The sun is beginning to set on the Newport Grand. But Twin River Management Group is hoping for a higher performing star rising in Tiverton.
The Twin River casino and hotel now under construction in Tiverton is now expected to open Sept. 1, one month in advance of the previous target date of Oct. 1. The state gaming license will then be transferred from Newport Grand; that property has been sold to Carpionato Group, which plans a mix of retail, restaurants, office space and perhaps a hotel on the site.” For more insight into the history of Newport Grand, click on Farewell, Newport Grand – A Look Back and Newport Grand Casino – The Last Hurrah?
The Daily News reported that John E. Taylor Jr., chairman of Twin River Management Group, in a news release, made aware the following news on the project:
- Construction crews made quick progress over the winter months, allowing the company to open earlier than anticipated.
- Much of the exterior work on the casino and hotel is completed
- For the casino, we are enclosing spaces and painting, the ceiling grid is being installed and light fixtures and security cameras are also actively being installed. The casino, which Twin River is calling Tiverton Casino Hotel, will feature 32 table games and up to 1,000 slot machines.
- The restaurant area is taking shape and the food court is just about ready for coolers and other serving fixtures. The Tiverton casino property will include a Trattoria Romano Italian restaurant, Mooyah Burgers, Pie Five Pizza, a Jacky’s Galaxie franchise and a Dunkin’ Donuts.
- With respect to the hotel, the rooms are in the process of being dry-walled and within the coming month, we’ll be tiling bathrooms and painting. The attached 84-room hotel will feature meeting space and a fitness center.
- The garage is scheduled to be completed in August.
The placement of the casino is even closer to the Massachusetts line than Twin River Casino in Lincoln is to Plainridge Park Casino 10 minutes away in Plainville MA. This casino complex is being built at the intersection of William S. Canning Boulevard and Stafford Road, some 400 feet south of the state line at Fall River, Massachusetts, or four football fields away!
Some Massachusetts politicians are still pushing to release the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from litigation from Taunton residents. If the Wampanoag’s are able to finally continue with their First Light Casino Project in Taunton, competition could be difficult for the little Tiverton casino, especially from both First Light and Encore Boston Harbor.
But for now, it’s full speed ahead for the Taunton Hotel and Casino.
Good-bye Newport, Welcome Tiverton.