The second phase of the Nisqually Red Wind Casino expansion is set to open to the public on Thursday.
The second-phase addition, which is smoke-free, features more than 600 slot machines, a pit for table games and the Medicine Creek Deli. Pealo’s Landing, a full-service bar, and the Potlatch Gift Shop, which now offers ice cream and espresso drinks, also will be part of the smoke-free area.
“The smoke-free addition was built in response to feedback from our guests,” said Cynthia Iyall, chairwoman of the Nisqually Tribal Council, in a statement.
The third phase of construction will refurbish the existing casino, buffet and grill; a seafood bar also will be opened.
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All told, the three phases of building will expand the casino to 95,000 square feet from 42,700 square feet, and increase the number of slot machines to about 1,600 from 975. The total cost: $45 million.
The first phase of construction was a 600-space parking garage.