New Cherokee Casino Tahlequah topped out

10/03/2018 02:30 PM
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The final beam is set in place atop the new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah at Cherokee Springs Plaza in Tahlequah. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation officials celebrated a construction milestone on Oct. 1 as the final beam was placed atop the new Cherokee Casino Tahlequah at the Cherokee Springs Plaza.

“When Cherokee Nation entered the gaming industry, our goal was simple: create good jobs and improve essential services for our people,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “As we celebrate the topping out of this new casino in Tahlequah, the Cherokee Nation’s capital city, that goal is still the primary objective in everything we do. Our business growth means we are creating more jobs and providing more services than ever before. We continue to push for a better and brighter tomorrow that will benefit our people and our tribal government.”

The tribe broke ground on the 92,000-square-foot entertainment destination in March and plans to open the new casino next spring.

Officials said the property would feature 525 electronic games, a 144-seat restaurant, a grab-and-go cafe, a live music venue, a full-service bar and complimentary nonalcoholic beverages. In addition, it will offer more than 33,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, accommodating up to 1,000 people, officials said.

“We have built a reputation for excellence across the Cherokee Casino brand, and I am pleased to say this facility will further our efforts to exceed guest expectations yet again,” Cherokee Nation Businesses CEO Shawn Slaton said. “We are thankful for the support we’ve received from the city, the community and our business partners. Additionally, we’re most thankful for our employees and their dedication to quality service. It’s what our reputation is founded on and what continues to fuel our success.”

Cherokee Casino Tahlequah plans to add about 45 jobs to support the new location, officials said.

The current facility, located a few miles south of Tahlequah near the Tribal Complex and Sequoyah Schools, will be donated to the Cherokee Immersion Charter School to help expand and house the tribe’s language programs.

Cherokee Springs Plaza is the tribe’s 154-acre retail, dining and entertainment development located next to Cherokee Springs Golf Course. The plaza is home to a Taco Bueno, Sonic Drive-In, Buffalo Wild Wings and Stuteville Ford. The development will also welcome Newk’s Eatery and a Tru by Hilton in the coming months, officials said.

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