Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 | 6:23 p.m.
It looks like any other Las Vegas Strip casino, sans one significant aspect — the hundreds of would-be gamblers milling around the shiny-brass plated slot machines that litter the casino's main floor.
But that is about to change this Friday when the Monte Carlo reopens its doors three weeks after a roof fire damaged the top three floors of the 32-story hotel.
According to MGM-Mirage officials, only 1,200 of the Monte Carlo's 3,000 rooms will be accessible on Friday. Some 1,300 more rooms will reopen Feb. 22. The remaining 500 rooms, which suffered the most significant damage from the fire, are still being renovated and officials said there was no specific timetable set for their availability. In addition to the 1,800 unopened rooms, the Monte Carlo buffet and the Brew Pub will also remain closed indefinitely.
Alan Feldman, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for MGM-Mirage said that with all of the repairs and reconstruction, the Monte Carlo's total losses are expected to come in under $100 million.
As for the casino's grand reopening, Feldman said he is expecting business as usual like any other Friday at a Strip casino.
Check out the Sun's video story on the remodeled Monte Carlo.