Last week of business for Trader Dick's, Nugget unveils new plans

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Updated: 2/03/2014 5:05 pm
Sparks, NV (KRNV & - The sun will be setting for Trader Dick's inside John Ascuaga's Nugget on February 8th as renovations begin inside the casino on February 10th.
Since 1958, Trader Dick's has been serving up rum-rich drinks and Polynesian platters. It started as a nod to memories of the pacific theater as World War II soldiers were returning home.

For long time patrons, like Claudio Glasbarri, Trader Dick's holds years of fond memories, like his son's 10th birthday party.

"He loved it. His favorite part was the Big Alaska dessert,” he recalls.

Alas, the tropical restaurant and popular aquarium bar will close as new management begins renovations on the casino. Even President Carlton Geer will miss Trader Dicks.

"[That’s] the lounge where I used to bring dates in 1981, before I was married,” he says. “It's bittersweet."

Geer says it is time for something new, and that something will be the western-themed Gilley's, the iconic dance hall and saloon featured in the country classic: Urban Cowboy.

"Gilley's will redefine us,” says Geer. “It is the cornerstone of our future renovations here."

The Nugget is investing millions into the more than 10,000 square feet space for Gilley's saloon and barbeque restaurant with live entertainment, and of course, a mechanical bull with adjustable speeds.

"It is so different than anyone's offering in Northern Nevada,” explains Geer. “It is a huge, huge, huge, opportunity for us."

Nugget management estimates the western concept will appeal to more than 300,000 costumers- and believe it fits Northern Nevada's tradition for ranching and rodeo.

Many customers are sad to see Trader Dick's go, but say they're loyal to the Nugget.

"Gilleys should be interesting,” says Glasberri. “But it’s sad to also see the Polynesian food and Trader Dicks is going away. "

Gilley’s is expected to open in late spring this year.
In its final week, Traders Dick's is also offering 25% off your entire bill, and memorabilia Tiki glasses as supplies last.

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Kramer - 2/4/2014 12:45 PM
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the RGJ called Trader Vic's a "chain", this was an actual guy who built up a reputation (sadly diminished franchise. anyway, instead of Mai tai U get a lasso

Topher - 2/4/2014 10:45 AM
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Actually Josie, now that I read your comment again, I totally agree.

Topher - 2/4/2014 10:44 AM
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I'd argue that it's actually Trader D's which offers something no one else does in the Reno area. Speaking of a 1980's bar....what exactly would you call Gilley's Josie?

goodrich - 2/4/2014 10:08 AM
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I also ask, "What's going to happen to the fish?" This is a disgrace. To replace a stylish venue with a white trash one is just wrong. TD was the only Polynesian restaurant in this area. "Gilley's" is a tired and worn-out franchise. I also make a comment about the regression here. I didn't even think that "Gilley's" even existed any more. Nugget Housekeeping will see an increase in responsibilities as they will be spending a heck of a lot more time cleaning up vomit on the carpet in the vicinity of this sleazy bar. This is a bad, bad choice.

skybook - 2/4/2014 8:30 AM
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What's going to happen to all the fish???

Josie - 2/3/2014 8:02 PM
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1980 called - they want their bar back. Way to move into the past!

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