Mels replaces Koto Grill at Red Hawk Casino

by Placerville Newswire / Feb 15, 2021 / comments

[By Sonya Sorich,  Sacramento Business Journal, Feb 11, 2021.]

The casino near Placerville, which is owned by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, said Thursday that it's adding two restaurant options: diner chain The Original Mels, and a new concept that will combine three different eateries.

Scheduled to open in March, The Original Mels will fill a space previously occupied by Koto restaurant at Red Hawk. The Original Mels is a franchise chain with locations in Northern California and Nevada, including several sites in the Sacramento area. It appears this will be the chain's second El Dorado County location, joining a site in Placerville.

Plans are also in the works to renovate The Burger Spot, another eatery at the casino. With those changes, the space will be converted into a new dining concept expected to open in April. That concept, called Triple Down Kitchen, will combine three eateries, according to Red Hawk representatives. Those eateries include The Original Mels, The Cheese Steak Shop and "a local well-known BBQ restaurant," casino representatives said in a news release.

The Cheese Steak Shop is a Pleasant Hill-based franchise. The company's website lists one other Sacramento-area location, which is in Roseville.

Red Hawk representatives did not elaborate on the barbecue restaurant planned as part of Triple Down Kitchen.

“We’re excited to partner with such strong franchise brands that will bring fresh, new dining concepts to Red Hawk Casino and our guests,” said Red Hawk CEO Bryan deLugo, in a news release.

As of May, Red Hawk was El Dorado County's fourth-largest employer, with an estimated 1,300 full-time-equivalent workers.

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All-American favorites
Coming to Red Hawk Casino
March 2021

When you think classic, All-American service, it’s easy to imagine a diner with checkered floors, smiles at every turn, and a flat top sizzling with burgers. At The Original Mels, that’s exactly what you get when you walk in the door. We’ve been California’s favorite diner since we opened back in 1947, and that’s because we have a time-tested focus on quality food and excellent customer service. We serve breakfast all day, your favorite blue plate specials, and of course over 15 delicious Melburgers to choose from. Our diner is a true celebration of the American dream, and we hope to welcome you soon to join in our story!