Vickie’s Diner departs, leaving behind a space with a storied history

Vickie’s Diner, one of the oldest in Las Vegas, closes on Sunday after the building’s landlord ordered the restaurant to vacate the building. The landlord gave the diner until August 26 close.

Owner Vickie Kelesis’s uncle, Pete Kelesis, originally owned the restaurant that opened in 1955 inside White Cross Drugs. Legend tells of famous clientele including Rat Pack members and Elvis Presley filling their prescriptions at the Las Vegas Boulevard pharmacy. The former diner, Tiffany’s, was famed for its breakfast menu for folks of a less well-heeled heritage, red vinyl seating, and the walls of thrift store-style, outsider art paintings.

Vickie’s took over the space in 2014. White Cross Drugs closed in 2012 and became White Cross Market, which closed in 2015. That 22,000 square feet of space is still available for lease.

Vickie’s Diner joins other recent COVID-19 restaurant closings including both locations of Miller’s Ale HouseSweet Tomatoes buffets, Ricardo’s Mexican RestaurantHamptons and Brio Tuscan Grille at Tivoli VillageBen’Zaa Cantina in Centennial, Served in Henderson, Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro and Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo, and Sin City Brewing Co. Eater 38 stalwart Sage closed permanently at Aria, along with Shawn McClain’s other restaurant there, Five50 Pizza Bar. And Smashburger closed three of its local restaurants.

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