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Monday By the Numbers: Bye-bye to Mermaids, Glitter Gulch, La Bayou and all that deep-fried yumminess

Glitter Gulch, La Bayou and Mermaids

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Penny slots at La Bayou in downtown Las Vegas.

Glitter Gulch, La Bayou and Mermaids

A deep-fried Oreo at Mermaids on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »
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Vegas Vickie at Glitter Gulch in downtown Las Vegas.

This week, Monday By the Numbers focuses on three famous but ill-fated businesses on Fremont Street: The Girls of Glitter Gulch, Mermaids and La Bayou.

That Triumvirate of Regretful Decisions has been purchased by Fremont Street overlord Derek Stevens and his brother, Greg Stevens. The Stevens consortium owns The D Las Vegas, Golden Gate and Las Vegas Club (closed at the moment), along with Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

The move allows development of a new casino tucked in the middle of the Stevens downtown empire. No formal timeline has been set for this expansion, but we do use this week’s Monday By the Numbers column to chart the statistical history of these famous, if unalike, Las Vegas haunts.

As they say at Mermaids, let’s deep-fry that sucker:

99 cents: Price of a deep-fried Twinkie and also a deep-fried Oreo.

$2.25: Price of a deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

$19: Price of a 48-ounce plastic football full of beer (the Unofficial Beverage of Fremont Street).

6,110: Deep-fried Oreos sold in May.

61,297: Deep-fried Oreos sold this year through May.

599,720: Deep-fried Oreos sold from Mermaids opening through May.

4,059: Deep-fried Twinkies sold in May.

42,537: Deep-fried Twinkies sold this year.

385,662: Deep-fried Twinkies sold since Mermaids opening through May.

6,447: Daiquiris sold at La Bayou in May.

53,270: Daiquiris sold at La Bayou this year.

533,760: Daiquiris sold at La Bayou since it opened in ’99.

4,536: Strands of beads given away in May at La Bayou.

125: Slot machines in La Bayou (and the place is pretty much a box of slots with a bar at the back).

1: Gentlemen’s clubs downtown.

1: Visits made to “The Gulch” (in 1996, shortly after moving to Las Vegas, and that’s about all I recall).

85: Years since the first gaming license was issued for business at the site of La Bayou (in 1931).

1994: Year in which Glitter Gulch’s Vegas Vickie was “married” to Vegas Vic. The marriage continues, though the two live separately …

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