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.
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. The 909 is the newest addition to the the casino expansion, which began in 2018. Last year, the property reached an important milestone with the opening of its 17-storey hotel tower.
The expansion also paved the way for more bars and the elevation of its dining experiences with Serrano Vista Cafe and the reinvigorated version of The Pines, which moved to the first floor. In April, the casino opened its new entertainment venue, Yamava Theater.
Here’s what you can expect from the 909.
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 dining 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.
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.
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 yamava.com.