The following article was
posted by Jim on The Chip
Board on April 17th,2003
years ago, where the Jolly Trolley stood use to be a butcher
shop. It sold fine cuts of meat and was one of the first
butcher shops in town.
Schulman's Meats, The Brothers Markets, Larry's Meats, etc
opened the butcher shop could no longer compete with them.
The Jolly Trolley was built on the site of the old butcher
shop. Instead of tearing out the meat cooler from the old
butcher shop the Jolly Trolley owners decided to utilize it
within their casino promotions.
remember going into the Trolley and looking to my left,
before you entered, you could see the cooler with several
steak loins hanging in public view. The front part of the
cooler was replaced with glass giving it double visibility
to anyone who walked into the casino.
Trolley offered one of the best "lost leader" steak dinners
in town. Steak, especially filet was sold by the ounce. You
could order a 3 ounce filet or a two pounder, whatever you
wanted. The porterhouse was also excellent.
my college friends who came to town enjoyed gambling at the
Trolley. You could shoot crap or play blackjack while
watching the "naked" lady dance upon the elevated stage to
60's rock and roll music. Back in those days no one dared
place a hand or say anything out of the way to the dancer
for fear of having their legs broken.
Trolley catered to a young crowd but it seemed like the
older generation took advantage of the steak dinners. If one
felt like playing poker you could go next door to Honest
John's for their standard 2-4 Texas hold'em game. If you
notice from the picture below Honest John's is located to
the left of the Trolley. Later it moved to the other side of
the shopping center closer to Las Vegas Blvd. Hence, the
difficulty with the correct address. Both addresses are
Trolley sign use to have a red bulb right above the first
"L" in Jolly. Whenever someone hit a slot jackpot inside the
red bulb would flash and bells would ring. It was very
irritating if you were eating inside but no one seemed to
care because the price was right for their steak dinner.
Trolley use to run full back page ads in the Valley Times
newspaper. I enjoyed that newspaper because it was filled
with all sorts of special offers and coupons good every
where in town, the strip, downtown or at places like
Phillip's Supper Club.
will never be another "joint" like the Trolley. Let's be
honest, there will never be another Las Vegas like it use to