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Renovation projects begin at the Fitz

May 21, 2002 10:44 AM

Fulfilling Don Barden’s promise to make changes that will upgrade the property, Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel in downtown Las Vegas will be getting a facelift during the weeks and months ahead.

As part of the facelift, Fitzgeralds officials have announced that Mr. O’Lucky, the giant 34-foot leprechaun above the main entrance, will be retired and moved to a new home in the Neon Museum. The move is expected to take place at the end of this month. Once the Mr. O’Lucky figure is removed, it will take its place in the Neon Museum as a part of Las Vegas’ history.

The Neon Museum is devoted to the restoration and preservation of many of the Las Vegas landmarks. Many historical signs have been restored and placed back on display in the downtown area. The museum was also an integral player in obtaining and restoring the neon signs that were incorporated into the Neonopolis dining and entertainment complex.

"With the opening of Neonopolis and the renovations that we are starting, visitors to the downtown area should be pleased with the progress that is taking place," said Mike Darley, Vice President and General Manager of Fitzgeralds. "Not only are we in the process of a facelift on the outside, but we are already in the process of improving the inside of the casino as well," he said.

In addition to renovating the front of the casino, Fitzgeralds has started work on the expansion of one of its dining outlets. The outside seating addition to the Jackpot Deli will provide room for 32 people out on Fremont Street. The dining area, which will include a misting system, will be a great place for dining while watching the nightly light and sound shows overhead on the Fremont Street Experience canopy. Other improvements include new floor layouts for many of the slot machine banks, the addition of new carpeting and wallpaper as well as the liberalization of many table games rules including 10x odds on craps.

Fitzgeralds anchors one end of the world famous Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. The resort features a 638-room hotel and offers a variety of dining options including Limericks Steakhouse, Molly’s Buffet, Shamrock Café and McDonald’s. The casino features 953 slots, 23 table games, a sports book, keno lounge, three bars and live entertainment.