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Last Call for Scorpions at Trader Dick's

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Trader Dick's in John Ascuaga's Nugget is about to become a part of Northern Nevada's past. The Tiki glasses, the Polynesian menu and the signature drinks including their famous Scorpion is about to give way to a western-themed Gilley's restaurant.

But a lot of those who have been here through the decades will probably always remember the Polynesian restaurant in the desert with its tremendous fish tank. A few locals gathered there Friday for a final Scorpion and a chance to remember when.

"I can recall a lot of events here. A lot of dates; a lot of birthdays and even a few rehearsal dinners," says Sparks Mayor Geno Martini. "This was always the place to come. Even back when it opened and it was across the street."

"It was opened across the street in the 50's," remembers local author and historian Neal Cobb. "It was a play on words, named for his father-in-law and a play on Trader Vic's."

"This is the first place I had fresh pineapple so many years ago," says Jerry Fenwick a local photographer and historian. "And those fish tanks over there," he says pointing to the tremendous tanks along the famous bar. "Those were a great way to camouflage the support beams here."

The tanks, in fact have been remembered as the largest non-museum aquarium tanks in the west. They're 45 feet long and 5 and half feet deep. And they've housed hundreds of fish over the years, including one shark.

"But that shark didn't last long," says Marilyn Newton who's spent the last 50 years as a photographer for the Reno Gazette-Journal. "It lasted like six months and they had to pull it out. It was eating all the other fish in the tank!"

A lot of folks have a lot of stories about Trader Dick's. And many of those memories include the signature drinks at Trader Dick's including the Fog Cutter and the Scorpion, which were always known for packing quite the punch from their blends of alcohol.

Well, last call for Scorpions will come this weekend. Trader Dick's will be closing and will soon become a western-themed Gilley's instead. They plan to begin construction immediately after the bar closes this Saturday.

"It will be a great entertainment venue, we'll have our own drinks and specials and we hope we can help folks build a whole new generation of memories," says Scott Kidd.

Gilley's is set to open in late spring.

Written by Erin Breen 

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