GEYSERVILLE, Calif. - The River Rock Entertainment Authority, operator of the River Rock Casino in Sonoma County, announced June 6 it has received a liquor license from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and has begun serving alcohol to guests of the casino.
The authority stated it currently serves beer and wine on a limited basis at certain dining facilities and one bar. It will expand the service to all its bar and restaurant facilities and include hard liquor in the near future.
''We are delighted the casino has been granted a liquor license and continue to believe it will positively impact our business going forward,'' said CEO Shawn Smyth. ''We are grateful for the support of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, which facilitated our efforts to offer alcohol to our guests, and believe that it will enhance the overall customer experience at the casino. We also remain confident that the liquor license will enhance our ability to develop our expansion plans and construct our proposed destination resort.''
The authority is a tribal governmental instrumentality of the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, a federally recognized self-governing Native tribe.
The tribe has 947 enrolled members and an approximately 75-acre reservation in Sonoma County. It owns and operates the River Rock Casino, a 62,000-square-foot facility on the reservation that overlooks the scenic Alexander Valley, 75 miles north of San Francisco. River Rock Casino features 35,500 square feet of gaming space containing 1,570 slot and video poker machines and 22 table games, as well as a full-service restaurant.