The $510 million casino from the Cowlitz Tribe, the ilani Casino Resort (pronounced ay-lah-nay, meaning “sing” in the Cowlitz language), will open its doors to the public on Monday, April 24 at 10 a.m. The casino is financed primarily by the Mohegan tribe, based in Southeast Connecticut, according to ilani President and GM Kara Fox-LaRose, a Mohegan tribal member and former lawyer.
While the casino is located between La Center and Ridgefield, in northern Clark County, its economic trickle-down effect into Southwest Washington and the rest of the state could be significant.
The 368,000-square-foot casino is situated within a 152-acre parcel the Cowlitz Tribe was granted for their reservation. 16 miles north of Vancouver, off Exit 16 (Interstate 5), the casino features 100,000 square feet of gaming space with 2,500 slot machines and 75 gaming tables – blackjack, roulette, midi baccarat, craps and pai gow poker. The resort features three retail shops, 3,000 parking spots and a shuttle service.
Visitors to ilani will have their choice of 15 different restaurants. Among them are The Butcher + Baker, with sandwiches, salads, subs and soup; Chef Jet, modern Asian cuisine; Smashburger, with burgers, sandwiches and salad; and i.talia, with Italian-style pizzas, entrée-style salads, fresh pasta and sandwiches. The restaurant line-up also includes Rose & Thorn, a high-end bar and restaurant; Longhouse, a sushi and noodle shop; Michael Jordan’s Steak House; and Line & Lure Seafood Kitchen and Tap.
Additionally, ilani will introduce two entertainment settings: 360 Bar and Muze. Described as “the heartbeat…
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