Orlean's Facility to Feature Food Court, Shopping, Cinema

Reed Travel Features

LAS VEGAS -- A two-story structure is being built on the west side of the Orleans Hotel and Casino.

The 184,000-square-foot structure, which is scheduled for completion in September, will be the site of a 500-seat food court buffet; a New Orleans-themed restaurant, nightclub and lounge with live entertainment; an oyster bar; a gumbo house; a sushi bar; a margarita bar and a cafe serving specialty coffees and beignets, a New Orleans pastry.

The Orleans broke ground on the $40 million project Feb. 18.

The building also will feature four retail shopping areas and a center bandstand as well as a Century Theaters cinema complex with 12 screens that accommodates 3,420 people.

The facility will feature digital and THX sound systems in each theater and stadium-style seating offering unobstructed views from every seat.

In addition, the building will offer a 9,000-square-foot child-care center and a 4,000-square-foot arcade.

An 840-room property, the Orleans is themed after Crescent City attractions such as the French Quarter and the Garden District.

The 22-story property has a French Quarter facade incorporating French, Spanish and colonial influences.

In addition to luxury guest rooms, a casino, specialty bars and restaurants, the property features a bowling center, a swimming pool complex, a showroom, a lounge, group facilities and a wedding chapel.

The Orleans has 810 "petite suites" and 30 one- and two-bedroom suites.

Gaming options in the 92,000-square-foot casino include 65 table games; more than 2,100 slot, video poker and video keno machines; a race and sports book; a poker room, and a keno lounge.

A wide array of dining venues are offered. Among the options are a coffee shop serving New Orleans dishes and Chinese specialties, a Mexican eatery, a buffet, an Italian restaurant and an elegant steak and seafood restaurant.

Three themed lounges are in the gaming areas.

For entertainment, the property's 800-seat showroom features the "Gone Country" stage show, starring country music star and television personality Rex Allen.

Additionally, the Bourbon Street Cafe offers live New Orleans-style entertainment.

Meeting and banquet facilities include 40,000 square feet of space in four separate rooms.

The Orleans, which premiered in December, is owned by Coast Resorts Inc., developer of the Gold Coast, a casino just west of the Strip, and the Barbary Coast, located in the center of the Strip.

Orleans is on an 88-acre site on Tropicana Avenue, just west of the Strip and Interstate 15.

For additional information or to make reservations, call (800) ORLEANS.

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