75 episodes

On the Corner of Main Street provides an inside scoop on downtown Las Vegas. From gaming and special events to new projects and the growing art scene, hear straight from the amazing people who are making downtown Las Vegas a unique and fast-growing destination. Recorded at the Plaza Hotel & Casino – on the corner of Main Street – Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel will be joined by special guests, including gaming industry leaders, entertainers, local officials and downtown partners, who will share their own exclusive and often entertaining perspective on where Vegas got its start and where it’s going now.

Hosted by Lisa Melmed, Jonathan Jossel and Gary Vickery.

On the Corner of Main Street Plaza Hotel and Casino

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 134 Ratings

On the Corner of Main Street provides an inside scoop on downtown Las Vegas. From gaming and special events to new projects and the growing art scene, hear straight from the amazing people who are making downtown Las Vegas a unique and fast-growing destination. Recorded at the Plaza Hotel & Casino – on the corner of Main Street – Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel will be joined by special guests, including gaming industry leaders, entertainers, local officials and downtown partners, who will share their own exclusive and often entertaining perspective on where Vegas got its start and where it’s going now.

Hosted by Lisa Melmed, Jonathan Jossel and Gary Vickery.

    Ep. 75 - Reimagining Main Street

    Ep. 75 - Reimagining Main Street

    With fireworks, streamers, showgirls and doughnuts, Plaza has kicked off huge improvements that will help fulfill its goal to reimagine Main Street. In this episode you'll hear Jonathan describe four big projects: The Carousel Bar in what's now the porte-cochere, a new branch of Pink Box Donuts that opens right onto Main St., an expansion of Oscar's Steakhouse that will bring the first outdoor fine dining to a downtown casino -- and a new social media - friendly, smoke-free, separate entrance to the Brian Christopher Slots at Plaza Area! For all the deep details, you'll just have to listen!
     
    Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed
     

    • 28 min
    Ep. 74 - Jeff Silver, Casino Executive & Regulator

    Ep. 74 - Jeff Silver, Casino Executive & Regulator

    Jeff Silver has experienced the Las Vegas casino business from both sides: as a member of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and as an executive at the Riviera, Landmark and Caesars Palace. Silver's time as a regulator happened during the Frank Rosenthal era, and Silver was the man who eventually put Lefty in the 'Black Book.' At the Riviera, Silver spearheaded several innovations, including one that's ubiquitous today: putting a fast food franchise on the property! Silver is also on the board of The Mob Museum. And, of course, he has stories about Oscar Goodman!
    Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed
     

    • 52 min
    Ep. 73 - Cliff Atkinson & Fontainebleau Las Vegas

    Ep. 73 - Cliff Atkinson & Fontainebleau Las Vegas

    After a more than 14 year delay, Las Vegas' tallest casino-hotel is finally back on track. And the man in charge of bringing  Fontainebleau Las Vegas to life is veteran hotelier Cliff Atkinson. He talks about growing up in San Francisco wanting to be a chef and run a restaurant - and how he morphed into running hotels. But Cliff spends most of the episode discussing the "full circle" journey of Fontainebleau Las Vegas from near-completion in 2007, abandonment in 2008, subsequent ownership changes, and how its original owner is now poised to complete the property and open next year. 
    Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed
     

    • 49 min
    Ep, 72 - Senator Richard Bryan

    Ep, 72 - Senator Richard Bryan

    We could just as easily call this "Governor Richard Bryan." Or "Attorney General Richard Bryan." He held all three jobs in his long, distinguished career. He was also Clark County's first Public Defender, working with a staff that for a while included another young attorney named Oscar Goodman. Bryan talks about growing up in downtown Las Vegas, being the son of a well-connected attorney, developing his own connections, and how the valley has grown over his 80+ years. 
    Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed
     

    • 52 min
    Ep. 71 - Oscar Goodman & the FBI

    Ep. 71 - Oscar Goodman & the FBI

    We're back with highlights from another talk by former Las Vegas Mayor, famous attorney and steakhouse namesake Oscar Goodman. Oscar reads from a logbook of Metro Police officers who were following him in the 1970s, and has some 'kind' words for a local politician seated at his table. But the centerpiece of this story involves Tony 'The Ant' Spilotro and a 'friend' he brought into Oscar's law office one day. You will be fascinated! 

    • 26 min
    Ep. 70 - IT'S TIME...for Bruce Buffer

    Ep. 70 - IT'S TIME...for Bruce Buffer

    UFC is the world's largest promoter of mixed martial arts, and is based in Las Vegas. Its iconic ring announcer, Bruce Buffer, is the star of this episode. Bruce shares the story of finding his passion in his mid 30s - after finding his long-lost half-brother -- who also happens to be the world's most famous boxing ring announcer, Michael Buffer. Bruce Buffer talks about helping Michael capitalize on his fame, and then finding the perfect gig for himself with UFC. 

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

Brent A22 ,

Excellent

Always have a soft spot for the Plaza as it was the first place I ever went in Vegas some 30+ years ago. The crew does an excellent job giving us both current info, the workings of the business, and often a bit of history. Keep up the great work.

DakotaDown13 ,

Great Vegas Podcast

I've been listening from the start of the podcast and have thoroughly enjoyed every episode. Great insight into some lesser knowns things about Vegas. It's good to see that the Plaza crew are re-energizing the downtown atmosphere and making it more enticing to stay. Always knew about the Plaza but will be staying there for my next trip, primarily due to this podcast!

kmccann11 ,

Gets you excited for Vegas

This is the third podcast about Vegas I stumbled upon. I love listening to them to help me plan my vegas trips and keep me tied over between trips. Thanks to this podcast I have found a new appreciation for Downtown VEGAS and Oscar’s! Keep them coming!

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