I heard this morning that staff in the older retail area have been told their section will be done after the rooms. Let's just say that the staff I talked to are ready and the same goes inside the Sports Book.
The Sports Book at The Quad is currently open serving drinks and taking bets, but it's still wearing last
year's century's gear. There had been hope that crews would start before the end of the summer (even a rumor that a new book would be built and a nightclub would take the old one's space), but staff have been told to look to November before anything begins.
When I heard that, I did manage to stammer, "bowl season?," which made the employee do a *head smack* while answering, "yes." It's ok though, there is a plan. Staff are being told they will take bets on the ground floor while renovations are being done and that the remodel is supposed to be done in less than a month, maybe even three weeks.
Looking around the book, I think that might be
a bit really ambitious, but I'll keep watching to tell you how it goes.
Closer to being finished are the Front Desk, Cashier, and Total Rewards stations on the casino floor.
For the last few months, the Total Rewards desk and Poker Room had been temporarily in front of a future Linq entrance. Now, the Poker Room is temporarily in front of a Strip entrance.
The dealer I chatted with isn't too sure where the room's final home will be, but did say not to let the hanging sign fool me. Apparently, the signs are primarily plastic and can be easily moved around as needed.
Meantime, a larger section of the floor has been opened up in front of Hash House A Go Go (across from the front desk) and is hosting a collection of tables and newer slot machines.
While the tables in the recently opened section have the classic felts, the Dealertainers tables got some new swag.
This next part got me pretty excited, though. In the recently opened section, there are several large columns that looked like they were built into the wall. As I got closer, I realized that the temporary walls had been built around the columns and, since I naturally wanted to know what was on the other side, I looked for a gap or two that would offer a peek. I lucked out because there were some strategic gaps just big enough for my camera lens. I liked what I saw.
I'll state the obvious and say it's a bar. However, this writer isn't familiar enough with the Quad/Linq vision to know which one. It might even be part of a restaurant, because I got this picture through a separate gap and it looks like unfinished dining room space.
As I went outside to check out the Quad's exterior and the Linq, I saw the wrap-around expansion for Margaritaville at Flamingo looks like it could be finished very soon.
Turning around, the Quad's exterior looks good, too.
Now, if you're someone who doesn't like to gossip, I'm going to suggest that you stop reading now. If you don't have any qualms about gossip, though, full steam ahead. As I went around taking pictures, I got to talking with several different employees, all non-management, who were happy to share the latest they had been hearing. The biggest piece seemed to be that some of the Linq retailers are trying to push back their move-in dates until The High Roller is open. Unsurprisingly, the delays to the wheel are making them a bit nervous and they don't want to risk not making enough revenue to cover expenses if they have to wait for the foot traffic coming in for the 40 minute ride. Allegedly. The High Roller's debut has been pushed back to the second quarter of '14 for a while now.
The other piece I came away with was from some of the individuals on the construction crew and is about Guy Fieri's new restaurant. It seems that there is an issue with the paperwork and the crew isn't allowed to do any work in the space until it's resolved. Supposedly, they've been told that it could take two months to get the issue worked out. But, once they can get in, they'll have to turn it in about a month. This could put it in the same timeframe as the Sports Book, which would be a workload they seemed less than excited for. Again, this was not any kind of official word to any effect, but I could see the potential validity in both of these since the interest in the Linq is so heavily centered on The High Roller and I haven't seen too much movement inside what will be Guy's space for the past few weeks.