(Brock Radke, Las Vegas Weekly) – The Lucky Dragon hotel and casino on Sahara Avenue just west of the Strip has been one of the most mysterious Vegas developments in recent memory. It’s a rare thing for a resort project on or near the Strip—even a boutique property like this, with its 200 hotel rooms and 27,500-square-foot casino—to keep quiet and stray from the traditional marketing hype once construction has begun.
But the developers behind Lucky Dragon have kept a low profile all along, even after the building started to rise last summer. Late last week, after a fall financing slowdown, the organization behind Lucky Dragon, the Las Vegas Economic Impact Regional Center, announced the project is fully capitalized and on schedule for completion by the end of the year.
Las Vegas Weekly spoke with LVEIRC CEO Andrew Fonfa, also developer of the adjacent Allure condominium tower, about the plans for Lucky Dragon, what makes the project so unique and why it’s maintained the mystery.