The Lucky Dog Casino is back open year-round after a 10-month hiatus, David Owens, general manager said Friday.
The Skokomish Tribe casino also is still looking to hire a few more folks with casino experience, Owens said. Lucky Dog is on U.S. Highway 101 north of Shelton. Officials plan a grand opening the weekend of Aug. 27-29.
“We have rebranded and redesigned the casino,” Owens said. “Anybody who comes in here will have a new experience.”
About 50 people currently work at the casino and its restaurant, the Northfork Bar and Grill. When the casino closed for the winter because of the recession, 120 jobs were cut, former general manager Nick Phillips said last year.
The casino is more automated, meaning fewer workers are needed, Owens said. But those who are there also are focusing more on customer service, he said.
The Lucky Dog Casino was about the size of a convenience store until 2006, when it underwent a $4 million expansion to enlarge the gaming area, restaurant, lounges and gift shop.