Lakeside Inn, Horizon making improvements |

Lakeside Inn, Horizon making improvements

From rooms to restaurants, some local casinos are sprucing up their image with major renovations.

Slated for completion by June 23, the Lakeside Inn and Casino is spending $1.5 million in remodeling its hotel rooms and converting its convention facility into a tavern, sports book and Mexican food restaurant.

“We felt our hotel was too small for conventions and thought this was a better use for it since Tahoe is getting more families and individuals visiting than convention groups,” said Lon Rusk, Lakeside’s general manager. “We think it will be a nice offering to have a sit-down Mexican food restaurant.”

Lakeside’s hotel rooms will reflect a mountain theme, complete with woodwork etchings of pine trees on its cedar walls. The renovations are being handled by Tom Jung who also remodeled The Ridge Tahoe Private Club.

The Horizon Casino Resort has also done upgrades on its property.

“So far we have spent $4 million in renovations, such as repaving the parking lot, repainting the building and redoing the roofing and carpeting,” said Howard Reinhardt, Horizon’s general manager. “We are also constantly upgrading our hotel rooms and casino floor.”

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