Demolition Work Starts at Hard Rock Las Vegas ahead of Virgin Hotels Transformation
Demolition of Hard Rock Cafe at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas started Monday to mark the beginning of the transformation of the site into Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
The hospitality company of British billionaire businessman Richard Branson purchased the Hard Rock property in the spring of 2018. The resort is set to close doors early next year for an eight-month revamp and rebranding.
Hard Rock Cafe will be flattened to allow room for parking and ride-share space. The main hotel and casino building will not be demolished.
The Hard Rock-branded restaurant first opened doors on the corner of Paradise Rd. and Harmon Ave. in 1990. It was shuttered in late 2016. It was one of two Hard Rock Cafes in Las Vegas. Its iconic 82-foot tall neon sign is now housed at The Neon Museum.
Work on the transformation of the adjacent Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is set to begin on February 3, 2020, the Monday after Super Bowl. The property will close its doors for its rebranding and is expected to reopen sometime in November 2020 as Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
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When it resumes operations, the hotel and casino resort will feature a hotel with 1,500 renovated rooms and suites, a new 60,000-square-foot casino that will be operated by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, a casino and entertainment enterprise managed by Connecticut’s Mohegan Tribe, five acres of pool space, and 130,000 square feet of meeting and event space, among other facilities.
Earlier this year, Virgin Hotels announced that the property would be fully closed during its planned eight-month transformation. The hospitality company opted for full closure of the resort over partially closing it after Super Bowl for a period of four months and then fully closing it for another four months, as initially planned.
Commenting on the upcoming closure and transformation of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Richard “Boz” Bosworth CEO of JC Hospitality, the entity that acquired the property in March 2018, said recently that “by 4 o’clock the day after the Super Bowl, the last guest will be leaving, and the construction fences will be going up, and the doors will be locked.”
Mr. Bosworth also noted that restaurant and food vendor partnerships for the new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas property will be revealed by the end of the year.
Virgin Hotels originally planned to spend about $150 million on renovating and rebranding its first Las Vegas property. The hospitality company later on upped that original investment to $200 million.
The transformation of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino into a Virgin Hotels property will mark not only the entry of the Virgin Hotels brand in Las Vegas, but also Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment’s first foray into the city’s casino industry.
The tribal gaming company currently operates properties in its home state – Connecticut – as well as in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Canada. It is also developing a luxury integrated resort in Incheon, South Korea, and is one of two bidders for a license for the development of a casino resort at the site of a now defunct international airport near Athens, Greece.
Source: Demolition starts on Hard Rock Cafe, rebranded casino coming in 2020, KTNV Las Vegas