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Empress Casino will be Hollywood Casino on Dec. 29th

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September 20, 2010

After a fire broke out at the Empress Casino in 2009, the pavilion area was closed. Since that time the area has been given a renovation and is due to open on December 29. The reopening will also bring the renaming of the hotel to Hollywood Casino.

Decorated in old Hollywood glitz and glam, and 1920's art deco decor. The $60 million pavilion will feature Hollywood memorabilia. It will also host the Final Cut Steakhouse and a piano bar. Guests can also dine at the 200 seat Epic Buffet. The buffet will feature a noodle bar with a wide selection of food options and a variety of ethnic cuisines. A 115 seat sports bar, called the Hollywood Stadium, will also open. There will be a 20 by 80 foot TV that can show 9 different screens or 1 large screen for games. Guests can also shop at the Rodeo Drive gift shop that completes the Hollywood theme.

The casino is planning on hiring over 100 new workers in the next few months. Many of these positions will be for food service. As of now, there are 750 employees.

Currently 100,000 guests a month currently visit the casino.

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