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Boomtown Casino & Hotel Hires Executive Chef

Press Release,  Friday, December 14, 2007 at 11:04:28 AM

Boomtown Casino and Hotel Reno recently hired William Johns as the new Executive Chef for the property.

Mr. Johns most recently served as the Executive Sous Chef at Lahontan Golf Club in Truckee, Calif. He has worked as a chef in his home town, Truckee, since 1999 in restaurants such as the Resort at Squaw Creek and Moody’s Bistro and Lounge. Previously, he worked in the food and beverage industry in Florida, Indiana and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mr. Johns is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, where he earned an associate degree in culinary arts.

“We’re going to be working on the menu items and plate presentations in each of the three restaurants.” said Johns, “It’s all part of the process to give the entire property a more upscale feel.”

Mr. Johns said he’s thrilled to be working with such a talented staff. Three of Boomtown’s chefs have recently completed classes at The Culinary Institute of America, where they participated in the prestigious Pro Chef 1 program.

Boomtown Casino and Hotel is located on Interstate 80 at exit #4 in Reno. Boomtown offers nearly 42,000 square-feet of gaming excitement with the latest in slots and video poker, as well as Blackjack, Craps, Pai Gow, Roulette, keno, poker and a complete sports book. Boomtown also offers a Family Fun CenterSM, Starbucks and three delectable dining choices – Cassidy’sSM, the Silver Screen BuffetSM and The Sundance.

Boomtown has 318 deluxe rooms and suites, free valet parking, a 24-hour mini-mart gas station, and 10,500 square-feet of convention space. For more information, call 1-800-648-3790 or log onto

About Pinnacle Entertainment

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates casinos in Nevada, Louisiana, Indiana, Missouri, Argentina and The Bahamas; owns a hotel in Missouri; and has significant insurance claims related to a hurricane-damaged hotel and casino complex previously operated in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Company is building a $507 million casino hotel in downtown St. Louis, scheduled to open in December. Pinnacle also has a second casino development project under construction in the St. Louis, Missouri area. The opening of both Missouri casinos is dependent upon final approval by the Missouri Gaming Commission. Pinnacle is currently developing a second casino resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to be called Sugarcane Bay; anticipates developing a casino resort in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to be called Riviere; and has submitted a proposal for a casino resort in Kansas City, Kansas, subject to various approvals. Additionally, Pinnacle owns a casino site at the heart of the famed Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on which it plans to build a major new casino resort.

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