Wildhorse Resort & Casino is preparing to open an expansion with a bowling center, food court and arcade. It’s expected to be open by the end of September.
According to a news release, the celebration of the yearlong construction project’s completion will be “lower-key” than it would be in normal years, due to the pandemic.
At the heart of the Wildhorse expansion is Quaking Aspens Lanes, a 24-lane bowling center. “In the future, competitive bowlers may see leagues and tournaments in the lineup,” the news release stated.
Owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the bowling center’s name is inspired by Tribal history. “Nixyáawii” was what the Cayuse named the area where the Tribe’s winter encampment was located. Translated, the word refers to the groves of quaking aspen trees that grew around the springs. Tthe encampment was the base for celebrations, games, root digging and horse racing.
The bowling center will have 16 lanes on one side of a concourse and eight “boutique” lanes on the other. The boutique lanes will be for private parties and events, as will the two party rooms adjacent to those lanes.
Bowlers will be able to order meals and snacks, and the food court at Wildhorse will include a second location for Moe Phở, a downtown Pendleton restaurant owned by Whitney Minthorn and Moe Soeum with cuisine from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Also opening a second location is Brigham Fish Market. In 2014, Kim Brigham-Campbell opened a full-service restaurant in Cascade Locks selling both fresh fish and prepared meals such as fish and chips.
Minthorn and Brigham-Campbell are both CTUIR members.
One Wildhorse-run restaurant will serve meals such as pizza and burgers, while the fourth vendor in the food court will be an ice cream and pastry shop.
The expansion also includes a brand new 2,500 square foot arcade with more than 30 high-tech games, according to the news release.
“The Tribe is very pleased to see our planning for the FunPlex move forward. We are very pleased to offer bowling as a sporting activity for the entire community,” CTUIR Board of Trustees Chairman Kat Brigham said in a statement. “So many families love this sport and we all look forward to seeing everyone enjoy this entertainment venue.”
Updates and information on the grand opening can be found at https://www.wildhorseresort.com/family-funplex/, or call 800-654-9453.