Visitors to the Rhythm City Casino on Monday were met by an employee politely informing them the casino boat is closed until later this week.
Isle of Capri and Scott County Casino LLC completed the $51 million sale Monday that required the boat to close at midnight Sunday. The casino's computer system, player reward system and slot machine accounting systems will be changed over to Scott County Casino's during the closure.
An Isle of Capri news release confirmed the completed sale. Company spokeswoman Jill Alexander said the Isle continues to review options for its Bettendorf property.
Employee meetings are planned over the next few days, as well as cleaning of the bar and restaurant areas. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday.
Monday seemed like old times for Scott County Casino CEO Dan Kehl, who described himself as the "proud owner" of the Rhythm City.
"It brings back a lot of memories of being on the riverboats and closing for remodeling and painting," said Kehl, whose family owned casino boats in Clinton and Burlington. "We’re all very happy and glad to get to this point."
Employees learned of the return of general manager Mo Hyder at meetings Monday. Hyder served in the same position for the Rhythm City until about a year ago when he took a position with a Louisiana casino.
"We’re happy to bring Mo and Marcy back to the Quad-Cities," Kehl said. "He got a standing ovation from the first group of employees we met with when he walked into the room."
The transaction went through without any problems, Kehl said. Eight attorneys were involved in the final deal.
"For the size of the transaction, it went amazingly smooth," he said.
Riverboat Development Authority president Mary Ellen Chamberlin said she is thrilled to attend Friday's ribbon-cutting.
"I think we picked an excellent operator," she said. "I’m looking forward to going land-based. It is the only way to go."