By Kathryn Reed
The Horizon is officially gone. The doors were shuttered Monday. Signs were taken down last week.
Now begins more than $40 million in renovations that is expected to transform the Stateline property into a viable business.
Brothers Jon and David Park hope their renamed Park Tahoe Casino Resort will reopen in the summer.
This isn’t the first time there has been a Park Tahoe on the South Shore. What is now MontBleu was Park Tahoe when it first opened in the late 1970s. Within a month Tahoe Douglas firefighters closed it down. It wasn’t long before it reopened as Caesars Tahoe.
The new Park Tahoe is across the street, but still involves the same Park family. In a family split of assets last year the brothers now have control of the dilapidated former Horizon.
Rooms will be remodeled, restaurants and bars upgraded and added, and the gaming area revamped.
Outside improvements include changes to the façade and making a more friendly area for pedestrians.
Food and drinks will be available outside near fire pits. The pool will be redesigned to have a resort feel, along with cabanas.
Warner Hospitality out of Las Vegas will be managing the property. It is going to be recreated in a Hard Rock theme.
There is a Hard Rock Café at Harveys, however the cafes and casinos are separate companies. The rewards programs for each are not compatible and they do not work together. The café is a concessionaire of the casino.