O’Sheas, on the Las Vegas strip, is to be demolished to make way for a $500 million Linq Project, an outdoor food and shopping resort. The last drinks were bought and punters placed their bets for the last time at the Irish themed casino. Massive, glitzy resorts have popped up all around it, but O’Sheas has remained largely the same for the past 23 years. O’Shea’s Casino closed at noon Monday after urging patrons to “drink us dry” over the weekend. In preparation for its big plan, Caesars have already placed 90% of their 300-strong staff at its other venues.
“We think now is a great time for this project,” says Rick Mazer, with Caesar Entertainment. “We are starting to see the economy rebound, and visitors return. It’s time to give people another reason to come to Las Vegas”.
Building the new Project Linq, is generating 3,000 construction jobs. It will also offer 1,800 permanent jobs once it opens. The new complex will feature a scaled-down version of O’Sheas.