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Bourbon Street transformation continues
by Garrett E. Valenzuela
Jul 16, 2013 | 2141 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Cashier Cages are still under construction at Bourbon Street Casino, the new casino opening on Victorian Avenue, but executives say the venue is on track for its advertised August 1 opening.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- Cashier Cages are still under construction at Bourbon Street Casino, the new casino opening on Victorian Avenue, but executives say the venue is on track for its advertised August 1 opening.
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Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- The 'B Street Bar' is one of two bars inside the new Bourbon Street Casino on Victorian Avenue still being worked on the for the projected August 1 opening.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- The 'B Street Bar' is one of two bars inside the new Bourbon Street Casino on Victorian Avenue still being worked on the for the projected August 1 opening.
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Abrupt laughter broke out inside Chief Operating Officer Nancy Darcy’s office Tuesday afternoon when asked about expectations disappearing and reality setting in at the new Bourbon Street Casino on Victorian Avenue.

“Probably about five minutes before we open the door,” Darcy said laughing at the long journey the casino has made to arrive at its planned opening on August 1. Corporate Marketing Director for Nevada Casino Holdings Michael Kipper said Bourbon Street Casino will come to life on July 25 when crucial elements of the casino arrive.

“We start placing slot machines around the 25th and that is when things will really start to take shape,” Kipper said Tuesday. “When the machines hit the floor and we can really see that this is a casino.”

Construction crews continued transforming the former Silver Club casino into the incoming New Orleans-themed venue Tuesday as upstairs employees shuffled through dozens of job applications while fielding phone calls concerning various components of the upcoming grand opening.

“We are there and still on track,” Darcy said. “We are doing the orientation starting next week and we are making callbacks for hiring right now.”

The outside of the Sparks building has received a fresh coat of Bourbon Street paint and a new electronic reader board, announcing the grand opening and some food specials for the Bourbon Street Buffet. Darcy said awnings and letters will begin going up as early as July 25, and she added that billboards have been up throughout Sparks since July 1. Television commercials have been running on local stations as well.

Darcy said the main lobby construction has become disguised on a daily basis, which comes as part of walking through it continuously for about 70 days. However, a great deal of work has been done to the indoor portion of the casino with much more to come in the next two weeks.

“We don’t really see too much because we have kind of gotten accustomed to it,” Darcy said of the construction, “But last week when we came in from having Sunday off I realized they had dry-walled all the pillars that was a big step. It is not usually something big for us to see it now because we have been living in perpetual construction.”

Bourbon Street Casino will mark the sixth casino opened by Nevada Casino Holdings, LLC and the new Victorian Avenue locale allowed for hiring of about 100 people for various positions. The casino will be equipped with about 300 slot machines, two bars and one restaurant on a completely redesigned main floor.

Bourbon Street Casino is allowing special Player’s Club cards to the first 500 people entering the door or applying for them online for the grand opening. Kipper said to avoid huge lines and guarantee a player’s club, apply online at www.northernstarcasinos.com.

“We have only made them available for the first 500 folks and once they are gone, they’re gone and we will never print them again,” Kipper said. “Those will be player’s cards that can be used forever.”

Darcy said Tuesday that no plans will be made for the Silver Club Hotel, located behind the new casino on C Street, for “six months to a year” hoping to establish the casino first. The casino will open August 1 with the official time of opening to be announced soon.
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