News | Landry’s latest Golden Nugget closer to home
July 26, 2013
By David Kaplan | Houston Chronicle
Starting next year, Houstonians will have a two-hour drive to a Golden Nugget.
Landry's chief and sole owner Tilman Fertitta on Thursday announced that his company will acquire a hotel and gaming resort in Lake Charles, La., and develop it into a fifth Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino.
"We're excited to be so close to Houston," Fertitta said, referring to Landry's home base. "All the people who support us in Houston and South Texas - we look forward to seeing them in Lake Charles."
Fertitta acquired the Casino Resort and Hotel, currently under construction, from Pinnacle Entertainment. Fertitta said he will spend nearly $600 million to complete construction of the facility on a 242-acre site.
The property is next door to L'Auberge Lake Charles Casino Resort, which is owned by Pinnacle.
"It's the best synergy of casinos outside of Vegas," Fertitta said. L'Auberge has an 18-hole golf course, he said, and the Lake Charles Golden Nugget will have one, too.
The Golden Nugget will have almost 800 rooms, a spa, boutiques and restaurants including Vic & Anthony's, Grotto, Cadillac Bar and Saltgrass Steak House.
Fertitta also said casino customers can earn Landry's Select Club Card points on their rooms and slot machines and redeem the points at Landry's restaurants in the Houston area as well.
Golden Nugget Casinos is a division of Landry's, which Fertitta solely owns. Golden Nuggets are in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev., Atlantic City, N.J., and Biloxi, Miss.
The Houston Chronicle, July 26, 2013