|High-end, locally inspired eateries coming to casino
The Graton Resort and Casino had a tasty announcement when it released the official listing of restaurants, including locally inspired eateries and gourmet restaurants hosted by celebrity chefs.
The $300 million Graton Casino is expected to open later this year at 32,000 square-feet and now in addition to its promise of having wide berth of gaming and gambling options, it has announced it intends to have more than 10 different restaurant options for visitors. Of the eateries, four are to be four-star, standalone restaurants and one of the casino’s collection is said to feature a celebrity chef.
Celebrity chef Martin Yan is to be present at the Graton Casino with his restaurant, M.Y. China. Yan is the author of multiple cookbooks and is best know for being the host of his own cooking show, “Yan Can Cook,” which has been airing since 1978. Yan has also hosted a variety of other cooking shows and has appeared on “Iron Chef” multiple times as a guest judge.
The casino claims it will also offer locally inspired restaurants, available in their “marketplace” section. The marketplace is said to be a more casual and relaxed area of dining and can seat up to 500 guests. In this marketplace will be DK Wings, featuring local chef Douglas Keane, owner and head chef of the now closed four-star restaurant Cyrus and soon-to-be contestant of “Top Chef Masters.”
Rohnert Park’s Boathouse Sushi will also be featured in the casino’s marketplace, as will a new location for Santa Rosa’s La Fondita.
There will also be an ice cream joint, Scoops, that is to feature local and organic ice cream and a Roadside BBQ and Beach Hut Deli. Of course, there is also to be a Starbucks located in the marketplace.
“That’s a lot, especially for this town,” said Rohnert Park resident Kalli Kay Guyett. “You usually have to go to places like Santa Rosa to eat nice, but now we can just go right down the road.”
Guyett also expressed hope the casino, now along with its range of restaurants, will be a large employer of Sonoma State University students as well as a place for students and residents alike to find entertainment at over the weekends.
In addition to M.Y. China, the main, standalone restaurants will also include a gourmet pizzeria, Tony’s of North Beach, an American-style grill house, The Daily Grill and the 630 Park Steakhouse.