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READY OR NOT: del Lago Resort & Casino grand opening countdown begins

Ready or not: Here it comes.

The Finger Lakes latest attraction is now just days away from opening. On Wednesday, the $440 million resort and casino in Tyre will open it’s doors.

del Lago Resort & Casino will be Seneca County’s first casino when it opens — and many say will be a major economic boom for the County.

While it won’t solve all of the region’s problems — like correcting the vast number of manufacturing jobs that left the region — it will contribute significantly to the overall economic footprint of Seneca County and the Finger Lakes.

The region itself has become a spotlight for tourism and commerce. Local municipalities are already planning for an influx of revenue, in form of gaming taxes, and even hospitality taxes — which will result in the pending 205-room hotel set to open this summer on the property.

A variety of traffic improvements have been made to surrounding roadways — which included beefing up area intersections, bridges, and the tollbooth at Exit 41 along the New York State Thruway.

del Lago will feature the Farmers Market Buffet, offering diners locally sourced produce, fruits, dairy products and meats;

— The Vine, a 2,400-person entertainment venue that will also serve as a separate French Quarter-inspired restaurant and bar.

— Centrifico, a bar and lounge area located in the center of the gaming floor.

— Savor NY — MacKenzie-Childs at del Lago, which is a 2,000-square-foot store featuring MacKenzie-Childs and Jay Strongwater products, as well as a selection of special products produced by companies based in the Finger Lakes, including local wineries, breweries, spirits and cheesemakers.

— A 4,200-square-foot food court with three restaurants: Finger Lakes-based Ciccino’s Pizzeria & Paninoteca and locally owned Smashburger and Moe’s Southwest Grill.

— del Lago will also feature Portico by Fabio Viviani, a restaurant with a sophisticated take on Old World Italian-inspired foods and handmade pastas, as well as seafood, steaks and chops grilled over hardwood.

Stay tuned for more from del Lago Resort & Casino throughout the week leading up to the grand opening.

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