Viejas Casino

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Coordinates: 32°50′30.62″N 116°42′17.66″W / 32.8418389°N 116.7049056°W / 32.8418389; -116.7049056

Viejas Casino
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The exterior of the Viejas casino.
Location Alpine, California
Address 5000 Willows Road
Opening date September 13, 1991
Number of rooms 128
Total gaming space 133,000 sq ft (12,400 m2)
Signature attractions Outlet mall
Bowling Alley
Notable restaurants The Grove Steakhouse
The Cafe at Viejas
The Buffet at Viejas
Far East Express
North Of The Border
Willows Coffee Bar
Casino type Land-based
Owner Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians
Renovated in 2007
2013
Website viejas.com

Viejas Casino and Resort is a hotel casino and outlet center owned by the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, located in Alpine, California. The casino has 2,000 slot machines, up to 86 table games, four restaurants, a deli, bingo, an off-track betting facility, lounge, concert venues and a poker room. Viejas serves alcohol in its casino. The hotel, opened in March 2013, has 128 rooms.

History[edit]

In 1932, The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians purchased the reservation with their share of proceeds from a forced eviction from the area now containing El Capitan Reservoir. The Viejas tribe is one of seven California tribes that signed a modified compact with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger granting unlimited slot machines in return for higher payments to the state.

In 1977, the Viejas Bingo Room opened in the Ma Tar Awa RV Park on the Viejas reservation. The Viejas Casino opened its doors on September 13, 1991. The bingo room was moved inside the casino from the RV resort in 1994. Six years later, a new bingo room was built east of the casino. In 2006 a $19 million project to remodel the casino was completed.[1]

In 2007 the Viejas tribe announced an $800 million expansion project including a second casino, hotel, and parking garage.[2][3] That expansion project was never completed.

Hotel[edit]

On August 31, 2011, the Viejas tribe announced plans to add a 150-room luxury hotel to the casino.[4] Plans were scaled back slightly resulting in a 5 story hotel with 128 rooms consisting of 99 deluxe rooms and 29 luxury suites. The $36 million project broke ground in early 2012 and the building was topped out in November 2012. Hotel construction was completed in March 2013 with the grand opening celebration held on March 21, 2013. Viejas describes the hotel as "modern amenities, streamlined design and handcrafted, boutique feel".[5] The hotel includes a business center, fitness center, and resort style pool with VIP cabanas.

As part of the hotel construction project both east and west entrances to the casino were remodeled and valet parking was moved from the east entrance to the west entrance. Additional valet parking was made available at the hotel entrance when the hotel opened. Bingo was moved into a new 340 seat bingo hall inside the casino and the former bingo hall was razed to make room for the hotel.[6] The east entrance was enlarged and extended to connect the hotel to the casino and the buffet was remodeled and expanded. The buffet is the only restaurant that allows children under the age of 18. Children under 18 are not permitted anywhere else in the casino.

With the hotel opening Viejas was renamed from Viejas Casino to Viejas Casino and Resort. The hotel received the 2013 AAA Four Diamond Award.[7]

In February 2013 a Tribal Environmental Impact Report was filed for construction of a 6 story parking structure with capacity for up to 1,000 vehicles to be built on the North side of the casino. The parking garage would provide additional parking for both the casino and hotel.[8] Construction was started in April 2013 and the parking structure opened on November 21, 2013.

See also[edit]

Viejas Hotel opened March 2013

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Fluid Transition: The Viejas Casino Expansion". Casino Enterprise Management. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Viejas expansion to include second casino hotel". 10News. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Viejas Unveils Plans for $800 Million Resort and Casino Project". Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Viejas Casino to add 150 room hotel". The San Diego Union-Tribune. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Viejas Hotel Information". Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Viejas Casino opens new bingo hall". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Four Diamond Award". Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Viejas Parking Structure Tribal EIR". Retrieved 15 March 2013.