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Cannery Casino building a following

Jan 21, 2003 8:33 AM

After its first two weeks of operation, the Cannery Casino & Hotel is getting high marks from its new patrons.

Designed to resemble a post-World War II industrial building, complete with bomber nose art, pin-ups, and classic fruit advertisements, the Cannery has enlisted the help of its mascots, the Cannery girls.

In fact there are three girls, each with her own look, who personifies the $100 million property’s theme. The Cannery Girls can be seen on the casino floor, in television ads and on billboards

"The Cannery Girls will really unify the theme of the property and make it more accessible to the guests," said William J. Paulos, Cannery Casinos Resorts, LLC principal. "The Cannery is designed as a slice of Americana, it’s a place where guests can look at memorabilia and remember a piece of their lives or see some of their family’s history. The Cannery Girls also are a slice of Americana and we want to incorporate them into the overall personality of our property."

The concept of the Cannery Girl began with a logo designed by Las Vegas design firm, Origin Brand Identity & Design. The costumes, a focal point for each Girl, evoke a different aspect of post-War life with an elegant halter dress with a full skirt and long gloves, a sporty two-piece short set, and a one-piece red bathing suit. As designed by Los Angeles-based costumier Sharron Peech Burton, each outfit fits the period of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s and is hand-sewn to fit different women.

"The Cannery Girl was created to bring another unique aspect to our property," said Paulos. Cannery Girls will be seen throughout the property during special events, and promotions.

The Cannery Girls are sort of a locals casino answer to the Strip’s white tigers, faux European and American cities, volcanoes, pirate ships and dancing water.

"Las Vegans know the best games and we know Las Vegans," said William C. Wortman, Cannery Casino Resorts principal. "Locals have told us they like video poker games, video reel slots, bonusing games and great promotions. We’ve got them all." The Cannery also offers a frequent player program called the American Can Club.

With 1,275 slot and video poker machines, guests are certain to find their favorites. Among the choices are Double Double Bonus Poker, Deuces Wild, Joker’s Wild, Triple Double Bonus Poker, Enchanted Unicorn, Lucky Larry’s Lobstermania, Cleopatra, and Triple Play games.

The games are varied include denominations that range from a penny to $5. The floor also includes coinless machines. "Ticketed games have become very popular and the machines have the latest technology. The coinless machines are easy to use and they allow our staff members to spend more time with each guest and really get to know them," Wortman added.

Table game players will find their favorite games as well. The Cannery has 21 tables with betting limits up to $1,000. Blackjack tables will offer single- or double-deck as well as six-deck tables. In addition, roulette, craps and Three-Card Poker and Pai Gow Poker will be available. "Table game players will also enjoy tournaments and other events," said Wortman.

In addition to gaming, The Cannery Casino & Hotel features 201 hotel rooms; four restaurants, including Waverly’s Steakhouse, the Cannery Row Buffet, Casa Cocina Mexican Restaurant and an adjacent quick-service outlet, and Victory’s Café; and The Club, an indoor/outdoor entertainment and exhibit venue and pool area. The Cannery is owned and operated by Cannery Casino Resorts, LLC, a Las Vegas-based gaming and entertainment corporation.

When it’s time to refuel, the Cannery offers a culinary cornucopia. With three full-service restaurants, one buffet and a quick-service outlet, Las Vegas’ newest hotel/casino has something for everyone. "When we planned the Cannery, the restaurants and dining options were front and center," Wortman. The options are "cornucopious" and include Waverly’s Steakhouse, The Cannery Row Buffet, Victory’s Café, Victory’s Booze & Bets, and Casa Cocina Mexican Restaurant, which has an adjacent quick-serve outlet. "Our guests will find something for everyone with our restaurant choices," said Luc Akellino, director of food and beverage.

"For great steaks, Waverly’s Steakhouse will be the place to be."

For steaks cooked to perfection, Waverly’s is the spot for Cannery guests each night between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Room Chef Anthony St. John has chosen several house specialties, including fish, pastas, porterhouse steaks, and filet mignon. Chef St. John has also included such classic appetizers as bacon-wrapped shrimp, crab Napoleon and portabella mushrooms as well fresh pastries and desserts.

The Cannery Row Buffet will evoke memories of John Steinbeck’s, Cannery Row, with its industrial design. However, it offers a bounty of options for guests with five stations ”” Mexican, Chinese, Italian, American, salad and dessert ”” to tempt any palate. House specialties are smoked meats, prime rib and carved salmon, and each is cooked before guests’ eyes. The Cannery Row buffet is open daily for lunch between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dinner is available each night between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. The Cannery Row Buffet offers Sunday Brunch between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., for $10.95.

For breakfast, lunch or dinner the 24-hour Victory’s Café is the spot. Hearty breakfast dishes, classic American burgers, a selection of salads and soups as well complete dinners are available any time of day (or night).

Casa Cocina, is translated as house kitchen and yes, it is a restaurant that is open daily between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. The chefs at Casa Cocina have developed a menu that focuses on authentic Mexican cuisine from throughout the country such as Michoacan region. Casa Cocina offers tortillas and guacamole, and includes hot and spicy entrees such as carne asada, tamales de puerco, camarones barrachos.