On November 1st at 3 a.m., Aliante Station Casino will cease to exist. It will become Aliante Casino + Hotel -- no more "Station." The owners, Aliante Gaming LLC, have owned the place for a year, having gotten the property as part of Stations' bankruptcy settlement. Station Casinos has been managing it since then, but the owners have now brought in their own staff to take over.
The new slot club will be called simply the Aliante Players Club. There will be 4 card levels, and when people sign up for cards, they will start at a level similar to the one they have with Stations. Apparently the new management has some minimal database information from the Stations program that will tell us what level card a person had before. No points will be transferred from the Stations card, however -- these will remain with Stations and can be used at any of the other Station/Fiesta/Wildfire properties.
Promotions are planned that include 10X points daily. This will allow players to build up their points quickly. We will have a Seniors Day every Tuesday, including a slot tournament from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and half-point dining.
Speaking of dining -- there are new food & beverage people who are doing many menu re-do's. The main thing they stressed is that all food will be fresh and made on-site. Since they will not be purchasing pre-packaged foods for 18 properties as Stations does, the chefs at Aliante will be able to be more innovative, and all sauces, spice combinations, etc. will be done here.
The buffet will be renamed Medley Buffet.
Cabo will become the Salted Lime and will feature authentic Mexican food.
Pasta Cucina will be renamed Bistro 57 (the 57 is in tribute to Nellis AFB and is the name of something there, which I don't recall the details of, lol). It will open daily at 7 a.m. and serve breakfast and lunch, as well as dinner. Dinner will feature Mediterranean/European dishes -- all sauces and spice combinations done on-site, as I mentioned. In addition to serving breakfast, there will be a coffee bar in Bistro 57.
MRKT Sea & Land will not change -- same name, etc. I believe the food court vendors are all staying.
The slot floor will be shut down completely at 10 p.m. on October 31st for the changeover. They hope to have it fully operating by noon on November 1st.
Pasta Cucina and Cabo will close at the end of the day on Sunday, October 28th. They will reopen with their new names and menus by the 2nd or 3rd of November.
The race and sports book will be owned and operated by the new management as a totally independent book, one of the few in Nevada, they said.
The new GM, Terry Downing, knows what he's doing. He has 16 years of experience with Station Casinos and was GM at 7 different Stations properties over the years. He and the other top executives are very knowledgable and customer-friendly, and we're expecting they'll be great to work with. Team members who wanted to stay will still have their jobs, including seniority, start date, benefits, etc. We've lost a lot of "middle management" people, who have already transferred to other Station properties, including all of our casino hosts. So there will be a lot of new faces, as well.
Training sessions begin this coming week (10/22) so we can learn all the details of issuing cards, comps, etc. I'm going to give it a chance and see how I like working with the new people. If I don't, I can always retire again, lol.