Cannery opener!

Dec 31, 2002 3:08 AM

Las Vegas’ newest hotel/casino, The Cannery, opens its doors at midnight on Friday, January 3 (Thursday night), at the corner of Craig and Lossee Roads in North Las Vegas.

   The first casino to open in Las Vegas in more than a year, the Cannery Casino & Hotel features a 1940s factory motif, designed along the lines of a post World War II industrial building.

   With its 120-foot high signature smokestack at the entrance, the $100 million Cannery’s outer building features an aged brick and exposed pilaster exterior. Inside, patrons will find exposed braces, period art, retro signage, and decorative awnings, all designed to create the ambiance of a cannery plant.

   “We would like to invite Valley residents to stop by the Cannery at midnight to help us usher in a new era in locals’ oriented gaming and entertainment,” said William C. Wortman, principal of Cannery Casino Resorts, LLC, which also operates its sister property, Rampart Casino, in Summerlin. “The Cannery has been developed to be a place where valley residents will be able to get a slice of Americana and good, old-fashioned customer service.”

   Spread over 28 acres, The Cannery features a 50,000-square-foot casino with about 1,275 slot and video gaming machines, most of which will offer ticket in/ticket out technology. There are also 21 table games, a 201-room hotel and sports betting at Victory’s Booze & Bets.

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

   The 8700-square-foot sports bar/book will feature four 62-inch TV sets and eight 32-inch screens for watching sports action while patrons can quaff their favorite libations.

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

   Diners can choose from four restaurants: Victory’s Cafe, Waverly’s Steakhouse, Cannery Row Buffet and Casa Cocina Mexican Restaurant.

   Serving upscale cuisine at reasonable prices, Waverly’s features wood panels often found in a plant manager’s office, and will be accented by still life paintings and dark wood tones.

   Casa Cocina will serve authentic Mexican cuisine as well as “south of the border” specialty drinks in a cantina-style setting; the restaurant will also offer a quick service Mexican outlet, Casa Cocina Express, for patrons on the go.

   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 for boxing matches, pageants, and other festivals.

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

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

   “The venue will allow dozens of events and festivals to be held throughout the year,” Paulos said. “So far, we’ve already slated more than 60 events for 2003.”

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

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

   See the accompanying story for the complete schedule and description of the Football  Frenzy Festival.