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To Fremont East!

Fremont EastThe latest iteration of an ever-changing street.

 

Over the past year or so, Fremont East has seen a goodly amount of development from Las Vegas Boulevard to Maryland Parkway, with new places to shop, dine and imbibe. While the area is still fairly gritty, it’s no longer the local version of Fort Apache, The Bronx your mother warned you about. So hit that sidewalk and discover this list for yourself!

PublicUs

1. Freshly occupying a stylish midcentury modern commercial building, PublicUs is filled on the inside with custom woodwork and tiny trees. It serves up eclectic takes on deli food, from pastries to salads and entrees. 1126 Fremont St. 702-331-5500, publicuslv.com

Eleventh Street Records

2. The analog re-revolution has clearly won at this great addition to the city’s collection of music stores. Colorful LP covers fill the emporium’s tall walls. It’s as much a living art exhibit as a place to pick up that remastered Elvis Costello album you’ve been wanting. In the back there’s even a recording studio where local bands like MOONBOOTS have been cutting tracks. 1023 Fremont St., 702-527-7990, 11thstreetrecords.com

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Bunkhouse Saloon

3. The Bunkhouse is an indie rock lover’s dream, serving up international bands such as The Breeders and hometown heroes like Rusty Maples, along with wicked good food like Grits & Gravy. Its large outside courtyard sees much beery revelry during shows. 124 S. 11th St., 702-854-1414, bunkhousedowntown.com

Oak & Ivy at Container Park

4. This compact bar, handsomely lined with dark wood, is a whiskey connoisseur’s dream spot. It purveys craft cocktailery, from trad classics like Sazeracs and Boulevardiers to inventions by the knowledgeable, unstuffy staff. 707 Fremont St., oakandivy.com

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Publicus
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Publicus

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Eleventh Street Records
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Eleventh Street Records

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Bunkhouse Saloon
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Bunkhouse Saloon

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Jinju Chocolates
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Jinju Chocolates at Container Park

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Radio City Pizza
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Radio City Pizza

The Treehouse & Stage at Container Park

5. Towering more than 30 feet in height, the Treehouse takes up a sizeable swath of Container Park’s courtyard. Kids go bonkers for the construction, which has a giant, twisting slide. It’s adjacent to a “lawn” area and stage, which hosts live musicians, free movies and other events. 707 Fremont St., 702-359-9982

JinJu Chocolates at Container Park

6. The small space is filled with gorgeous, handcrafted bonbons and truffles. Make like Anthony Bourdain and gorge on some rare Fortunato No. 4 chocolate from the remote Marañón Canyon in deepest, darkest Northern Peru. 707 Fremont St. #2280, 702-348-9407, jinjuchocolates.com

Art installation at the NE corner of Eighth Street

7. Housed in/on an old gas station/burrito stand, the work features a mural by Alexandra Lee — it’s got birds on it! At night, the interior, by Christopher Kachurak, looks like a glowing tree from some hypnotic elf forest. Apparently, it is titled “Burrito Stand.” What does it mean?

Radio City Pizza

8. Radio City recently dialed up its menu to 11, and the results are excellent, from apps to handmade pastas. The Hearts & Flowers pizza is an amazing assemblage of beef heart, rose water & basil pesto, garlic confit, wildflower honey and watermelon radish. 508 Fremont St., 702-982-5055, radiocitypizza.com

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