Rock Ohio says Horseshoe to open in early 2012
Rock Ohio, a joint venture between Caesars Entertainment and Rock Gaming, a group headed by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, is spending more than $350 million to convert approximately 300,000 square feet of space over four floors of the Higbee Building into a gaming destination. More than 2,000 slot machines, 65 table games, a high-limits area, a World Series of Poker room, and a VIP player’s lounge will occupy the 96,000 square feet of gaming space. The casino will offer an international buffet restaurant and a food court with local partners providing regional fare. A main-floor feature bar rounds out the food, beverage and entertainment offerings.
In a tour with local media on Wednesday, Rock Gaming principal Jeff Cohen said that the project to date had spent $30 million on 20 local construction contracts, and that, by year’s end, will have committed to another $60 million to $70 million of construction spend. He added that a lot of the “great tradition” of the Higbee Building is being incorporated into the casino design. “To have an opportunity to take a great building like this and bring it back to life is very exciting,” said Cohen.