he casino shut down March 20 when a fire destroyed the pavilion building that houses restaurants and shops. The casino, however, was saved, and the Empress used the down time to doan already scheduled renovation of the facility. "It may be the same casino, but our guests won't recognize the place,"
Empress General Manager Frank Quigley said in a written statement on Thursday. "We're transforming both gaming floors to create an atmosphere that combines classic luxury and glamour of the 1930s art deco style with the latest technology and amenities designed for their comfort."
Some features include large plasma screen TVs throughout the casino, a new 240-seat buffet, an expanded high-limit gaming area, and a new VIP layers lounge.
The fire occurred during renovation work in the pavilion area.