Downtown's Fitzgeralds casino-hotel is ditching its famous four-leaf clovers and will undergo a major facelift to become the D Las Vegas.
The change was announced Tuesday by owner Desert Rock Enterprises, which purchased the Fremont Street property last year.
As part of the rebranding, Desert Rock will renovate the hotel's 638 rooms and suites, construct a two-story casino with escalator access from Fremont Street, add new bars, restaurants and event space.
The project has already begun and is expected to be finished in the fall. Ownership will remodel the hotel floor-by-floor and does not plan to close or eliminate any jobs.
Originally the Sundance hotel, Fitzgeralds debuted in 1987 and became famous for its "Luck of the Irish" theme and pot-of-gold signage.
But the culture shift in downtown has many casino companies looking to restore the "vintage Vegas" theme to their properties.
Examples include the Golden Nugget and Plaza resorts, which were both given substantial upgrades in order to freshen up their images.
Another renovation project is currently taking place at the site of the old Lady Luck resort, which has been renamed Downtown Grand.
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Thursday, August 21 2014 1:54 AM EDT2014-08-21 05:54:23 GMT
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