HENDERSON, Nev. -- Car buffs are making tracks to the new Hot Rod
Grille, which opened recently in the Hot Rod Hill auto plaza here.
The focal point of the two-story, 9,500-square-foot restaurant
and gaming venue is Cad-Kong, an 18-foot-high by 12-foot-wide
representation of a 1959 Cadillac, complete with fins and running
tail lights, that serves as a merchandise display and hostess
The restaurant's main dining area resembles a 1950s diner, with
enough elevated red-and-white vinyl booths and freestanding tables
to seat 220 people.
A separate room within the main dining area can be reserved for
groups of up to 40 people, while the restaurant's bar, which
features 15 video-poker machines, can accommodate up to 65
The bar itself is a work of art, with two vintage-car replicas
from "American Graffiti" -- a 1932 yellow Deuce Coupe and a 1955
black Chevy Bel Air two-door post -- hanging high overhead.
In addition, the entire back wall of the space is painted with a
mural of Colorado Street from the film.
The restaurant's colorful interior is accented with artwork by
Kenny Youngblood, a renowned painter of modern-day race cars and
Also, throughout the interior of the Hot Rod Grille as well as
its exterior, visitors will notice a running design theme with the
letter "V," meaning "V-8," the favored engine size of most hot-rod
The restaurant also caters to sports fans and features more than
30 televisions, including five 61-inch big screens. One of those is
embedded in an authentic, 1962 candy-apple-red convertible
Located on the building's second floor, the banquet facility can
accommodate up to 150 people and houses two projection screens,
both larger than 120 inches, with PowerPoint capabilities.
The banquet area overlooks the restaurant's main floor and bar
below, or it can be closed off for privacy.
In addition, there is elevator access to and from the banquet
The menu presents assorted appetizers, salads, burgers,
sandwiches, breakfast items, pizzas, pastas, steaks and
The restaurant is open around-the-clock, with breakfast served
from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and
dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Between mealtimes and after hours, appetizers and sandwiches are
For more information, call (702) 567-5659 or fax (702)
To contact reporter Amy Baratta, send e-mail to [email protected] .
Auto plaza site for cruise-ins
HENDERSON, Nev. -- Hot Rod Hill auto plaza, where the new Hot
Rod Grille is located, is the place to be for car shows and other
special events, such as Rod Runs and Cruise-Ins.
Cruise-Ins happen every Saturday starting at 8 a.m., and the
venue hosts one large car show per month, according to a
spokeswoman for the auto plaza.
For motorcyclists, every Tuesday has been designated Two-Wheel
Besides the Hot Rod Grille, the auto plaza features a network of
auto outlets that specialize in vintage-auto sales, detailing, smog
tests, tires and wheels, power dynometer testing, restoration,
fabrication, custom motoring, auto merchandising design, audio and
stereo, upholstery and European car repair.
The auto plaza's parking lot can hold up to 200 cars, and
there's even a large carport with room for 64 vehicles. --