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Joe Downtown: New Bunkhouse will be an expanded version of the old saloon


Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

The Bunkhouse Saloon is seen Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

The Bunkhouse Acts

Fuzzy future: SoLow (far left) will help the scene say so long to the Bunkhouse Saturday night. Launch slideshow »

Closed since July 1, the Bunkhouse Saloon will reopen in November, not in 60 days as originally planned.

Downtown Project sources, however, say that when it reopens, the longtime live music venue/dive bar will have retained much of the vibe that locals grew accustomed to over the years.

The tavern will keep its indoor stage, and an outdoor music venue will be created. Small bungalows that line the parking lot will be converted into spaces in which artists and musicians can work.

The bungalows will open later, after the November opening of the main building, which houses the saloon.

The Downtown Project purchased the Bunkhouse, 124 S. 11th St., for $1.4 million in July.

The new Bunkhouse may look like the old Bunkhouse, said Michael Downs, Downtown Project executive vice president of operations, “but it’s going to be expanded in scope while retaining the rich music history that it has always had.”

The Downtown Project has purchased dozens of parcels around east Fremont Street as part of its plan to redevelop the area with a total investment of $350 million.

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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