San Manuel Casino’s anticipated new expansion will add two new floors of gaming space, swelling the casino’s total to 270,000 square feet and will host 1,300 new slot machines and 40 more table games.
The expansion, which carries a hefty price tag of $550 million, is the largest ever undertaken by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians since the casino facility first opened in Highland in 2005.
The Enclave will be San Manuel’s fifth high limit room and stand adjacent to the hotel’s elevators alongside Lotus 8, The Vault, and the High Limit Tables and High Limit Slots rooms.
The casino’s General Manager, Peter Arceo, revealed that the space will be smaller in comparison to the other high limit rooms with more exclusivity. GIt will boast eight table games, 35 standalone slots, and 11 bar top slots. Two private rooms will be available for more reclusive players.
San Manuel’s new round-the-clock restaurant, the Serrano Vista Café, will offer American comfort foods with a ‘California twist’ and be situated at the former site of citrus orchards. The dishes on offer will feature well-known local ingredients such as avocado and citrus with the produce and meat being sourced exclusively from local producers.
“You’ll see hints of what an orchard would look like with the leaves and the trees and the colour scheme really ties it up,” Arceo said.
The expansion will also create space for three new retail shops. Two boutiques named His and Hers will respectively specialise in men and women’s fashion while Cache & Carry will offer luxury tech and travel accessories for VIP players and pros.
Peter Arceo revealed that the store concepts were a direct response to guests' feedback. The shoppers surveyed who visited the existing 1891 Boutique asked for a wider range of choice in both the men and women’s sections, so the decision was made to rather open two separate shops. Cache & Carry is the logical evolution of pop-up events that the casino has held, where retailers were given temporary space to flog their wares. The new store will be filled with items from the categories most popular with the shoppers.
“They responded really well in those categories of luxury tech and travel so much so that we said we’re going to dedicate an entire store to that,” Arceo concluded.