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The Hubert Humphrey Democratic Club at the Gardens Casino, with Larry and Margaret Caballero (center), Councilwoman Myra Maravilla (right of Caballero) and Director of Casino Operations, Rick Covello, far right. Photo by Tammye Mc Duff.

The Hubert Humphrey Democratic Club at the Gardens Casino, with Larry and Margaret Caballero (center), Councilwoman Myra Maravilla (right of Caballero) and Director of Casino Operations, Rick Covello, far right. Photo by Tammye Mc Duff.

By Tammye McDuff

The Hubert Humphrey Democratic Club [HHDC] was privileged to receive a private tour of the new Gardens Casino this past Friday July 22.
The HHDC was directed through the Casino with the tour given by Rick Covello, Director of Casino Operations, and was graciously arranged by Hawaiian Gardens Councilwoman Myra Maravilla.
The project, which began in March of 2014 and will be fully completed later this year, spotlights The Gardens Casino’s dedication to provide an elevated gaming and dining experience to its guests.
Included in the brand new, state-of-the-art venue are the addition of more than 220 new flat-screen televisions, new game tables, enhanced amenities, a new events center, and an upscale bar and lounge with handcrafted cocktails, locally sourced wine and over 24 California craft beers on tap, along with a premium casual restaurant with seating for more than 100 guests.
The key component of the new casino is the construction of a state-of-the-art 200,000 square foot venue housing up to 100 new card tables, which brings The Gardens Casino’s total capacity to more than 300 tables. The two-story building also features special amenities, including a 12,365 square foot meeting and events space where The Gardens Casino will host a variety of public and private events.
“Our business keeps growing, so this expansion was designed specifically for our guests so that we can provide the premier gaming and dining experience in Southern California,” said Ron Sarabi, general manager of The Gardens Casino. “The new casino provides our guests with a truly elevated experience, including more space, state-of-the-art card tables and amenities, two designated VIP areas and a diverse restaurant and bar all within our new building.”
Led by Food and Beverage Director Peter Lydon, The Gardens Casino’s premium casual restaurant will feature a variety of cross-culture fusion foods, which integrate California’s robust selection of seasonal, fresh and sustainable ingredients. The menu touches on a variety of cuisines, ranging from Vietnamese and Thai to American, Mexican and Italian.
The 15-person HHDC group enjoyed a quality dinner at the newly designed premium-casual, where reservations are not necessary but recommended.
Prior to the opening of the new casino, The Gardens Casino welcomed 5,000 to 7,000 guests each day for gaming and dining experiences. The $90 million renovation is expected to increase guest capacity by up to 50 percent. Additionally, The Gardens Casino plans to add 400 new jobs to its current workforce of more than 1,800 employees, serving as the largest employer in the City of Hawaiian Gardens and the surrounding area.
“With the opening of our new building, we hope to provide even more jobs and financial support to our local citizens, charities and community organizations,” Sarabi continues. “With a population of approximately 15,000 residents, The Gardens Casino is pleased to sustain the majority of the City of Hawaiian Gardens’ annual budget. Showing our support both physically and fiscally to our local community is extremely important to The Gardens Casino and we value our strong working relationship with the City of Hawaiian Gardens.”
The Gardens Casino is committed to being a responsible corporate and community citizen and supports a number of local organizations including the ABC Unified School District, Tri-City Health Group, Children’s Hospital (Long Beach and Orange County), and Hawaiian Gardens holiday events and youth sports, among others. The Gardens Casino believes that its success depends upon the sustainability of its local communities and is dedicated to giving back.
The Gardens Casino welcomes guests to visit the new casino for an elevated experience in California card playing. The new casino’s soft opening began earlier this year, with full construction of the outdoor areas and additional parking lots slated for completion later this year. For additional information, contact The Gardens Casino at (562) 860-5887 or visit the website at www.thegardenscasino.com.