derek Stonebarger says if they don't make their Dec. 31 goal, the place will likely open in January. "Obviously with that old of a building we've had some minor obstacles ... but [we're] still on track," Stonebarger said.
Atomic Liquors opened in 1945 as a cafe called Virginia's, but changed its name when it became a popular place to view bombs from the Nevada Test Site. Joe and Stella Sobchik of Las Vegas were the bar's original owners and ran the business up until they passed away three months apart in 2010.
Jan. 1, 2013 will mark two years since the bar closed. What better a way to redefine a depressing anniversary than with a grand re-opening on the same day?