The Reno Turf Club, a downtown fixture for nearly three decades and frequented by locals, closed its doors Friday to make way for the railroad trench project.
Employees and customers said they will miss the camaraderie among those who placed bets at the 4,500-square foot race and sports book operated by Club Cal Neva.
"It's just like a close-knit family, and as near as you can get to Cheers," said bartender Shelby Streeter, 60, a Reno resident.
A new Turf Club at McCarran Boulevard and Fourth Street is in the planning stages. It is expected to employ 150 people and be open in 18 months to two years, said Jeff Siri, Club Cal Neva president and chief executive. He said the Turf Club's 15 employees would either be moved to the hotel and casino's downtown location or to satellite books opening in Crystal Bay and Fernley.