BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The Golden Nugget will spend $100 million to update the former Isle of Capri casino in Biloxi.
The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/VjB85h ) that all of the public space and the 720 hotel rooms and suites will be renovated.
Landry's Golden Nugget bought the East Biloxi casino Nov. 29 and has remodeled five of the guest rooms that visitors can tour this weekend.
Amy Chasey, vice president of marketing for Golden Nugget, said a third of the work should be completed by Memorial Day and the resort will be rebranded as Golden Nugget.
"It's going to be a big change," she said.
"The Golden Nugget transformation will rejuvenate Biloxi, much as we have helped rejuvenate downtown Las Vegas and most recently the Marina District in Atlantic City," said Tilman Fertitta, chairman of Landry's Inc., parent company of the Golden Nugget.
Isle of Capri was the first casino to open in the South in 1992.
The hotel and casino will stay open throughout the renovations. When Yates Construction finishes work, the parking garage will open directly to the casino. The meeting and entertainment space that was taken over when the casino barge was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina will return and a new casino will be built between the garage and building.
At the Isle, the company is removing the tropical decor in the guest rooms and remodeling them with a modern brown and red color scheme, granite countertops, flat-screen televisions, glass shower doors and dual shower heads.
"This is what we have in our newest tower in Las Vegas and also in Atlantic City," Chasey said.
Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com