New attractions coming to Southern California casinos in 2022 – Press Enterprise
Southern California’s tribal casinos have gone from expansion booms to expansion delays with the coronavirus pandemic, but that hasn’t entirely hampered the progress of some projects.
Last year, we saw everything from a new hotel tower to several restaurants added to Southern California casinos. In 2022, that progress will continue with a new entertainment center and celebrity chef dining options, among other things.
Harrah’s Resort Southern California
In July, Harrah’s Resort Southern California announced its partnership with British chef and reality TV star Gordan Ramsay to open an in-house Hell’s Kitchen restaurant. The new addition will replace the closed Italian restaurant, Che Bello. Before the space was an Italian restaurant, it was Harrah’s buffet. It’s become common for casinos to embrace new concepts amid buffet closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It will be the first Hell’s Kitchen location in Southern California and the fourth in the world, after Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Dubai. Ramsay’s menu at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas includes entrees such as dry-aged New York strip loin, crispy-skinned salmon and beef Wellington priced at $32.95 to $63.95, with side dishes at $13.95.
According to a press release from Harrah’s, the new restaurant will seat 332 people and will include an elevated lounge and bar.
The restaurant is expected to open in the spring of 2022.
Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa
Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa announced a partnership with cookbook author and former “Top Chef” contestant Fabio Viviani in July 2021. Fabio Viviani’s Marketplace will replace the former Potrero Canyon Buffet.
The concept is a buffet designed as an upscale dining room, where chefs greet customers who select items from a menu that will be freshly prepared at each stand. The Marketplace offers seven restaurants: Mercato Centrale (Italian), Al Comal (Mexican/South American), Pescato (Seafood), Pork & Waffles (BBQ and Southern comfort food), Sukiru (Pan-Asian), Prime Cuts (French), part steakhouse and part Brazilian Churrascaria) and Sweet Things (desserts).
If this all sounds delicious, I hope you’ve had the chance to take one of Viviani’s virtual cooking classes to get a taste of how he prepares his dishes.
The original opening date was December 2021, but the market is now expected to debut in Q1 2022.
Yamava’ Resort & Casino
Yaamava’ Resort & Casino completed major construction works last year, in line with its vision of becoming a luxury brand casino. A 17-story, 432-room hotel tower, which includes a spa and VIP lounge, which opened in December, is Yaamava’s most recent addition. The hotel’s pool deck, which includes the Radiance Café restaurant and Helix Bar, will open in spring 2022.
Yaamava’s expansion has also seen the opening of several new high-limit rooms, three new bars and Cafe Serrano Vista. The casino also reopened the Serrano Buffet and moved The Pines Modern Steakhouse to a new space. The Pines has also brought back Sunday brunch.
The move of the fine dining restaurant from the casino’s second floor to the first floor, near the hotel entrance, left a vacant space in its former home. In an interview at the hotel’s grand opening, general manager Peter Arceo said plans for the space were a secret for the time being, but he teased what was to come, saying it would be more of a “factor fun and wild” as opposed to luxury. experiences offered within the hotel and spa.
“It will add another new dimension of entertainment,” Arceo said. “It will be more fun, inviting and interactive.”
The resort will also open an events center in 2022. The 2,800-seat venue has seen setbacks due to supply chain disruptions.
“Like everything else, we are expecting supplies from overseas,” Arceo said. “But we hope to have some visibility on an opening date in the next month.”
Arceo said the room was beautiful and had great acoustics. He said that Yaamava ‘also plans to offer a VIP experience that is not offered in other casinos.
“I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised,” Arceo said. “Once we get a few shows, it’ll be the hottest ticket in town, I guarantee it.”