Biloxi’s Beau Rivage, the smallest site among MGM Resort International’s prestigious group of casino resorts, recently held a grand opening inside the TAP Book, Bar & Bistreaux.
The venue is a new $8 million, 7,000-square-foot sports betting, entertainment and dining space. The event was held on the one year anniversary of sports betting becoming legal across Mississippi, as previously reported in Lagniappe.
The space boasts 100 HD screens, including a massive 24-foot-wide by 14-foot-tall video wall. Its 70 screens can operate individually, in various combinations or as one huge display, and are flanked by two additional video walls.
Sofas and lounge chairs populate the space, which has two bars, three video poker counters and two VIP lounges. The main center bar has video poker machines, free Wi-Fi, power charging stations and is a smoke-free area.
“College football in this area is huge. This is SEC football country,” Patrick “Duff” Duffy, vice-president of operations at Beau Rivage said. “We were hoping that it correlated into college football betting and our expectations were exceeded.”
He went on to say that sports bets at the windows over the past year ranged from $10 to as high as $100,000 on a single event.
“As far as our comparisons, to the rest of the books in Las Vegas in the MGM group, we handled as much as they did, if not more, every Saturday during college football season,” he said.
Same as last year, USA Today sports analyst and Mobile native Danny Sheridan was the first VIP guest to drop a sports bet inside the new space (favoring Auburn this year) and was upbeat about the facilities.
“The venue is incredible,” Sheridan said. “This is the only company on the whole Mississippi Gulf Coast that has done it right. If you love sports, you need to come here.”
Business moves, transactions
Robert Jur, co-owner of Wacked Out Weiner (WOW) in Mobile, has announced the leasing of a new 300-square-foot, take-out-only hot dog space, next door to nut shop A&M Peanuts, and located at 209 Dauphin St. in Mobile.
The eatery will soon offer bicycle delivery around the area, per Jur, who also runs a WOW hot dog food truck servicing both Mobile and Baldwin counties. Plans are in place to hold a grand opening during LoDa Artwalk in August, followed by a Mobile Chamber ribbon-cutting later this year.
Mobile-based Zarzour Companies announced last week in a news release the purchase of 65 Dauphin Medical and Financial Center, located near the intersection of Interstate 65 at 3290 Dauphin St., for $10.1 million.
Originally constructed in 1988, the six-story angular office tower encompasses 77,262 square feet of office space, sits on a 3.19-acre lot and has 309 parking spaces. The Class B building’s metallic-teal-hued, all-glass exterior design also stands out in stark contrast to more traditional architecture found in surrounding business parks.
Vallas Realty reported the remaining 51 acres of the 84-acre Rangeline Crossing mixed-use development, was acquired for around $3.7 million by a southern Florida investment group. The site is situated near the intersection of Interstate 10 and Rangeline Road in West Mobile. Plans are in place by the new owners to attract new apartment as well as retail business development onto the site for future build-out.
Two historic properties in Atmore will undergo major renovations into a multi-purpose complex that will include a restored, 1920s-era Strand Theater, along with a music venue, a recording studio and art and dance classrooms in the adjacent, 1890s-era former hardware store building. The project budget is upwards of $3 million. Steve Stone with dakinstreet architects is the architect for the project. Pride of Atmore is the nonprofit owner.
The roughly 2,000-square-foot restaurant space located at 2032 Airport Blvd. in Midtown Mobile, formerly occupied by Mellow Mushroom until last March, will have a new tenant sometime in October, as reported by George Catranis with Catranis Enterprises. The new eatery will be called Barachi and developed by a group of investors significantly involved in the local restaurant scene.
60 St. Francis in downtown Mobile will be undergoing a full renovation into a new 3,400-square-foot office space. Transworld Business Advisors will be housed on the first floor with the second floor available for lease. Steve Stone with dakinstreet architects is the architect for the project. Project budget costs on the development were in the bidding process as of press time.
Some 1,000 square feet of retail space has been leased to open King Kutz, a barbershop that will offer a full line of barber services, including therapeutic facials according to new owner Tim King. The shop will be located at 1605 Rochelle St., Suite E, in Mobile and is expected to open by early September. Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties handled the transaction.
Jeremy Wolff has announced the opening of the 1,200-square-foot Downtown Print Shop located at 501 Dauphin St. in Mobile. Capital investment for renovations and equipment in the space were upwards of $100,000 and the business will employ three workers when fully staffed. Grand opening for the space will be held during LoDa Artwalk in August.
Burrito Bandito Mexican restaurant is leasing a 1,500-square-foot space in Foley Plaza located at 2147 South McKenzie St. in Foley. The eatery plans to open in the fall. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties represented the landlord in the transaction.
Mobile County will be constructing a new 3,000-square-foot administration building at Chickasabogue Park. The anticipated budget for the project is $525,000. Steve Stone with dakinstreet architects is the architect on the project.
Care Financial has leased some 1,200 square feet of office space in Grelot Professional Park, located at 5920 Grelot Road in Mobile. The company is currently open and operating in the space. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties managed the transaction.
Mobile County will be renovating a historic 1913 bank building in Grand Bay into a 4,200-square-foot branch library and community center. Budget for the project is estimated at $1,200,000. Steve Stone with dakinstreet architects is the architect for the project.
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