Graton Resort & Casino Opens to the Public
The $800-million entertainment and gaming destination welcomes thousands of guests on opening day
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. — After years of planning and 16 months of construction, the Graton Resort & Casino officially opened its doors to the public at 9 a.m. today. The $800-million facility is the closest full-service casino to the Bay Area, and ushers in a new level of sophistication and excitement to Northern California. A traditional Chinese lion and dragon dance spread the luck and marked the opening of the casino, which is located just off U.S. Highway 101 near Rohnert Park, Calif.
“On behalf of the more than 1,300 members of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, we are proud to have achieved this important milestone for our tribe and the entire Sonoma community. We have created more than 2,000 new jobs and brought economic benefits that will extend to Native Americans and non-Native Americans alike,” said Greg Sarris, chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.
Since groundbreaking in June 2012, the Graton Resort & Casino has created more than 750 construction jobs and more than 2,000 permanent jobs and will contribute millions of dollars annually to local communities through long-term revenue sharing agreements. In addition, more than 1,500 California vendors have supplied millions of dollars of local goods and services to the casino.
“The Graton Resort & Casino provides top-notch gaming and dining in a beautifully designed venue for a complete entertainment experience,” said Joe Hasson, general manager of the Graton Resort & Casino.
Within an hour’s drive of San Francisco, the Graton Resort & Casino features an array of award-winning chefs and restaurants and Las Vegas-style gaming in a setting that exudes casual California elegance.
- The Casino features 3,000 slot machines and 144 table games offering Blackjack, Baccarat, and Pai Gow.
- The Poker Room, which is a non-smoking area, features 18 tables and popular games including Limit Hold'em, No-Limit Hold'em, and specialty games such as Mexican Stud.
- High Limit Casino Area—ideal for guests who prefer a more intimate gaming atmosphere. The area includes a dedicated table games room featuring Blackjack and Baccarat, plus six additional private-gaming salons. The High Limit Slot area offers 48 high-denomination slot machines.
- Graton Rewards loyalty card program rewards players with numerous benefits and perks, including the option to redeem points at Graton’s restaurants or use the points at Station Casinos’ properties in Las Vegas.
Thirteen new restaurants -- featuring award-winning chefs from the Bay Area and Sonoma County with the likes of Martin Yan, recent Top Chefs Masters winner Doug Keane and 11-time world pizza champion Tony Gemignani -- offer patrons an extraordinary range of cuisines. The casino’s four full-service restaurants are complemented by the Marketplace, a 500-seat venue with nine casual dining choices.
Four Full-Service Restaurants
- 630 Park Steakhouse - Offering the finest steaks and seafood, as well as an expansive wine collection from Napa and Sonoma's finest wineries
- Daily Grill - Serving classic American fare and seasonal chef-driven dishes
- M.Y. China - Internationally recognized chef, author and cooking show host Martin Yan's menu features Modern Chinese cuisine
- Tony’s of North Beach - 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani debuts a new gourmet pizzeria offering a full array of Italian specialties
- DK Wings
- Slice House by Tony Gemignani
- Boathouse Sushi & Asian Noodles
- La Fondita
- Scoops Featuring Three Twins Ice Cream
- Beach Hut Deli
- Roadside BBQ
- The Habit Burger Grill
Join friends for drinks inside SKY at Graton or the “8” or “G” bars. Each venue features inventive, locally curated wine lists, craft beers and artisan cocktails.
The 8,700 square-foot events center can seat more than 600 for concerts, large indoor presentations, business meetings and special events.
DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE
Every inch of the Graton Resort & Casino features the highest quality materials and workmanship. The property was designed to usher visitors into an exciting and welcoming space that balances a modern, sophisticated contemporary design with the ultimate expression of California casual elegance. The finest materials are featured throughout the property, including zebrano marble, golden onyx, white quartz, Algonquin limestone, terrazzo flooring and crystal chandeliers.
About Graton Resort & Casino
The $800 million Graton Resort & Casino, located off U.S. Highway 101 in Rohnert Park, Calif., is owned by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (the “Tribe”). It was developed and will be managed on behalf of the Tribe by Station Casinos, a Las Vegas-based gaming and hospitality firm that owns and operates numerous resort hotels and casinos. For more information about Graton Resort & Casino, visit www.GratonResortCasino.com. Facebook: www.facebook.com/GratonCasino
About The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
In 1992, the tribe was established as the Federated Coast Miwok; then, upon legal restoration in 2000, renamed the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. The 1,300 member tribe consists of both Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo people. Their tribal ancestors existed for thousands of years in what is now Marin and southern Sonoma counties. Under the leadership of its Tribal Chairman, Greg Sarris, the tribe is the owner of Graton Resort & Casino.
About THE DEVELOPMENT/Management Partner, Station Casinos
Graton Resort & Casino was developed and will be managed on behalf of the Tribe by Station Casinos, a Las Vegas-based gaming and hospitality firm founded in 1976 in Las Vegas by the Fertitta family. Station Casinos is a division of Fertitta Entertainment, a global entertainment group and the largest Native American management company recognized as an industry leader in the design, development and operation of integrated resort and entertainment destinations. Station Casinos owns and operates 18 resorts and casinos throughout Nevada and is the only gaming company ever to be honored by FORTUNE magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For," an honor it achieved four years in a row.