Hard Rock Las Vegas to shut down for eight months
Renovations and a transformation will see the venue emerge as the Virgin Hotel
In April of last year, Sir Richard Branson purchased the iconic Hard Rock Café hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Excited with his new toy, he began putting in motion plans to convert it into what will certainly be something even bigger, the Virgin Hotel. Those plans are finally starting to be realized at the expense of gamblers that have enjoyed the venue all these years. The Hard Rock Las Vegas is shutting down for eight months.
Initially, it was assumed that the renovations would only take about four months to complete. Apparently, Branson wants to raise the bar some more and has added new renovations to the mix. Richard Bosworth, the president and CEO of JC Hospitality, the Virgin hospitality arm, explains, “We determined that a phased closing of four months, followed by a total closure of four months was not efficient from a construction process nor could we provide a hospitality service experience our guests deserve, Therefore an approximate eight-month closure would be most efficient and ensure a timely opening prior to January 2021.”
Branson is being considerate with the closure, though. The venue won’t shut down to begin renovations until February of next year. This will give Hard Rock fans the ability to catch the Super Bowl on the last day of the venue’s operations, February 2. Everyone will know that the new venue is ready for business when the unforgettable Hard Rock guitar is going and a new, giant “V” stands in its place.