The Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB) has approved an application by CQ Holding Company Inc. to move its riverboat casino onto dry land.
The $35 million project will see the company’s Belle of Baton Rouge riverboat casino relocated onto dry land creating an additional 200 jobs for locals. Construction on the project is expected to start in April of 2023 and will be complete by May 2024.
Terry Downey, president and CEO of CQ Holdings, stated:
“There’s unlimited potential on this property.”
He went on to add that the demolition of the hotel had already started. The new property will feature a 16,500 square foot gaming floor, an oyster bar and restaurant along with a wine bar, and bowling alley. The casino is also set to have a 2,500 square foot sportsbook.
Cruise ships will still have access to the hotel and casino through the existing piers.
CQ Holding company has already relocated its other Louisiana riverboat casino to dry land. The company began construction on a new casino and hotel in 2021 and expects to have it finished for mid-2023.