Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Introduces Linq Entertainment District. The Las Vegas Strip is well known for its continual efforts to re-brand and renew itself through new attractions, hotels and shows. Caesars Entertainment is next up with their ambitious Linq Entertainment District, a $500 million retail, dining and entertainment corridor which will include the re-branding and introduction of the LINQ hotel and include the world’s tallest observation wheel, known as the High Roller. Caesars Entertainment has provided a breakdown of the Linq project as new restaurants and bars accounting for about 70% of the development and retail stores and entertainment venues accounting for the rest with the anticipated project completion date being the end of 2013.
One of the first and for some the most emotional signs of this project getting under way came in early 2012 with the closing of O’Sheas Casino. O’Sheas had built a cult like following mostly with the younger crowd with its beer pong tournaments and Lucky the Leprechaun mascot, Brian Thomas. The good news is that O’Sheas will be back as part of the Linq complex and is expected to blend nicely with the new development yet maintain the clearly distinctive feel O’Sheas customer have come to appreciate. The newer version will offer a pub and table games and be located at the entrace of the Linq district.
Shortly following the closing of O’Sheas Casino, Caesars Entertainment announced plans to introduce The LINQ Resort & Casino. The re-branding process will be completed by the end of 2012, with the renovations to be done in phases and scheduled for finish by late 2013. Improvements to the exterior façade, porte cochere, front desk, bell desk, hotel lobby, casino floor, retail promenade and dining levels are all on the list for completion. A dual-sided lobby bar, Starbucks, and a retail promenade highlight some of the changes. The LINQ’s main entrance will be on the north side of the building with access via Koval Road or the Harrah’s tunnel off Las Vegas Blvd. A pedestrian walkway, offering a safe pathway for guests on foot, will make its way from the adjacent Harrah’s Carnaval Court through to the south side of The LINQ hotel into The LINQ.
The construction timeline as provided by Caesars Entertainment:
Phase I: Front desk and bell desk – Complete
Phase II: Valet entrance/porte cochere – Fall 2012
Phase III: Casino expansion – Spring 2013
Phase IV: Completion of casino, lobby bar and front façade – End of 2013
The resort will remain open throughout the duration of the construction period with maximum precaution taken to minimize guest disruption. During the renovation phase, the resort’s most beloved attractions will remain open including Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas, The Auto Collections and the ever-popular Hash House A Go Go.
When completed, The Linq will offer more than 200,000 square feet featuring more than 30 unique retail, dining and entertainment experiences. The focal point is the High Roller which will take 30 minutes to complete one revolution and offer breath taking views of Las Vegas and the Strip.