Gold Coast set for $50 million makeover

Aug 7, 2001 6:24 AM

The Gold Coast is getting a makeover for $50 million ”” bout twice the cost of the original West Flamingo resort.

Built 16 years ago, the Gold Coast finds itself amidst intensifying competition from Harrah’s Rio and, soon, the Maloof family’s Palms across the street. So in the next nine months, Michael Gaughan’s venerable Mediterranean-themed resort will:

*Nearly double its casino floor to 219,000 square feet, making the total gaming area comparable to Coast Resorts’ larger properties. This includes a relocated and revamped bingo parlor.
*More than double the size of its covered parking garage, adding 1,400 spaces as well as enclosed moving walkways and escalators into the casino.
*Double the buffet to 19,000 square feet.
*Add 9,500 square feet of meeting space.

Mike Growney, general manager for the resort, said the expanded buffet and meeting rooms will be open in September. The garage and casino projects ”” along with a new porte cochere ”” are due to debut next spring.

The expansion will accommodate 300 more slot machines, bringing the resort’s total to 2,300, he said.

In addition, the Gold Coast is adding a noodle bar, upgrading and expanding the highly regarded Mediterranean Room restaurant, and redoing the showroom.

“Michael (Gaughan) opened The Orleans and the Suncoast. Now he says it’s our turn,’’ Growney said.

Construction will be done by J.A. Tiberti, who is a partner in the property.