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'The D' completes identity shift in downtown

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A big "D" sign replaces the green and rainbow that signified the casino's past as Fitzgeralds. (Armando Navarro/FOX5) A big "D" sign replaces the green and rainbow that signified the casino's past as Fitzgeralds. (Armando Navarro/FOX5)

This week will mark the complete transformation of a landmark downtown Las Vegas casino.

The D Las Vegas is scheduled to hold its grand opening on Wednesday, after a nearly year-long renovation and identity change.

Gone are the green, gold and rainbows that represented the property's past as Fitzgeralds. In its place, the casino said, is a modern, more chic look to its façade on Fremont Street and its gaming floors.

In addition, the property's 624 rooms and 14 luxury suites throughout their 34 stories were updated with modern accommodations.

The most telling of the year-long renovation will be the large "D" sign that features hundreds of feet of LED signage and 40 giant flat screen televisions, according to the property.

The D is the brain-child of Derek and Greg Stevens, who officially announced their purchase of the Fremont Street property last October.  They decided on the name in part because of their location Downtown, but also because of their hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

The owners aimed to restore a "vintage Vegas" theme to the property, which first opened in 1979. The brothers, under the Desert Rock Enterprises umbrella, were instrumental in the restoration of the century-old Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, which is also on Fremont Street.

Also holding their grand opening Wednesday is American Coney Island, a restaurant famous in Detroit where patrons can enjoy their famous hot dogs and much more.  Owner Grace Keros says representatives from The D called their company and asked them specifically to come join them to be part of their casino.

A grand opening event is set for Oct. 13, which will feature a performance by Poison front man, Bret Michaels. Pop band OneRepublic will be featured in an opening week performance on Oct. 20.

For more information on the D, you can visit www.theD.com.

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