This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Jossel talks about his unique journey from London to Las Vegas; how he fell in love with Downtown Las Vegas; how the area has changed over the years and the future of downtown development; his podcast, the development of the area and the future of Downtown Las Vegas; how the Plaza has differentiated itself from the competition; why he started his Plaza podcast, “On the Corner of Main Street “; and why the resort has Pickleball courts!
Born in South Africa and raised in London, England, Jossel moved to Las Vegas in 2007 to oversee the development of Tamares Real Estate’s Las Vegas properties. With diverse real estate holdings in downtown Las Vegas, the crown jewel of Tamares’ portfolio is the Plaza Hotel & Casino. Jossel was part of the team behind the Plaza’s first major renovation project in 2010/2011 that remodeled all 1,000-plus hotel rooms, the 80,000 sq. ft. casino floor and various public spaces, including new dining options led by the award-winning Oscar’s steakhouse inside the property’s iconic glass dome.
Jossel took over as the CEO of the Plaza in 2014, becoming one of the youngest non-restricted gaming licensees in Las Vegas. As CEO, he committed himself to rebuilding the Plaza’s brand that combines contemporary styling, modern gaming, improved guest amenities, and personal customer service.