*UPDATE ON 5/29/07
Some more exciting news from this weeks Northern Nevada Business Weekly. A Brewhouse Pub or combo Pub/Asian Bistro will replace Chevy's. Fin is going in where Asiana was located and will feature fish, seafood and a "raw" bar instead of a sushi bar. Java Coast will be replaced by a Starbucks. (Ugh, is it too much to ask for a little variety....how about a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf?) The club going in where the Garage was located will be called, unoriginally enough, 2500 East 2nd Street. Gee, you think someone was "inspired" by 210 North?
On a much less positive note, there is a small blurb in the same issue of the NNBW reporting that Wind Energy America, Inc. has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission declaring that it is no longer involved in sales of the condominiums at GSR. The company was to be paid $15k per month as long as it sold an average of 1.5 units a month, but stated that their sales efforts fell short. This is definitely NOT a good sign IMHO. I mean, we're only talking about moving a measly 18 units annually.
I was able to stop by the Grand Sierra Resort today to check out some of the changes occurring at the Hotel/Casino. FWIW, the front desk was literally packed w/ people checking out after the long weekend (a very good sign IMO).
Overall, I was quite impressed with the job they are doing thus far. Polished marble and plush carpeting in muted tones of chocolate brown and taupe have replaced the previous tacky casino carpeting. The ceilings are freshly painted in a dark, almost black color and the chandeliers probably haven't been this clean and sparkly since the place opened as the MGM Grand in 1978.
Inside, there is a new lounge/wine bar called The Reserve located between Chevy's and the front desk. The new Club is going in where the Garage was. The lounge/bar outside of Dolce has been totally redone and is much more slick/modern. Throughout the property there are ads for the upcoming Charlie Palmer Steakhouse and renderings of the future retail component/shopping mall. Outside, the pool has been completely taken out to make way for the new Nikki Beach Pool/Cabana. Construction of the water park has yet to start, but is slated for sometime this Fall.
Here are some quick shots I took (I apologize for the VERY poor quality, I just purchased a new camera and I haven't figured out all the settings yet).
Pool area (removed to make way for water park)
Dolce & Lounge/Bar area
The Reserve Wine Bar/Lounge & Casino floor
Nikki Beach Club (under construction)
Renderings of Water Park (exterior), completed Casino & Retail/Shopping Mall
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