INTERVIEW: Owner of Atomic Liquors

CREATED Jun 22, 2013

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  • Atomic Liquors originally started as Virginia Cafe Image by COURTESY PHOTO

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  • New owners of Atomic Liquors -- Lance and Kent Johns and Derek Stonebarger. Image by COURTESY PHOTO

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  • Joe and Stella Sobchik -- original owners of Atomic Liquors Image by COURTESY PHOTOS

  • Joe and Stella Sobchik -- original owners of Atomic Liquors Image by COURTESY PHOTO

  • Joe and Stella Sobchik -- original owners of Atomic Liquors Image by COURTESY PHOTO

  • Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • The owners decided to leave the original popcorn ceiling that was in the place. They simply fixed a couple holes, repainted it, and added some glitter. They also replaced the neon tubing that ran above the bar. Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • One of the signature cocktails -- the Hunter S. Smash. Named for Hunter S. Thompson and made with his favorite, Old Crown. Drink is sitting in front of painting titled "Black Velvet Boom" by Lisa Dittrich. Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • The bar offers 20 beers on tap, bottled beer, signature cocktails and house wines. Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • A few patrons enjoying a pre-opening party. Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • The jukebox. Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • One of the original signs that hung outside the building. Obviously it had been repainted more than once. Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • A few more of the signs that used to hang on the outside of the building. Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • Another sign. Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • The F-Bomb -- the official cocktail of the National Atomic Testing Museum. Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • Legend has it that a patron painted this picture for the bar to settle his bar tab. Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • Patrons enjoying a pre-opening party at Atomic Liquors. Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • Pink was the favorite color of the original owner Stella Sobchik. It is featured prominently in the women's bathroom. Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • A look into the men's bathroom. The bathrooms will be labeled "Joes" and "Stellas" after the original owners. Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • A bullet pierced the glass above the front door sometime in the 1980s according to owner Derek Stonebarger. Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • A photo tribute to original owners Joe and Stella Sobchik and a Busch sign. Busch was known as the bar's official beer in earlier days. Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

  • Head bartender Rose teaches employee how to mix a drink. Image by JOYCE E. LUPIANI/KTNV STAFF

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Derek Stonebarger, one of the owners of Atomic Liquors, stopped by Good Morning Las Vegas! to talk about the reopening of the historical bar on Fremont Street.

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