California will reportedly welcome its latest tribal casino later today when the federally-recognized Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians opens its Harrah’s Northern California venue in partnership with Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
Buena Vista beginnings:
According to an April 17 report from local television broadcaster, KCRA-TV, the new 71,000 sq ft venue is located just outside the northern California community of Buena Vista some 32 miles southeast of Sacramento and is to premiere featuring a casino offering almost 1,000 slots as well as about 20 gaming tables.
Lisa Yahrling from Harrah’s Northern California reportedly told the broadcaster that the new $168 million facility for western Amador County is to also debut featuring a full-service restaurant as well as a trio of fast-casual dining outlets and ultimately has plans to add a hotel for those who may wish to stay overnight.
“I would describe this as kind of modern but also fitting in with the landscape; so we’re not big and flashy outside. I think it really fits in with the laid back and relaxed feeling of Amador County.”
She further detailed that the coming Harrah’s-branded facility is to offer full-time employment to approximately 500 people with around 80% of these being drawn from surrounding communities such as Ione, Carbondale and Sunnybrook. To help mitigate local traffic congestion concerns, she purportedly also explained that the new California venue has paid to expand some local roads and have a pair of traffic lights installed on Highway 88.
Finally, KCRA-TV reported that Harrah’s Northern California, which is being operated by Las Vegas-headquartered Caesars Entertainment Corporation, sits around 17 miles from the rival Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort and is to be the largest employer in Amador County behind this gambling venue from the federally-recognized Jackson Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians and the even nearer Mule Creek State Prison.