The Garlic City Card Room will soon have a new home as the city Planning Commission approved a proposed move of the gaming venue. Garlic City is the only card room in the city of Gilroy, California that would like to move from a small venue in the downtown area to a large space located in a building situated in the Gilroy Premium Outlets
The new location would put the gambling venue just east of Highway 101 and offer 9,000 square feet of space. The casino will have a full service restaurant and bar along with providing employment for 30 individuals. Located next to the casino would be such shopping outlets as Banana Republic, Saks Fifth Avenue and J.Crew.
The proposed plans include adding two red neon signs to the building that would be visible from the freeway to attract customers. With the approval of the move, the current location of the casino will be able to be used for other businesses that city officials believe would be better suited for the downtown area.
The members of the Planning Commission did approve the move but also voiced their concerns. Vice Chair Paul Kloecker stated that he was worried that calling the operation a casino would suggest the venue offers more than the card games that are allowed based on city law, which are also very limited in nature. Kloecker also worried that the move could lead to an expansion in gaming like slot machines, an option that is currently illegal. The Vice Chair felt that if the card room is a card room that is what it should be called, not a casino.
The casino is currently known as the Garlic City Club but another sign has been added with the name Garlic City Casino and Restaurant. The current location is quite small while the new location will provide ample space. In the new location, the card room will be open 24/7. The venue will offer 14 gaming tables with games such as poker and blackjack on offer.