Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
This resort consists of an 11-story, 306 guest room luxury hotel, 50,000 square feet of gaming space with multiple bars and restaurants including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Hard Rock Café, Vibe, 24/7 Grille and Satisfaction Buffet. A Starbucks and Ben & Jerry’s along with retail space are also located on the property. Prominent features of this resort are a Hard Rock Live music venue with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment, a 1,600 car parking garage, a pool area, and a nightclub on the top floor of the hotel. Hurricane Katrina hit on August 29, 2005, what was to be opening day for this resort. After sustaining substantial damage to the casino and lower floors, the casino (formerly located on an 85,000 square foot barge) was reconstructed as a permanent structure on concrete pilings. Phase III is currently underway consists of a 12-story, 154-room hotel tower.