Employees of the 500 Clubs are asking local and state elected officials to reopen the card room. Photo by David Castelon
Written by David Castellon
Clovis’ 500 Club card room remains closed for gambling, but its bar and restaurant will reopen Tuesday morning.
A sign posted on the front door of the club states the restaurant will reopen at 6 a.m., information confirmed on the club’s Facebook page.
“Our restaurant hours will be from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the week, weekend hours are yet to be determined,” the online posting states.
The first 50 customers on Tuesday morning will each receive a $10 gift card valid at the casino’s restaurant, located inside the casino at the Western Village Shopping Center, northeast of West Shaw and Willow avenues.
The gift card also will be valid at the 500 Club Bar and Grill in Old Town Clovis, the casino’s original location before the card room portion of the business relocated more than five years ago.
On Wednesday of last week, agents with the California Attorney General Office’s Bureau of Gambling Control showed up with an emergency order closing the club.
The state officials claimed the business lacked sufficient funds to pay out the values of all its casino chips not yet cashed in, nor was there proof of an insurance bond to cover those costs.
General Manager Dusten Perry denied the accusation and said the casino’s lawyers would provide proof that the state agency was wrong.
As for when the 500 Club might reopen, its Facebook page states, “ We are hoping to have the casino reopened by the weekend, at which time our hours will return to 24 hours.”