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Silverton Casino Hotel

WuHu Noodle is Silverton's Asian-style noodle bowl and wok concept, and is one of 10 <<
restaurants the establishment offers.

Diverse Options
Ball has extensive experience in managing food and beverage operations at casinos. Prior to joining Silverton Casino
at the end of 2016, Ball served as the vice president of food
and beverage for Westgate Las Vegas Resort and the Riviera Hotel Casino, and was the director of food and beverage at Valley View Casino & Hotel near San Diego and the
Ameristar Black Hawk in Colorado.
Ball's mission is to continue to elevate Silverton's longstanding tradition for an excellent dining experience. The
casino celebrated its 20th year in operation in July, providing
an opportunity for its restaurants to build promotions around
the anniversary. Rewards club members, for example, could
receive 50 percent off dining and two-for-one buffet meals.
Ten restaurants are located within Silverton, including
Twin Creeks, an award-winning steakhouse. "Twin Creeks
is a hidden gem in Las Vegas," Ball says. "Many locals dine
here frequently and we get visitors from all over the world
that find us online." The restaurant uses meat products from
Dakota, a supplier that prides itself on raising grass-fed beef.
The other restaurants include:
* Mi Casa Grill Cantina, which offers a wide range of Mexican-inspired cuisine
* Seasons, a high-quality Las Vegas buffet
* Sundance Grill, a 24/7 grill and cafe
* WuHu Noodle, an Asian-style noodle bowl and wok spot
* Johnny Rockets, a '50s-style diner
* Shady Grove Lounge, a bar and restaurant with an authentic 1950s Airstream trailer
* Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge, a causal dining restaurant
* Flare Bar, the center bar in the heart of the casino
* Starbucks

Having a wide diversity of dining options ensures that every person who visits Silverton Casino can find something
to enjoy. "We're trying to accommodate all of our guests'
needs by providing something for every person that dines
with us," Ball says.
Silverton frequently updates its restaurants to build upon
those dining options. When changing menu items, it researchers what competitors are doing and identifies guest
needs to create unique experiences.
Take the newest concept in development: a restaurant that
will blend tacos with sushi, poke bowls and ramen to create
a fusion of Mexican and Asian cuisine. The eatery will be
located inside Mi Casa, allowing guests to order from either
menu. "In most places, you couldn't walk into a sushi restaurant and order tacos as well, so it's a bit different," Ball says.
The innovation behind the project was made possible because of the encouragement from Silverton's ownership and
marketing team. "If it makes sense for our guests, they're
very supportive," Ball notes.
The supportive attitude is reflected in Silverton Casino
President Rob Kunkle's hands-on management style. He

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