With plans to open by the end of 2012, Mexican recording legend Vicente Fernandez hopes to bring a little taste of México to Las Vegas with his new mariachi themed casino, “Guadalajara, Guadalajara.” As part of his upcoming retirement plan, Fernandez, or “Chente” announced his plans for the upcoming casino, which is loosely based on the popular themed casino, “New York, New York.”
Shaped like a giant cactus, Fernandez hopes “Guadalajara, Guadalajara” will introduce Anglo-Americans to México without having to leave the country, while at the same time providing a little taste of home for Mexican Americans.
Plans for the casino demonstrate Fernandez’s determination to bring authentic Mexico to the Las Vegas strip. Guests will enjoy live ‘charreadas’ or rodeos, rooster fights, as well as a mini Rancho Grande. When hungry, visitors can enjoy a meal of Mexican delicacies in Plaza Garibaldi while being serenaded by some of México’s finest singers. Hotel rooms will be based on rooms in Fernandez’s home in Jalisco. Even the casino bathrooms will have an authentic feel, modeled after dimly lit Tijuana side streets.
Fernandez’s planned requirement for guests to exchange their dollars for pesos has the Nevada Gaming Commission a little nervous. With unstable exchange rates, the commission is worried some guests could get confused or turned off. Vicente, however, disagrees with this concern.
This lofty plan will keep the singer busy who maybe retiring from the world stage but not from entertaining his fans.