Cannery to open in Jan.

Oct 8, 2002 6:45 AM

   The Cannery Casino — 12 miles and light years away from its sister Rampart Casino in Summerlin — will open its doors during the first week of January.

   Catering to the blue-collar crowd in North Las Vegas, the Cannery will feature a 1940s industrial theme, replete with a 120-foot smoke stack and facades of aged brick, exposed pilaster and sheet metal. Located at the southwest corner of Craig and Losee roads, the new resort sits amidst truck yards, heavy equipment outlets and warehouses.

   Teamsters, come on down!

   But owners Bill Paulos, Bill Wortman and Guy Hillyer, along with Robert Mendenhall of Las Vegas Paving, are promising customers a full array of services at their airy $100 million venture. And they’ve pushed back the original December debut, taking an extra month to do the job right. The 50,000-square-foot casino will feature:

”¡ 1,277 slot machines with denominations from 1 cent to $5. Video poker and video reel games will carry all popular titles.

”¡ A full range of table games with limits running up to $1,000.

”¡ Sports action at Victory’s Booze & Bets.

   Off the casino floor, the Cannery offers several attractions, including:

”¡ A 30,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor entertainment and exhibit venue and pool area called The Club. A unique feature includes custom-built 25-foot by 60-foot glass doors that open to create an open-air amphitheater/festival site. The Club will showcase concerts, exhibits, parties, boxing and various types of outdoor festivals.

”¡ A smorgasbord of dining options such as Victory’s Cafe, Cannery Row Buffet, Waverly’s Steakhouse, Casa Cocina Mexican Restaurant and Casa Cocina Express — a quick service Mexican outlet.

”¡ Pin-Ups Lounge, a 2,165-square-foot bar at the center of the casino with photographs from the 1940s; Victory’s Booze & Bets, an 8,725-square-foot sports bar with an extensive bar menu and eight 32-inch and four 62-inch TV sets; Casa Cocina Bar, serving “south of the border” specialty drinks; and The Club Bar, host to a variety of entertainment events including concerts, boxing, and private corporate celebrations.

”¡ 201 hotel rooms in a three-story tower.

”¡ Separate race and sports book facilities. So far, a director hasn’t been named.

   Wortman is particularly proud of The Club, which he says will bring an ongoing, versatile array of entertainment offerings pegged to major sporting events and holidays.

   “We believe we will offer Las Vegas Valley residents a fresh new entertainment scene that provides a constantly changing venue of programming throughout the year,’’ he told GamingToday. “You will always be able to come to the Cannery for something new and exciting.’’

   The Paulos-Wortman-Hillyer team, whose Millennium Management Group also operates the posh Rampart Casino off Summerlin Parkway, says there won’t be much cross-marketing between the two locations. While Rampart lounges amidst palm trees, European-style health spas and continental cuisine, the Cannery gets down to business with a minimum of frills.

    “These are two totally different markets and properties,’’ says company spokesman Tom Willer.

   Though early Cannery blueprints envisioned a bowling alley and movie theaters, Paulos & Co. decided to focus on the core casino in Northtown. They figure that the blue-collar attitude, spiced by entertainment at The Club, will keep the bottom line healthy.

   Millennium also holds a consulting contract with the Greektown Casino in Detroit, where robust cash flow margins are routinely running in the 50 to 60 percent range.