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Las Vegas Bar takes on Downtown Grand in David Vs. Goliath Court Battle

Publication date: May 10, 2021, 08: 21 hrs.

Last updated: May 10, 2021, 10: 01 hrs.

Philip Conneller

Hogs & Heifers Saloon on Third Street in downtown Las Vegas will take on the might of its neighbor and owner, the Downtown Grand, in Monday's court battle between David and Goliath, reports Las Vegas Review Journal .

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Bartender at Hogs & Heifers in downtown Las Vegas. The owner of the Downtown Grand wants to evict the business, even though he claims it hosts "the best damn party in Vegas." (Photo: Hogs & Heifers)

The issue involves the stretch of Third between the dealership and Downtown Grand directly across the street. Hogs & Heifers sued the landlord in 2019, alleging it violated its lease by using the area exclusively for valet parking. The salon had previously used the street outside its location for charity events and festivals.

According to Hogs & Heifers' complaint, the space is identified as a common area under the lease. It also alleges that Downtown Grand is attempting to illegally evict Hogs & Heifers from the premises.

Downtown Grand Countersues

Downtown Grand countered. It claims the lease states that the tenant must get permission from the landlord to use the space, which the salon failed to do when it held its 2019 St. Patrick's Day.

It also blames pigs and heifers for drunken brawls and other anti-social acts in the area. Lawyers for the casino describe it as "a really wronged party".

Instead of cooperating with the landlord and complying with the lease, H&H chooses to create a consistently unsafe environment that the landlord can no longer permit, " Downtown Grand argues in court documents that are visible to LVRJ.

Casino wants District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez to terminate the lease of 20.

"Loathsome and bawdy."

Hogs and Heifers is described as "all -American, Classic / Outlaw Country and Southern Rock Dive Bar, where bartenders interact with the crowd, sometimes using bull horns as they sip drinks [and] laugh. "

This included the Downtown Grand site, which also said the lounge "hosts the best damn party in Vegas."

A reviewer on the TripAdvisor network site called it "loud, friendly and one of the best bartenders around. They insult you, yell and dance on the bar. "

Another described it as "Horrible and bawdy," giving it five out of five stars.

Gross and bawdy may not be everyone's cup of tea. But Hogs & Heifers has become part of the fabric of downtown and was a major player in the area's revitalization in the mid-2000 s, observers say.

The success of the cult

Owner Michelle Dell said LVRJ that she was personally invited by then-Mayor Oscar Goodman and other city officials to host a downtown venue following the cult success of the original Hogs & Heifers in New York City.

It opened the lounge in 2005, as did the neighboring Lady Luck casino, which closed due to renovations. Two years later, Lady Luck was acquired by investment group CIM. It opened in 2013 as the Downtown Grand.

"So that ultimately it's about starving me, "Dell said. "Ultimately it's about property value. And I'm in their way. "

" It took them [Downtown Grand] eight years to open, and as soon as they opened, the first thing they wanted was to kick me out. But I don't want to leave. I like Third Street. We built this street ".

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