Station Casinos announced this week it will be adding four new restaurants to its flagship property, Red Rock Resort, and enhancing other venues and amenities within the resort. The total investment in the project will top $35 million. And, since RR is in our neighborhood, we are definitely excited about the news.
The new restaurants – Mercadito Red Rock, offering Mexican cuisine, The Light Group, featuring a farmer’s market-inspired small plates menu with simple, seasonal and sustainable ingredients paired with masterfully hand-crafted beers and an extensive wine list, Noodle Bar, featuring noodle bowls, dim sum and specialty fried rice, and a new contemporary, casual Italian restaurant to replace the existing Terra Rossa – will be built along the Charleston Boulevard casino entrance complete with outdoor entrances and patios.
These restaurants will be linked by a pedestrian walkway so folks can connect and walk along all five restaurant locations, including the existing Lucille’s Bar-B-Que and Yard House. Expect beautiful outdoor patios and water features, too.
Of course, probably the most exciting feature for us is the Shops at Summerlin Connector. This new parking section with a public drop off area located off Summerlin Centre Drive will offer convenience from the soon-to-open shopping center to the casino. We have been watching the progress of the Shops with great interest.
The property will also be enhancing some of its existing amenities, including T-bones Chophouse, which will feature a stylish refurbishment, including all new furniture, carpet, drapes and additional artwork.
There will also be a redo of 26 of Red Rock’s suites, which range in size from 1,500 to 6,500 square feet. It will be a lavish top to bottom make over. (Wonder if Ron would consider doing that at our house?)
And of course, they couldn’t leave out The Spa. This already fabulous 25,000 square foot spa and salon will undergo a complete renovation and become even more spectacular.
Work on the project is scheduled to begin immediately and should be complete by fourth quarter this year. We can hardly wait.
DERBY WATCH: We have been carefully watching the Kentucky Derby hopefuls but haven’t landed on a definite choice yet. Of course, California Chrome will be on our short list.
Ray Poirier, GamingToday executive editor and former general manager of Rockingham Park at Salem, New Hampshire, told us, “I watched California Chrome run in the Santa Anita Derby and he reminded me of the great Secretariat, right down to his beautiful stride and chestnut color. I was very impressed.
“He pulled away easily in the stretch and seemed to have plenty left,” when jockey Victor Espinoza pulled up. Chrome crossed the finish line 5¼ lengths in front.
And, after his spectacular Arkansas Derby win last weekend, paying $84.60, $28.40 and $11.00, we need to take a closer look at the Tod Pletcher trained colt, Danza. After all, this race has produced five Kentucky Derby winners, including Smarty Jones (2004) and Super Saver (2010).
SANTA ANITA PICNIC: There will be free weekend admission to the infield and free parking via Infield Gate 6 at Santa Anita Park, beginning Saturday, April 26, and continuing through the conclusion of the Spring Meet on Sunday, June 29. The Meet opens on Friday, April 25.
So, the next time you want to spend a day at the races, load the entire family into the car and head to Santa Anita. You will be able to enjoy a nice picnic lunch with the wife and kids, and still have plenty of opportunity to pick a few winners. You can even bring your own beach chairs, picnic cooler and non-alcoholic beverages.
CUPCAKES & POKER: The Cupcake Girls of Las Vegas will hold its Second Annual Charity Poker Tournament & Silent Auction on Friday, April 25 at the South Point Casino poker room, beginning at 6 p.m. The event is being held in conjunction with Nevada’s Big Give.
Interested players can register at the event with a $100 buy-in, or reserve a full or half table in advance for $850 and $450, respectively. All proceeds will benefit The Cupcake Girls charity.
The charity, a 501(3c) organization, provides support and community resources such as professional development, health and beauty services, mental health, drug and alcohol counseling, family support, government aid, legal, education, and financial assistance for women working in Las Vegas’ adult entertainment industry.
See you around town.
Eileen DiRocco is the owner and publisher of GamingToday, the bible for gaming news “you can bet on.” Contact Eileen at [email protected].