After being forced to shut its doors two years ago following the death of its owner, the Klondike Sunset Casino in Nevada is set to re-open next week offering a range of slots and employing about 70 people.
According to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper, the rejuvenated Klondike Sunset Casino received its license from the Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday and will open to players from Wednesday evening.
Opened as Tom’s Sunset Casino in 1989, the venue in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson was forced to close nine years later due to financial shortfalls. However, it was purchased by Tom Woodrum soon after and re-opened following a $5 million facelift.
But, the death of Woodrum in January of 2014 saw the venue eventually shuttered for a second time before it was bought in December by Bruce Familian and business partner Jon Athey, who declared that they have 16 years of experience in the gaming industry.
“We are just really excited,” Familian told the newspaper. “It’s been a long eight months and thousands and thousands of hours of work.”
Tony Alamo, Chairman for the Nevada Gaming Commission, declared that he believes that the revenue projections for the casino, which sits on 2.2 acres of land on West Sunset Road just west of Boulder Highway, look conservative and viable.
“It’s very impressive what you have done there,” said Alamo. “We all know the property. You have really rejuvenated, almost made it new. It’s a win-win for you personally and of course the community benefits.”
Familian is the owner of slot machine route operator Nevada Gaming Partners and had faced questions at the time of buying the property over his wife’s involvement in a licensed medical marijuana dispensary. Gaming license holders are required to avoid such enterprises but the conflict was resolved when Sarah Familian subsequently sold her 8% stake in GB Sciences Nevada, which had previously been awarded one of 18 medical marijuana dispensary licenses by the Clark County Commission.