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Q Casino Reveals Renovation Plans For Iowa Property

Written By Derek Helling on January 26, 2023
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Residents and visitors to Dubuque, Iowa, will have new entertainment options in 2025. That’s when a renovated Q Casino plans to show the results of an investment into its property that it says will cost at least $75 million.

The plans include a completely new gaming floor and a new space for entertainment options geared toward those who would rather not gamble as well. Regulars to this Iowa casino shouldn’t worry about whether the renovation will disrupt their habits, though.

Q Casino shares renovation intentions

The Q Casino is ready for its first facelift in almost 15 years. While the City of Dubuque has already approved the casino’s plans, they are still pending one final authorization from Iowa’s Racing and Gaming Commission.

That could come as soon as Jan. 26. Alex Dixon, President and CEO of the DRA and Q Casino, said in a press release:

“This is an exciting project for Q Casino, DRA, and the City of Dubuque, so we look forward to making our presentation to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission and getting final approval of our plans. A lot of effort has gone into getting us to this point but we have planned carefully and done our homework.

We are now in a great position to begin transforming the old greyhound racing area into usable space as well as refreshing and enhancing what is offered in our current casino footprint.”

Provided the Iowa casino receives such approval, it intends to expand and remodel its property in numerous ways. Q Casino intends to finish the entire project sometime in 2025.

Furthermore, Q Casino plans to divide the project into five phases. The first two phases will be of the greatest interest to gamblers.

The games will go on as construction happens

According to the release from Q Casino, the first two of the five phases will center on gaming activities. The five phases, which the casino will execute in sequence, will contain:

  1. Remodeling and connecting the former greyhound racing viewing area with the current gaming floor to create a temporary casino space
  2. Remodeling the existing lower casino area to include a center bar with bar-top slot machines
  3. Turning the temporary casino space into a permanent family entertainment zone
  4. Adding a new hotel with a rooftop restaurant adjacent to the existing Hilton Garden Inn
  5. Renovating the exterior of the building with new parking and signage

Therefore, there will be no interruption of action on the gaming tables or slots in Dubuque. Gamblers will just have to reacquaint themselves with the locations of their favorite games temporarily.

Stacy Kansky, Q Casino’s Chief Commercial Officer, is confident the improvements will be worth the effort.

“I am excited about our plans and seeing how it all takes shape, though I am also confident the end result will prove to be a huge asset and benefit to Dubuque, the area, and the state,” Kansky said in the release.

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Derek Helling is the assistant managing editor of PlayUSA. Helling focuses on breaking news, including finance, regulation, and technology in the gaming industry. Helling completed his journalism degree at the University of Iowa and resides in Chicago

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