If you take a ride on the long escalators at the Colorado Belle you will find yourself on the "D Deck" in a nice, gaudy ghost town. All the restaurants and shops have closed in slow succession.
Long before the restaurants closed, there was a Candy shop. This closed. The only thing left is the sign. The first restaurant that closed was Tortilla's (the Mexican spot).
|Tortilla's as it looks today|
More closings soon followed. There was a very nice Italian eatery, Mangia. Good food and a great view that overlooked the Colorado River. Closed. The 24 hour diner, the Gallery Cafe closed.
|Mangia - Italian closed.|
Even the small desk where at one time you could buy Keno tickets closed.
Soon they built a new gift shop on the Casino floor and closed the one upstairs.
|The Gift shop was moved downstairs to the Casino floor|
When the opening date for the new Loading Dock Bar was near they quietly shuttered Mark Twain's Chicken and Ribs.
The last holdout was the Captain's Buffet. They shut the Captain down on the day the Loading Dock opened on the Riverwalk.
Now all you will see on D Deck is an occasional person or couple wandering around. Perhaps they thinking about what used to be there or why they all closed. Or maybe they are return visitors thinking about how they miss a spot they had previously enjoyed.
It will be interesting to see what they do with all this space.
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