The transformation began two years ago when Las Vegas-based, Red Rock Resorts Inc. (RRR), parent company of Station Casinos LLC, announced that it would be investing $192 million in its iconic Palace Station property.

In its recent press release, Station Casinos revealed that it would be celebrating the expansion and complete modernization of the first to open of its 20 entertainment destinations with an amazing fireworks show on Saturday, September 1.

Locals’ casino:

Located at 2411 W. Sahara Ave, the transformation of the original Las Vegas locals’ casino in Southern Nevada marks a significant milestone for the casino that was opened by Frank Fertitta, Jr. as “The Casino” on July 1, 1976.

The head-to-toe modernization is the first significant investment in the locals’ favorite since March 1991, when a 22-story hotel tower and high-rise parking garage were added.

New bingo room:

Having always been known in Las Vegas as the place to go for bingo, it was only fitting that one of the first enhancements to debut was the bingo room. Located off the new casino entrance facing Sahara Avenue, the new 350-seat, the 10,000-square-foot venue opened to the public on April 28, 2017.

Following the opening of the new bingo room, in June this year, Station Casinos announced that Palace Station would be debuting new first-to-market restaurant concepts and a brand-new Feast Buffet this summer.

Food & beverage newcomers:

Joining the casino’s existing food and beverage offerings, including the popular Oyster Bar, Little Tony’s and the Charcoal Room, are:

bBD’s (Beers Burgers Desserts) from Chef and owner Ralph, which most notably features hand-butchered and pattied USDA Certified Prime Beef burgers, an expertly curated craft beer program and indulgent desserts; Boathouse Asian Eatery from brother and sister team Cat and Tu Do, offering a mix of Japanese and east Asian cuisine; The Feast Buffet, the 30-year staple has completely evolved, and in addition to its new look, it features six unique stations including The Hearth, Wok This Way, Blazing Grill, Health Favorite, The Carvery and Just Desserts; and expected to open this fall, Mumfresh Asian Eats, also from the brother and sister team,  the casual quick-serve venue will offer a teppanyaki-inspired menu.

What else is new:

Other chang-es include the total renovation of the casino’s existing gaming floor, which in addition to the bingo room includes a renovated race and sports book and new sports bar, a renovated 6-table poker room and the addition of more table games and slot/video poker machines.

The exterior also received a face-lift, including a new covered entrance with valet area and some 300 additional parking spaces, along with new a trio of new 20MM LED video display walls on the northeast corner, south entry and northwest casino corner.

The hotel’s guest room and suites were renovated, along with the addition of a new resort-style pool area complete with a bar, dining area, event lawn, private cabanas and daybeds.

Still to come:

A new boutique nine-screen luxury movieplex is expected to open in December this year. The offering from Regal Entertainment Group will feature recliner seating and its Cinebarre restaurant concept. Movie-goers will be able to order and be served food, beer and wine before and during movies, right at their seat…

In addition to the fireworks display, Saturday’s festivities included a classic Rockfest with free performances from three classic rock tribute bands.

The celebration event will extend further into September with an outdoor concert from KC & The Sunshine Band alongside special guests the Village People on the 15th, and every Tuesday of the month there will be a Private Label Weibel Wine Giveaway for invited Boarding Pass loyalty cardholders, according to the August 24 news release.