BATAVIA – Batavia Downs Gaming unveiled a $12 million transformation of the racetrack at a grand opening Thursday with additional slot machines and three new restaurants.
The harness racing track increased its video lottery terminals to about 800 and moved them from the second to the first floor.
Fortuna’s, an Italian-style restaurant, 34 Rush sports bar, named for former Buffalo Bills football star Thurman Thomas, and the track side Homestretch Grille and an existing Tim Hortons are open.
The renovations included a new and larger smoking room with its own slot machines.
There were a number of cash giveaways for the occasion.
The gambling attraction is open virtually round the clock, from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Its four nights a week of racing is also in progress.
Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. owns the facility.