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South Point expansion to include more slots, restaurants

South Point

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Construction of the South Point, originally called the South Coast, began in 2003. The casino was built, in part, to serve the fast-growing Enterprise area.

Updated Monday, July 12, 2010 | 3:35 p.m.

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Michael Gaughan

Map of South Point Hotel Casino and Spa

South Point Hotel Casino and Spa

9777 S. Las Vegas Boulevard , Las Vegas

The South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas today announced a $20 million, 55,000-square-foot expansion of its casino, with the first phase opening Friday.

The first phase includes 600 slot, video poker and video keno machines, a newly designed 175-seat race book, a new poker room and an entertainment area called the Grandview Lounge. The Grandview is named for the South Point's neighboring timeshare development.

Of the gaming machines, 400 are new and 200 were relocated from elsewhere in the casino to the expansion area at the south end of the casino.

The second phase will feature a restaurant well known in the Midwest, Steak 'n Shake, and a future Japanese sushi teppanyaki restaurant. The timing for the restaurants is not set, but the South Point hopes for a fall opening of Steak 'n Shake.

"The space will enable us to open more of the slot floor to foot traffic. I think people will feel more comfortable in the whole casino with the opening of this new area," owner Michael Gaughan said in a statement.

The new poker room features 22 tables and three daily tournaments.

The South Point last expanded with a third hotel tower that opened in July 2008. With 830 rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space, that lifted the room total to 2,163 and cost $100 million.

The privately owned property, the largest locals hotel-casino in the Las Vegas Valley, opened in December 2005.

Officials today said that the expansion has helped restore hours for some employees whose hours were cut during the recession.

There have not been layoffs at the property, which employs 2,300 people.

"The expansion has enabled us to give full time hourly employees their regular hours back. More importantly, we have moved a number of our `extra board’ and part time staff to full time," South Point said in a statement today.

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