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By Burt Davis
Photos by Burt Davis or Dianne Davis unless otherwise noted

The D Hotel & Casino Opens on Fremont Street

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Las Vegas is a city of gamblers. Derek Stevens of Detroit and his brother Greg are betting that downtown Vegas will be a winner for his latest project, the D Las Vegas. The former Fitzgerald Casino and Hotel has been transformed, upgraded, and updated. This newly branded D officially opened it's doors on October 10th with Vegas style festivities. Stevens believes its sleek new style, energetic attitude and fun atmosphere will attract visitors and locals to its Fremont Street location.

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The old Irish theme is gone and all of the 638 rooms in the 34 story hotel have been completely remodeled with new furniture and flat screen TVs. The first floor of the 42,ooo square foot casino has been remodeled and contains the Long Bar which the hotel claims is the longest bar in Nevada.

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The second floor casino continues to have a “vintage Vegas” theme and contains retro gambling games such as the old Sigma Derby.

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An outdoor escalator takes patrons to the second floor casino and a new bar has been constructed facing Fremont Street. The rooms have been revamped and Stevens is proud of the nuances of Detroit that he has included. All of the furniture was manufactured in the US. As we surveyed the crisp friendly rooms, he told my group of reporters that it was made in Las Vegas. The décor in the newly decorated rooms is built around gambling.

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The outside bar right on Freemont Street

Fremont Street is the heart of old Vegas and Stevens believes tourists will find a place in their hearts for the new interpretation of old Vegas. Derek Stevens owns 72% of the casino, while brother Greg owns 28%. Derek told guests that the casino is not a Detroit themed casino, but has Detroit roots.

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American Coney Island is the new featured restaurant at The D. American is a well known Detroit fixture, specializing in chili dogs using their homemade recipe. The restaurant can be accessed from Fremont Street or from the interior of the D.

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We got to enjoy some chili dogs and chat with the co-owners sister and brother Grace Keros and Chris Sotiropoulos.

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The opening ceremonies included remarks by Derek Stevens as well as comments by Mayor Carolyn Goodman and former Mayor Oscar Goodman who appeared along with his show girl entourage and hisBombay Gin Martini. Prince impersonator Jason Tenner whose show is at the D entertained the Fremont Street crowd from the 3rd st stage. Bret Michaels entertained on October 13 and One Republic is scheduled to perform on October 20 as part of the continuing grand opening. The D adds to the energy of the revitalized Downtown Las Vegas. It is certainly worth seeing and a good place to eat chili dogs.

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