Monday, April 30, 2012 | 2:20 p.m.
O’Sheas is going out with a bang. Literally.
The 23-year-old Strip staple, famous for its beer pong and low-bet tables, closed its doors at noon today. Tomorrow morning, its 7-story parking garage will be imploded.
Caesars Entertainment shuttered the Irish-themed casino and is demolishing its garage to make way for the Linq project, a $500-million outdoor restaurant and entertainment district with an observation wheel centerpiece.
Signs and barricades will be set up near the implosion site at 1 a.m. Tuesday. Surrounding streets will close to pedestrians and cars starting 2 a.m. Both Caesars and Clark County officials are discouraging people from trying to watch the implosion, citing safety concerns.
The county expects to reopen the streets about 6 a.m., depending on the scope of the cleanup and how far dust and debris scatters.
The closures include:
• The northbound and southbound lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard from Flamingo Road to the Mirage
• Winnick Avenue behind Imperial Palace
• Audrie Street behind Imperial Palace and the Flamingo
A version of O’Sheas is scheduled to open in a new location in the Linq project in 2013. An official groundbreaking for the project is planned for later this year.