Atomic Liquors, holder of Las Vegas’ oldest liquor license, had hoped to open on New Year’s Eve, but is now expecting to open in late March. Derek Stonebarger, one of three owners, says permitting and proper care while restoring the historical space caused minor setbacks. “It was just a little longer than anticipated due to being such an old building and having so many historic artifacts that I just couldn’t rush through,” he said. “Just this week, we found a safe as we were replacing the flooring!”
The treasured downtown institution got its name for being a place to watch atomic testing in the 1950s. During restoration, the owners plan to add a live music venue, theater and beer garden.