by Michael J. Shapiro | June 12, 2017
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City in South Dakota unveiled a $6.2 million expansion this weekend, complete with a celebratory guitar smash and a concert by music legend Willie Nelson, who was kicking off the 2017 Battery Park Concert Series. 
The project expanded the venue by nearly 8,000 square feet, adding 60 new slot machines, two new blackjack tables, a private lounge and the new Wine Bar, which stocks 125 different wines and offers 20 by the glass.
The new gaming space is replete with memorabilia typical of the brand's outposts, paying tribute to musicians such as Tom Petty, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Slash and Willie Nelson. Original artwork by artists Jay Bonadio and Adam Orr include portraits of Springsteen and Nelson.
The casino now features more than 883 slot machines and 28 table games. The 54-room boutique hotel is in the historic Battery Building, and the full property offers six restaurants and bars, as well as an indoor music venue called Anthem.