Rick Harrison, owner of the now famous Gold & Silver Pawn shop of Pawn Stars fame, has finally found the perfect way to keep the masses happy as they stand in line waiting to pawn their goods outside his shop: delicious food. The shop has only increased in popularity thanks to the budding success of the strip mall, known as Pawn Plaza, adjacent to his shop. With bold pops of primary colors, a bevy of converted shipping containers, and tasty dining options, Rick’s customers are certainly pleased.
Ralph Cautela, the owner of the corner container eatery, Inna Gadda di Pizza, offers pizza that is reminiscent of a classic New York City pizzeria. This eatery is a great place to grab a cheesy slice before you get in line for your chance to turn trash into treasure. Cautela is also owner of Secret Pizza at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, which was his first pizza venture here in Las Vegas. Although not so secret anymore, many have found the hidden gem within the hotel to be a nice respite among the high-end restaurants nearby.
Another dining option is the Smoke’s Poutinerie, a Canadian chain that serves — you guessed i — poutine. Poutine, fries doused in gravy and cheese curds, is something worth trying at least once. Now, if you’re looking to cool off in the summer heat, Rita’s Italian Ice is your best option on restaurant row. Rita’s Italian ices and frozen custards are sure to keep you refreshed and relaxed as you wait at the Gold and Silver Pawn shop.
Those who get to the Plaza early, or are looking for an afternoon pick-me-up, should head to Pawn Donut and Coffee. It will satisfy your caffeine and sugar craves to help keep up your energy up while facing the crowds. If you’re in the mood for hearty BBQ, check out Rick’s Rollin Smoke Barbeque & Tavern, which is now located right on the block. With the signature ribs, sliced brisket, beef hot links, and a full bar, Rick’s is the place to go whether you’re celebrating good fortune or trying to quell sadness when things don’t go your way. Overall, chowing down at Pawn Plaza is a solid way to spend the day if you find yourself waiting to strike it big at the Gold & Silver Pawn shop.