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Cannery to offer slice of old-time Americana

Nov 12, 2002 7:23 AM

   Expected to open on Jan. 3, the new Cannery Casino & Hotel will strive to offer a “more personal” gaming experience for casino customers.

   “It’s a new concept in casinos,” said co-owner Bill Paulos. “At the Cannery, it will all be about the guest.”

   Paulos’ partner, Bill Wortman, added that personal service in a warm and friendly environment will greet customers.

   “The Cannery has been developed to be a place where valley residents will be able to get s slice of Americana and good, old-fashioned customer service,” Wortman said. “Why shouldn’t Las Vegans receive the same level of service as Strip high rollers?”

   The Cannery, located at Craig and Losee roads, has a 1940s factory motif. The outer building features an aged brick and exposed pilasters exterior at the base of a 120-foot smokestack.

   The area is divided into four sections with a 25-foot ceiling, skylights and exposed metal columns.

   Spread over 28 acres, the Cannery will feature a 50,000-square-foot casino with about 1277 slots, 99 percent of which will be ticket in/ticket out. There will also be 21 table games and sports betting at Victory’s Booze  & Bets.

   “We’ve designed the sports bar as a cozy and intimate locals-type bar,” Paulos said. “At first there will be only sports betting, but plan to add horse racing at a later date.”

   In addition to Victory’s, there will be a nostalgic Pin-Ups Lounge in the center of the casino with photographs from the 1940s.

   Diners can choose from tour restaurants — Victory’s Café, Waverly’s Steakhouse, Cannery Row Buffet and Casa Cocina Mexican Restaurant.

   Waverly’s will feature the wood panels often found in a plant manager’s office, and will be accepted by still life paintings and dark wood tones.

   The Cannery buffet is expected to be a popular attraction, not just because of the quick service and good food, but because it’s at the heart of an entertainment complex, The Club.

   The buffet will actually expand into an adjoining massive event room, which in turn can expand into an indoor-outdoor facility.

   Among the unique features is a set of custom-built 25 foot by 60 foot glass doors that open to create an amphitheater/festival site.

   Paulos said the concept of offering periodic festivals will make the Cannery a sort of community gathering point in the valley.

   “The venue will allow for dozens of events and festivals to be held throughout the year,” Paulos said. “So far we’ve already slated 63 events for next year.”

   Paulos added that the events will be planned and coordinated by professionals who have worked on festivals and pageants from around the country.

   “We will kick off the season with a four week Football Frenzy festival in January, from the Wild Card games to Conference championships and the Super Bowl,” Paulos said.

   Paulos said the festival will include tailgate competitions, NFL merchandise and vendor booths, regional food and drink and Super Bowl events.

   Located in North Las Vegas, the casino is expected to draw upon the 10,000 service people at Nellis Air Force Base, and the nearby Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which features about 200 events a year.