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MGM’s Beau Rivage will open a new Buffalo slot area and revamp hotel rooms under new management

MGM Resorts’ Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, is set to undergo a series of changes, according to Brandon Dardeau, the site’s recently appointed president and chief operating officer. A timetable to begin work by April has been proposed, which would see all hotel rooms at the property refurbished by November, as well as new carpeting, lights and wall coverings in the hallways..

Remodeling hotel rooms is expected to cost “millions of dollars”, according to the Associated press. But the casino chairman said he also wanted the Jia restaurant to be redesigned, an extension to the cafe and the introduction of a new thematic section for fans of Buffalo slot machines.

While the improvements were initially launched two years ago with the renovation of the site’s suites, the refresh, which was expected to move quickly to hotel rooms, was later delayed amid the Covid-19 pandemic. It is now expected to continue this year and end in November. Earlier this month, MGM Resorts announced the promotion of Dardeau as President and COO of Southeast Operationssupervising the Beau Rivage and also Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, Mississippi.

According to Dardeau, hotel guests will sleep on the same mattresses as rooms at MGM’s famed Bellagio casino resort in Las Vegas. Guests will be able to check in, adjust the thermostat and open their hotel room door with their smartphones, if they choose to do so.

The executive further disclosed the quoted source of information that room makeovers are designed by MGM Resort International’s own interior design group: decor will be Biloxi-specific, using a collection of soft beach and sunset colorsincluding sand and turquoise, for “a Southern flair”.

The reimagining of the Asian Jia restaurant is set to feature new furniture and lighting, and is now open to the casino. The redesign is expected to be completed in time for the Lunar New Year, February 1.

Brandon Dardeau, president and chief operating officer at Beau Rivage.

During this time, The Terrace Cafe, located inside the main lobby and adjacent to the buffet, will benefit from more space and a new identity. With nearly 700 seats for the buffet, the atrium section will be absorbed by a restaurant called Atrium Cafésaid the executive herald of the sun.

And, at the back of the buffet, a former private dining room is being converted into a new room called BuffaloZone. Once the transformation is complete, it will be revealed as new themed gear, filled with popular Aristocrat slots like Buffalo Chief, Buffalo Diamond and Buffalo Gold.

In addition to new and expanded equipment, the casino, along with all other MGM properties, will also introduce MGM’s redesigned rewards system, which is moving from M Life to MGM Rewards starting February 1. The new system is also expected to give customers points for non-casino activities, including hotel stays and dining.

In addition, entertainment is about to return. While many national artists have yet to resume touring due to the ongoing pandemic, Dardeau says the offers aren’t just limited to headliners, and also highlighted the role that the casino, the shops and restaurants in the experience.

Opened in 1999, Beau Rivage is Mississippi’s largest casino on the Gulf Coast and the tallest building in the state. It has 1,740 rooms and, at the time of its opening, it was the largest hotel and casino in the United States outside of Nevada. It offers 72,000 square feet of gaming space.