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SANTA ROSA RANCHERIA — The new Coyote Entertainment Center, located next to Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, is open, ready for business and promising to be the perfect destination for local families to have fun.

The 88,350 square-foot complex will be the largest multi-offering entertainment destination in the area, hosting a variety of entertainment and dining options for guests of all ages.

While the center officially opened to the public Friday morning, a VIP and media grand opening event was held Thursday night.

At the grand opening, Manuel “Pete” Alanis, Tachi-Yokut Tribal Council vice chairman, thanked all the attendees and honored formal Tribal Leader Clarence Atwell Jr., who died in 2013 after serving as leader for 42 years. The Coyote Entertainment Center has a statue of Atwell in its entrance.

“May each and every one of you enjoy this entertainment center just as [Clarence] would have wanted you to,” Alanis said.

To commemorate the tribe’s commitment to the community, they also partnered with four local charities and non-profits and will host a fundraiser for each of them in January. These include Kings United Way, CASA of Kings County, Helping One Woman and FOODLINK.

During the public opening on Friday, Nichole Castillo, director sales and marketing, said the center has something not just for the people of Lemoore, but the whole south Valley area.

“There’s nothing like this here in the whole area,” Castillo said, adding it’s unique because the entertainment center, casino and hotel make it a one-stop-shop for visitors looking for fun or a weekend getaway.

The Coyote Entertainment Center’s highlights include:

  • Palace Cinemas –with eight theaters, 1,100 luxury seats and state-of the art projectors and sound systems to watch first-run movies.
  • Tachi Lanes – a large bowling center with a total of 30 lanes, couches, large projection screens and full-service dining.
  • Mit’si Little Arcade – features over 45 arcade and prize games and a prize store.
  • Eagle Lounge – has several TVs to watch sports games and full array of dining options in addition to local and hand-crafted beers and specialty cocktails.
  • Red Bud Billiards – features nine tournament-style billiard tables for all ages, plus a bar and lounge seating.

“We’re just here to make sure everyone has a good time and accommodate all our residents and families,” Castillo said.

“This is exactly what we’ve needed for years,” said Sharon Watts, who visited the center during its public grand opening Friday morning. “I love the potential for the family atmosphere.”

Watts was visiting the casino from Hanford when she and a friend decided to check out the entertainment center, and she was more than impressed.

“I suspect it’s going to be packed to capacity once the folks get to really see how nice it is — this is beautiful,” Watts said.

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2423 or jzavala@hanfordsentinel,com

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