By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Now that the work is done, SugarHouse Casino believes its $164-million expansion over the last two years will entice a broader segment of visitors to the property on the Philadelphia waterfront.READ MORE: Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct Involving Ocean City Beach Patrol Members Under Investigation
SugarHouse opened in 2010 at the former Jack Frost Sugar Refinery, with 1,600-slot machines and 40-table games.
SugarHouse General Manager Wendy Hamilton says they’ve added 44 more table games, nearly 300 more slot machines, and a seven-story parking garage that provides access to a 28-table poker room.
“We relocated, enlarged, and upgraded our high limit room, and built a high limit lounge that could truly grace the cover of architectural digest, if they ever published a casino edition.”
But Hamilton says the focus of the expansion is centered on amenities, non-gambling attractions, including Philly flavored dining options.
“Tacconelli’s Pizza, Geno’s Steaks, Zaxby’s, along with our grab-and-go outlet, Revolution Grill.”
And there’s a high-end steakhouse, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House.READ MORE: Multiple Faiths Joining Forces To Combat Philadelphia's Rising Gun Violence
Hamilton says they’ve more than doubled their size, but the casino portion only grew by about 25 percent.
The new Event Center is a 30,000-square-foot room to throw weddings or business meetings, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge. It can be converted into a mini-concert hall, seating 700, where singer LeAnn Rimes and comedian Trevor Noah have already performed.
Hamilton says they’re not done yet.
“We’re going to take a breath, and let the market enjoy this. but I think you’ll see more activity in the future.’
Tawa: “So, when is the hotel going in?’
“Haha, you said it, not me.”
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