Going for the Gold — Coast!

Nov 27, 2001 7:07 AM

The venerable Gold Coast casino hotel is in the midst of an expansion and renovation that will keep it among the city’s most popular locals’ casinos.

Even though the expansion began months ago, it’s probably no coincidence that the renovation is occurring as the new Palms across the street breaks into the market.

Already completed at the Gold Coast is an expanded casino that has been opened up for a bright and airy ambiance.

Adjoining the casino is a remodeled race and sports book, plus a renovated showroom, entertainment lounge and keno lounge.

A welcome newcomer to the casino at Flamingo Road and Valley View is a Seattle’s Best Coffee, and newly expanded gift shop and Coast Vacations outlet.

The popular Gold Coast buffet has also been remodeled and expanded, and now includes seven live cooking stations that tempt guests with seafood specialties, Asian cuisine, a build-your-own taco bar that’s part of the Mexican station, just to name a few.

There’s also a carving station for ham, prime rib, and other rotisserie favorites.

Expected to be completed shortly at the Gold Coast is a new Asian-style noodle bar, Ping Pang Pong, which should open in December.

There will also be additional banquet rooms for the Bowling Center, expanded casino space, a remodeled bingo parlor and a remodeled Mediterranean Room with a new name, Toscano’s. The latter is also expected to open in December.

Expansion has not been limited to the Gold Coast. Other Coast properties have also been remodeling and expanding.

The Orleans, for instance, has added a superb Japanese restaurant, Koto, as well as Gustav Mauler’s Sazio restaurant, and Brendan’s Irish Pub.

Currently under construction is a 2,600-car self parking garage, a new hotel tower with 620 guest rooms, 40,000 square feet of additional casino space, and a 9,000-seat arena.

Finally, the Suncoast in Summerlin recently completed its second hotel tower, bringing the total number of guest rooms to 440, and increased the capacity of its popular St. Tropez Buffet.