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Joe Downtown: Food court taking place of Luna Rossa at Neonopolis

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Steve Marcus

A view of neon signs at the Neonopolis mall in downtown Las Vegas Wednesday, August 1, 2012.

Downtown Las Vegas now has six, not seven, restaurants whose menus include pizza.

Luna Rossa, on the first floor and southwest corner of Neonopolis, at Las Vegas Boulevard and 4th Street, has closed.

Operator Valentina Molli, reached at the restaurant’s Tustin, Calif., location, said competition didn’t lead to the restaurant’s closure. She said a new operator bought out the restaurant’s lease.

Rohit Joshi, who bought Neonopolis in 2006, said a three-venue food court will move into the space and open before the end of this year. The restaurants will serve Italian, Mexican and Asian fare, he said.

In addition, he said, he is attempting to bring a broadcasting station to the building, but said nothing has been finalized.

Additionally, Banger Brewing appears close to opening on the first floor.

Finally, UNLV’s Continuing Education Division has listed several courses that will be held in space on the second of Neonpolis’ three floors. The first of the courses begins in January.

The courses include: Modeling: How to Become a Fashion, Print or Promotional Model; Business Writing; Modeling: Modeling as a Career Choice; Essentials of Human Resource Management; Grammar for Professionals; Neon Night Photography: Capturing the Glow; Working With The Media; Media Relations; Human Resources for Small Business; and Spanish: Beginning Level.

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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