Stratosphere to get major upgrades

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Changes are coming to the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino thanks to an investment of $140 million, which will renovate and upgrade rooms, add new restaurants, and modernize the resort.

Golden Entertainment, which purchased the Stratosphere last year, said renovations will touch all areas of the Strat.  Upgrades will happen in three phases over three years. 

The first phase begins this spring.  Nearly half of all hotel rooms will be refreshed. Plans also call for a new brewery-style restaurant at the sports book and changes to the iconic observation deck.

The second phase will start in 2019.  Crews will revamp more rooms, add a new steak house, and remodel the casino floor.

The third phase is planned for 2020.  It will renovate the high-end Top of the World restaurant at the top of the Stratosphere tower and will make room for 50,000 square feet of convention space.

Golden Entertainment said construction will happen in three phases to minimize disruptions to guests.

The upgrades at the Stratosphere follow an up-and-down six months for the north part of the Las Vegas Strip. 

Construction at Resorts World is in full swing with nearly 400 workers on site every day.  Resorts World plans to open in 2020.  

In February, a New York developer announced plans to restart work on the long-shuttered Fountainebleau.  That resort is also expected to open in 2020 as The Drew: Las Vegas.

However, the Lucky Dragon, on Sahara near Las Vegas Boulevard, is in the middle of bankruptcy and foreclosure.  The Lucky Dragon’s casino closed in January. It remains unclear if the casino will reopen before it is sold in a foreclosure auction.

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