Park on Fremont: Las Vegas Downtown Project Highlight
This week, my travels took me to Park on Fremont. Modern, hip and a little on the quirky-side, it’s the newest place to eat under the lights of East Fremont Street. At first glance it looks like a bungalow that washed up on the San Diego shores. With it’s wood plank exterior and large front patio, it’s the last thing you would expect to see at the mouth of The Fremont Street Experience. The white, picket fence welcomes you into an open and exposed bar stretched alongside the interior that’s dressed like a Victorian flashback. People dressed for the evening are clustered here, ready to begin the night with a comfortable interlude.
If it’s too windy to dine on the front or side patio, the inside is cozy and inviting. A jukebox welcomes you through the front door while the bar stretches along the wall. Taxidermy animals are featured behind glass and taps protrude from a mantle just out of reach. It’s as if a diner stepped into someone’s trendy library, ready to swallow down some spirits and conversation. The inside fills up quickly, but several tables with plush booths allow for plenty of seating. The copper table tops and freshly cut flowers add to the quirky whimsy, and invite a diner to order from menu’s with old photographs printed on the back.
The place is new, so the menu seems to be evolving. This was my second trip to Park on Fremont, and already there were a few new menu selections. Diners choose from some American favorites with a twist. Depending on how hungry you are, you can nosh on some “Chicken Bar Bites”, a crispy chicken finger platter, or go big the way I did and let your palate invest in the “Philly Mac and Cheese Steak”. Being a Philadelphia native, it takes a lot to “wow” this former East Coast lady. But Park on Fremont let me have it. The sandwich was flavorful and well put together, served with my choice of fries or sweet potato tots. It was on the large side, so I took half home and devoured it later. The rest of the entrees were average, but I didn’t taste anything that wasn’t flavorful.
Servers dressed in denim are cute. So, the ladies and gentlemen taking care of me won over my attention. The girls are dressed in simple, sleeveless denim frocks with a belt while the guys wow you in a checkered patten button down, tan vest and jeans. For anyone who’s been to the Strip, you know it’s hard to find a haunt that offers servers with covered derrières. The service was great. Our lovely waitress was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu, offering up suggestions but not pushing the most expensive selections.
She helped to steer my drink selection, “Stiegl Radler Grapefruit”, a deliciously refreshing grapefruit beer. I’m told it’s their most popular drink on tap. But if fruity beers aren’t your thing, the menu offers something for everyone. Select from a menu separated into quads. You can search for your “High School Hangover”, drink like a “Commoner”, sip along with “The Graduate” or kick back and absorb the “Park Ave” lifestyle. Drinks are fairly priced and won’t break your nighttime budget.
There is a back patio for outside diners, but this space seems to fill up quickly. At the time of my visit, the entire space was rented out for a function. But if you can get it, grab a seat out there. Low-hung patio lights and a wall of plate decor surround you in an almost Alice in Wonderland type of environment.
And before you leave for the evening, do yourself a favor and stop by the bathroom. Here employees are not instructed to wash hands, instead a plaque on the wall reads:
“Employees must say Bloody Mary three times into mirror before returning to work.”
Anyone who bought into creepy ghost stories as a child will get the reference.
There is a lot to discover at Park on Fremont. An escape from the normal dive bar, and an upgrade on the East Fremont Street strip, it’s worth the visit, a drink and a snack or two. Don’t be surprised by the hipster clientele, instead grab a mustache and join in the fun.
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Park on Fremont will spruce up Downtown Las Vegas at 506 E. Fremont St. The 5,000-square-foot gastropub will offer innovative bar fare and an eclectic art collection, with a laid-back area for dining indoors and picnic benches in a lush garden outdoors. – Park on Fremont
Park On Fremont Details
Dining Style: Casual Dining
Phone: (702) 834-3160
Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm – Close
Brunch: Saturday – Sunday: 10:00am – 3:00pm
After 6:00pm 21 & over