Having applied for the trademark in December last year, the San Felipe Casino in New Mexico is now the Black Mesa Casino, as the name was officially changed on Monday by owner/operator San Felipe Pueblo, according to General Manager Steve Penhall, reports the Santa Fe New Mexican.
Located some 30 miles south of Santa Fe, the venues name change was reportedly part of the pueblo’s $12 million rebranding and remodeling effort, one that includes the nearby San Felipe Travel Center, which has also been renamed Black Mesa Travel Center.
The GM said that the remodeling project will also involve the addition of a grocery store and a laundry to the travel center. Having not been used for years, the pueblo’s racetrack will also be demolished, according to the news agency.
Penhall said, “They’re going to tear it down, salvage it and haul it away,” with the land there to be “reclaimed” and the arroyo “restructured.”
The tribe is also reportedly planning on revamping the traffic infrastructure around both the travel center and the casino in order to make it safer, Penhall said.
Lastly, he said, the casino will eventually be remodeled to include a new smoke-free slot area and restaurant.
Located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico on I-25 at Exit 252, Black Mesa Casino features over 600 multi-denomination slots ranging from .01 to $5, along with high dollar progressives and electronic blackjack, craps and roulette tables.