Station turning two neighborhood bars into Wildfire Casinos

A exterior view of the Wildfire casino and sports book at the southwest corner of Sunset Road and Marks Street in Henderson Sunday, January 13, 2013.

Station Casinos has bought and closed a pair of popular Southern Nevada bars to open new Wildfire Casinos.

The locals casino operator has shut down the Lift Bar, a popular joint at 3045 S. Valley View Blvd., and Doc Hollidays in Henderson’s Anthem neighborhood.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board recently approved both acquisitions, according to Station spokeswoman Lori Nelson.

Station will hold a grand opening ceremony Saturday at the former site of Doc Hollidays, 2551 Anthem Village Drive. Because the site is in a restricted gaming area, the new Wildfire Casino there will offer 15 slot machines, dining and a bar.

The 5,000-square-foot Lift Bar made its final last call Wednesday night. Station plans to open Wildfire later this month, offering 35 slot machines, dining and a bar. Station has four other Wildfire locations in the Las Vegas Valley.

The main difference between Wildfire Casinos and other Station properties, such as Palace Station or Texas Station, is size. The Wildfire Casinos have fewer slot machines and no table games, no hotels and more limited dining options.