Dapper Companies expands footprint in Downtown Las Vegas by purchasing the former Western Cab building at 801 S. Main Street


Renovated building will be known as The Herbert

LAS VEGAS – Dapper Companies, headed by local real estate developer J Dapper, has purchased the 7,072-square-foot former Western Cab building at 801 S. Main Street in Downtown Las Vegas. The sale closed on November 1, 2019 for a purchase price of $1,200,000. The seller was Triple M3 Holding Limited Partnership. The buyer is listed as The Herbert, LLC and AMJS Basin, LLC as Tenants In Common, represented by J Dapper and Andrea Santanna.

The Herbert is named after Herbert Tobman, founder of Western Cab in Las Vegas. The Tobman family owned and operated several stores on Main Street, and when they ventured into the cab business, constructed the building at 801 S. Main Street that would eventually house more than 400 employees, including hundreds of cab drivers. The building opened in 1985.

After Tobman’s passing in 2006, the building passed on to his wife Jean and three daughters, Marilyn Moran, Helen Martin and Janie Moore. The three daughters continue to own Western Cab, although the company moved in 2017.

“Our entire family worked in that building at some point, including my brother Alan who passed away in 1991 and my daughter Jaime Martin (now Jaime Martin Dapper),” noted Helen Martin. All of us have incredible memories of the building and what my father built there. I know he would be thrilled that the building will continue in the family.”

“Mr. Tobman was one of the hardest working people I ever met, not to mention brilliant” said Martha Sarver, Western Cab’s manager who worked at the cab company since 1973. “It’s exciting that his legacy will live on in the building that will bear his name.”

“I’m honored to pay tribute to such a visionary, said Dapper. “This area of downtown is thriving and we have many business owners who are already looking at this property for both retail and office space. We recently signed a lease with The Great Greek and hope to make additional announcements very soon.”

Although J never had a chance to meet his wife’s grandfather (the Dapper’s married in 2014), the family has shared the stories of Mr. Tobman’s love of food.

“I’ve heard that Herb thoroughly enjoyed taking everyone out to lunch and dinner and was even known for anonymously buying meals for strangers if he thought they didn’t have the money or just needed a helping hand,” said Dapper. “He even had his own diner at one time called Mr. T’s, located on Industrial, in fact a lot of people called him Mr. T. The fact that a Greek restaurant will now be built in a space where his cabs once serviced would have made him very happy.”

The interior and exterior renovations will be designed by Stantec.

Dapper Companies continues to be one of the most active developers in Downtown Las Vegas, having purchased 201 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (originally known as the Nevada Savings and Loan Association Building) for $5,660,000. The sale also includes the 0.38-acre City of Las Vegas parking lot at 200 S. 6th Street and the 0.79-acre parking lot attached to the office building

Dapper is spending more than $8 million on this noteworthy corner just a block from Fremont Street.

Dapper completed the renovation of the former Gamblers Book Club at 630 S. 11th Street, purchased and continues to develop the Huntridge Center at Charleston Blvd. and Maryland Parkway, and is about to begin renovations on the former Mahoney’s Drum Shop at 602 S. Maryland Parkway. It was also announced the company is purchasing the historic Huntridge Theater. 

About Dapper Companies

Dapper Companies is a premier commercial real estate brokerage firm and development company. It builds innovative, thoughtful, retail, office and office/warehouse space throughout Southern Nevada. It also represents landlords, tenants, property owners and investors in buying, selling and leasing commercial property. For more information, visit www.DapperDevelopment.com.



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