Rival hockey team mascots from the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings put their differences aside and came together to open a new dining and sports bar concept at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino in Highland.
The 909 opened to a crowd of eager casino-goers on Thursday, November 17th and was treated to a set by DJ Jojo and a performance by the LA Kings drumline.
Christopher Fava, vice president of food and beverages at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino, said the name for the new concept stuck with locals.
“We’re in 909 territory, so we wanted to create something that people would feel at home in and connect it to the community,” he said.
The newly opened Sports Bar and Food Hall is located on the second floor of the Casino, occupying the space once occupied by The Pines and Finish Line Bar. The 909 is the latest addition to the casino’s expansion that began in 2018. Last year, the property hit a milestone with the opening of its 17-story hotel tower.
The expansion also paved the way for more bars and enhancing dining experiences with the Serrano Vista Café and the revitalized version of The Pines moving to the first floor. In April, the casino opened its new venue, the Yaamava’ Theater.
That’s what you can expect from the 909.
The 909 measures more than 17,100 square feet and includes multiple tables with seating for up to four people and 78 seats for bar-top gaming. The bar-top games allow visitors to gamble by playing a variety of electronic card games and other mini-games. There are televisions on the indoor and outdoor fixtures above each bar so guests can sit comfortably to watch games.
There are more than 150 LED screens dotted around the space and at least one TV screen is located at each of the grocery stores to ensure visitors don’t miss out on any sports programming. It also includes a 50-foot-wide by 12-foot-tall feature screen that can play back multiple events at once.
Sports programs expected to air on the TVs of space include college football, NBA, NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA, UFC, boxing, tennis, F1 racing and horse racing. Major sporting events such as the World Cup, Super Bowl and US Open are also shown.
The four food groups
Customers can choose from four different restaurants: Get It Grill, Thai Chi 2, Pizza Mayhem and Just Barbeque (JBQ). You can make your choice at the kiosks between bar and restaurant. The kiosk gives customers an estimated wait time before ordering so they can choose a time frame based on their appetite. After placing an order, they can enter their phone number at the kiosk and receive an SMS when the food is ready.
Get It Grill is an American-style restaurant that offers appetizers for sharing, such as: B. a long hot dog, loaded fries and crispy wings. Some of the entrees include a Pastrami Burger, Texas Hot Chicken Sandwich, and a Beyond Burger. Entrees, appetizers and desserts are priced from $6 to $17.
Thai Chi 2 is the second location of the Thai Chi restaurant, which is also offered on the third floor of the casino but will offer different dishes on the weekends at The 909. The new location offers some of the same dishes, like pepper steak with onion, kung pao chicken, and shrimp with black bean sauce. It also serves milk tea with boba along with special Ramune sodas. Prices for the appetizers and other side dishes range from $7 to $19.
Pizza Mayhem goes beyond pizza, with pasta and even an Italian sub on its menu. Pasta selections include penne alfredo, rigatoni bolognese and tortellini alla vodka. Pizza can be ordered by the piece or as a 14-inch pie to share, and includes specialties like the breakfast pizza. Food and drink prices range from $5 to $19.
Just Barbeque (JBQ) was a previous restaurant that put the casino on hold but decided to revitalize it with this new food hall. Main courses include smoked turkey breast, pulled pork and beef brisket. Some of the side dishes include coleslaw, baked beans, and potato salad. Food and drink prices range from $5 to $18.
909 has two bars offering a variety of IPAs, stouts, ales, ciders, and seltzer from Central California, Orange County, and San Diego breweries. Some of the draft beers are from Allagash, Brewery X, and The Bruery, and range in price from $10 to $18. The bars also offer 12-16 ounce bottles and cans from other local breweries, priced at $10-18. Other imported and domestic beers such as Modelo, Corona, Bud Light and Budweiser are also available in bottles and cans.
The drinks selection of the bars also includes vintage specialties with a total of 21 types of beer. It offers a vertical beverage tasting where guests can taste aged beer. The vintage selection ranges from $40 to $100.
Where: Yaamava’ Resort & Casino, 777 San Manuel Boulevard, Highlands
Hours: 11:00-02:00 Monday-Friday; Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
For more informations: 909-425-4889 or yaamava.com.