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8 years after taking pictures, security guard making new life with restaurant in North Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — It’s been almost eight years since Craig Dodson’s journey started, and if the trail took awhile to seek out he’s comfortable with the place it has led him.

In December of 2014, he was working security on an RTC bus on the Strip when there was an issue with a passenger. Christopher Gene Boudinot, 35, was taken off the bus in entrance of the Paris Las Vegas. Boudinot shot Dodson in the leg, and Dodson returned fireplace. Boudinot died in the trade of gunfire.

“I try to forget a lot of it. It’s very hard,” Dodson mentioned Monday. “Yeah, I try my best not to think about it, but it’s hard not to. Every time I get out of the shower and look at my leg, I see what transpired that day.”

It minimize quick a career he cherished. Working security opened doorways he by no means imagined as a child rising up in Los Angeles. He was already in the business when he got here to Las Vegas at “22 or 23” to remain with his brother, who was working for legendary guitarist B.B. King on the time.

“They were actually going out of town, they were actually going on a tour, and I wanted to go back to Memphis to stay with my dad for a bit,” Dodson remembers. “So in between traveling from Vegas to Memphis I basically created a job for myself. Mr. King actually came up to me himself and said, ‘You want a job son?’ Sure!,” he mentioned, laughing. “Fifteen years of that was a blast.”

His world modified when the taking pictures occurred. The life he cherished was gone.

“I didn’t know what else to do with my life. I didn’t know what I could do. I didn’t know what my limits were,” he mentioned. “I knew I couldn’t do security anymore because physically I can’t run … I can’t do my job.”

But Dodson doesn’t spend a lot time on regrets. He emanates positivity. He turned to his dream as an 11-year-old boy studying to cook dinner at his mom’s aspect. The objective turned to start out a meals truck. A employee’s comp settlement and almost two years later he was again to work, this time at a range.

Craig Dodson, creator of Getting Baked, a North Las Vegas restaurant that’s having its grand opening on Thanksgiving Day. (Greg Haas / 8NewsNow)

“I basically took it, buried it and hoped the flower would grow. And the flower’s name is Getting Baked,” Dodson mentioned.

On Thanksgiving, potatoes are the order of the day on the new restaurant that’s taking Dodson’s dream to a new stage. After promoting his meals truck, he’s making a go of it in the restaurant on the Sundance Kid Cafe on Craig Road at Valley Drive in North Las Vegas. It’s his grand opening.

On the menu: a build-your-own connoisseur Tuxe potato or a Thanksgiving plate with a alternative of turkey or prime rib ($5 extra):

The Sundance Kid Cafe, a neighborhood bar in North Las Vegas, had been with no restaurant for awhile. But that’s all altering now. Dodson has moved in and he’s prepared for the new problem.

Why potatoes?

He mentioned the thought got here from his fiancee. (*8*) he remembers.

” ‘Baked potato? Nah, I don’t need a baked potato, that’s …’ Then I considered it increasingly and I used to be like, ‘Hey, that’s a simple process. All you bought to do is take a baked potato. Bake it and put some good flavors on prime of it. And it simply kicked me proper then and there,” Dodson mentioned.

From left, bartender Nick Fioritto, Craig Dodson, bartender Crystal Lillo and Tracy Sturgill outdoors the Sundance Kid Cafe. (Greg Haas / 8NewsNow)

“I think that potatoes are a staple in every culture, and every diet, every race, creed or color has some type of potato dish in their food,” he mentioned. “I like potatoes. Baked potatoes, french fries, tater tots. I mean, if it’s a potato, I love it. Fried, fricasseed, boiled, baked, whatever.”

And the menu exhibits an sudden selection — a surf & turf, a Philly steak, a spinach and sundried tomato with mushrooms and feta cheese. And there are candy potato desserts — there’s the Girl Scout Cookie, the Chunky Monkey and one in every of Dodson’s favorites — the Apple Bacon.

“I also do keto, and so if no one wants a baked potato, I can take any keto vegetable and make that the base, and put the protein or whatever on top of it. I’m trying to learn how to speak vegan. I speak vegetarian very fluently, but I’m learning how to speak vegan. So once I learn how to speak vegan, watch out you vegans, I’m coming for you, too,” Dodson mentioned.

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