December Updates

Well here we are over a month in and already we’ve had two events, And already have two more planned, stay tooned for details.

We are still working out the best time to be open, and honestly we are being pulled in two different directions, one group really wants us to open earlier, the other wants us to be open later. The earlier crowd is loudest tho. Right now the earliest we can open (and have baked goods) is 8am. Could the two of us do an 8am-8pm? Maybe? 8a to 4p or 5p seems more likely. If the two of us do 12 hours a day 5 days a week, we will opening later on the weekends, Saturday and Sunday we’d do the 10a-4p thing. Then there’s the Monday issue, many of our neighbors are closed on Monday, or Las Vegas Sunday as we are calling it, being big on tourists we all have to be open all weekend so we get it, it’s weird in practice but we get it. Right now we are closed on Monday and it’s very strange, but it does let us do admin stuff that we can’t do on Sunday, again just till we start hiring. Our goal is still 7a-10p seven days a week, it’ll just take a second or two to get there.

SOUP TIME! starting here in just he next few days tho, we’ll be adding soup to our menu. We will start with one soup each day till sales pick up and then we’ll offer two. Cups or bowls will be served with a cheese roll for here or to go.

Christmas gifts ideas from FortBedlam. Shirts and Mugs are available, Beans by the pound, and buttons too. We’ve got posters made by our resident artist PowderMonkey for sale in the store. And gifts cards too!

“Scifi Center” and “Fort Bedlam Afterhours” first collaboration

Saturday Nov. 20th at 8pm $12 bucks at the door


Five live burlesque dancers bring their talent to Fort Bedlam’s tiny stage for something out of this world. Ever been to a burlesque show? well now’s the time.

visit SCI FI CENTER for this and other great community events like the courtyard cinema shows and more.

FortBedlam’s first Sponsorship, so exciting!

FortBedlam is super proud and excited to support the Sin City Sisters and the Nunnery in their annual Fundraising for the Sisters AIDS Drug Assistance Program. We’ll be providing coffee and such to guests and models during the event on Nov 13th inside New Orleans Square at the Historic Commercial Center.

900 Karen Ave, Historic Commercial Center of Las Vegas 89109

This is just the first of many collaborations with our neighbors, there’s something fun coming right on the heels of this event, inside the shop, a f t e r h o u r s . . .stay tooned for details.


Hello Las Vegas!

Let’s start off with a thank you to our neighbors, who in just he first week have made us feel so loved, wanted, and needed. Thank you, Everyone has been so great.

Our hours; we always knew the best choice for hours would be later. As of today our hours are 10a-7p. It’s our intention to add to the night hours, ideally we’d like to be open all the time, 24/7 but that’s a staffing and security issue, staffing for 3a is rough, and security at this location might be an even bigger challenge. Being open till midnight on Friday and Saturday, and till 10 the rest of the week may be perfect for the square.

Very soon we will begin to hire but right now however we are just two guys, as our base grows we will start hiring with the goal being to hire people to add hours with.

Everything to everyone is our mission. With that said, please bear with us as we adapt to this market and it’s particular unique needs in both hours and menu. No place can truly give every customer exactly what they want but that has never stopped us from trying.


What’s the Historic Commercial Center of Las Vegas?

Google describes it as a sprawling open-air shopping mall featuring a variety of restaurants, shops & entertainment spots. says of the HCCD “The most historic unique shopping, exotic dining, fun arts & entertainment off the strip offering free parking. And Vice magazine ran a story called the History of the Weirdest, Queerest Strip Mall in Vegas.” The byline of which lists some of the highlights, at least in 2016 they were highlights, the Pentecostal church is still there, as are three? others? America’s Best Thai Food is open again after a roof collapse and a pandemic, the straight swingers club, the world famous Green Door is still there, as is the Gay equivalent the Entourage.

Honestly if your interested you really should read the Vice Magazine story, it highlights much of the illustrious history of the center, from Sinatra to Liberace to Snoop, they’ve all been to the square, some just to pick of their dry cleaning.

Now four, nearly five years after that article and amid a completely unreal global event the little strip mall that could, is still doin’ what it does. New leases are being signed, and property improvements are on going. New contemporary galleries (Nancy Good) new food (Catcher’s) and new coffee (Fort Bedlam) have opened or are opening soon. Jin Mee Korean BBQ who won city best in 2014 is open, the former food truck sensation Sausagefest has found a brick and mortar location in the center.

Some great old classics not highlighted in the Vice story are still at it as well, the Cue Club for instance now in it’s 55 year. John Fish’s Jewelry is still in business residing right next to the John Fish School for Jewelry Design, and still producing pieces for some of the musics industries biggest, and Tiffany’s Cleaners is still handling Vegas’ sequin gowns. The Ice Palace, although now actually the Sahara Event Center is still actually there, the building where Led Zeppelin, Credence, possibly Jimi, and definitely the doors played here at a show that was nearly canceled after Jim’s Miami <smirk> incident, the list of names that played here really is a late 60’s early 70’s playlist of artists, Marley, ELO, The Dead it goes on and on. Now it’s a an adult roller skating bar and roller hockey center, I guess the ice is gone then, but there was some talk of getting shows back under that roof as late as 2018, fingers crossed.

Stay tooned for more about the Fort Bedlam Plans for Vegas as the first location begins to take shape. Check back for updates.

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