There’s finally a plan in place to complete the former Fontainebleau that’s been shuttered on the north end of the Strip for nearly a decade.
Also known briefly as Project Blue, the resort will become The Drew, featuring a casino, nightlife venues, more than 20 dining options, 500,000 square feet of convention space and 4,000 rooms run by JW Marriott, marking that brand’s first appearance on the Strip. The Drew is scheduled to open in 2020 at about the same time as Resorts World Las Vegas to the south.
The Westin on Flamingo has completed its transformation from a casino — originally the Maxim and later Westin Causurina with the Max Casino — to a non-gambling and non-smoking hotel catering to conventioneers. New restaurants are open along with a new bar, although the bar has video poker machines, so it’s not strictly non-gambling.
After 34 years, North Las Vegas’ Cashman Center has closed. Over the years, the 1,900-seat theater has hosted touring Broadway plays, the MDA telethon, and even the 2008 Democratic Primary debate. Plans for the space have not been disclosed.
Jackpot at Fremont
A $1.23 million jackpot was hit last week at the Fremont on a Wheel of Fortune Double 3X4X5X Pay Machine. It was the second big jackpot in seven months at the casino, following a $11.8 million Megabucks hit in August.
Question: What does the resignation of Steve Wynn mean for the two Wynn Resorts projects recently announced for the Strip?
Answer: New Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox has indicated that all projects announced for Las Vegas, Boston and Macau will go forward, including the Strip’s Paradise Park and Wynn West.
He also said that the Wynn brand is strong and that he doesn’t anticipate a change to another name.
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