- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Sioux City casino open fewer than two years is seeking approval to expand its main floor to include high-stakes gambling.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is planning a $5 million, nearly 8,000-square-foot addition to its downtown casino, the Sioux City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1U500fd ) Saturday. In addition to a high-stakes gambling area, the expansion would include a wine bar and a private lounge. The new gambling area will include 50 new slot machines and two blackjack tables.

Since the casino opened in August 2014, visitors have requested more gambling and drinking options, casino general manager Todd Moyer said.

The Sioux City Council is scheduled to discuss the expansion at a meeting Monday. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval.

The expansion is also on the agenda of Thursday’s meeting of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, which regulates gambling in the state.

Plans for the expansion have been in the works for the past six months, Moyer said, and it’s hoped that all the necessary approvals can be gained in time for construction to start this summer. Construction will take about six months, he said.

The casino has planned on expansion since it opened, Moyer said, just not so soon.

“What we’re most excited about is the area’s responded well to the property,” he said. “We’re glad to invest further in the city.”

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com


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