April 19, 2011
POINT ARENA - The new Garcia River Casino quietly opened April 16, bringing the number of gaming facilities in Mendocino County to six.
The casino is designed to look like a barn and blend into the surrounding area, said Nelson Pinola, chairman of Manchester-Point Arena Band of Pomo Indians. He said the architects spent weeks driving the coastline to get a feel for the place.
"We did not want something that might have been picked up in Las Vegas and scaled down," he said.
The casino has 10,000 square feet with a 4,800 square-foot gaming floor. There are 200 slot machines, but no table games at this time. It has a performance stage for live entertainment and the River Grill that serves hamburgers, sandwiches, prime rib and chicken plus breakfast at all hours.
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