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Golden Entertainment to add four taverns next year

18 September 2015

The tavern division of Las Vegas-based Golden Entertainment said Thursday it will add four new locations in 2016, including the company's first craft beer brewery.

The company, which merged in August with casino operator Lakes Entertainment, said the four taverns would add 100 employees to the Las Vegas market. Golden is the state's largest tavern operator and will have 50 when the properties open.

"We plan to expand by building upon what has been a winning formula for us and expect 2016 will be a notable year for our tavern business," Golden Entertainment CEO Blake Sartini said in a statement. "While we have grown steadily in the last 13 years, the upcoming year represents our most aggressive growth strategy to date."

Golden Entertainment is Nevada's largest slot machine route operator and will add at least 15 games each to all four locations. Companywide, Golden operates 9,300 slot machines through its route, taverns and its casinos in Nevada and Maryland.

Golden will add two taverns under the PT's Gold Brand — one in the Whitney Ranch/Sunset area and second in a location to be determined. A PT's Ranch will open on South Durango Drive.

The company will launch PT's Brewing Company on North Tenaya Way in the location that housed the Tenaya Creek Brewery and Restaurant.

Sartini said the brewery will produce 3,000 barrels of beer annually and have seven of its own craft beers on tap. PT's Brewing Company also will have the flexibility to produce seasonal craft beers for Golden Entertainment's PT's, Sierra Gold and Sean Patrick's taverns.

"We see the addition of a brewery format as the next natural step in the company's evolution and expansion," Sartini said.