Hooters Casino Hotel
|Hooters Casino Hotel|
|Address||115 East Tropicana Avenue|
|Opening date||February 2, 2006|
|No. of rooms||696|
|Total gaming space||35,000 sq ft (3,300 m2)|
|Permanent shows||Purple Reign, Men of X, Dirty Joke Show, Raack N Roll|
|Owner||Canyon Capital Advisors|
|Operating license holder||Navegante Group|
|Previous names||Howard Johnson Hotel (1973)
Pacifica Polyesian (1989)
Hôtel San Rémo (1989-2006)
Hooters Casino Hotel is a hotel and casino located off the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States. It is owned by Canyon Capital Advisors and operated by the Navegante Group. It is located off the Strip next to the Tropicana and across the street from the MGM Grand Las Vegas. The hotel has 696 rooms with a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) casino.
The hotel was built in 1973 opening as a Howard Johnson Hotel. It went through several ownership changes and renamings, to the Paradise, the Polynesian Paradise, and the Treasury Hotel.
In 1989, it was purchased by Sukeaki Izumi, a Japanese industrialist and hotelier, who renovated it with an Italian Riviera ambience and renamed it the Hôtel San Rémo. He paid a reported $30 million for the purchase and renovation. In 2002, the hotel, casino, and restaurants were refurbished. The hotel had 711 rooms while the casino had 30,000 square feet (3,000 m²) of space.
In 2004, Izumi's company, Eastern and Western Hotel Corp., began looking for opportunities to grow the hotel, to take advantage of the heavy development at the intersection of Tropicana and Las Vegas Blvd. since 1989. Hooters approached with a redevelopment proposal. Ultimately, a group of nine partners in Hooters of America acquired a two-thirds interest in the property, which was put under control of a joint venture, 155 East Tropicana, LLC. Plans were announced to redevelop the San Remo as a Hooters brand casino and hotel. Hooters of America, owner of the Hooters trademark, would receive 2% of revenue as royalties.
On April 18, 2005, Hooters announced a $190 million upgrade of the property, including increasing the casino to 35,000 square feet (3,300 m2). All of the hotel rooms would be remodeled, the pool would be tripled in size, and the number of restaurants would be increased from 4 to 8 and include the second largest Hooters restaurant in the world. The renovations would reduce the number of rooms to 696 by converting rooms into larger suites.
On February 2, 2006, the weekend of Super Bowl XL, Hooters Casino Hotel officially opened its doors with a large orange carpet welcoming not only the public but many stars including KISS bass player Gene Simmons. Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino opened Dan Marino's Fine Food and Spirits restaurant on the same day the casino/hotel opened.
In January 2007, 155 East Tropicana accepted an unsolicited offer from Hedwigs Las Vegas Top Tier, a joint venture of NTH Advisory Group and Silverleaf Real Estate, to buy the property for $225 million (including assumption of $130 million in debt). Hedwigs planned to redesign and rebrand the casino once again, as a "lifestyle, entertainment-driven boutique hotel". Analysts called the agreement "curious" given Hooters's poor earnings performance. The deal fell through in June 2008 when Hedwigs failed to make a required payment.
With revenue declining, the casino began defaulting on loan payments in April 2009. Canpartners Realty Holding Co., a subsidiary of Canyon Capital, bought up much of the company's debt at a heavy discount and planned to foreclose on the hotel. The owners, seeking to block foreclosure, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August 2011, listing only $63 million in assets against liabilities of $163 million. After a planned February 2012 auction attracted no outside bidders, the bankruptcy court approved Canpartner's $60 million credit offer for the property, with the sale expected to close around March 30. The Navegante Group was approved to manage casino operations, while Canyon Capital said it was seeking a major hotel chain to take over and rebrand the property.
Facilities and entertainment
Shows at Hooters have included Prince tribute show Purple Reign, male revue Men of X, topless revue Raack N Roll, and the Dirty Joke Show.
Comedian Bobby Slayton performed in the Nite Owl Showroom from April 2007 to March 2009.
Hooter's has one of the lowest gaming revenue for a strip casino, but has one of the highest ratio of non-gaming to gaming income. The casino has never made money.
|Food, beverage and entertainment||$22,136,579|
|Hotel and other||$20,685,695|
|Gross Operating Revenues||$67,773,161|
|Less promotional allowances||($7,678,360)|
|Net Operating Revenues||$60,094,801|
Net operating revenues for 2009 is down 23.58% for the first 9 months. The casino had an operating loss of $5.55 million in 2006, $0.96m in 2007, $6.19m in 2008, and $4.26m for the first 9 months of 2009. The first quarter of 2010 the casino had an operating income of $11.23m.
Other use of name
There is another Hooters branded casino, which is unrelated to the Las Vegas property, called Hooters Owl Club Casino, located in Spokane Valley, Washington. It is owned and operated by HootWinc, Inc. a Hooters restaurant licensee based in Oceanside, California. While the Hooters restaurant there closed in early January 2014, the Owl Club Casino remains.
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