Openings and closings: Goodbye, Casino MonteLago; hello, Downtown Grand

Mona Shield Payne / Special to the Sun

Erika Varga arranges flowers in the foyer in preparation for the opening of the Downtown Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.

A high-end jewelry buyer opened its first location on the Strip, while a native Nevadan is bringing his family-owned pawnshop to a new location.

Also new to the valley: a pop-up holiday store, a Japanese restaurant and a downtown casino.

    • Circa


      Circa, a New York jewelry buyer, opened its first Las Vegas location Oct. 28 in the Four Seasons Hotel at 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

      The shop buys jewelry from customers, then sells it to manufacturers and retailers

      “The Vegas market values luxury, expertise and client service, all details that Circa’s business is built around,” Las Vegas Director Umberto Binetti said.

      Circa is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Appointments are necessary to meet with a buyer.

    • Max Pawn of Las Vegas

      Max Pawn is scheduled to reopen Tuesday in a new location on 6040 W. Sahara Ave.

      Owner Michael Mack opened the original location at 2400 S. Jones Blvd. in December 2009 but outgrew the space. The new spot is a former army surplus store.

      The pawn shop will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

    • The Tree Lot at Crate and Barrel

      The Tree Lot at Crate and Barrel

      Crate and Barrel's Tree Lot opened Tuesday at Town Square for the holiday season. It is scheduled to be open until Dec. 31.

      The pop-up shop sells a variety of holiday decor, such as Christmas tree ornaments, garlands, lights and small gifts. It's between Brio Tuscan Grill and Town Square Park.

      The Tree Lot is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

    • Tonkatsu Kiyoshi

      Tonkatsu Kiyoshi opened in late September at 7780 S. Jones Blvd., Suite 103, Las Vegas.

      The Japanese restaurant offers tonkatsu (panko-breaded pork cutlet), as well as shrimp, salmon and chicken katsu. All meals come with a bowl of rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles and shredded cabbage.

      Tonkatsu Kiyoshi is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

    • Kid Cary, of Las Vegas, plays video poker during the opening of the Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday, October 27, 2013.

      Downtown Grand

      The Downtown Grand welcomed its first guests Oct. 27, including casino mogul Steve Wynn, who lost $5,000 at the craps table.

      The hotel-casino took over the site of the former Lady Luck on the corner of 3rd Street and Ogden Avenue.

      The Grand has 634 guest rooms, about 600 slot machines and 30 table games sprawled across 25,000 square feet of casino space.

      Its restaurants include the Triple George Grill, a San Francisco-style steakhouse; Stewart + Ogden, an American spot; Red Mansion, a Chinese restaurant; the Spread, a New York-style deli; and Pizza Rock, a pizza shop.

      The resort will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 12

    • Casino MonteLago

      Casino MonteLago at Lake Las Vegas closed Tuesday for the second time in three and a half years because of lease issues with owners.

      The Kam Sung Company, the casino’s landlord, is looking for other companies to run the resort, although an executive said officials are open to continuing a relationship with current operator Intrepid Gaming. Kam Sung said its tenant has not upheld “contractual obligations” but did not specify.

      The casino opened in May 2003 and closed in March 2010 before reopening in May 2011.

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