Grand Sierra Resort and Casino announces the addition of Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar
Reno’s premier casino continues major transformation with $55 million in resort upgrades and improvements for 2022, over $330 million since 2011
RENO, Nevada – Reno gets its first Chickie’s & Pete’s, voted best sports bar by ESPN in North America. Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR) is bringing the flavor of Philadelphia’s hometown and world-famous Crabfries to the biggest small town this fall as part of a $10 million Race and Sportsbook renovation already underway .
“GSR is excited to provide the superior experience of enjoying sports and dining by delivering America’s #1 sports bar to the Reno-Tahoe area,” said GSR General Manager Shannon Keel. “We couldn’t be happier to add to our growing list of first-class amenities at GSR!”
Founded in 1977 by Peter “Pete” and Henrietta “Chickie” Ciarrocchi, the Crab and Sports Bar has established itself as a Philadelphia staple and their world-famous Crabfries have become synonymous with game days in the Northeast. The first West Coast outpost opened at GSR’s sister property, SAHARA Las Vegas, late last year.
“We are excited to continue our West Coast expansion with our second Nevada location at the iconic Grand Sierra Resort,” said Pete Ciarrocchi, President and CEO of Chickie’s & Pete’s. “It is an honor to work with Alex Meruelo on our second project in a year. We can’t wait to bring our Philadelphia classics to Reno!”
The menu will include signature seafood creations like Mussels in Red and White Sauce, Lobster Tails, Hot Chickie Shrimp and the Crabfeast specialty featuring a pound of snow crab legs, Dungeness crab, king crab and corn.
In addition to shellfish classics, the menu features game day staples with a unique twist like Philly Cheesesteak Nachos, Chickie’s Wings and a range of juicy burgers, including the Ultimate Tailgate burger with a giant crab cake on a burger pan-fried topped with American sauce. cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion.
It wouldn’t be Chickie’s & Pete’s without their signature creation that made them famous, Crabfries. The crinkle-cut fries are dusted with a secret crab spice blend and served with the restaurant’s unique creamy cottage cheese sauce for dipping.
Adjacent to Chickie & Pete’s is a state-of-the-art 3,000 square foot William Hill racing and sportsbook. Fans can watch multiple sporting events on the expansive 45-foot-wide LED display wall or at one of the spacious racing stations with 24-inch personal TV monitors, individual lighting, and USB connectivity ports .
In addition to the $10 million upgrade for racing and sports betting, capital improvements are underway across the casino with over $55 million planned for this year alone.
Other additions to GSR in 2022 include renovations to more than 600 rooms, a new Starbucks, a revamped 2nd Street Express quick-service restaurant, and modifications and expansions to the resort’s Funquest arcade and bowling alley for include eight VIP bowling alleys, as well as two new food trucks to service the expanded pool.
Since becoming the owner of GSR in 2011, Alex Meruelo has invested more than $330 million in modernizing the complex. Nearly every square inch of the property has been upgraded, including renovations to GSR’s 2,000 hotel rooms and casino floor; a transformation of The Pool, a year-round outdoor oasis; renovations to its 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space; an all-new Infinity High Limit arcade; an acclaimed renovation of its historic Grand Théâtre; the creation of the hugely popular LEX nightclub; the addition of Northern Nevada’s largest race and sports book; improvements to the front porte-cochere; new restaurants and more.
For more information, visit grandierraresort.com.
# # #
ABOUT THE GRAND SIERRA RESORT
Located in the heart of the beautiful Reno-Tahoe area, the Grand Sierra Resort (GSR) is a comprehensive resort and casino with nearly 2,000 newly renovated guest rooms and suites, 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, 1,400 slot machines, 45 table games, a poker room with seven tables and the Infinity High Limit room. The destination’s premier gaming property offers visitors a wide variety of amenities, including the critically acclaimed 2,500-seat Grand Theater, home to Reno-Tahoe’s finest entertainment experience, a exhilarating nightlife at the spectacular LEX nightclub, over a dozen delicious restaurants and dining choices. including Charlie Palmer Steak and Lounge, Spa, Branded Retail Stores, Remarkable Year-Round Outdoor Pool and Fire Pit Experience, Reno’s Largest Outdoor Skating Rink, Two-Screen Movie Theater, Bowling Center 50 tracks, adrenaline-pumping rides and a water golf driving range. GSR players can also enjoy the benefits of an Infinity Rewards Membership, a joint loyalty program between GSR and its sister resort SAHARA Las Vegas, which gives players the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards in both destinations. GSR is a minority-owned business certified by the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council. For more information, please visit grandierraresort.com or to make reservations, call 1-800-648-5080. For the latest and greatest news on GSR, find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.