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$250M expansion to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort to be complete this fall, officials say

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort has announced its $250 million expansion project, which broke ground in June 2018, is near completion.

The project, which will add 83,000 square feet of convention space as well as 725 hotel rooms and a parking garage, to name a few features, is expected to be finished this fall.

Initially anticipated to be a 2.5-year project from the groundbreaking on June 26, 2018, the completion met some roadblocks with the pandemic.

When completed, the expansion will include:

The Cherokee at Harrah’s Cherokee Resort:
This marks the resort’s fourth hotel tower. The 19-story tower will feature 725 rooms and seven suites with a design concept rooted in earth tones. A 50-seat lobby bar and lounge is highlighted by a sky blue marble wall lined with cascading bottles of wine.

The Cherokee is located directly adjacent to the new convention center. The second floor of the hotel features its terrace pool.

The Cherokee Convention Center:
This brand new, three-level 83,000-square foot space for meetings and convention will more than triple the current rentable convention space on the resort. Highlighted by a 32,000-square-foot ballroom, the Cherokee Convention Center also features a pre-function ballroom, 26 meeting spaces, exhibition hall and more.

Wicked Weed Brewpub:
The brewpub opened its doors in April, and it offers a robust menu of signature local craft beers and ciders from Asheville’s popular Wicked Weed Brewery. The 1,200-sqaure-foot restaurant features a 36-seat main bar, a walk-up tasting bar as well as a stage for live entertainment.

The selection of 24 craft beers is complemented by a menu of traditional brewery fare from across the world. From the poutine with crispy fries, mushroom gravy and fried cheese curds to the hickory nut gap bratwurst with caramelized onion, pineapple citrus slaw and Lusty Monk mustard, guests will find the perfect pairing for their beer, cider, cocktail or wine.

The Book:
The Book opened in March 2021, offering the first of its kind in North Carolina — a state-of-the-art sports betting experience. It holds a 90-foot ultra-high-definition screen, plush chairs with USB charging ports and full beverage service, for true Las Vegas-style gaming in the heart of Western N.C.

WSOP Poker Room:
Having opened in September 2020, guests can enjoy the 34-table World Series of Poker (WSOP) Poker Room which offers eight-handed cash games. The non-smoking room features 85 spots and is open daily.

Myst Bar:
The Myst Bar, which opened in January, offers guests a traditional casino bar experience with a flare. The new location features both bar and lounge seating, along with high-definition TVs. With an elevated stage in the center of the bar and an immersive light and sound experience is perfect for live music every weekend. Guests can enjoy a variety classic cocktails as well as a selection of draft and bottled beers.

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