Cleveland Casino Flourishes in First Month

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CLEVELAND —  The success of Cleveland’s casino is no surprise to many, but since opening its doors one month ago, on May 14th, the Horseshoe Casino has welcome an amazing half-million visitors.

According to officials with Caesars Gaming, the Horseshoe Casino isn’t the only venue reaping the benefits from so many people being downtown.

“We are also very encouraged by the surge of customers downtown businesses have served in the past 30 days,” said Horseshoe Cleveland Senior Vice President and General Manager Marcus Glover, adding that since opening the casino has booked more than 4,800 room nights at downtown hotels.

According to Caesars Gaming, local restaurants have also seen increased foot traffic.

Caesars estimates that in the final three weeks of May, hundreds of casino guests dined at the restaurants bringing them a combined $20,000 in additional business.

And Cleveland-native Iron Chef Michael Symon tweeted on May 21 to 124,000 followers that his East Fourth Street flagship eatery, Lola, experienced its busiest week in the restaurants 15-year history.

“Having a casino right in Downtown Cleveland that has made a promise to stimulate local businesses that are attractive to visitors, creates a great opportunity for our local tourism and hospitality industry,” said David Gilbert, president and CEO of Positively Cleveland, the city’s marketing and tourism agency.

Cuyahoga County officials estimate that tax revenue from the casino will total roughly $20 million a year.

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