Southern California Casino Holds Ribbon Cutting

Harrah’s Resort Southern California last week held a ribbon cutting for its $160 million renovation and the unveiling of its new hotel tower.

The casino formerly known as Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort, Harrah’s Resort Southern California, last week celebrated the 0 million renovation and expansion, including a new hotel tower.

The casino, located near Valley Center, becomes the fourth largest hotel property in San Diego County.

The expansion included a new pool complex with a swim up bar and “lazy river” and one of the first swim up bars in Southern California. The pool expansion was the first part of the project, and, according to a spokesman, caused an immediate uptick in business last summer.

At the ribbon cutting for new 21 story, 403 room hotel tower, various VIPs, including the Rincon tribal council and partners such as Pink’s Hot Dogs and the Earl of Sandwich, and Rick Friedmutter of the Friedmutter Group were recognized for their contributions.

Tribal Chairman Bo Mazzetti noted that the $160 million project was financed entirely on the tribe’s good credit. He added that when guests visit, “they want to feel special and we offer that, we provide that atmosphere.” The event was held in the brand new 2,220-seat events center

Besides the return of Pink’s and the arrival of the Earl of Sandwich, a new hot sandwich franchise, Harrah’s also welcomed Starbucks and “Corked,” a craft beer and wine bar. With all of its additions, the resort now has nine places to eat.