Biloxi, Miss., casinos to reopen following post-Katrina repairs

Harrah's Entertainment said it will reopen the Grand Casino Biloxi Hotel and Spa Aug. 17 while MGM Mirage will reopen the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino exactly one year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast region.

The two hotels will represent an addition of 2,240 rooms to the area and the return of 5,300 jobs in the region.

When the Grand Casino Biloxi Hotel and Spa opens following its year-long renovation, the property will feature a 500-room hotel; a variety of eateries, including a 300-seat Grand Buffet, an Asian Cafe, L.B.'s Steakhouse and a Starbucks coffee shop; the full-service Bellissimo Spa; and a new land-based casino with more than 800 slot machines and 28 table games.

Meanwhile, the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino will feature 1,740 guest rooms, including 95 suites; seven restaurants, including Memphis Q Smokehouse & Barbeque, the pub-style Coast, the Terrace Cafe, and the Roasted Bean Coffee Bistro, among others; four bars and lounges; a spa and salon with 21 treatment rooms; retail shops; and meetings and convention space able to accommodate up to 1,800 people.

The casino at Beau Rivage was revamped to feature 93 table games, 2,100 slot machines and a two-tiered, 16-table poker room. In addition, a high-stakes room is equipped with various table games, including 10 blackjack games, a high-limit roulette wheel and more than 100 slot machines.

Beau Rivage is slated to further introduce expanded renovations throughout the fall and winter with new retail venues in October, a new golf course in November, additional restaurants and a new theater to debut December and new spa facilities in January.

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