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Joe Downtown: Former Gold Spike employees seek jobs with other casinos, Downtown Project

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Bartender J.C. Kelley pours a couple of colas about an hour before the doors closed for the final time April 14, 2012, at Gold Spike casino in downtown Las Vegas. The Gold Spike is reopening Monday, May 6, 2012, as a bar and restaurant.

Updated Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | 3:17 p.m.

Last call at Gold Spike

Bartender J.C. Kelley pours a couple of colas about an hour before the doors closed for the final time April 14, 2012, at Gold Spike casino in downtown Las Vegas. The Gold Spike is reopening Monday, May 6, 2012, as a bar and restaurant. Launch slideshow »

Nearly 50 former employees of the Gold Spike casino/hotel seeking jobs after the property's sale and closure showed for interviews with five different businesses or agencies Tuesday morning.

The Gold Spike, 217 Las Vegas Blvd. North, closed Sunday afternoon after The Siegel Group Nevada Inc. sold it to Downtown Project investors for a yet-undisclosed amount. Siegel Group purchased the property in 2008 and did extensive renovations to the casino and hotel rooms, creating the first boutique-style hotel downtown.

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, whose Downtown Project is working to revitalize downtown with a $350 million investment in education, small and tech businesses, entertainment and real estate, has said the property would reopen but not as a casino.

Siegel Group said it hoped to re-employ about 60 percent of the casino/hotel’s employees. The remainder were given the chance to interview with Downtown Project and others. Those interviews occurred Tuesday inside the Downtown Cocktail Room, 111 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Aside from Downtown Project, four hotel/casinos also conducted interviews: El Cortez, Plaza, Golden Gate and The D. Eastridge Group, an employment agency, also did interviews.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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