Lake Las Vegas casino shuts over lease issues

Oct 30, 2013 9:12 AM

A casino in Henderson's master-planned Lake Las Vegas community suddenly closed its doors over lease issues this week, two years after making a comeback from a previous shutdown.

Visitors told KSNV-TV they arrived Tuesday morning and were surprised to find chains on the door and a sign telling them the business had ceased operations.

"It is very unfortunate that we are unable to continue operations at this time," Casino MonteLago General Manager Marcus Suan said in a statement. "Lake Las Vegas is recovering beautifully and we are hopeful that either we have resolution of the issues or that Newage has plans to re-open the property quickly."

The casino and adjoining hotel were purchased in November by Newage Lake Las Vegas. Since then, the hotel has been renamed the Hilton Lake Las Vegas, and the casino's lease was assumed by the new owner, Suan said.

Hilton officials said the hotel remains open for business.

Casino MonteLago, the only gambling establishment in the 3,600-acre residential and business community that's set around an artificial lake, features slot machines, electronic table games and a restaurant called Harry's that's also closed.

The property was previously shuttered March 14, 2010, after struggling during the recession, and remained dark until May 26, 2011.

Its troubles echoed those of the development overall. Lake Las Vegas was hard-hit by foreclosures, went through bankruptcy and watched golf courses and businesses shut down during the downturn.

Business owners said the situation has been improving as property values rebound.

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