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On The Corner Of Main Street

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.

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Ep. 35 – Paul Devitt, Fremont East Pioneer

In the early 2000s, nobody was going to East Fremont St. But veteran New York hospitality executive Paul Devitt saw something there and decided to become the area’s nightlife pioneer. Devitt opened Beauty Bar, a Vegas version of his successful New York bar and music venue. Other bars followed, inspired by Beauty Bar’s success. While […]

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Ep. 34 – John Curtas, Food Critic

Lawyer, by day, foodie by night. And morning. And afternoon. And pretty much every waking hour. John Curtas has been blogging about the Las Vegas food scene before most people knew there WAS a food scene! John shares his thoughts about how downtown has improved, details his most memorable Vegas meal ever, and is not […]

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Ep. 33 – Oliver Lovat, Vegas Expert

Why does one casino property flourish while the one next door flounder? That’s one of the many subjects that Oliver Lovat has tackled in more than two decades of research into the business of Las Vegas and its unique real estate market. Along the way he’s also become a Vegas historian and expert in how […]

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Ep. 32 – Steve Cyr, Vegas Superhost

For more than 30 years, Steve Cyr has defined and re-defined the job of Las Vegas casino host. He’s still at it, taking high rollers and ‘whales’ on gaming adventures around the world. He shares how his plan to finish his degree at UNLV then manage the family motel in Salina, Kansas was suddenly derailed […]

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Ep. 31 – Frankie Scinta, The Showman

Jonathan and Gary spend a fast-paced 40 minutes with Vegas icon Frankie Scinta (pronounced SHIN-tuh), who’s been performing since childhood. For nearly 20 years, Frankie’s been headlining rooms from the Rio to the Sahara… to The Plaza. Frankie shares great stories from those wild times, gets serious about losing his brother and dealing with the […]

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Ep. 30 – Jason Strauss, Tao Group

It may be a party every night in Las Vegas, but making those parties happen is hard work for Jason Strauss, one of the Managing Partners of Tao Group Hospitality. Jason shares his journey from organizing a party for fellow high school seniors in New York to running one of the most successful hospitality companies […]

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Ep. 29 – Michael Parks

Wanna buy a casino? Do you have one to sell? If so, Michael Parks is your guy. He’s put together some of the biggest casino deals in Las Vegas, Reno and beyond. Michael takes a deep dive into the complex, intriguing world of gaming properties — including the sale of The Las Vegas Club.  Also, […]

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Ep. 28 – Patrick McNeil, Faile

Is it a wolf? Is it a dog? You’ll find the answer to that question, and more about one of the huge murals on the North Tower of The Plaza from the artist, himself. Jonathan, Lisa and Gary dial up New York City and talk to Patrick McNeil, half of the art collective known as […]

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Ep. 27 – Ross Mollison, Spiegelworld

The “Empresario Extraordinaire” of Las Vegas, Ross Mollison, joins Jonathan, Lisa and Gary. Actually, Ross is the founder of Spiegelworld, the company that brings us “Absinthe,” “Opium” and “Atomic Saloon,” three of the biggest shows on The Strip. Checking in from New York, Ross updates the status of the shows during the Covid closures. He […]

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Ep. 26 – Brett Lashbrook, Las Vegas Lights F.C.

The man who brought professional soccer to Las Vegas joins Jonathan and Lisa to talk about the journey. Brett Lashbrook, owner and GM of Las Vegas Lights F.C., explains how bringing the world’s most popular sport to the world’s entertainment capital was a “no brainer.” He also discusses the various proposals for upgrading the Lights’ […]

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