Posted on: Nov 24, 2022 12:54 pm.
Last updated on: November 24th, 2022, 01:08 am.
Hard Rock Bristol does not plan to open its permanent casino resort until the summer of 2024, as construction is expected to take until then to complete the $400 million project. But the resort’s temporary casino area, which opened in July, is already providing community benefits.
Today, of course, is Thanksgiving in the US, and Hard Rock International, which is building the casino complex in the former Bristol Mall just north of the Tennessee-Virginia border, has ensured that everyone in the region does not go without turkey on the holiday. Hard Rock Bristol earlier this week donated 195 turkeys to Feeding Southwest Virginia, a non-profit dedicated to tackling food insecurity in the region.
Feeding Southwest Virginia is especially grateful for our partnership with Bristol’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this year,” said Wes Childress, Feeding Southwest Virginia’s director of marketing and communications. “Your donation of turkeys will help many families in Southwest Virginia host Thanksgiving dinners.”
“A big thank you to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for helping The Tafel ensure all of our neighbors have access to good food over the holidays,” added Childress.
Virginia approved commercial casinos in certain cities in 2020. The Gambling Act allowed only Richmond, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Danville and Bristol to become casino hosts. That’s because each of these cities has experienced significant economic hardships in recent years.
The legislation aims to give any city that operates a casino an economic boost through new jobs and tax revenue.
Each host city will receive 6% of their casino’s annual gross gaming revenue (GGR) on the first $200 million of property. The host city receives 7% of the casino’s Adjusted Gross Revenue on revenue between $200 million and $400 million and 8% on GGR over $400 million.
Along with the free turkeys this Thanksgiving, Hard Rock Bristol’s temporary casino is delivering Bristol new taxpayers’ money.
The interim casino is located in the former Belk department store in the Bristol Mall. It offers 870 slot machines and 22 table games. The casino averages around $14 million per month in casino winnings, which works out to about $840,000 per month for Bristol.
Thanksgiving dinner served
In addition to serving those in need this holiday, Hard Rock Bristol also wants to serve the rest of the Thanksgiving community. The casino’s Mr. Lucky’s Restaurant is offering all day Thanksgiving meals today at Bristol Casino and reservations are still open.
For $39.95, diners are served dark and white roast turkey with all the trimmings, including mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, and cranberry sauce.