Louisiana’s Baton Rouge is welcoming the first casino to the city. Casino officials confirm that the casino will open its doors to the public on August 24, at 9 p.m. The casino is named Queen Baton Rouge and it’s first guests are expected. The long and expensive process of renovation:
The previous name for the casino was the
Hollywood Casin. Renovations and expansion of the property cost $85 million. Construction began in August 2021 but was delayed due to rising costs. One more reason for the delay lies in the depth of the Mississippi River – the danger of floods is too serious at the moment, and the casino is close to the river, so the high levels of the river will disturb the works on the construction, as well as the work of the whole casino.Queen Baton Rouge is owned by
Queen Casino & Entertainment, which has high hopes that the property will open its doors to guests in the fall. The property used to be 62.000 square foot, but after the renovation it is now more than 100.000 square feet. The casino atrium has been expanded to about 33,00 square feet of area. The casino atrium will be expanded with approximately 33,000 square feet of space. A riverboat, featuring 750 slot machines and 18 table games, was removed from the water to become an indoor area. The guests will have the opportunity to choose among
five different restaurants and entertainment venues: Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken, 3 Woks Noodle Bar, Capitol Coffee Baton Rouge, 1717, and the Loft at 1717.Numerous benefits for the city and residents:Terry Downey, a President and CEO of the casino’s parent company, commented: “We are thrilled to debut what will be an unmatched gaming and entertainment destination in Louisiana for sports wagering, gaming, entertainment and dining. The Queen Baton Rouge will usher in a new age of gaming and entertainment for the entire region. We are excited to open our doors to our neighbors from Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas. The casino will employ about 100 employees, of which
about twenty are already working, as a result of two recent job fairs. The plans of the company are ambitious, and they have no intention to stop. The next step is investing about $100 million into Belle of Baton Rouge, whose renovations should be finished by October 2024.