$20M Boomtown Casino Hotel Breaks Ground
By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor
Given the success of the 2013 SuperBowl, it’s no surprise that hospitality continues to drive the Crescent City. And with the recent announcement that WrestleMania 30 is to take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in 2014, The Big Easy will need all the hotel rooms it can get.
Boomtown Casino New Orleans is happy to oblige. The casino just broke ground on a previously announced $20 million project on its Westbank site. The 150-key, five-story hotel will feature amenities such as a fitness center and conference space. To accommodate guests, 250 additional parking spaces will be created onsite. Louisiana-based The Lemoine Co. has been selected as general contractor for the project. Construction is expected to take 14 months and create 150 construction-related jobs; 50 new jobs will be created upon the hotel’s completion. Boomtown currently employs 700.
The new hotel will be connected to the existing Boomtown Casino, which includes 30,000 square feet of gaming space operating on a 380-foot riverboat and features a 350-seat entertainment venue, more than 4,600 square feet of meeting space, 1,700 parking spaces and four restaurants: the 200-seat Pier 4 Restaurant, the 220-seat Bayou Market Buffet, Bayou Market Express and Asia. Boomtown Casino opened in 1994.
“In a time when many communities are struggling, we are pleased to work closely with the Boomtown management team on this exciting hotel project, bringing new jobs and continued economic development to the West Bank,” declared Jefferson Parish District 1 Councilman Ricky Templet in a news release.
Boomtown Casino New Orleans is a Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. property. Pinnacle owns and operates four casino properties in Louisiana, including the L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, which opened in the second half of 2012.
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