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Top casino designers tapped to make over  East County casino

June 9, 2011 (El Cajon)- Renovations are under way at Sycuan Casino . With a full design overhaul in process, the casino is scheduled to have every inch of the interior revamped by fall. The casino remains open to the public as Sycuan's design and architecture teams work in phases to renovate the casino gaming areas, create an all new non-smoking buffet, open a new sports bar & grill restaurant and install a one-of-a-kind specialty lighting fixture in the main lobby.


Hnedak Bobo Group (HBG) and Cleo Design, both renowned in the hospitality industry, have designed, built and decorated casinos and gaming spaces in Las Vegas and across the United States. Some of the upgrades and elements they will incorporate into Sycuan Casino include bold and beautiful carpets featuring a custom-designed pattern, new tile and stonework, rich wall coverings and woodwork and architectural ceilings making the casino its own work of art.


Paipa's Buffet opens in new location and is entirely non-smoking. Renovations to the buffet include a new kitchen, seating to fit 320 people, more specialty food stations and design elements aimed at making each guest's dining experience new and enjoyable.  Executive Chef Paul Schwab will complement the visual upgrades by incorporating fresh, new menu items including brick oven pizza, a fresh pasta station, freshly made tortillas, grilled steaks and an expansive new dessert bar.


On August 31, Sycuan Casino will reveal its most stunning new addition: a 15-foot in diameter, specialty lighting feature hung from the atrium ceiling. Programmable LED lights will spill color and light down to a video floor below giving the illusion of water, but no water will be used. The feature is the first of its kind in San Diego.

A component designed for sports fans is the brand new GameDay Sports Bar & Grill, also set to open on August 31. The sports bar will be an experience for football, baseball, basketball and hockey fans to meet with friends in an open, exciting environment with numerous high definition and projection TVs. The menu will feature more casual fare, including pizza and hardwood-smoked barbecue specialties.


Other renovations to Sycuan Casino include visual upgrades to the Poker Room, Off Track Betting Room, Bingo Pavilion, gift shop and the restrooms.




Sycuan Casino features 2,000 reel and video slot machines, more than 40 gaming tables, poker, bingo, restaurants and headliner entertainment. Non-smokers can enjoy more than 500 slots and table games in San Diego's first and largest fully-enclosed non-smoking room - complete with its own separate entrance. Sycuan's intimate 457-seat entertainment venue, Sycuan Live & Up Close, features national musical acts and comedians year-round.




Opened in 1983 by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Sycuan Casino holds the distinction of being the first Native American gaming operation in San Diego County. Building upon the success of the Casino, and to further realize its goal of self reliance and diversification, the Tribe established the Sycuan Tribal Development Corporation (STDC). STDC's first acquisition was the Singing Hills golf and tennis resort. Since then, STDC has gone on to purchase and restore the historic U.S. Grant hotel in downtown San Diego, develop the Best Western Marina Gateway hotel/retail project in National City and start a capital management firm. In addition to its business enterprises, Sycuan demonstrates its strong commitment to the San Diego region through its support of civic and charitable organizations. The Tribe also seeks to reinvest back into the San Diego community with a progressive business development effort and currently employs nearly 4,000 people.

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