Secret safe uncovered in Vegas liquor business - WNEM TV 5

Secret safe uncovered in Vegas liquor business

Posted: Updated:
The hidden floor safe at Atomic Liquors. (Doug Johnson/FOX5) The hidden floor safe at Atomic Liquors. (Doug Johnson/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

While putting in a new floor in the oldest freestanding bar in Las Vegas, Atomic Liquors, Derek Stonebarger and his business partner Lance Johns finally discovered why there was a bump in the floor.

"A floor safe from approximately 1945 to 1950," Stonebarger told FOX5.

Stonebarger and Johns are currently renovating to reopen the bar as The Atomic.

Finding an old safe in a city once ruled by the mob made both men immediately think it could be connected to Jimmy Hoffa, especially since they had just discovered he'd been in the building before.

"We got a call from somebody who claims to be Jimmy Hoffa's driver while he's in town and said that they used to hang out here all the time," Johns said.

But instead of calling Geraldo Rivera, Johns and Stonebarger took a hammer and cracked the safe open.

There was nothing connected to Hoffa inside, but they did find a pile of old receipts from the 1950s, including one for 20 cases of alcohol for just $300.

Stonebarger said today that would cost about $3,000.

One of the receipts also had a phone number that was just three digits long.

Stonebarger and Johns feel one thing they found in the safe will remain timeless, an old newspaper ad they plan to run when the Atomic reopens this spring.

"Atomic Liquors, it says, beer, bar, the coolest spot in town, and that's it," Stonebarger said.

Stonebarger said they'll put those receipts on display and will put a piece of glass over the safe so that everyone will be able to see it.

Atomic Liquors had the first package liquor license permit in Las Vegas. It originally opened in 1945 as Virginia's Café, but the name was changed to Atomic Liquors in 1952 when patrons started using the roof to watch the blasts coming from the then-named Nevada Nuclear Test Site.

To watch the full video of the safe opening, click here.

Copyright 2013 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Report: 5 people injured in nightclub shooting

    Report: 5 people injured in nightclub shooting

    Sunday, May 28 2017 4:19 PM EDT2017-05-28 20:19:44 GMT
    WNEMWNEM
     Police are investigating a shooting that took place early Sunday morning at a nightclub in south Mississippi.    Five people sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.    WLOX quoted police as saying the shooting happened at Platinum Sports Bar & Lounge in Moss Point.    According to Moss Point Police Department, a fight started in the club, which spilled outside into the parking lot. Several people began shooting. Five people were ...More >
     Police are investigating a shooting that took place early Sunday morning at a nightclub in south Mississippi.    Five people sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.    WLOX quoted police as saying the shooting happened at Platinum Sports Bar & Lounge in Moss Point.    According to Moss Point Police Department, a fight started in the club, which spilled outside into the parking lot. Several people began shooting. Five people were ...More >
  • Woman charged in husband's hospital death dies

    Woman charged in husband's hospital death dies

    Sunday, May 28 2017 4:12 PM EDT2017-05-28 20:12:22 GMT
    nonenone
    A woman charged with killing her husband as he lay in a Florida hospital bed last year has died.    Jan Sochalski faced a murder charge for allegedly suffocating her husband last May after he suffered life-threatening complications following back surgery. Sixty-four-year-old Henry Sochalski was a retired Trenton, New Jersey, police officer.    The couple lived in Florida.    The Flagler County Sheriff's Office told The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://b...More >
    A woman charged with killing her husband as he lay in a Florida hospital bed last year has died.    Jan Sochalski faced a murder charge for allegedly suffocating her husband last May after he suffered life-threatening complications following back surgery. Sixty-four-year-old Henry Sochalski was a retired Trenton, New Jersey, police officer.    The couple lived in Florida.    The Flagler County Sheriff's Office told The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://b...More >
  • Tiger Woods arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Tiger Woods arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Golf legend Tiger Woods was arrested around 3 a.m. Monday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida.

    More >

    Golf legend Tiger Woods was arrested around 3 a.m. Monday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida.

    More >
Powered by Frankly
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.