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Is the Golden Gate renovation a success?

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by FullPay, Sep 8, 2012.

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  1. FullPay

    FullPay High-Roller

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    Maybe it's too soon to tell, but they sure stripped a lot of character out of the place in recent years. First they removed 'the odor', a plus; replaced the old vp machines at the bar, it needed doing but they destroyed the paytables, a draw; replaced the old diner with a chain restaurant, major loss; took out the lunch counter and the shrimp cocktail servers, another major loss; opened up the casino to light on both ends, questionable. In my mind the only thing that might be left standing is the decent craps game that suddenly comes to life throughout the day. Anybody notice if the changes seem to be working for them?
     
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    Have they finished working on the expansion to the hotel yet?
     
  3. djen

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    Changes seem to be working for the Golden Gate. I stayed there last week for a night. Valet entrance was easy, new check in desk right by the new elevator. The new addition to the hotel is open, mostly if not all suites still at a reasonable price.

    Casino floor had plenty of players, cocktail service was good, overall I enjoyed it and still felt the traditional character.
     
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    I love the changes... Ya it's more modern but it's still got the cozy feel. Only thing I don't like is going to the restaurant for a snack
     
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    We miss the deli and the $.99 cent shrimp. They had the best deli sandwiches and they were a nice size.:cry: Still like the gambling there but miss some of the old atmosphere. As far as we are concerned Dupars restaurant/cafe is 2 and a half stars out of 5. Hash House a go go across the street in the Plaza is better.
     
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    I like it. I think they did a good job.
     
  7. TFK

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    I understand that Vegas is constantly evolving, but so much of what I loved about it is disappearing.

    TFK
     
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    The thing we miss the most is the deli. Great sandwiches, and the shrimp cocktail, without having to go sit down in the diner ... and wait ... and pay the now inflated prices.
     
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    Things need updating and improvement but I like the saying, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" The Bay City Diner was a landmark in itself, always friendly, always packed and always good with consistent good food, reasonable prices and good service. It seemed always full so it must have been a money maker.....so why bring in a chain? I have only looked inside when I walk by since the diner closed......another little piece of downtown's unique identity is gone. Too bad.

    Jimbo338
     
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    So, do you now have to go to the sit down restaurant for the $1.99 shrimp cocktail? Can you still use the Buy One, Get One coupons from the Freemont Experience? I thought they were going to re-open the deli/shrimp cocktal bar? I'm confused. :eek:
     
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  11. FullPay

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    My wife and I were staying at the Hilton on a Sunday morning looking for breakfast when every buffet was serving champagne brunch. I finally thought of the Bay City Diner. I told her I'd take her downtown for breakfast and a show. Sat at the counter and watched the cooks and waitresses work their magic! I know change is inevitable, but this was a crushing loss for a frequent downtowner.

    On the other hand, the downstairs reno of the D seemed to enliven the atmosphere and the customers. As a video poker player I hate that they abandoned their halfway decent pay tables for new machines. I will look into the upstairs this trip; The View (Vue?) bar used to be my brother's fave.
     
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    Yes, take your coupon to the sit-down diner now.
    The deli bar is history. :-(
     
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    I really like GG, but I think the new high limit area is pretty lame.
     
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    Too Bad

    Glad I didnot miss Dupar's. I went for the first time in March. I had the Halibut dinner and coconut custard pie. Pretty darn good. :cry:
     
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    New bathrooms are much nicer.
     
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    It used to be more than an "odor". It STUNK!

    Stepped in last month to see if it was better, and it was.
     
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