Ever since Binion’s closed its hotel in 2009, rumors of room renovations and other updates at the legendary casino have come and gone. Most recently, a report surfaced last February that Velvet Margarita Cantina was already under construction in the Binion’s Original Coffee Shop space. This proved to be false.
With recent renovations at The D, Golden Gate and The Plaza putting a nice new shine on Fremont Street, rumors of Binion’s renovations are again heating up. We’re hearing that several major projects are in the works:
- Velvet Margarita: With Backstage Bar and Billiards now open and Fremont Country Club opening this week, nightclub developer Carlos “Big Daddy” Adley is ready to begin work on a Las Vegas outpost of his L.A. club. Construction may begin within the next few weeks.
- Showroom: Binion’s never had a proper entertainment venue. It briefly converted part of the second level into a makeshift showroom several years ago, but it hasn’t been regularly used in ages. New plans call for a permanent entertainment venue on the second level with involvement by actor Vince Vaughn. New restaurants would also be located above the casino.
- Casino Redesign: Binion’s is looking to give the casino a new look, amping up the Old West theme. Think old-timey Western brothel.
- Room Renovations: Binion’s owner TLC Casino Enterprises has been trying to line up investors to renovate and reopen the hotel for a few years. Half of one floor has already been updated and will be used to house bands playing at Fremont Country Club. This video of a renovated suite concept is a couple years old but may provide insight into the hotel’s design direction. If carried out, the hotel would likely reopen in early 2014.
Whether financing is in place to carry out these plans remains a mystery. TLC has not yet publicly announced any of these projects. When the company purchased Binion’s in 2008, we had high hopes. It has taken a while, but perhaps Binion’s return to glory is finally about to begin.