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Nugget announces new honky tonk entertainment venue
by Garrett E. Valenzuela
Dec 17, 2013 | 2411 views | 3 3 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Contributed photo -- A rendition of Gilley's Reno Sparks, a saloon and dance hall slated to open inside John Ascuaga's Nugget in the spring of 2014, was released by the casino Tuesday afternoon. The Nugget plans to continue unveiling new additions and property changes throughout the week after finalizing exchange in property ownership Monday.
Contributed photo -- A rendition of Gilley's Reno Sparks, a saloon and dance hall slated to open inside John Ascuaga's Nugget in the spring of 2014, was released by the casino Tuesday afternoon. The Nugget plans to continue unveiling new additions and property changes throughout the week after finalizing exchange in property ownership Monday.
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Contributed photo -- A mechanical bull will be a centerpiece for the new entertainment venue at John Ascuaga's Nugget and the honky tonk saloon will provide an upbeat country vibe to the casino that couples with events like the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.
Contributed photo -- A mechanical bull will be a centerpiece for the new entertainment venue at John Ascuaga's Nugget and the honky tonk saloon will provide an upbeat country vibe to the casino that couples with events like the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.
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One day after finalizing its sale to affiliates of Global Gaming and Hospitality and Husky Finance, John Ascuaga's Nugget announced its first major renovation and change by bringing Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall and BBQ to the Nugget, filling the space formerly occupied by Trader Dick's restaurant and lounge, the Sparks casino announced Tuesday.

Gilley's Reno Sparks, which plans to open in the spring of 2014, will offer a "unique combination of total entertainment" with a restaurant, nightclub, live entertainment and DJs, dancing and more, according to Nugget Public Relations Manager Lauren Garber. Keeping with the trend of Gilley's establishments in Las Vegas, Texas and Oklahoma the second Nevada location will feature a mechanical bull for customers and the Gilley Girls, which the casino said gives a fun nod to the rich ranching history of the region.

"It's an exciting time for all of us here at the Nugget," said new President and CEO Carlton Geer. "We feel confident that vibe will translate to all of our guests who experience Gilley's."

Now that the ownership transition is complete Geer announced Monday he plans to keep the casino's name and its 1,500 employees, and he added that up to $50 million would be invested into the property in the coming months to "update and renovate" the casino floor, hotel rooms, restaurants, convention space, exterior and signage and new restaurant and entertainment venue updates.

Gilley's is the first of many changes inside the Sparks casino/resort, which has become a staple of the downtown community through its several special events and identity in the community since 1955.

"It will be a casual, yet exciting experience for fun-loving adults of every generation," Geer said of Gilley's.

The popular honky tonk saloon was featured in the movie "Urban Cowboy," which spawned Gilley's replications in Las Vegas and other country-centric locales. The more than 10,000 square feet of Gilley's will be highlighted by the mechanical bull, which in the movie was a key testament to rodeo skills and bravery.

"We look forward to consistently providing our guests the best return on their entertainment dollar and Gilley's is an exciting part of our future," Geer said.

Gilley's Las Vegas hosts live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights, food and drink specials throughout the week and plenty of other action inside its saloon. Adding those elements to to the Reno-Sparks location would fill a void in the region left by the closing of Mustang's at the Grand Sierra Resort.

The Nugget announced Monday that the casino would remain fully functional during any construction or renovations, adding that events planned prior to the exchange in ownership would not be affected. Sections of the casino will be temporarily unavailable for a limited period, but the casino will continue to function 24 hours a day throughout the year.

"There will probably be a partition up during the renovations because we want people to know we are making upgrades but not necessarily see the construction," Garber said Tuesday afternoon. "Once any new projects approach their opening we will be letting people know and throwing a party to celebrate."

Garber said the Nugget will continue announcing upcoming renovations and new amenities this week, but no "official timeline" has been set for completing all planned construction given the unexpected hiccups that can occur. However, people can follow the Nugget on Twitter or like them on Facebook to receive frequent updates on the progress of ongoing construction throughout the property.

"There is a lot of big exciting changes happening at the Nugget and we are all really excited about new additions to build on the iconic history the Nugget has built for its customers," Garber said. "We hope the community is just as excited as we are."
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Uncle Tom
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January 23, 2014
No more Trader Dick's?

I enjoyed that place.
Joann Phillips
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December 18, 2013
Changes come and are needed in many of the casinos. I am not sure that a passe chain venue is what is needed in Reno.
Joann Phillips
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December 18, 2013
Sorry, I know better....Sparks!
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