Table Mountain Casino Resort unveiled its new facility on Thursday, which includes a new gaming area and restaurants, including a 12th-floor teppanyaki restaurant. Photos by Ben Hensley
Written by Ben Hensley
Table Mountain Casino hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday commemorating the grand opening of its new building — a project long in the works that weathered both a global pandemic as well as an unstable economy.
Members of the tribal council were present, along with elected representatives including Sheriff Margaret Mims, District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp and Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig.
The new gaming center — which officially opens to the public Friday — will offer more than 2,400 slot machines and 33 table games laid out across more than 110,000 square feet of casino floor. The casino floor is home to spacious walkways and gaming spaces and is non-smoking, with smoking available in outdoor, designated areas.
Casino amenities include a high-limit room with 107 high-limit slot machines and six tables, as well as a unique themed gaming room — The Dragon’s Den.
The building is also home to multiple restaurants including the Blue Oak Grille and local favorite Eagles Landing Steakhouse, now offering indoor and outdoor patio seating, along with a food court near the event center — a convention-center-style room that can be partitioned into four sections.
Table Mountain also offers a 171-room, 46-suite hotel, banquet rooms, and Sukai, a 12th floor, rooftop teppanyaki-style restaurant.
“When you look at what has happened here, this politician, for once, is speechless,” said Assemblymember Jim Patterson. “Congratulations on this beautiful and remarkable accomplishment,” Patterson continued, adding that the opening of the new casino is a momentous event for what started out as a humble bingo hall.
Table Mountain’s goal is to create a resort-style getaway, with the addition of a hotel and multiple restaurants, the Eagle Springs Golf and Country Club located across the street from the casino and The Beach Club, a tiki-themed restaurant that serves burgers, tacos, beer and more located nearby in Friant.
“From gaming departments to the gaming commission, from facilities to food and beverage, every division of our organization worked collaboratively toward the goal of opening the premiere gaming property in California,” said John Dinius, CEO of Table Mountain Casino Resort. “I thank each and every one of you for your commitment to this project and your dedication to this tribe.”
Opening in 1987 as a small bingo hall, Table Mountain Casino has been a staple in the local community, participating in events, working with multiple school districts and helping fund infrastructure projects, including the widening of Friant Road in front of the new casino building.
Reservations for the hotel will start in September, with all booking in August scheduled to be given away as promotions for Valley Sky Club members.