OMAK - The Colville Tribes’ 12 Tribes Resort Casino in Omak unveiled their new Loggers Pub this week to VIP casino players and tribal dignitaries, showcasing the renovated venue that previously housed the casino’s night club.
The casino will silently open the venue Dec. 15 for patrons, and on Dec. 22 the casino will host a grand opening event, showcasing the freshly renovated space, the new drink menu and the new menu designed by executive chef Petapuka Devereaux.
“When I initially started this a year ago, I was thinking of something that people would like to come in to, something warm, friendly and inviting,” said 12 Tribes Food and Beverage Director Jessica Hall. “I wasn’t just thinking about people who were staying here. If you look at the stores in the area, there is quite a beer population here. We have these great craft breweries in our region, Icicle in Leavenworth, Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop, No-Li and Iron Goat in Spokane, Tieton Cider in Yakima. All of this is great beer. We brought them in. We are working on getting wine right now, looking at wine out of Manson.”
The venue, which previously had housed the Evolution night club and sits just off the main playing floor of the casino, has been revamped, bringing in pub style seating and tables along with the newly renovated bar. The space also features a large community style table as well as four large lounge style chairs in a more private space in a corner of the room and several new large screen TVs.
With the night club, said Hall, “This spot sat closed five of seven days each week. It’s great real estate, but it wasn’t being utilized. When you looked in the door, it was kind of dark and intimidating, not warm and friendly.”
Now, large windows open into the gaming floor, aimed at drawing in guests.
Like the venue itself, Hall said the chef developed the new menu to be new, fresh and familiar, comfortable but exciting.
The current menu features appetizers like nachos and cheese sauce, salt and pepper calamari and chicken banh mi tacos amongst other items. Along with flatbread pizzas, the menu also features sandwiches and sliders like a Buffalo Burger, BBQ Pork Belly Sliders and Kobe Beef Sliders, amongst other items, and the entree menu features parmesan crusted halibut, bourbon BBQ ribs and Kobe beef meatloaf.
“I’ve been playing with different food ideas, and I came to realize we shouldn’t be too fancy,” said Devereaux. “I took a lot of things from people who come here, live here, grew up here, I took what they like for ideas. That’s how I came up with the menu. It was two months of tasting, once each week. I gave our staff a room of food, and the next week, I’d make changes and put together a new menu. We finally narrowed it down to this, and I’ll have another menu for the next roll out.”
Devereaux had previously been at Northern Quest.
The goal was to keep it simple and comfortable, said Devereaux: “Homemade, simple with a little bit of a twist.”
Devereaux recommended the halibut and ribs, noting as well the deep fried pickles had already been popular.
The venue is projected to be open Tuesday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m., with a final call at 1:30 a.m.
Hall emphasized the casino and pub maintain public health safety measures. Temperatures are taken for both patrons and employees before entering the venue. Masks are required except for patrons when they’re at their tables. Seating is six feet apart.