Hard Rock hearing delayed
October 26, 2015
A hearing in the lien over the construction of the Lake Tahoe Hard Rock Casino has been delayed until Wednesday in Douglas County District Court.
The $9.6 million lawsuit was filed by SMC Construction Co. of Reno to obtain money owed after overruns nearly doubled the cost of construction.
Hard Rock owners Jon and David Park in turn sued the management company that oversaw the construction and operation of the Hard Rock since April 2014.
The Parks terminated their management agreement with W-G Stateline and Warner Hospitality of Las Vegas before filing the lawsuit in Washoe County District Court on Oct. 15.
That action won't affect the use of the Hard Rock name, a spokeswoman for the Parks said. The hotel casino will continue to operate under new managers.
SMC filed the lawsuit in Douglas District Court last spring.
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The Parks raised $60 million in financing to renovate the property, and after closing the hotel for renovations, entered an agreement with SMC Construction Co. to do the casino renovation for a maximum price of $9.6 million. They entered another contract for renovation of the hotel towers.
The casino opened in Jan. 28, 2015, to fanfair, but by May SMC had filed a lien seeking $18.9 million from the Parks for work they'd done. Floors of the hotel towers remained incomplete.
According to the Hard Rock Casino Lake Tahoe's website, the 25,000-square-foot casino has 500 slot machines and a variety of table games. The hotel features 539 guest rooms.
The Parks also own the Overland Restaurant & Pub in Gardnerville and large swaths of agricultural land in Carson Valley.