Locals and tourists who were disappointed to see O'Sheas Casino close its doors last year will be happy to know the Irish-themed casino is back.
Known for beer pong and leprechauns, the revamped casino is among the first places to open as part of Caesars Entertainment's the Quad and the Linq projects on the Las Vegas Strip's east side.
Now sitting on 5,000 square feet between the Quad and the Flamingo, the new O'Sheas is keeping the beer pong and foosball that made the old property famous. Managers said it will be like O'Sheas never closed.
"We are going to have $3 drafts and we are going to have $5 shots," said Shawn Ritchie who is vice president of the Quad.
"Everybody seems like they are going crazy with the prices on the Strip," said O'Sheas General Manager Jason Frese. "We want to welcome the locals and tourists and make them feel right at home with the old prices from the old O'Sheas."
Managers are also keeping the casino's original ceiling panels and the old O'Sheas sign.
"I remember that there was a lot of tears when we closed down the place," said Ritchie. "We listened to a lot of the locals and people who used to come here from out of town and that's one of the reasons we decided to bring it back."
David Schwartz from UNLV's Center of Gaming Research said resurrecting O'Sheas is a smart business move.
"O'Sheas is a sign of how the Strip is changing," said Schwartz. "Five years ago they would never have done a project like this. The old O'Sheas would have been gone. Now there's still people who want this friendly budget option."
Schwartz said it's an area that needed reinvestment and will serve visitors who are still reeling from a down economy.
"This shows that you need companies who are going to meet people halfway and give them something a little more affordable, a lit bit more casual." said Schwartz.
"This is going to be the spot on the Strip," said Frese. "It's a strip on its own."
In addition to the casino, four other Linq businesses will open on Dec. 27 including Chayo Cocina Mexican restaurant, Hot Doggery, a Starbucks and a slushy bar called the Purple Zebra.
Caesars Entertainment said it will be looking to hire 700 employees for the Linq project in the next five months.
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