Tuesday, July 31, 2012 | 5:13 p.m.
The Back Alley Bar is going uptown — from taco joint to steakhouse. And with the change, comes new jobs.
The casual bar that was located just off the casino floor at the Stratosphere is getting a makeover as McCall’s Heartland Grill, set to open this fall.
The restaurant will feature a seafood and steak menu that casino officials describe as a combination of “coastal and Midwestern influences.”
The concept was created by Stratosphere Executive Chef Rick Giffen and Vice President of Food and Beverage Matthew Mascali as the latest addition in a $20 million makeover that began last year at the iconic resort on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip.
American Casinos & Entertainment Properties, owners of the Stratosphere, is taking online applications for newly created jobs, including cooks, restaurant servers, bussers, bartenders, bar backs, hosts and beverage servers.
It is virtually impossible to be anywhere in Las Vegas and miss the Stratosphere. It towers 1,149 feet above Las Vegas and is the tallest observation tower in the United States. The casino itself is 55,784 square feet and contains 950 slot machines, 120 game tables and 2,427 hotel rooms.
Of the hotel's 2,427 rooms, 909 were recently remodeled into Stratosphere Select rooms.
The Stratosphere is mostly known for its rides at the top of the tower. The Big Shot, located at the 113th floor, torpedoes riders up 160 feet using compressed air. X-Scream is a teeter-totter perched at the top of the observation deck — if that wasn't scary enough, the coaster arm flings the riders out 27 feet over the edge of the tower. Guests looking for something more sedate can just hang around the 107th floor and simply look at the scenery.