CQ Holding Company, which acquired Belle of Baton Rouge in May, has been granted permission by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board to move the historic property at 103 France St. on the Mississippi River to land. The board approved the request with a unanimous decision during a hearing on Thursday, Sept. 15.
“We are thrilled with the Louisiana Gaming Control Board’s decision to approve Belle of Baton Rouge’s landside move,” said Terry Downey, president and CEO of CQ Holding Company. “In acquiring this casino, we have looked forward to the tremendous potential in moving the Belle to land. We look forward to serving the Baton Rouge community with new entertainment offerings and eateries that will be made possible by this move.”
The decision will set CQ Holding Company’s plan in motion to move the 16,500-square-foot gambling floor ashore, including 350 slot machines and 14 table games into the Belle of Baton Rouge’s Atrium. As part of the remodel, the property will also welcome an oyster bar, café and more within the atrium to create a boutique-style casino.
More information about Belle of Baton Rouge is available on the website at www.belleofbatonrouge.com.
About Belle of Baton Rouge
Belle of Baton Rouge opened as Louisiana’s first riverboat casino and has been welcoming guests since September 1994. Situated along the Mississippi River in Downtown Baton Rouge at 103 France St., the property is within walking distance from The Baton Rouge River Center, the city’s performing arts center; and is located between Louisiana State University and Southern University, among other landmark destinations. Set to stunning views of the Mississippi River Bridge and the river, Belle of Baton Rouge offers a unique and unforgettable gaming experience. CQ Holding Company, Inc. purchased Belle of Baton Rouge in May 2022. More information is available at www.belleofbatonrouge.com or by calling 225-242-2600. Belle of Baton Rouge is on social media on Facebook at @BelleBatonRouge, on Instagram at @BelleBatonRouge and on Twitter at @BelleBatonRouge.
About CQ Holding Company, Inc.
CQ Holding Company, Inc.’s entry into gaming began with DraftKings at Casino Queen. Formerly known as Casino Queen, the property is located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis and has been welcoming visitors since 1993. The company expanded into Marquette, Iowa in 2017, adding Casino Queen Marquette. CQ Holding Company, Inc. expanded into Louisiana with the completed acquisition of Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge from Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. in 2021 and the acquisition of the historic Belle of Baton Rouge from Caesars Entertainment in 2022.