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Deadwood ‘Rocksino’ to open this summer

The property is located in Deadwood, South Dakota. (Hard Rock)

A unique Hard Rock offering is scheduled to come to the small city of Deadwood, South Dakota, this summer – the “Rocksino by Hard Rock Deadwood.”

Hard Rock said in a May 12 news release that Hard Rock Deadwood would be the only one of its kind among its vast and growing portfolio.

Deadwood is a historic city located in the heart of the Black Hills National Forest and is known for its gold rush history. The city of Deadwood is designated as a National Historic Landmark and is listed on both the National and South Dakota Registers of Historic Places. Its population is about 1,200.

Hard Rock Deadwood is a combination boutique hotel and casino experience, and is expected to include touches that will be familiar to fans of the Hard Rock brand – but on a smaller scale that most of its properties.

The property is to feature 86 slot machines, a Rock Shop retail store, and a restaurant and bar with “a delicious new menu that will include everyone’s most loved pizza in Deadwood, which will be prepared in our brand-new state-of-the-art kitchen,” the release said.

Officials said renovated luxury guest rooms are also scheduled to open later this year.

“Hard Rock prides itself on being able to provide authentic and memorable experiences for our guests embodied by music and rich cultural history,” Jon Lucas, chief operating officer for Hard Rock International, said in the release. “We are thrilled to become a part of one of the most celebrated historic places in the U.S. and provide an economic stimulus to the city of Deadwood.”

Officials said a grand opening is scheduled for Aug. 8, with a traditional “guitar smash” ceremony at Outlaw Square. Music act Sublime with Rome is scheduled to perform. In addition, officials said the property is seeking to fill several positions, including hospitality manager, executive chef, and other supervisory and entry-level positions.

“As a community notorious for entertaining guests since 1876, Deadwood is excited to welcome Rocksino by Hard Rock as our newest, can’t miss property,” Deadwood Mayor David Ruth, said in the release. “Our rich, Old West history, combined with the Hard Rock brand, will enhance the Deadwood experience that we are known for. The Rocksino by Hard Rock is sure to be an additional gem luring visitors to our amazing community.”

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