I'm one of those folks who don't care for change, but change is what's coming to Sonoma County in the form of the largest casino in California. Oh my. Many are fearful of what follows in a casino's footsteps ... pawn shops are at the top of my mental list.
The bright side is that the Graton Resort and Casino is creating 2,000 new jobs, of which 7,000 hopefuls have applied for. It seems that being a card dealer has been a dream of many, since several hundred are finishing up a 6 week course in dealer school.
I live 3 miles from the new casino and am wondering how easy it will be to get around this giant attraction. Opening day is November 5th, less than two weeks away, so I'd better plan for every possibility of traffic back-ups.
I'm not a gambler, but I will be going to the casino for one reason ... restaurants! The Graton Resort and Casino has done a very good job at choosing some fine eating establishments, including a local Mexican restaurant that started out in a food truck.
All in all, the casino has been super generous to the county and Rohnert Park in particular. The head of the Graton Rancheria tribe is a savvy business entrepreneur, he has led the 9 year mission to see this casino come to fruition.
So hold on to your hats ... A Casino is coming to Town. The Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park, CA.
* Photo is an artists rendering of the Graton Resort and Casino