The Downtown Las Vegas community will come together to host a special birthday celebration for former city of Las Vegas Mayor and mob attorney Oscar B. Goodman on Thursday, July 18 at the Fremont Street Experience Main Street Stage. Doors open at 5 p.m. with entertainment and birthday program beginning promptly at 6 p.m.
In honor of Goodman’s 80th birthday, the special event will include a memorable 80 martini salute poured by 80 bartenders in coordination with the United States Bartenders’ Guild Las Vegas Chapter and Bombay Sapphire, the Mayor’s gin of choice for his iconic cocktail.
Las Vegas legend Frankie Scinta will emcee the event that will welcome local entertainers and special guests.
After the Fremont Street Experience birthday event, guests can walk across the street to Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel & Casino to continue the party with Oscar and his friends and family as they celebrate over dinner with live music, showgirls, and a special surprise at the end of the evening. Diners can also enjoy the special “What Oscar Eats” three-course meal of the former mayor’s favorite dishes. The special prix fix meal will be available from July 18-26 for $80 per person, and a portion of the meal’s proceeds will also benefit KMA. Dinner reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.oscarslv.com or by calling 702-38-OSCAR (386-7227).
In addition, the Hizzoner martini will be featured as “What Oscar Drinks.” Customers who order the Bombay Sapphire martini with jalapeño garnish will receive a commemorative martini glass (while supplies last), and 50 percent of the cocktail’s proceeds will be donated to KMA.
Oscar’s Steakhouse will also welcome the wax figure of Oscar from Madame Tussauds Las Vegas during his birthday week (July 18-26), offering dinner guests the unique opportunity to take a selfie with “Oscar” before or after dinner. Oscar Goodman’s figure was added to the Madame Tussauds Las Vegas family in 2008 to honor the 21st Mayor of Las Vegas. Oscar’s sitting was done in his very own office and his figure’s clothes are all donated from his personal closet. To ensure the perfect replica, Oscar also donated Madame Tussauds Las Vegas his personal, custom poker chips.
Tickets to attend the birthday celebration include a commemorative poker chip and are available online at www.keepmemoryalive.org/goodman80th for $20 per person (ages 21 and over) with all proceeds benefiting Keep Memory Alive (KMA), the nonprofit organization that supports the Cleveland Clinic, Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to fund research and programs dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by brain disorders and their families. The Cleveland Clinic, Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health was one of the first developments on the 61-acre Symphony Park complex that Goodman championed for downtown redevelopment as mayor.