After San Manuel Casino closed down for business, the parking lot was littered with abandoned cars and trash. The only items left on the ground were food wrappers, a few bottles of soda, and the bottles of alcohol they had placed in the open after hours. One visitor to the parking lot commented on the trash and was curious as to how they got in there. You see, the casino’s parking lot had been used by the people who came to play their slots, and they brought along all of their furniture, liquor, and garbage.
These people had just shut down the casino and were taking everything with them. It was the casino’s current owners that had made the mistake of allowing people to take things into the parking lot and had thus created a chaotic environment.
The San Manuel Casino’s closing took place at lunch time, so it was not so bad because their buffet hours were still open. People were still in and out of the casino, but they were following the buffet hours and were not allowed to leave the premises. Some people complained, but some people wanted to continue their casino experience.
The next day was Sunday, November 30th, and the parking lot remained filthy, as one of the current owners of the property made sure that there was no traffic on the strip of property near the casino, thus it would be easy to pick up trash. This had made it easier for the people who had lived in hotels and other locations nearby the casino. The local newspaper ran a story about the development, and the parking lot was covered in the local newspaper and magazine articles, as well as articles from online news sites.
However, the problem for the area was that the buffet hours were not open anymore. Some tourists had gotten lost looking for food, but others were not in a position to do anything but wait for the buffet hours to reopen.
Food service is currently running through lunchtime, and the restaurant employees have not had any extra time to clean up the mess the previous evening. People have been talking of buying the land next to the property, which was planned to be a multi-story shopping center. The story in the local newspaper about the redevelopment plan had a headline stating, “Bethel Creek Bids Farewell to Fashion Town.”
The buffet hours were not closed when the announcement was made, so the food service had not been closed. Some people were worried that the other restaurants in Bethel and surrounding areas might suffer as a result of this.
If you were planning on visiting the restaurant at the time that the buffet hours were being re-opened, you may want to have your reservations canceled until there was an official re-opening. That way you could still enjoy the buffet hours. However, if you were able to get in on the re-opening of the buffet hours, you were able to sit down with all of your guests for a bit of happy-hour comfort food.