Station Casinos Announces Grand Opening of Durango Casino & Resort

The resort features an 83,000 square foot casino, more than 200 guestrooms and suites, convention and meeting spaces, a pool with private cabanas, outdoor social areas, and free parking
Station Casinos Announces Grand Opening of Durango Casino & Resort
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On December 5th, Station Casinos opened the doors to Durango Casino & Resort, the newest destination in Southwest Las Vegas. Surrounded by family and team, Chairman and CEO of Red Rock Resorts Frank J. Fertitta and Vice Chairman of Red Rock Resorts Lorenzo J. Fertitta celebrated the occasion with an honorary ribbon cutting ceremony officially welcoming guests into the new property.

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The resort features an 83,000 square foot casino, more than 200 guestrooms and suites, convention and meeting spaces, a pool with private cabanas, outdoor social areas, and free parking. Conveniently located along the I-215, Durango Casino & Resort offers tourists and locals alike a sophisticated retreat complete with a cutting-edge sportsbook, premier dining options, Las Vegas’ most vibrant “Hall of Foods,” and personalized hospitality for which Station Casinos is known.

“Our dedicated team at Durango Casino & Resort has worked diligently, with a steadfast focus on creating an exceptional destination that embodies the essence of Station Casinos’ renowned hospitality,” stated David Horn, Vice President and General Manager of Durango Casino & Resort in a statement. “We are eager to extend this warm hospitality to the Las Vegas community, recognizing the vibrant and diverse tapestry that makes this city truly unique. Our aim is to be more than just a place to stay or play; we want to be an integral part of the community, a place where residents and visitors alike can find a sense of comfort, enjoyment, and entertainment.”

Casino & Gaming Options

Casino – Durango features an 83,000 square feet of casino space offering 2,300 of the newest slots and 60 plus table games, alongside individual High Limit Slot and Table Games rooms for high stakes bettors. Three gaming salons offer private table games wagering options with personalized service, customized music and A/V experiences.

STN Sportsbook – Station Casinos’ 10,000 square foot STN Sportsbook features a 205-seat sportsbook, a circular bar, cutting edge technology, convenient over-the-counter and kiosk wagering options. The sports betting destination introduces game-changing visuals for game-day enthusiasts with its six massive screens offering over 4,200 square feet of digital LED screen space and the first ever double-sided center-hung LED display ensuring hi-res imagery. 

Durango Casino & Resort is home to the following dining, and lifestyle concepts:

Nicco’s – Durango’s signature restaurant Nicco’s, is a modern American steakhouse featuring prime meats, market-fresh seafood and a vibrant dining scene. Curated by innovative executive chef Frankie Gorriceta and property executive chef Daniel Ye, Nicco’s menu is built around sourcing: from the finest meat purveyors, dry-aged fish markets and straight-from-the-farm produce. 

Mijo Modern Mexican Restaurant – Mijo Modern Mexican Restaurant’s menu showcases the diverse, tantalizing flavors of coastal Mexico presented through an unconventional lens. Mijo’s cuisine is highlighted by sizzling fajitas, prime meats, grilled whole fish, and to-die-for ceviche.

Summer House – California-inspired restaurant Summer House, by Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, is open out west for the first time at Durango, serving seasonal, market-driven dishes from Cali-style tacos and fresh vegetable plates and salads to housemade pastas, pizzas crafted with California milled flour and entrées from the live-fire wood grill. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Inside, guests can find The Market, offering food to-go from a menu of light breakfast items, coffee juices and the restaurant’s famous oversized cookies.

The George Sportsmen’s Lounge – The new 24-hour dining and entertainment lounge offering chef-driven American fare, signature cocktails, beers and wines, pays homage to classic Vegas big tippers, commonly called “a George” – a nod to the recognizable portrait on the one-dollar bill. The sportsmen’s lounge features two full service bars, along with indoor dining and a outdoor patio with a 75 foot wrap-around LED screen that creates an immersive atmosphere for sports, live entertainment, and private events.

Eat Your Heart Out – Eat Your Heart Out is a food hall featuring eclectic cuisines and a lively communal dining experience. Spanning 25,000 square feet; the eatery is home to culinary offerings from new-to-market concepts, including Los Angeles staple Irv’s Burgers, New York’s Prince Street Pizza, Philadelphia’s Fiorella by Marc Vetri and the Hawaii-centric Ai Pono Café. Local favorites include Shang Artisan Noodle, Vesta Coffee, Nielsen’s Frozen Custard, Yu Or Mi Sushi, an Oyster Bar, and DRNK bar.

New-to-Market Concepts:  

Ai Pono Café: Ai Pono’s owner Chef Gene Villiatora, a Top Chef alum and former Station Casinos Team Member, is on a mission to reintroduce authentic Hawaii street food to the community. From Da “Roots” plate and Ahi Tuna Katsu to the “Crackhead” Chicken, enjoy these signature dishes and Island flavors that only Ai Pono Café can deliver.

Fiorella: James Beard award-winning chef Marc Vetri expands his partnership with Station Casinos delivering a replica of his Philly pasta bar offering daily hand-made pastas, antipasti and dessert prepared in an open kitchen and enjoyed at the chef’s counter.

Irv’s Burgers: Irv’s Burgers has been a Los Angeles institution for over 50 years, when it opened as one of the first roadside burger stands on Route 66. Serving classic burgers, fries and premium comfort foods at comforting prices, Irv’s also offers staples, including the Irv’s Dog, chili cheese fries, the tuna melt and a variety of shakes.  

Prince Street Pizza: Home of the Soho Square. Prince St. Pizza offers a variety of New York and Sicilian-style pizzas.

Uncle Paulie’s: Uncle Paulie’s Deli was founded by longtime friends Paulie James and Jon Buscemi, inspired by their cherished memories from New York neighborhood delis. They made their way to LA to create a classic menu and signature sandwiches that carry a piece of home. After five years and multiple locations in the city, Uncle Paulie’s will bring sandwiches “from the neighborhood, for the neighborhood.” 

Local Favorites 

Yu Or Mi Sushi: Yu or Mi is a small and intimate dine-in Japanese restaurant expanding from Downtown Las Vegas that serves fresh sushi, noodles, small plates and rice prepared using only high-quality ingredients. The restaurant also offers specialty sakes and fine Japanese whisky. Soon-to-be favorites include the truffle Hamachi roll, Uni Yaki Udon and the Miso black cod tacos.

Shang Artisan Noodle: Las Vegas Shang Artisan Noodle aims to both honor and elevate the Chinese culinary tradition of handmade noodles. Classics menu items include the Shang beef noodle, Dan Dan noodle and the spicy wontons.

Nielsen’s Frozen Custard: Nielsen’s Frozen Custard is a combination of a precise recipe made with real dairy cream, rich eggs, and other natural ingredients. Expanding to Durango, this local favorite offers all their classics including their fresh cones and concretes.  

Oyster Bar: The Oyster Bar offers all the staples, including freshly shucked oysters, homemade chowders, gumbo, pan roasts, and seafood pastas.

Vesta Coffee Roasters: Las Vegas’ own Vesta Coffee Roasters sources, roasts, and serves specialty coffees from around the world. Founder, Jerad Howard, opened Vesta in 2016 and has grown the brand into a top-tier coffee contender, with cafes in Las Vegas and coffees being sold worldwide through Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, and Direct-to-consumer. Vesta also produces all their bread and pastries in-house. Guests can enjoy their made-to-order cafe and coffee bar in both the food hall and hotel lobby.

DRNK: A lively bar serving colorful frozen drinks.

Lounges and Bars: 

Bel-Aire Lounge –A cocktail bar serving handcrafted cocktails complemented by globally inspired small plates with modern flair.

Wax Rabbit – A 1,000-square-foot speakeasy that is hidden behind the walls of Mijo, Wax Rabbit pairs the rich flavors of classic libations with Mexico’s finest spirits, highlighting the flavors of expertly curated mezcals and tequilas. Cocktails designed for sharing honor Mexico’s rich spirits heritage. Every night, DJs spin music that spans genres on ‘wax,’ as vinyl records were dubbed during the rise of the underground bar scene in the ‘80s, evoking a sense of nostalgia. Those in the know can discover a hidden entrance, where one must “find the right rabbit to pull” to enter this world of music and libations.

Oasis – Located in the heart of the casino floor, Oasis provides hand-crafted cocktails amid the vibrant table games pits. Some standout options at Oasis include the Zen Universe with Ketel One vodka, mancino sakura, cucumber, yuzu, lemon, peychaud’s bitters and egg whites served tableside with a lychee aromatic vapor revealed via a glass cloche; the Birds of Paradise with Diplomatico Reserva, Appleton Estate Signature, Bacardi, rhum j.m., agricole, hibiscus falernum, combier, toasted coconut, pineapple, lime, and nutmeg; among many others.

Casino Side Bar – The destination to watch a game, play video poker and more while enjoying a selection of classic cocktails. The menu includes the famed Southside cocktail, created in 1916, with Sipsmith gin, mint and lime; and the all-time favorite Hemingway Daiquiri, established in the 1920’s, with Bacardi white rum, Luxardo maraschino, grapefruit, and lime; and the popular Espresso Martini, created in 1983, featuring Stoli vanilla, Mr. Black and espresso.

The High Limit Bars – Featuring an extensive selection, guests are welcomed to personalize their spirit of choice, enjoy classic cocktails, or choose from the delectable wine and champagne by the glass program. 

STN Sportsbook Bar – Classic beer and shot combos are given an upgrade with fresh draft cocktails and spirit-forward pairings such as the Pacifico and PalomaElysian Space Dust IPA and Gold Rush; and a Guinness and Jameson. Additionally, an array of regional brew favorites and seasonal beers from the valley’s best local brew houses will be available.

Hotel & Resort Style Pool & Cabanas 

Upon arrival, guests are immediately greeted by natural stone-clad floors and walls, while the texture, warm light, and neutral tones flood the space. The stunning room effortlessly flows into the lobby lounge Bel-Aire, where cozy nooks, cool sofas, and one-of-a-kind art pieces create the perfect chemistry of conversations, relaxation, and a sense of place. 


Durango’s Resort guest rooms are enveloped in warm neutral tones, sophisticated textures and premium finishes. Available in king and double queen options, the guest rooms feature floor to ceiling windows offering views of the city’s skyline or mountainscapes. Guests can enjoy a private mini bar with a curated selection of premium snacks and a 65-inch ultra-high-definition television. Durango offers 83 Queens total; 97 Kings total. 

Suites: Durango offers an array of suites crafted to elevate the traditional Las Vegas experience, incorporating the surrounding area with a sense of place. Each distinct suite features walls accented with texture-rich art and interesting architectural elements such as hand carved stone selections, dramatic lighting, and custom designed rugs and furniture. The resort’s top suites feature in-mirror televisions, private balconies, and butler service to personalize the guest’s stay. Each suite is powered by a Crestron tablet controlling the volume of the surround sound, the television, drapes and sheers, lighting and the exterior notification lights for housekeeping and do-not-disturb.

Durango offers the following suite types: Executive Suite (2), Salon Suite (10), Parlor Suite (10), Terrace Suite w/ Patio (2), City Suite (3), Vista Suite w/ Patio (1), Veranda Suite w/ Patio (1). 

Bel-Aire Backyard – Nestled among a landscape of towering palm trees and verdant shrubbery, Bel-Aire Backyard invites guests to indulge in the poolside oasis. Bel-Aire Backyard provides a VIP experience, complete with private cabanas, oversized daybeds and inviting pool chairs, and an array of thirst-quenching drinks and a vast menu of upscale eats.

Meetings & Events 

Durango offers over 25,000 square feet of meeting and event space set among thoughtful indoor and outdoor spaces and is Las Vegas’ newest destination for business and pleasure. Inside, guests can enjoy a stunningly designed conference space featuring over 15,000 square feet of ballroom space, an impressive pre-function foyer, breakout rooms and boardroom equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Outdoors, Durango offers an environmentally friendly event lawn and intimate outdoor patio settings. 

Environmental Features

Durango will seek Green Globes certification and offer guests more than 30 Tesla destination charging stations. Guests can also access the property via multiple bike lanes. The property utilized desert efficient landscaping to reduce water use. 

Lisa Hay

Lisa Hay

Lisa is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. She covers new restaurant, retail, and real estate openings across all of our markets. A true foodie, this Air Force veteran has lived all over the world — from Aviano, Italy to Nairobi, Kenya — but her favorite spot is NOLA for its rich history, architecture, culture, and of course, its good eats.
Lisa Hay

Lisa Hay

Lisa is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. She covers new restaurant, retail, and real estate openings across all of our markets. A true foodie, this Air Force veteran has lived all over the world — from Aviano, Italy to Nairobi, Kenya — but her favorite spot is NOLA for its rich history, architecture, culture, and of course, its good eats.
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