LITTLE BOSTON — Gaming just got a little more competitive in North KItsap.
The Point No Point Casino, well on its way to completion, will open this spring with the typical and not so typical casino fare and flair.
“We plan to really concentrate on customer service. There’s room for two of us,” said Patricia McFadden, general manager for the casino.
The $5 million project is housed in the former Bingo hall located at 7989 Salish Lane (off of Hansville Road) in Kingston.
“Because they (customers) have a choice, they’re going to get more value,” McFadden said of the competition between the planned casino and the Clearwater Casino in Suquamish.
The decor and ambiance, she said, will be a little brighter and more lively than the dimmed tone of other casinos.
To demonstrate brightness, she held up a sample of the carpet which has orange yellow and green toned tropical leaves.
The carpet for the interior of the 12,000 square foot building has not been installed, but on a tour of the still rough interior, McFadden pointed out the casino’s features.
She pointed where the Beacon Bar, lounge and games will be located in just a few months. For gaming enthusiasts, Point No Point will feature six different table games such as the typical craps, roulette, blackjack and others. It will feature 150 slot machines and 16 Mega Mania machines.
A lounge will offer entertainment, including local musicians.
Although the games are important, officials say, the potential jewel in Point No Point’s crown is the Keeper’s Cove restaurant where diners can order from an eclectic menu or choose from a buffet.
“We’re going to be a forethought not an afterthought,” said Robert Stowe, director of food and beverage.
An executive chef by training, Stowe brings a passion for food and hopes to build his establishment into a dining hot spot.
“It’s got to be fun. Everything on the plate has to have flavor, be more than what was expected. It should dance in your mouth,” Stowe said.
Samples of proposed dishware sat on his desk waiting to be selected for the restaurant. Like the dishes Stowe is still mulling over what his opening menu will be. Buffalo burgers, steak, sandwiches are possibilities, but one thing is for sure, it will include traditional food from the S’Klallam tribe.
Stowe’s years of experience in the restaurant industry include work with Disney World and being a private chef to a multi-millionaire. He comes to the Little Boston casino from Trophy Lake Golf Course.
McFadden has 23 years of experience in the casino industry, primarily in Las Vegas.She started as an accounting clerk in the Sands Hotel and eventually became vice president for operations for a casino in Indiana.
At Point No Point she hopes to create a customer service centered atmosphere for her employees as well as her guests.
Many of the 125-150 staff positions have not been filled, but a job fair is planned for January.
Her management philosophy is to “hire the right people and let them do their job.”