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Nugget Casino in Sparks Set to Start Redesign

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Starting Monday, February 9th, there will be a wall with some demolition going on behind it.

'Everything goes' says Carlton Geer, the Nugget's new president and CEO. He's talking about local landmark Trader Dick's - it will soon be history. The casino's upcoming remodel will replace the tropical-themed restaurant and bar with a popular country western one called Gilly's Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que, set to open this spring.

"We want to concentrate our efforts on the amenities side of this so we can appeal to a broader set of customers than we have in the past," says Geer.

Geer says since gambling is available outside of Nevada the Nugget needs to offer more than just gaming in order to be competitive. The plan is to concentrate the activity and excitement on the main casino floor.

"We're fast tracking this too because we know how important it is for our ability to compete more effectively in this community."

The Nugget's new owners have some very specific plans in mind for these remodels and they found a company that found exactly what they want.

"The key part of this is that we can't shut down the casino floor while we're doing renovations, so it has to be very strategic," says Bryan Richards of the Penta Building Group.

Part of that strategy - moving the bingo hall and the sports book upstairs. The slot tournament area will also get relocated, but, fear not, the old Nugget that so many know and love won't become completely unrecognizable

"The basic system and structure are in really good shape. It's more what the guest will experience, and enhance their experience when they're here."

The Nugget is offering 25% off food and drinks at Trader Dick's now through its closing on February 8th.

It opened in 1958 across from the casino; it opened when WWII soldiers were returning home from the Pacific Theater with fond memories of hula girls and tiki culture.

The restaurant moved inside the casino in 1973 and was relocated to its current location in 1988.

Written by Andi Guevara

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