Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sam's Town Tunica now has draft beer at Smokey Joe's

Craft beer selections are available on tap at casino's popular restaurant

by David Grisham
Wanda Nesler at Smokey Joe's
TUNICA RESORTS — Smokey Joe’s has added a variety of draft and craft beers to its lineup at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall. The restaurant, which opened last fall in the renovated and expanded space that once housed Snacks N’ Stuff, is giving beer lovers a lot to be happy about. Located on the ground floor near the entrance to the casino, Smokey Joe’s is open 24 hours a day and is now serving up frosted mugs of Bud Light, Budweiser, Miller Lite, Redd’s Apple Ale and craft beers Fat Tire from New Belgium Brewing and Ghost River Golden Ale, brewed at Ghost River Brewing in Memphis, Tenn. Draft beer prices run from $3 to $5.50.
“Whether you’re coming in off the golf course, dropping in for a late night dinner or grabbing a snack, Smokey Joe’s is a great place for a sandwich and a beer,” said Alan Handler, food and beverage operations manager.
It’s location near the casino entrance also makes it convenient for families. Diners don’t have to go through the casino to enter Smokey Joe’s.
In addition to adding the draft beer, Smokey Joe’s has also updated its deli meats to the premium Boar’s Head brand. 
The menu at Smokey Joe’s is posted above the order counter and near the entrance to the resturant and provides a big selection of breakfast items, sandwiches, apps and sides as well as salads and sweet treats.
Everything from fried shrimp to chicken wings to barbecue to pizza is available. Popular sandwich offerings include a turkey club, a Philly cheese steak, chicken salad and chicken tenders. Ready-made salads are also available. For those who haven’t visited the new Smokey Joe’s, you will be interested to know that the dining space was expanded from 44 seats to 72 and redesigned for a more open, inviting atmosphere when it was redone. Sam’s Town increased the space, opened it up and now offers a better seating area. The diner counter at Smokey Joe’s surrounds the hostess/cashier station as well as the cooking area and provides seating for a dozen diners. Sports fans will enjoy the wall-mounted flat screens on two of the restaurant’s walls. A glass display case near the entrance of Smokey Joe’s connects to the counter and showcases the work of Sam’s Town’s pastry chefs. Cheers!

Resorts Casino's 'Reboot' includes new Delta Blues Buffet, set to open in Tunica June 28

By David Grisham
TUNICA RESORTS — Things are changing at Resorts Casino as the gaming destination nears completion of its multi-million dollar renovation - which has been titled the “Resorts Reboot” at the property. 
A total renovation of The Buffet at Resorts is progressing nicely and a rebranding of the dining space will complete the transformation. The Delta Blues Buffet is scheduled to open Saturday, June 28, said Resorts General Manager Tony Scudiero.
The GM said the Delta Blues Buffet will feature new flooring, chairs, tables, countertops and serving areas. Fresh paint on the walls and ceilings and new artwork will add fresh new update look.
“The artwork will support the culture of the Delta and we will feature food from the region – home cooking,” Scudiero said, as he led a tour of the ongoing construction. He said that food quality will be emphasized, saying, “We will be offering items like crab legs, other seafood, and desserts prepared by our pastry chef for an unprecedented dining experience at Resorts.”
In the meantime, a temporary buffet remains available in Meeting Room A, across from the permanent buffet. The room has the capacity for 300 people and has been set up and decorated to provide a pleasant dining environment for guests while the Delta Blues Buffet is being readied. 
New buffet to open at Resorts Casino Tunica
Resorts’ TJ’s Steakhouse is also being rebranded. It will soon be known as “Highway 61 Grill.” The new Highway 61 Grill will open to the public on Sunday, June 28. A new menu and a more casual approach to fine dining are just some of the changes on tap for the restaurant. 
A new chef de cuisine is in the house. Anglius Thompson joined the F&B team a few weeks ago. His has worked at the Fitz and at Horseshoe Tunica - where he was a part of the opening team. Chef Thompson said he is eager to provide guests with a new dining experience. 
Another area of change: the casino floor. Hundreds of new games are in place and new machines arrive regularly. “We’ve rearranged the slot floor and have more carousels than before. It hasn’t looked this good in 15 years,” Scudiero said.
Resorts began rearranging the casino floor in mid-March and starting adding new penny slots at that time. New machines include such titles as Roman Tribune, Dynasty Riches, Bear Mountain, Fortunes of the Orient, Dragon’s Law, Roman Chariots and Mystical Pharaoh. Look for more new arrivals every week.
Along with the new slots, Resorts continues work on a new player tracking system, and it is supposed to be in place by June 27 as well. “It will have all of the bells and whistles,” Scudiero said. 
The people at Resorts are getting a makeover of sorts, too. A regional director of Service Excellence is in the house, emphasizing customer service through employee training. On the latest visit, the food and beverage team was preparing for a training session.
The hotel is also getting a lot of attention. The renovation of the inn’s third and fourth floors have been completed and work on the remaining floors is progressing nicely as new carpeting, paint, sheers and drapes are being installed. Hallways will feature new carpeting and tile, too. When all is said and done, all 201 rooms will receive a makeover. Scudiero said all rooms are scheduled for completion by June 27.
The guest restrooms on the casino floor have also been completely redone. Guests can expect to see new countertops, flooring, dividers, paint and more when they visit now. The largest of the first-floor bathrooms was the first one targeted and features a wood-like ceramic tile plank and an attractive blue and gray color scheme.

“We are proud to be a part of the Tunica casino market and thrilled to be able to invest millions to provide an exceptional experience for our guests,” said Scudiero. “It’s important for our future and really, a very positive note for the future of the overall Tunica market.” 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Redo at Resorts Casino Tunica


Renovations underway at popular Mississippi gaming destination

By David Grisham
Editor, Jackpot! Magazine
TUNICA RESORTS — Things are changing at Resorts Casino. Millions of dollars in renovations are taking place in the hotel rooms and hallways, in the bathrooms and on the gaming floor, and in the dining area.
A total renovation of the buffet is already underway. Soon, Resorts guests will be dining at the new Delta Blues Buffet. Resorts General Manager Tony Scudiero said the Delta Blues Buffet would feature new flooring, chairs, tables, countertops and serving areas. Fresh paint on the walls and ceilings and new artwork will add to the transformation.
“The artwork will support the culture of the Delta and we will feature food from the region – home cooking,” Scudiero said. He emphasized that food quality will improve, saying, “We will be offering items like crab legs, other seafood and desserts prepared by our pastry chef for an unprecedented dining experience at Resorts.
In the meantime, a temporary buffet has been installed in Meeting Room A, across from the permanent buffet. The room has the capacity for 300 people and has been set up and decorated to provide a pleasant dining environment for guests while the Delta Blues Buffet is being readied, he said.
The all-new Delta Blues Buffet is scheduled to open by summer.
Another area of change is the casino floor. “The first wave of our hundreds of new games are in place and new machines are arriving every Monday,” Scudiero told us. “We’ve rearranged the slot floor and have more carousels than before. It hasn’t looked this good in 15 years.”
Resorts began rearranging the casino floor in mid-March and starting adding new penny slots at that time. New machines include such titles as Roman Tribune, Dynasty Riches, Bear Mountain, Fortunes of the Orient, Dragon’s Law, Roman Chariots and Mystical Pharaoh. Look for more new arrivals every week.
Along with the new slots, Resorts is implementing a new player tracking system, “It will have all of the bells and whistles. It’s like going from an old VW to a 2015 BMW."
The people at Resorts are getting a makeover of sorts, too. A regional director of service excellence is in the house, emphasizing customer service through employee training.
The hotel is also getting a lot of attention. The renovation of the inn’s fourth floor is progressing nicely as new carpeting, paint, sheers and drapes are being installed. Hallways will feature new carpet and tile, too. When all is said and done, all 201 rooms will receive a makeover.
The guest restrooms on the casino floor are also being completely redone. Expect to see new countertops, flooring, dividers, paint and more as everything is replaced. The largest of the first-floor bathrooms was the first one targeted and is currently being renovated.
The changes are the result of capital investment and commitment to the success of the property, Scudiero said. “This will keep us competitive and provide excitement for our players."

Resorts Casino is located just south of Memphis, TN in Tunica, MS. The Casino offers a selection of the newest slots and action-packed table games. In addition, there are delicious dining venues, including a buffet, snack bar and steakhouse, and a hotel with 201 comfortable rooms. Resorts Casino can be reached by calling (866) 706-7070 or www.resortstunica.com.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Scenes from 2014 Crawfish, Corvettes & Camaros Festival at Fitz Casino & Hotel #Tunica

TUNICA, Mississippi — Fitz Casino & Hotel Tunica hosted a festival last weekend featuring lots of cool cars, great food, live music, vendor booths and a great view of the Mississippi River. Here are some scenes from the car show. Photos by David Grisham.

Classic Corvette looks great from any angle. 

The car says, "drive me!"

Love the side pipes! 

Camaro didn't come like this! 


Custom Camaro shows lots of attention to detail.


One of the coolest Corvettes at the event - lots of lookers! 

Red and white is a great color combination!


The first of the Corvettes!


Love the wire headlight covers!


Factory hot rod!

T-tops were all the rage at one time.

2014 Corvette was on the scene. It is basically a race car for the street.

Big crowd and lots of Vettes 


Lots of metal on display at the show - and not all of it was in the form of a car.
This little fellow could be had for $15!
 

Show-stopper! This Vette sported a major custom paint job.


USA-1! Who could argue looking at this car?


The ultimate Steelers fan!


Black and yellow, black and yellow...

Crawfish was a big star at this show!


The festival didn't stop river traffic.


Have a seat and eat some crawfish.


Food tents were popular on this day.

For some, a spot overlooking the Mississippi River
provided the perfect vantage point.
 


Break it open for a delicious prize inside! 

Potatoes, corn-on-the-cobb and crawfish - a perfect combination!


Custom grill adds some bling to this beautiful black Camaro.

Indy Pace Car version of a Corvette - very nice!

This tall Vette-lover was interacting with the crowd as he drove
through, radio up and engine purring. That's what it's all about.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

RESORTS & BALLY’S CASINOS WILL HOLD #Tunica #JOB FAIR

RESORTS & BALLY’S CASINOS WILL HOLD JOB FAIR

Resorts and Bally’s Casinos – Tunica will host a job fair on Wednesday, April 23 for employees displaced by a recent casino closing.
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Resorts and Bally’s Casinos are joining together to communicate employment opportunities to employees who will be displaced when a local Tunica casino closes in June.  

The two Casinos will host a job fair which will be held at Resorts Casino on Wednesday, April 23 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. 

“We want to make sure that anyone who is looking for a job is aware that we have openings at both Resorts Casino and Bally’s Casino.  We are committed to interviewing applicants on the spot so that we can expedite the process.” stated Tony Scudiero, VP & GM, Resorts Casino.

Eddie Llambias, VP & GM, Bally’s Casino said, “We recognize that this is a challenging situation for many employees and we want to be there to support them in their job hunt.”  

There is a wide selection of positions available and the Employment Team will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and interview. 

If individuals are unable to attend the job fair, they can visit www.resortstunica.com or www.ballystunica.com and check the employment opportunities.