In August 2005, the buzz was building in Biloxi, MS — Hard Rock was opening a hotel and casino, and it was going to be the area's first new hospitality property in almost seven years. The stage was set, the lights were cued, and the invitations were sent out, but one guest showed up unexpectedly and uninvited — Hurricane Katrina. Like much of the Gulf Coast, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi was devastated. When Katrina blew into town, the Hard Rock blew out to sea. Even some of the ...

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