The Sands Casino Resort Hotel had a recent “soft opening” and got an 80% occupancy rate over the holiday weekend. The actual grand opening will be in 2 weeks.
Sands Bethlehem will soon include a retail space and an events center. The hotel is the latest phase of the resort, which opened a casino with 5 restaurants two years ago. The Sands plans to open its 30-shop outlet mall in November 2011. A conference center capable of handling up to 2,500 people for concerts, meetings or conventions could be complete by the end of the year.
On Saturday, June 4th., the Sands is expected to open the 190-seat Emeril's Italian Table restaurant. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse has three other casino restaurants that provide room service to the hotel. At 302 rooms, the Sands hotel is the largest in the Valley and more than twice the size of any in Bethlehem.
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