Take a look inside the new 909 Sports Bar + Food Hall at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino – Pasadena Star News

The mascots of rival hockey teams the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings have put their differences aside and come together for the opening of a new restaurant and sports bar concept at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino in Highland.

909 opened its doors to a crowd of casino enthusiasts on Thursday, November 17 and was treated to a set by DJ Jojo and a performance by the LA Kings drums.

Christopher Fava, vice president of catering at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino, said the name of the new concept keeps locals in mind.

“We’re in 909 territory, so we wanted to create something to make people feel at home and connect it to the community,” he said.

  • Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s newest dining venue is 909 Food Hall, which features more than 150 televisions providing a world-class 360-degree sports viewing experience in the Highland Casino on Thursday, November 17, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Presse-Entreprise/SCNG)

  • The inauguration of the new Yaamava' Resort & Casino...

    The grand opening of Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s new dining venue, 909 Food Hall in Highland, on Thursday, November 17, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • From left to right President Lynn Valbeuna, Laurena Bolden and Latisha Casas...

    From left, President Lynn Valbeuna, Laurena Bolden and Latisha Casas cut the ribbon to open Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s new dining venue, 909 Food Hall at the Highland Casino on Thursday, November 17, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press -Enterprise/SCNG)

  • The newest place to eat at Yaamava' Resort & Casino is 909...

    Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s newest dining venue is 909 Food Hall, which features more than 150 televisions providing a world-class 360-degree sports viewing experience in the Highland Casino on Thursday, November 17, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Presse-Entreprise/SCNG)

  • The newest place to eat at Yaamava' Resort & Casino is 909...

    Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s newest dining venue is 909 Food Hall, which features 78 seats for bar games with over 150 TVs providing a world-class 360-degree sports viewing experience in the Highland Casino Thursday, November 17, 2022 (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A visitor records the moment at Yamava' Resort & Casino...

    A visitor records the moment at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s newest place to eat, 909 Food Hall which has a 50′ wide by 12′ high TV and many more offering a 360 degree sports viewing experience of world class in the Highland Casino on Thursday November 17, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • The Triple Play, from Get It Grill, which is hot...

    The Triple Play, from Get It Grill, featuring the hot wings, long hot dogs and loaded fries that are on the menu at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s newest place to eat 909 Food Hall in Highland on Thursday, November 17, 2022 (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Executive chef Everton Clark holds the Triple Play, from Get...

    Executive Chef Everton Clark runs Get It Grill’s Triple Play, featuring the hot wings, long hot dogs and loaded fries that are on the menu at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s newest place to eat 909 Food Hall at Highland Thursday, November 17, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Food from the four new locations, Just Barbeque (JBL), Thai...

    Food from the four new locations, Just Barbeque (JBL), Thai Chi 2, Get It Grill and Pizza Mayhem at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s newest place to eat is 909 Food Hall in Highland on Thursday, November 17, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • A pizza from Pizza Mayhem at Yaamava' Resort & Casino...

    A pizza from Pizza Mayhem at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s newest place to eat, 909 Food Hall in Highland on Thursday, November 17, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • The newest place to eat at Yaamava' Resort & Casino is 909...

    Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s newest dining venue is 909 Food Hall, which features more than 150 televisions providing a world-class 360-degree sports viewing experience in the Highland Casino on Thursday, November 17, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Presse-Entreprise/SCNG)

  • The newest place to eat at Yaamava' Resort & Casino is 909...

    Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s newest dining venue is 909 Food Hall, which offers 32 rotating beers on tap in Highland on Thursday, November 17, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • The newest place to eat at Yaamava' Resort & Casino is 909...

    Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s newest dining venue is 909 Food Hall, which offers 32 rotating draft beers and missed drinks to order at Highland on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/ SCNG)

  • The newest place to eat at Yaamava' Resort & Casino is 909...

    Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s newest dining venue is 909 Food Hall, which features more than 150 televisions providing a world-class 360-degree sports viewing experience in the Highland Casino on Thursday, November 17, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Presse-Entreprise/SCNG)

  • The newest place to eat at Yaamava' Resort & Casino is 909...

    Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s newest dining venue is 909 Food Hall, which features more than 150 televisions providing a world-class 360-degree sports viewing experience in the Highland Casino on Thursday, November 17, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Presse-Entreprise/SCNG)

  • From left, Andy Luna and Chris Fava show how bartenders...

    From left, Andy Luna and Chris Fava demonstrate how bartenders can frost a glass in seconds for an ice-cold beer at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s newest place to eat is 909 Food Hall in Highland on Thursday, November 17, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, La Presse-Entreprise/SCNG)

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    Anaheim Ducks Ryan Getzlaf talks to Los Angeles Dodgers Austin Barnes by the Dodgers World Series Trophy at Yaamava’ Resort & Casino newest place to eat, 909 Food Hall at Highland Casino on Thursday, November 17, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson , La Presse-Entreprise/SCNG)

  • Managing Director Peter Arceo welcomes visitors to the grand opening...

    General Manager Peter Arceo greets visitors at the grand opening of Yaamava’ Resort & Casino’s new dining venue, 909 Food Hall in Highland, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

The newly opened sports bar and food hall is located on the second floor of the casino, occupying the space formerly occupied by The Pines and Finish Line Bar. 909 is the newest addition to the casino’s expansion, which began in 2018. Last year, the property hit a major milestone with the opening of its 17-story hotel tower.

The expansion also paved the way for more bars and the elevation of its dining experiences with the Serrano Vista Café and the reinvigorated version of The Pines, which moved to the first floor. In April, the casino opened its new entertainment venue, the Yaamava’ Theatre.

Here’s what you can expect from the 909.

the atmosphere

909 measures over 17,100 square feet and includes several tables that can accommodate up to four people and 78 seats dedicated to bar games. Bar games allow visitors to gamble by playing a variety of electronic card games and other mini-games. There are TVs inside and outside above each bar, allowing seated patrons to watch the games in comfort.

There are over 150 LED screens around the space, and at least one TV screen is located in each of the food outlets to ensure visitors don’t miss any sports programming. It also includes a 50-foot-wide by 12-foot-tall screen that can play multiple events simultaneously.

Sports programming expected to air on TVs in the space includes college football, NBA, NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA, UFC, boxing, tennis, F1 racing and horse races. Major sporting events such as the World Cup, Super Bowl and US Open will also be broadcast.

The four food groups

Guests can choose from four different restaurants: Get It Grill, Thai Chi 2, Pizza Mayhem and Just Barbeque (JBQ). They can make their selections on the kiosks between the bar and the food outlets. The kiosk gives customers an estimated wait time before ordering so they can choose a time frame based on their appetite. They can enter their phone numbers into the kiosk after an order and receive a text message when the food is ready.

Get It Grill is an American-style restaurant that offers appetizers to share such as a one-foot hot dog, loaded fries, and crispy wings. Some of its main dishes include a pastrami burger, a hot Texas chicken sandwich, and a Beyond Burger. Prices for main courses, appetizers and desserts are $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 weekends at 909. The new location offers some of the same dishes, such as pepper steak with onion , Kung Pao chicken and prawns with black bean sauce. It also serves milk tea with boba as well as specialty Ramune sodas. Entrance and other side prices range from $7 to $19.

Pizza Mayhem goes beyond pizza, with pasta and even an Italian sub on its menu. The pasta selection includes penne alfredo, rigatoni bolognese and tortellini alla vodka. Pizza can be ordered by the slice or as a 14-inch pie to share and includes specialty styles such as the breakfast pizza. Food and drink prices range from $5 to $19.

Just Barbeque (JBQ) was an old restaurant that the casino had shelved but decided to revive with this new food hall. Its starters include smoked turkey breast, pulled pork and beef brisket. Some of the sides include coleslaw, baked beans, and potato salad. Food and beverage prices range from $5 to $18.

The beers

909 has two bars that feature a variety of IPAs, stouts, beers, ciders, and seltzers from breweries in Central California, Orange County, and San Diego. Some of the beers on tap are from Allagash, Brewery X, and The Bruery, which range between $10 and $18. Bars also carry 12- to 16-ounce bottles and cans from other local breweries that cost between $10 and $18. Other imported and domestic beers such as Modelo, Corona, Bud Light and Budweiser are also available in bottles and cans.

The bars’ drink choices also include vintage specialties with a total of 21 beer selections. It offers vertical beverage tasting, which allows customers to sample aged beer. Vintage selections range from $40 to $100.

The 909

Where: Yaamava’ Resort & Casino, 777 San Manuel Boulevard, Highland

Hours: 11am-2am Monday to Friday; 9am-2am Saturday and Sunday.

For more information: 909-425-4889 or yaamava.com.

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