Casino upgrades completed for relaunch
A more than $30 million upgrade to the Royal River Casino and Hotel will be celebrated this weekend with a relaunch party that includes fireworks, prizes and two concerts.
The investment, which includes replacing electrical, air handling and ventilation systems, “future proofs” the casino for years to come, Morrissey said. The building is 22 years old.
“Other than the exterior four walls of the casino, everything has been taken down to the bare stone and rebuilt,” he said. “We’ll continue to make capital investments in the property to keep it competitive and do our best to remain the entertainment destination for southeast South Dakota.”
With the restaurant remodel, the casino has added a new menu and theme nights for its buffet. Mondays are all-American night, while Tuesdays are Mexican and Wednesdays are Asian. Thursdays are Italian night, while Friday’s seafood night and Saturday’s smokehouse night stays the same. Sunday brunch will continue, too.
The expansion and renovation will help the overall Flandreau economy, too, Morrissey said. “With Royal River and the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe making this large economic investment in the property, our goal is to continue driving our existing guests and new guests into Flandreau,” he said.
Carleen Wild Wilson, president of the Flandreau Development Corporation, said the casino is a huge economic driver in the community.
“It’s vital they do well for the tribe and the community,” she said. “We’re internally grateful that they’ve made this reinvestment into the hotel, the restaurant, the casino and the convention space, so much of what visitors of Flandreau come to the community to use. The rest of the community benefits from that.”
She encouraged local folks to go and check out the newly remodeled facility if they haven’t been there in a while. “We all need to do what we can across the community to support each other.”
The casino will continue to hold its summer rodeo and will look at other opportunities to sponsor events, he said. The casino employs about 265 people. View the story on the Moody County Enterprise.