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by Michael J. Shapiro | May 09, 2016
The Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino, which is being constructed near the Strip's northern end, has secured the necessary financing to open late this year. New financial committments from principal funding families have placed the temporarily stalled project back on schedule.

The 204-room property is being positioned as the first lifestyle gaming property to offer an authentically Asian experience in Las Vegas, appealing to Asian visitors and locals alike. Signage will be in Chinese first and English second, the staff will be multilingual, and a high-end, indoor-outdoor tea garden will be on site. "We are filling a niche in Las Vegas and we're thrilled to bring such a carefully curated array of Asian-focused gaming options, restaurants and amenities to Las Vegas," said Lucky Dragon's chief operating officer David Jacoby.

The hotel will offer 23 standard suites among its room count, as well as a 1,300-square-foot penthouse on the top floor. Among the property's authentic, Pan-Asian restaurant venues will be a "night market," which emulates the bustling streed-food venues of Asia; a dim sum restaurant with live exotic seafood; and a 60-seat fine-dining restaurant with a private balcony and extensive wine list. The city's only tea sommelier will helm the tea program offerings in the tea garden and lounge, which will include the traditional Chinese tea ritual ceremony.

A 4,500-square-foot spa and 27,500-square-foot casino also will be on-site. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines will be part of the spa offerings, while the casino will focus on table games popular in Asia, such as Baccarat and Pai Gow. A 1.25-ton glass dragon sculpture will be suspended from the casino ceiling.

Booking for the hotel will be available this summer.