Launched in 1939, the Tropicana evolved out of a Depression-era bar and club that eventually incorporated a casino and then dinner with a show-type entertainment. Once the casino was introduced, mob characters became entangled with the club and the Tropicana's celebrity status was launched. Today, the Tropicana offers a dinner and show package that caters to large groups. The show is quite a spectacle, and the food is plentiful.