After 36 years of service, the Gold Spike Casino closed its doors Sunday after being purchased by The Downtown Project.
Loyal customers and long-time employees look back on their time spent at the Gold Spike and say they'll always look at it as more than just a hotel and casino. Many were around when the doors opened in 1976 and in 2008 when the Siegel Group purchased and renovated the property.
"They become your family. And my personal feeling is in a lot of the newer casinos, you don't necessarily get that close to people," said Susan Silverstein, a long-time customer at the Gold Spike.
Many were present at the final goodbye party Sunday as each slot machine was switched off and the front doors were secured shut. The property will now be in the hands of Tony Hseih's Downtown Project, who purchased the building early last week.
Senior Vice President of the Siegel Group, Michael Crandall, says Hseih's purchase is bittersweet, but he's proud of how much his team improved the property.
"We were one of the first companies to come downtown and really see a vision for revitalization for the area," said Crandall.
In the end, Crandall says he's excited to see what the future holds for the Gold Spike, the project in the total makeover of downtown.
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