Final regulatory approval given to Durango Casino for November opening

September 22, 2023
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The Red Rock Resorts property has, however, seen backlash in Gaming Commission meetings from both previous Station Casinos employees and a local Culinary union.

Red Rock Resorts has received final regulatory approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission, allowing its Durango Casino to open in November this year. Red Rock’s subsidiary, Station Casinos, and local Culinary Workers Union 226 sent representatives to both the recent commission meeting and Gaming Control Board hearing two weeks ago.

There is active litigation based on a feud that has spanned two decades between the Culinary union and the company, currently pending with the National Labor Relations Board.

Nevada Gaming Commission member Rosa Solis-Rainey said in the approval meeting, “To see these kinds of disputes are just a little bit troubling to me and hopefully you can work them out. We hear the allegations, and they do concern us.”

Both union members and former Station Casinos employees spoke against the company during this meeting based on either seeking union contracts with Station Casinos properties or not being re-hired following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Durango Casino will become the first all-new casino in Southern Nevada in 14 years. The resort will be 83,000 square feet and, in addition to gaming, include 20,000 square feet of convention space, 15 dining options, foodhall and a pool. Red Rock is looking to hire a team of 1,700 people.

The casino’s General Manager, David Horn, said, “We will have 209 rooms as well as 28 suites. We will have a fabulous pit with 63 table games and about 2,300 slot machines. We anticipate room rates to be on par with Red Rock Resort rates.”

Red Rock hopes to open more properties in Southern Nevada, however, it demolished four casinos in the area in 2022

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