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Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort to celebrate grand opening

May 3, 2019

DEADWOOD — The official unveiling of the newly renovated Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort will take place starting Friday, featuring Vegas-style entertainment, live music, and fabulous food tastings.

“For years, the gaming experience has been great in Deadwood,” said Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort General Manager David Schneiter. “We wanted to take it one step further and enhance the gaming and hotel experience, as well as provide more appealing food and beverage outlets for our consumers. We are unlike anything offered in Deadwood under one roof. It’s a state-of-the-art experience, with a true Las Vegas feel that boasts diverse offerings that would appeal to all travelers and locals alike.” That said, the goal for guests is to experience a weekend where Vegas comes to Deadwood.

“It’s going to be an experience guests are not accustomed to in Deadwood,” Schneiter added.

Designed to provide Cadillac Jack’s the opportunity to showcase its newest additions, including Tru by Hilton, the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton, and expansive gaming floor, the grand opening event starts at 3 p.m. Friday. The schedule also includes an appetizer crawl featuring a taste of each of the complex’s new dining options: Guadalajara’s Mexican Restaurant, Earl of Sandwich, Made Market, Proudly Serving Starbucks, Marco’s Pizza and FLYT Steakhouse by Alpine Inn. The evening continues with entertainment including Dueling Pianos and Dueling DJs.

World-renowned Mesmerie Circus Performers will perform throughout the weekend. Their Vegas-style acts include stilt walkers, acrobats, contortionists and other exciting performances.

The new resort and casino is a $31 million investment designed to bring a modern experience to Deadwood’s gaming industry. In total, the investment includes one new hotel, one revamped hotel, one new 134-space underground parking garage, five new restaurants, and an expanded casino.

“The space not only brings a modern look to the Deadwood resort, but also a much more elevated and innovated resort experience,” Schneiter said.

The new TruHotel is geared toward Gen X and millennial generations, with restaurant offerings in the lower portion of the hotel, including Flyt by Alpine Inn, Earl of Sandwich, Marcos Pizza, and Made Market by Hilton. A conversion of the former Cadillac Jack’s hotel to a Doubletree by Hilton and a gift shop with expanded offerings are also part of the package.

Also a new customer offering, Guadalajara’s Mexican Restaurant took the place of the former Brown Rock Café in the same location.

FLYT Steakhouse converts to FLYT Nightclub on Friday and Saturday nights after the restaurant closes.

In total, the resort offers 293 hotel rooms, including the 78-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott, the 107-room DoubleTree by Hilton, and the 108-room Tru by Hilton.

“A total of 112 rooms were added,” Schneiter said. “108 rooms were added with the construction of the Tru Hotel and four rooms were added with the room renovation to a Doubletree by Hilton.”

Much has changed on the gaming floor with the renovations, as well.

New and additional slot machines and table games were added to the casino floor.

The expansion is projected to provide an additional 80-100 jobs to the market, depending on seasonality.

“The ability to accommodate additional guests coming to the area looking for an elevated experience benefits all of us in the area,” Schneiter said.

Part of the project is part of a tax incremental finance project.

The TIF portion of the project brought a new pedestrian bridge across Whitewood Creek, crosswalk, underground utilities, sidewalk improvements, and other amenities to town, as well.

Key TIF construction components, include the relocation of a portion of the existing Williams Street and the accompanying utility infrastructure. Other improvements include burying existing overhead power lines/utilities and replacement of the existing six-inch cast iron water main with a new 10-inch water main, both located along Highway 85 and Highway 14A, a soil nail wall, excavation and retaining walls for utilities, street improvements, storm sewer and detention, streetscaping and lighting.

Total development costs are estimated at $24,558,225; total TIF costs are estimated at $6,204,088, for an estimated total project cost of $30,762,313.

“The TIF portion of the project benefits the city of Deadwood in many, many ways. The biggest benefit to the city is the inclusion of city infrastructure work,” Liv Hospitality Chief Executive Officer Caleb Arceneaux said. “This expense is part of the TIF financing rather than being a part of the Capital Improvement Plan outlay. Utility work such as storm sewer and water lines will benefit the city for years to come. The inclusion of a beautiful pedestrian bridge over Whitewood Creek has been a great addition to the city as well. That is paid for through this TIF effort. There is also a significant upside in sales, occupancy and BBB tax revenues for the city that will ultimately benefit other business and the residents of the city of Deadwood. We are proud to be in Deadwood and excited to partner with the City for the various enhancements to the town.”

This is the second major addition to the Cadillac Jack’s Gaming and Lodging complex. The original Cadillac Jack’s hotel and gaming facility was constructed in 2001. The complex was first expanded in 2012 with the construction of the 78-room Springhill Suites by Marriott and the accompanying underground parking garage.

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