Golden Nugget owners to start taking room reservations for Rush Tower

Owners of the Golden Nugget will soon take room reservations for the new Rush Tower, the first significant infusion of rooms to the downtown Las Vegas gambling market in decades.

On Thursday Landry's Restaurants Inc., parent company of the Golden Nugget properties in Las Vegas and Laughlin, announced they will start accepting reservations in the 500-room tower Aug. 1.

The tower is scheduled to open Nov. 20.

In addition to larger guest rooms, the $150 million tower will have more casino space, a Chart House restaurant and a pool.

Landry's has spent more than $300 million on the Golden Nugget since acquiring it in 2005.

Earlier this week the company announced revenue for the two casino hotels was down more than 15 percent in the second quarter. And the new tower will open around the same time most of the attention will be focused on MGM Mirage's opening of CityCenter, a multibillion-dollar resort complex on the Strip.