He's been a defense attorney for some of the leading figures in organized crime, mayor of Las Vegas and now Oscar Goodman is a restaurant owner.
At the Plaza Hotel and Casino, Oscar's is an upscale steakhouse located inside the hotel's iconic dome overlooking Fremont Street.
Oscar's is decorated with memorabilia from Goodman's 12-year tenure as mayor and classic photographs of Las Vegas over the years. The restaurant features "Oscar's broads," otherwise known as hostesses. Next door to Oscar's is his Italian restaurant, Simpatico.
It's no surprise that the man who was often photographed with a martini in hand also has a bar and lounge adjacent to his restaurant at the Plaza that serves a variety of cocktails, including martinis.
"We wanted to identify a unique restaurant concept to open in the dome," said Tamares Real Estate Chairman Poju Zabludowicz, whose company owns the Plaza and other downtown properties. "Former mayor Goodman epitomizes the spirit and nostalgic tradition of vintage Las Vegas, and Oscar's is the perfect brand for the Plaza's iconic dome."
Goodman has a unique connection to the Plaza's dome (and it's famed Center Stage Restaurant). The former restaurant was used in the filming of Martin Scorsese's movie "Casino," a fictionalized accounting of organized crime figures Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal and Anthony "The Ant" Spilotro and their time in Vegas.
Goodman was a defense attorney for both Rosenthal and Spilotro. He also appeared in the movie "Casino."
Given Goodman's championing of a revitalized downtown Las Vegas and his history with the Plaza's iconic dome, The Plaza is a perfect fit for Oscar's.