Golden West Restaurant and Casino
Since the Valley Inn was remodeled and reopened under new ownership as the Golden West Restaurant and Casino in 1996, it has been a local’s favorite. Situated at the corner of Mesquite Boulevard and Willow Street, the original site was the location of a church tithing lot where donated goods were collected and distributed to the poor. By the 1920s, the property was in private hands and had become a retail store. The building was converted to the Valley Inn, and later remodeled to the Golden West Restaurant and Casino. In more recent times as part of the downtown development project, Golden West sponsored the painting of a mural depicting a local river and mountain scene. The mural occupies the west side exterior wall of Golden West, and is visible to motorists as they travel east on Mesquite Boulevard. The site history is on Mesquite Historical Marker Four located in front of the building.
Leaving her position as Human Resources Director at a local hotel casino to spend more time at home and riding her horse, Jeanne Guttke arrived at Golden West in February, 1998 seeking part-time employment. She soon found herself working full-time as Bar Manager. By 2000, the TLC/Magoo’s Gaming Group from Las Vegas partnered with the original owner to assume operational control. In November, 2000, Golden West Restaurant and Casino needed a General Manager and Jeanne stepped up to the plate. Managing Golden West for over sixteen years, Jeanne, along with an outstanding staff and support from TLC/Magoo’s has built a solid reputation for quality food, gaming, and friendly customer service.
The heart of any casino operation is the selection of gaming products offered. Golden West offers fifty multi-game, multi-denomination, Penny to Dollar, poker,
both progressive and non-progressive jackpots, and slots with themes and games to excite everyone. Key elements in the success of Golden West are player events and rewards. As part of the TLC/Magoo’s group, Golden West patrons participate in promotions ranging from the immensely popular Gambler’s Bonus player rewards system, traditional football and sports promotions, classic car giveaways, and golf tournaments. Each year TLC/Magoo’s conducts a car giveaway where players from each location earn entries in a drawing that allows the winner from each property to travel to a Las Vegas TLC/Magoo’s location for a chance to draw the lucky key that will start the classic car Grand Prize. Along with the car giveaway, prizes and cash are also awarded to lucky contestants. Nobody goes away empty handed.
The annual golf tournament fields teams from each TLC/Magoo’s location competing in Las Vegas to win the trophy for their location. Golden West has won the tournament on four occasions. Quite a feat considering the thousands of golfers from the Las Vegas valley! More than just the tournament, prizes, and trophy, are the comradery and just plain fun the golfers enjoy.
For the past four years, Golden West has sponsored the annual Donkey Jamboree fundraiser for Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue and raised thousands of dollars in donations for Peaceful Valley and their satellite facility in Scenic, Arizona. The event features booths, live donkeys, live entertainment, food, and beverages. All event food and beverage sales are donated to Peaceful Valley. Several hundred people mingle and enjoy the annual event, learning facts about the gentle donkeys and burros from the knowledgeable Peaceful Valley volunteer staff.
Quality food is essential to any locals’ casino operation, and Golden West prides itself on cooked-to-order food at reasonable prices. For seven straight years, Golden West has been voted “Best Burger in Mesquite” in a poll conducted by Mesquite Local News. Beyond the standard menu items and daily specials, Golden West offers unique entrées such as Navajo tacos, fish tacos, soups, and salad wraps. In keeping with the casino theme, Golden West offers a full-service bar where patrons can eat, play their favorite games, and enjoy a beverage. There are also two dining areas for patrons seeking traditional dining service. Jeanne and her staff pride themselves on friendly service, knowing their regular family of customers by name, and welcoming new patrons into the family. Recently, Golden West was recognized as Business of the Month by the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce.
Whether you are traveling between Las Vegas and Utah, driving down from St. George, or are a lucky local looking for a good meal and a fun time, everyone is welcome!
Golden West Restaurant and Casino is located at 91 E. Mesquite Boulevard, Mesquite. Call (702) 346-7500.