The upcoming Graton Resort & Casino, due to open this fall in Rohnert Park, has just announced an impressive lineup of food vendors which are sure to set it apart from other casino-resorts further afield. Restaurateurs that have signed on include former Cyrus chef Douglas Keane, who'll be doing a casual concept in the 500-seat "marketplace" dining area, Tony Gemignani of Tony's Pizza Napoletana, and PBS-famous chef Martin Yan, who'll be doing a new version of his M.Y. China restaurant.

Gemignani will be doing Tony's of North Beach as a standalone restaurant, and there will be a separate pizzeria called Slice House in the marketplace area. M.Y. China will be a standalone restaurant alongside a new outpost of Daily Grill, and a steakhouse being opened by the casino owners called 630 Park Steakhouse.

The casino project, in the works for a decade now, comes from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. The tribe is made up of both Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo Indians who reestablished themselves with federal recognition in 2000. The tribe currently has 1,202 members according to the 2010 census, and it acquired 254 acres of land in Sonoma in 2008. The original "rancheria" was a 15-acre plot of barely habitable land near Sebastopol given to about 75 homeless Native Americans in the 1920s, and it was terminated in 1958.

There's no precise opening date set, but look for the new $800 million Graton Resort & Casino to debut this fall.

[SF Business Times]
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