While we’ve often seen Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison behind the counter at Downtown’s World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, he’ll be behind a different counter Friday night: the second-floor bar at Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ & Tavern.
The reality star will sling drinks at the Pawn Plaza bar during the new outdoor mall’s October 9 grand opening, which features a private ribbon-cutting ceremony with the mayor and GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, an exclusive, invite-only party and the official public unveiling at 9 p.m., when Harrison will debut his mixology skills. And don’t worry—he’s legit. He recently obtained a TAM card and even went to bartending school for the occasion.
Pawn Plaza has signed on nine tenants, including new-to-the-roster BodySpa Salon and Pawn Plaza Vow Renewals by VegasWeddings.com. While a representative says all operations will be up and running later this month, Smoke’s Poutinerie and Rita’s Italian Ice have already soft-opened, with Vegas Flip Flops, So-Cal Speed Shop and Rollin Smoke's upstairs tavern joining them at Friday night’s christening.
If you can’t make it to the grand opening but still want a Harrison-crafted cocktail, you might be in luck—rumor is he may make a side gig out of tending bar at his namesake watering hole.