West Virginia’s The Greenbrier Prepares to Go Casino


Just one year ago, if you ask this writer’s wife about The Greenbrier, the very Southern, very swanky, very famous hotel in West Virginia, she will go on and on about how wonderful it was to spend time there as a child on family vacations. Unfortunately, if you were to broach the topic now, you’d hear immense disappointment all due to the hotel’s bankruptcy back in March and its being sold just two months ago from today. To make matters worse, and probably best to keep this between you and us, the new owners, the Justice family, have been rapidly planning to construct an underground casino at The Greenbrier, likely in a portion of the gigantic bunkers installed in the 1950s as a place to hide higher-up government officials in case a nuclear war broke out. Although the Justice family claims the casino will be all class, if you’ve ever been to a non-Vegas casino, one can’t help but think that this is assuredly the beginning of the end for The Greenbrier. Let’s just hope Michael Oliver McClung, the architect hired to build the casino, does all that he can to keep things as tasteful as possible.