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Ilani Casino - Job Fair April 5, 2017 from 10AM-7PM at the Heathman Lodge, 7801NE Greenwood Drive

ilani Adds Two Restaurant Partners to Roster for Spring Opening

Rose & Thorn and Longhouse

Ridgefield, Washington — ilani, Southwest Washington’s new gaming and entertainment destination, has announced two additions to its restaurant line up. Rose & Thorn, a high-end bar and restaurant, and Longhouse, a raw bar, sushi and noodle shop are the latest additions to ilani’s expansive food offerings.

“We are proud to have been selected as two of the elite restaurants within ilani,” said Shawn Ellis, founder and CEO of Rose & Thorn and Longhouse. “The location and setting of Rose & Thorn allows us to showcase our unique twist on upscale handmade craft cocktails and homemade finished desserts, while Longhouse boasts a more casual vibe with fresh sushi and seafood offerings. We are excited to share both with the guests of ilani and look forward to the grand opening in the spring.”

Serving “upscale international street food”, the 225-seat Rose & Thorn features six ‘al pastor’ spindles incorporated into one end of the main bar where hand-carved-to-order meats cook over open flame. The opposite end of the bar features a stylish dessert finishing station highlighting imaginative, miniature delicacies. Patrons will dine on steam-kettle-roasted seafood fresh from the waters of the Pacific Northwest, as well as other dishes incorporating locally grown, caught and crafted ingredients.

Rose & Thorn boasts an impressive bar featuring a selection of bourbons and fine spirits. Aging, distilled spirits stored in authentic wooden casks are utilized to concoct signature cocktails infused with local botanicals and fresh ingredients. The bar also features 24 beers on draft, including many popular local and craft brews.

Longhouse showcases ocean-fresh handcrafted sushi from the Pacific Northwest and authentic handmade noodle dishes, as well as a signature meatball. A sociable atmosphere at the expansive bar, which extends 40 feet through the restaurant to accommodate up to 42 patrons, features a sizeable array of sake, as well as many Asian and craft beers, and signature craft cocktails.

A floor-to-ceiling picture window dominates the space, bringing in natural light and breathtaking views. The Longhouse design displays original Salish artwork set amongst natural cut timber, black metal pendant fixtures, and ocean blue accents. “The addition of these two restaurants allows us the ability to have something for everyone at ilani. Both dining options boast impressive menus with unique flavors and we are excited to welcome them to the property,” says Kara Fox LaRose, General Manager ilani Casino Resort.

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PRESS RELEASE March 30, 2017

Ilani casino adds 'upscale street food,' sushi restaurants, swanky bars.

PORTLAND, Oregon — In case the news of Michael Jordan’s Steak House and a seafood restaurant didn’t tantalize your taste buds earlier this week, the Cowlitz Tribe's Ilani casino resort has announced two more additions to its culinary lineup.

Rose & Thorn, a high-end bar and restaurant, and Longhouse, a "raw bar," sushi and noodle shop with “a casual vibe,” will also be among the many dining choices at the $510 million casino at the Ridgefield/La Center exit off Interstate 5 in north Clark County.

The 225-seat Rose & Thorn will offer “upscale international street food” with hand-carved-to-order meats from six “al pastor” or schwarma-style spindles at one end of the bar, according to a press release from Ilani. Rose & Thorn will feature “an impressive bar program featuring a selection of bourbons and fine spirits” as well as “24 beers on draft, including many popular local and craft brews.”

Longhouse will offer sushi with Pacific Northwest ingredients, handmade noodle dishes and “signature meatballs.” The 40-foot bar can accommodate 42 people and will offer a selection of sake, cocktails and Asian and craft beers.

“The addition of these two restaurants allows us the ability to have something for everyone at Ilani. Both dining options boast impressive menus with unique flavors, and we are excited to welcome them to the property,” Kara Fox-LaRose, Ilani general manager, said in a prepared statement.

Cowlitz Tribe's casino will be home to 15 different restaurants, bars and retail outlets in addition to 80 gaming tables and 2,500 slot machines. Smoking and non-smoking sections will be available at the casino, which is expected to open later in April.
Ilani Casino Exterior daytime - Coming Spring 2017

NEW RESTAURANTS Bring Job Openings

Restaurateurs to host job fair to staff two new Portland and Vancouver locations.

PORTLAND, Oregon — Restaurateurs and developers, Shawn Ellis and John Straus, along with National Restaurant Consultants, announce two new restaurants opening ten minutes north of the greater Portland area. Both spaces will boast modern creativity, an elegant bar, and handcrafted dishes inspired by the Pacific Northwest and locally-sourced, clean ingredients.

Ellis and Straus have hired internationally-acclaimed chefs and will be looking for local talent to join the team, in a variety of positions. Those interested in a fast-paced, upscale work environment in the food industry may attend the job fair on March 20 and 21. The event will be held at the Hilton Vancouver, 301. W. 6th St., Vancouver, WA, on Monday, March 20, from 9am - 5pm, and Tuesday, March 21, 3pm. to 9pm.

Same day interviews and hiring decisions guaranteed.
Both restaurants are equal opporunity employers.

National Restaurant Consultants is a food service consulting company that assists restaurant clients worldwide and provide expert service in new restaurant startup ventures, troubleshooting projects, and assisting under-performing or failing restaurants.
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