Horseshoe Southern Indiana renovating bar into entertainment venue
ELIZABETH, Ind. (WDRB) -- One of Metro Louisville's major entertainment attractions is making some improvements: Horseshoe Southern Indiana is renovating its ENVY Bar and Lounge to transform the space into a premier lounge and entertainment venue.
The renovation of the 3,000 square foot space in Harrison County, Indiana will include additions of VIP booths with bottle service, a dance floor and upgraded sound and lighting on its stage.
Entertainment will include popular local bands and DJ's every Thursday through Saturday night.
The improvements will also include the addition of six lounge servers.
On Friday Horseshoe General Manger John Smith took WDRB News on a tour of the renovations, which have been completed.
"We have new decor, a new dance floor, new big screen TV's," said Smith, "so we have a great new look."
Smith took over as GM in September.
"What we are trying to do is bring Vegas-like entertainment and nightlife to Southern Indiana," he said.
Smith says the recent opening of two new casinos in the Cincinnati area has shaken up the gaming business in the region.
While gaming revenue at Horseshoe was up one percent from April of this year compared to April of 2013, admissions were down 1.3 percent.
But Smith maintains the percentages were a lot worse for his competitors in Indiana.
"We have to continue to be different and give people a reason to come here and visit us," Smith explained, "and our nightlife and ENVY is kind of our first step to do that."
And more upgrades are coming to Horseshoe to keep the customers coming.
"We have a gambling pit (adjacent to ENVY) we are going to turn that into a party pit," said Smith, "so this whole floor will become more of a retail party destination on our vessel."
Earlier this year, as a result of the Paul Dean controversy, Horseshoe renamed its popular buffet restaurant The Spread.
Smith says another of its four restaurants will soon be getting a makeover.
"We are looking to upgrade and remodel another one of our restaurants, the concept we think is great but we won't reveal it yet, we are looking forward to the project in 2015," he said.
ENVY Bar and Lounge will have a grand opening celebration on May 24.