American Restoration star’s real Las Vegas treasures
Breakout Vegas-based reality show Pawn Stars has certainly created a buzz in Sin City, and now Rick Dale, a restoration expert who has appeared on the show, has become a success story on his own. American Restoration, which premieres new episodes April 15 on History, follows Dale, the talented, tattooed craftsman, as he reworks and rebuilds old, damaged items in his shop, Rick’s Restorations. Dale, who has lived in Vegas for 42 years, recently told Las Vegas Magazine’s Emma Trotter what he loves about the city.
Nightlife and music
Vegas is now full of the hottest nightclubs in the world, but I prefer the low-key places that play jazz and blues like the House of Blues, B.B. King’s place at The Mirage and my favorite, Jazz on the Lake at Lake Las Vegas.
I like shopping at Nordstrom Rack. They have a lot of the designer shirts I like to wear all in one store. My favorite mall is the Galleria Mall in Henderson and also Town Square.
My parents used to take me camping all the time, so I still love doing that at Mount Charleston or at Lake Mead and Cottonwood Cove. Nothing better than having the water and mountains within 30 minutes.
I like to eat off the Strip at a small restaurant on North Rancho called Mezzo (4275 N. Rancho Drive). Another favorite is Sushi Ko (7101 W. Craig Road). On the Strip, I like Le Cirque at Bellagio. When eating on the Strip, I like to find the restaurants that serve five- to seven-course meals that pair each course with wine.
Skydiving out in Jean, Nev., is awesome. I also go to Pole Position Raceway. It has two locations that are really great because they are indoors. I really like riding my Harley through Red Rock and the Valley of Fire.
My “staycation” place is New York-New York. It’s an awesome place to go for great food and nice rooms.
I love going to various comedy shows on the weekend. Everyone needs to laugh.