By David Stratton| Workers at Eastside Cannery are applying the finishing touches to the new $250 million hotel and casino, whose grand opening is set for Thursday, August 28.
The resort is the first to open on the "Boulder Strip" in more than a decade, and the second opened by Cannery Casino Resorts (CCR) in a little more than a year.
"Cannery Casino Resorts has been able to move forward during these uncertain times because we surround ourselves with talented people who have passion for their craft and are among the most talented in the world," said CCR principal Bill Wortman. "Eastside Cannery is a reflection of that passion and our ongoing vision and commitment to providing the best service for our clientele. Given the state of our current economy, I cannot say enough about the work our construction and design team did to build this incredible facility on time and on budget."
The facility on Boulder Highway extends the theme introduced at the original Cannery in North Las Vegas, and is in stark contrast to the old Nevada Palace, which was torn down to make way for the new casino.
Like its cousin across town, Eastside Cannery carries an Industrial Era theme, marked by a 16-story hotel tower of bronze, glass and steel, with a distinctive saw-tooth roofline.
Inside, the modern, sprawling casino features an eclectic blend of colors, textures and varying levels of lighting.
Adjoining the casino is the familiar Pin-ups Bar, featuring the images of 1950s glamour girls, and the zigzag ceiling murals depict life in the 1960s with glimpses into the ever-changing future.
At more than 65,000 square feet, the casino is deceptively large when viewed from the outside, but contains everything a player expects, and more.
The slot floor has nearly 2,200 machines, featuring all the popular reel, poker and keno games, as well as new arrivals from IGT and Aristocrat.
The casino also features 26 table games, modern poker room, live keno lounge and a 450-seat bingo hall.
Race and sports fans will like Eastside Cannery’s modern book, conveniently positioned next to the south end parking lot, and featuring individual seating with private viewing monitors.
The new race and sports book will become the Cannery family’s hub with Eric St. Clair serving as director.
Other amenities on the casino floor include an elevated center bar, equipped with tabletop machines and sweeping views of the casino.
There is also a spacious tavern, Marilyn’s Lounge, for live entertainment and dancing.
Diners will find a myriad of choices, beginning with the resort’s "tableside buffet," a new concept that allows customers to choose items from a daily menu, then have it delivered by the buffet’s servers.
As pointed out by Eastside vice president and general manager Sal Semola, the number of servings is "limitless, because it’s still a buffet, only with the convenience of tableside service.
Semola added that the 20-foot dessert bar is self-service with an array of confections sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Other restaurants include Carve, an upscale steakhouse; Casa Cocina for true South of the Border cuisine; The Deli, located adjacent to the race and sports book and featuring a grill-style walk-up and old-fashioned carving station; and Snaps, a 24-hour full-serve restaurant.
Coming this fall is a penthouse level restaurant, ONE SIX, located on the 16th floor of the hotel tower, and offering intimate dining with unparalleled views of the valley.
For meeting planners, the hotel has 20,000 square feet of ballroom and convention space located on the second floor above the casino.
"We will never waver in our commitment to construct and operate world-class resorts," Wortman said. "Eastside is a fantastic venue that people will enjoy for years to come."