|Eatery shutters doors at casino
DK Wings out after only being open two months
The Graton Resort & Casino lost its first eatery on Jan. 14 when DK Wings shuttered its doors a little more than two months after opening at the opulent gambling facility in Rohnert Park.
The sign for DK Wings has been removed from the casino and any mention of the eatery has been removed from the casino’s website. DK Wings, a gourmet chicken wings establishment, was the brainchild of celebrity chef Douglas Keane. It was one of eight eateries in what the casino calls the Marketplace.
Phone calls to Keane were not returned, and interview requests by Station Casinos, which manages the multi-million dollar casino, and the Graton Resort & Casino were declined.
Station Casinos, however, released a statement saying, “DK Wings has closed at Graton Resort & Casino and will be replaced shortly with a new dining offering inside Marketplace. We are grateful to Chef Doug Keane and his team for the work done to launch Graton Resort & Casino along with his brand. We wish Chef Keane all the very best as he takes on new endeavors.”
An employee at one of the other eateries in the Marketplace, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said, “You’re not going to keep a business open when nobody shows up. And that’s what happened to them (DK Wings). Some places are doing quite well, but I have a feeling there might be one or two more packing it up, too. We’ll just have to wait and see how it goes.”
Keane definitely has a track record of success. He was a partner and chef at Cyrus in Healdsburg, which once was awarded two stars from the prestigious Michelin Guide. The restaurant closed in 2012 after legal troubles with the lease.