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Top 10 casino openings and expansions for June 2024

17 June 2024

If going to casinos is your thing, you probably have one or two favorite properties that you like to attend more than others. You might have certain restaurants, bars, even tables you try to stick to and that is fine to have some form of a routine. However, it is never a bad thing when your go-to casino announces they are adding something new to its portfolio. Here, we take a look at 10 announcements from casino-resorts who are planning to expand in one way or another.

10. Rio Hotel and Casino welcomes culinary addition
Luckley Tavern & Grill, a fresh culinary addition to the Rio Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is now open located right in the heart of the casino floor.

Open seven days a week, Luckley serves up flavors with a Las Vegas flair. Guests can expect a thoughtfully curated dining experience meant to highlight the flavors and textures of ingredients harvested at the peak of freshness.

The cocktail menu reflects the same attention to detail, featuring a wide selection of beverages meant to mirror the restaurant’s dedication to quality and taste without compromise.

9. COTE Vegas to open in 2025 at The Venetian Las Vegas
Gracious Hospitality Management announced plans to open COTE Vegas, the brand’s first West Coast concept in 2025. Located at The Venetian Las Vegas, the Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse, recently named North America's Best Steakhouse by World’s 101 Best Steak Restaurants, will debut early next year as a part of the resort’s $1.5 billion reinvestment project.

COTE Vegas will draw inspiration from its renowned counterparts in New York, Miami, and Singapore while introducing new dining experiences unique to Las Vegas.

Guests can expect the highest quality cuts of beef, ranging from A5 wagyu from Kobe, Sendai, and Miyazaki to 45, 90, and 120-day aged steak. The menu will feature the concept's signature Butcher's Feast, offering diners a chance to experience four cuts of the highest quality beef, and a variety of Korean-inspired sides, along with Steak & Eggs, Legend of the Seven Jades, and more.

8. Buddy’s Boardwalk Empire makes Harrah's Atlantic City debut
Buddy ‘Cake Boss’ Valastro opened Buddy’s Boardwalk Empire at Harrah's Atlantic City, just in time for summer in Atlantic City.

The new concept comes from Buddy Valastro’s Restaurant Group and offers guests an array of Jersey-style sandwiches, a selection of pizzas, a new pasta station, and Valastro's iconic desserts and cakes fresh from New Jersey’s own Carlo’s Bake Shop.

“As a Jersey native, I'm thrilled to bring the Boardwalk experience to Harrah's Resort,” said Valastro. “At Buddy's Boardwalk Empire, we're serving up a slice of Jersey with every bite, perfectly complementing the vibrant spirit of Harrah's. From our fresh mozzarella and pasta to our mouthwatering sandwiches and signature cakes, every dish creates an unforgettable dining experience for our guests in Atlantic City.”

7. F1 Arcade to open at Caesars Palace
In late May, F1 Arcade announced Las Vegas as its third U.S. venue due to open in 2025. F1 Arcade will bring its experiential venue to The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, which is attached to the destination’s Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas opening marks the next phase of an U.S. roll-out plan following the opening of its first U.S. location in Boston Seaport in April. F1 Arcade will open in Washington DC this autumn and plan to open 30 locations globally across the next five years.

Covering over 21,000 square feet, spanning two floors with a terrace offering views of the Las Vegas Strip, the Las Vegas venue will be the largest F1 Arcade to date. Guests will be welcomed to a Formula 1 social racing experience. They will be able to immerse themselves in the world of Formula 1 by getting behind the wheel of the full-motion simulators and racing the world’s most iconic tracks.

6. Ortikia now open at Green Valley Ranch Casino
The teams at Blue Ribbon Restaurants and Station Casinos announced the debut of Ortikia Mediterranean Grill at Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino which opened on 3 June.

The new 168-seat Mediterranean wood-fire grill eatery has an open-concept kitchen featuring a custom-crafted live fire grill and rotisserie by Italy-based Clay Oven.

The menu features salt-baked and grilled seafood, rotisserie-cooked meats, and vegetables, accompanied by an array of Greek-inspired appetizers and a seafood counter and crudo bar.

5. Paris Las Vegas to welcome Dominique Ansel Marché in fall
James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Dominique Ansel has found his second home on The Strip and will introduce a new dining destination at Paris Las Vegas.

Following the success of Dominique Ansel Las Vegas, which opened at Caesars Palace in October 2022, Dominique Ansel Marché is set to debut in the fall.

A selection of the signature menu items fans love at Caesars Palace will find a new home at Paris Las Vegas, such as the iconic Cronut, the DKA (Dominique's Kouign Amann), Chocolate Chip Cookie Shots, Frozen S’mores, baked-to-order Mini Madeleines and some of the best croissants in Vegas.

Spanning more than 5,000 square feet, Dominique Ansel Marché will offer café-style and park bench seating for approximately 50 guests.

4. Gold Strike opens Next Level Lounge
Gold Strike Casino Resort, the Mid-South’s casino resort destination, celebrated the opening of Next Level Lounge, its newest gaming experience, on 5 June.

The Next Level Lounge at the Mississippi resort offers guests an elevated experience, featuring the latest in modern electronic gaming options along with a renovated aesthetic.

With more than 45 games to choose from, Next Level Lounge is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

3. Caesars opens retail sportsbooks in New Mexico
Last month, Laguna Development Corporation announced a partnership with Caesars Entertainment to open multiple land-based sportsbooks at LDC gaming properties in New Mexico.

In-person sports wagers are now being accepted at newly opened Caesars Sportsbook locations at Route 66 Casino Hotel and Casino Xpress west of Albuquerque and Dancing Eagle Casino east of Grants.

“We are excited to partner with one of the world’s leading gaming companies to provide New Mexico sports fans a world-class wagering experience that connects our guests with sporting events around the country and the world,” said Maxine Velasquez, President and CEO of LDC. “The introduction of Caesars Sportsbook to the Albuquerque metro market represents our long-held strategy to bring our guests the finest products and services available in the industry.”

2. Chicken Ranch Casino Resort accepting reservations
As of last week, the awaited Chicken Ranch Casino Resort is now accepting online reservations.

Guests can begin enjoying the California resort's offerings with an opening on Monday, 15 July. This new destination features 175 guest rooms, 22 suites, a variety of restaurants and bars, and a gaming floor.

Visitors will also be able to explore the more than 100,000 square foot gaming floor which will feature new slots and table games. Situated near Yosemite National Park, Chicken Ranch Casino Resort offers a range of indoor and outdoor experiences.

1. Hard Rock Casino Rockford to open in August
The anticipated opening of Rockford’s casino is almost here. Last week, Hard Rock International revealed the grand opening date for Hard Rock Casino Rockford’s permanent facility will be Thursday, 29 August.

The new casino will boast more than 175,000 square feet of gaming, entertainment, and hospitality space, featuring an array of attractions including nearly 1,300 slot machines, 50 live table games including a poker room, a sportsbook, six restaurants, and a Rock Shop offering authentic Hard Rock merchandise and more.

Continuing Hard Rock tradition, on 29 August, the opening ceremonies will include a star-studded Guitar Smash.
Dan Ippolito

As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at daniel@casinocity.com, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.
Dan Ippolito
As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports. Email him at daniel@casinocity.com, or follow him at @casinocity_dan on Twitter.