Don Laughlin's Riverside has changed its Gourmet Room dining hours for the summer through Sept. 1. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The bar opens at 5 p.m. and appetizers are available at that time.
The next big town-wide event in Laughlin will be Rockets Over The River with two free fireworks displays choreographed to music on Saturday and Tuesday, July 1 and 4, at 9 p.m. each night. Viewing will be ideal all along the Riverwalk.
The River Palms has new menus in its fine dining restaurant The Lodge, in the Italian eatery Pasta Cucina, and also the River Palms Café.
The Pioneer holds "Keno Korral Kash Tournaments" every Saturday at 5 p.m. There's no entry fee. Players just need to register in the Keno Lounge and they can earn "Keno Korral Kash" that's good for redemption within the Pioneer. "Kash" is earned based on level of win.
Tipping or "toking" is a way of life especially in the gaming world. Suggested dollar tips apply per drink for bartenders and cocktail waitresses, per bag for bellmen, for buffet workers, and for change persons paying out jackpots or cashiers in the booth cashing you out. For valet parking attendants, it's more like $2 and up.
Don Laughlin, owner of the Riverside Resort, led the way in discovering and building the town that was eventually named after him. He bought a boarded-up motel and 6 « acres of riverfront property for $250,000 back in the 1960s and proved that he was a visionary. Developers followed and began building hotel-casinos alongside the Colorado River. By 1972, there were three casinos in the young town, 32 condominiums, a trailer park, 10 private homes and nearly 100 permanent residents. By 1982, the population exploded to 5,000 and presently stands at more than 8,000 residents.
Today the destination is home to nine resorts along the river. In 1996, two master-planned communities comprised of 600 homes opened in the city. Shopping entered the scene when the Horizon Outlet Center opened in 1997 and today houses more than 55 merchants, an indoor food court, a nine-screen cinema and eight acres of indoor parking.
Last year, construction concluded on Nevada's first private marina. The Laughlin Bay Marina offers preferred vessel service and launch reservations, 110 boat slips in the lagoon, dry storage and maintenance facilities for an additional 120 boats and watercraft, a three-lane launch ramp, a lighted boardwalk, ship store, full-service restaurant and cocktail bar, and a sandy beach.
Also recently competed is the Laughlin Ranch Golf Club. The newest addition to the Laughlin golfing amenities was designed by golf course architect David Druzisky and is home to the Pinnacle Exceptional Driver Championship.
Nearly five million tourists visit Laughlin each year. To keep up with the pace, the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport has undergone several remodels and expansion. In addition to doubling passenger capacity, the airport's most recent $2 million expansion allows for up to three simultaneous flights and provides a heightened security system.
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