IN VEGAS, MOBSTERS AND STEAKS MAKE A PERFECT DINNER PAIRING
Iconic Vegas mob movie Casino is enjoying its 20th anniversary this year. If you want to celebrate in style, Oscar Goodman has an offer you can’t refuse.
The restaurant business is full of colorful characters, but even in this eclectic crowd, few can rival Goodman, a lawyer by trade. Before opening his Oscar’s Beef, Booze and Broads steakhouse in Downtown Las Vegas, he was the 3-term mayor of Sin City (forced out by term limits, his wife ran and is currently mayor). Before being elected mayor, he was president of the National Association of Defense Lawyers. Dabbling in acting, he appeared in bothCasino and the hit TV show CSI. Among his many other unique career moves he was a six-figure paid spokesman for Bombay Sapphire gin, and is still often photographed with a martini in hand.
In the height of his legal career, he became famous for representing very high profile alleged mob clients, including Meyer Lansky, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, and Anthony “Tony the Ant” Spilotro, the basis for Joe Pesci’s character inCasino. Fittingly, he participated in the grand opening of the Mob Museum, now a popular Downtown Las Vegas cultural attraction, just blocks from the eatery.
Today, Goodman, who keeps an office at his restaurant, relives those glory days by personally hosting an intimate quarterly dinner series where he shares stories from his mob attorney career. At the last such dinner, in honor of theCasino anniversary, he recounted his work defending Spilotro.
The next dinner will be Thursday, June 11th, when former Mayor Goodman will share his memories of drug smuggler Jimmy Schagra, aka The Kingpin, aka “The pot king of the Western world.” Goodman successfully defended Schagra and got him an acquittal in the assassination of a federal judge, which he later admitted to his role in. The event starts at 6:30 and is a 3-course affair ($150) with multiple choices for appetizer, dessert and entrees, which include a NY Strip, one of the signatures of the restaurant.
Oscar’s Beef, Booze and Broads is a 4-year old high-end steakhouse with a Rat Pack vibe and classic menu serving dry aged beef in a one of a kind setting. It is located within an architecturally important flying saucer-shaped glass dome with stellar views, connected to the front of the Plaza hotel in Downtown, just off the popular Fremont Street Experience. It was the first new fine dining restaurant to open in the neighborhood in years, an early part of the current downtown renaissance. Try to get a seat with your back to the wall.