Seneca Gaming Corp., Seneca Nation Celebrates Opening of Lounge 101 inside Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
A ribbon was cut Wednesday to mark the opening of the new Lounge 101 inside the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. (Images courtesy of Pantano & Associates)
Wed 5 May 2021 4:20 pm
Name pays homage to the 2002 referendum which paved the way for the development of casinos; destination now offering artisan cocktails, small plates
Niagara County’s premier entertainment resort has unveiled a new destination with a familiar name that pays homage to a pivotal moment in its history.
Seneca Gaming Corp. executives and the Seneca Nation of Indians gathered inside the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino on Wednesday to celebrate the official unveiling of Lounge 101 in the hotel lobby. The name pays homage to the referendum vote of the Seneca people allowing the Nation to conclude a gaming pact with the State of New York (May 14, 2002). This measure went from 1,077 to 976 – a margin of 101 votes.
“Nineteen years ago, the Seneca people chose to empower our government to follow a new path,” said Seneca Nation President Matthew Pagels. “In doing so, they forever changed the trajectory of our nation. We are happy to see this important moment commemorated here at Seneca Niagara.
Just seven months after the referendum vote, Seneca Niagara Casino opened. During the early years the casino was open, Club 101 was a prime destination for patrons to enjoy drinks and live music amid the original games room. It was then removed as part of a major renovation and redesign project.
Located adjacent to the gaming floor entrance, the new Lounge 101 immerses guests in the energy of Seneca Niagara, providing a convenient place to gather to enjoy handcrafted cocktails and small plates at the start or at the end of the day. end of their evening.
Salon 101 is currently open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
“We consciously try to reflect elements of Seneca culture and history in the design of our properties. We wanted to revive the 101 name because it is central to our corporate history and the history of the Seneca Nation, ”said Lori V. Quigley, Chairman of the Board of Seneca Gaming Corp. “None of what we have accomplished in the years since our doors opened would have been possible without the confidence and strength the Senecs have shown by voting.”
In the two decades since the historic vote, the Seneca Nation has invested more than $ 1 billion to develop its three gaming complexes – Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino. Today, Seneca Gaming Corp. is one of the largest private employers in western New York.
The new 101 lounge is a key part of the recently completed $ 40 million “Seneca Arrival Experience” project, which completely redesigned the feel of the resort’s eastern lobby, from the moment guests transform into the property. from John Daly Boulevard and enter the hotel lobby.
A press release said, “The opening comes as the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino once again celebrates its designation as the AAA Four Diamond Award winner, and as it prepares for the next one. summer tourist season. “
Seneca Gaming Corp. President and CEO Kevin Nephew said, “One of the reasons Seneca Niagara has remained such a strong and popular destination among our customers is that we always strive to exceed their expectations. in all areas of our activities. We are very excited to see how Salon 101 enhances the experience for all of our customers. As more and more people continue to walk through our door, I’m sure Lounge 101 will quickly become a very popular place with its own unmatched energy.
For more information, call 1-877-8-SENECA (1-877-873-6322) or visit www.SenecaNiagaraCasino.com.