HOGS & HEIFERS can Stay Put!
We know everyone has been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the Court’s decision and we are happy to report that we are very pleased with the outcome.
The Court has decided in our favor on all of the Downtown Grand’s claims against us. The Court has also ruled that the Downtown Grand had no basis to terminate our lease and evict us and that we have not violated the lease as the Downtown Grand claimed in their filings. We are thrilled that the Court has recognized that the Downtown Grand improperly attempted to terminate our lease and ruled that we can stay in our space on Downtown 3rd.
We are happy to announce that further, the Court has ruled that our lease gives us the right to use Third Street for our special events as we’ve been doing since we opened in 2005.
Las Vegas is back to 100% capacity and we will immediately start planning for our 2021 Rally In The Alley, our 2021 Pre-SEMA party and our 2021 Miracle on 3rd Street Toys for Tots Run!
As luck would have it, the MINT 400 and Punk Rock Bowling were rescheduled for this fall and so our annual MINT 400 Party and our annual Punk Rock Hoedown will be happening as well!
We are excited to move forward to building a renewed relationship with the Downtown Grand and working together to create amazing events on Downtown 3rd. We are excited to continue to be a part of Downtown Las Vegas commUNITY and continue hosting our events, increasing business for all of the tenants on DT3rd and giving back to our commUNITY thru our charitable efforts for years to come.
We want to thank our staff, our customers, our event sponsors and business partners and our community for all their continued support these last years and can’t wait to bring this incredible commUNITY together again!
The History of Hogs & Heifers Saloon
The idea for opening a bar and calling it Hogs & Heifers was conceived in, of all places, a bar. Allan Dell was a self-proclaimed functioning alcoholic and figured he spent enough time sitting at a bar and that he might as well make some money while he sat there. Allan’s two friends and drinking buddies were a Master Carpenter and a Graphic Design Artist and he talked them into helping him build a bar. They would all drink for free and get laid regularly and for three broke guys in their early to mid twenties, who could ask for anything more. Allan’s father agreed to finance his project if he could find an experienced bar owner to “father” him in the business. Enter Tom McNeil, legend in the Dive Bar business. McNeil owned the Village Idiot in Manhattan’s East Side, which was the Boys’ favorite watering hole, where they could sit for hours drinking ice cold Pabst Blue Ribbon for a $1.75 a can. Allan knew that he wanted to open a bar that had to do with motorcycles and women and the original logo did, in fact, include an illustration of a chopper. The Boys were trying to come up with a name, while sitting in the Village Idiot one afternoon…”Hogs & something”. On the wall above the bar was a sign for a Heifer Auction, and a heifer being a cow that has not yet been bred, is essentially a virgin cow. The name Hogs & Heifers was born. The fact that the bar ended up being in a real meat market was simply due to the affordable rent at the time, but it was a perfect match and had a great deal to do with the success of the business.
Hogs & Heifers Saloon was to be an all American classic country and southern rock-n-roll dive bar. Allan knew he wanted it to have the look and feel of a gin mill and that he wanted to hang “stuff” all over the walls. Other than that, there was little else that he had thought about. He had a lot of friends who liked to drink and planned on throwing a party for them every night. Allan may never have imagined that it would turn into the famous bar it is today, but it was absolutely his pride and joy and he considered it his greatest achievement and reveled in its quick success.
Having entered the picture prior to its opening, Michelle Dell was the first bartender to be hired. The routine performed and style of dress worn by the bartenders behind the bar, which has made Hogs & Heifers famous, was born from Michelle’s heart. Hogs & Heifers opened in November of 1992 during an unseasonably cold winter. There was literally no heat source of any kind in the bar and it was so cold you could often see your own breath. Both Allan and Michelle believed in the notion of less is more when it came to dressing behind the bar and it was always freezing; did we mention the bar had no heat? Finally, Allan bought these little space heaters that did next to nothing to provide heat and with Necessity being the Mother of all Invention, Michelle began dancing on the bar–in the empty bar–as a means to keep warm. She would throw a few dollars in the jukebox and just get up on the bar and dance. Little did she know it would become the trademark theme of Hogs & Heifers and lead to countless celebrities dancing on the bar and donating their bras. The Julia Roberts photo was seen around the world and her bra still hangs there today, albeit hidden beneath some 18,000 bras! Michelle’s famous routine has inspired a Major Motion Picture and a league of copy cat Bars.
Essentially, Allan and Michelle, and their friends, were just a bunch of kids with nothing to lose and they threw a party that they enjoyed. They were fortunate and blessed that so many others would love to come to their party and would do so repeatedly. The two were married in Reno, Nevada, on November 16th, 1993. Allan Dell passed away on June 7, 1997. Hogs & Heifers continues to be run by Michelle Dell who was the sole proprietor of the New York City location. She now lives in Las Vegas, close to her favorite saloon!
Congratulations on the win!!! We’ve visited for years and love the vibe