Jamul Indian Village – January Newsletter

Tony Gwynn’s Sports Pub

Tony Gwynn’s Sports Pub

The Jamul Indian Village and Penn National Gaming proudly unveiled the “Tony Gwynn’s Sports Pub” as a signature dining option at the soon-to-open Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego. This will be the first ever Tony Gwynn-themed sports bar and will feature a significant collection of memorabilia from arguably the greatest athlete in San Diego’s history.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Gwynn family to showcase ‘Mr. Padre’s’ incredible collection of awards, uniforms, and personal mementos for our customers to enjoy,” said Richard St. Jean, General Manager of Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego.

“It is surreal to have the first Tony Gwynn themed sports bar in our casino,” said Michael Hunter, Executive Council Member of the Jamul Indian Village. “I grew up watching and rooting for the Padres, and Tony Gwynn was one of my heroes. It will be an honor to have his memorabilia at Hollywood Casino and we greatly appreciate the partnership with Alicia Gwynn and her family.”

A variety of Gwynn memorabilia will be on display throughout the restaurant, including Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards, his personal narration of career highlights, game-used uniforms and equipment, and much more.

“I am so excited to share Tony’s legacy with Jamul Indian Village and the future visitors of Hollywood Casino,” said Alicia Gwynn.  “Not only was Tony a great player, he was an exceptional man.  It will be wonderful to have his accomplishments highlighted in East County.”

Alicia Gwynn is the President of the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to bettering the lives of disadvantaged children. Her work with the Foundation mirrors the goals of JIV’s budding charitable organization, Acorns to Oaks.

“We are proud to join with Alicia Gwynn to highlight her husband’s career and support their efforts with the less fortunate,” said Erica Pinto, Chairwoman of the Jamul Indian Village. “Our philanthropic interests align and we look forward to working with her Foundation to support the greater San Diego community.”

Fantastic Food Coming to East County

In addition to “Tony Gwynn’s Sports Pub”, the Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego announced an additional six dining options to be available in the facility upon opening. Guests will be able to enjoy a variety of cuisines never before available at one location in East County.

The newly unveiled dining options include:

Final Cut Steak & Seafood – a contemporary American steakhouse serving hand-cut to order USDA Wagyu and Prime Beef, fresh and local seafood, and an extensive wine list.

Emerald Chinese Cuisine – San Diego’s premiere dim sum and Cantonese style restaurant is heading to East County to share their popular dishes.

Tres Taqueria – Customers will be able to enjoy some of the best tacos and burritos in southern California.

Pizza Port – Die-hard fans of this San Diego County institution will now be able to grab a slice in Jamul.

Ruby’s Diner – Ruby’s famous burgers and old-fashioned root beer floats will be available in our food court.

“We are very pleased with the variety of high quality dining options to be available at the facility,” Richard St. Jean, General Manager of Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego. “The collective brand recognition at Hollywood Casino will be unmatched in San Diego County, and our customers will be able to enjoy each of them under one roof.”

Casino Executive Team Growing

Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego continues to expand the Executive Team as they gear up to approximately 1,300 employees in the coming months. Two of the new Executive Team members are returning to San Diego after years away.

Josh Carley was named Director of IT after recently working at gaming facilities in northern California and New Jersey. Oliver Shoemaker also joins the team as Director of Slot Operations following time spent in northern California as well.

Both Josh and Oliver started their gaming careers in San Diego County and are thrilled to bring their families back to the community.

JIV Promotes Native American Health

Despite encouraging news that newly-diagnosed diabetes cases are going down, the Jamul Indian Village remains vigilant in improving the health and well-being of Native Americans, who are at particular risk of developing diabetes. This month, the Jamul Indian Village partnered with the Southern Indian Health Council (SIHC) to present potentially lifesaving information to Tribal members to promote effective diabetes prevention and treatment measures.

Recent reports show Type 2 diabetes is becoming increasingly common among some overweight teenagers, particularly African-American, Hispanic and Native American teens.

“Diabetes is one of the most serious and devastating health problems for Native American people, who suffer from among the highest rates of diabetes in the world,” said Southern Indian Health Council Registered Nurse Christina Banaszak. “Diabetes is also increasingly affecting the younger Native American people and can lead to devastating complications. Diabetes is a serious threat to the health and well-being of the current and future generation.”

Medical experts from SIHC’s dedicated Diabetes Team suggest a number of ways to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes, including:

  • Get tested if you are America Indian or have a family member who has diabetes
  • Manage your weight and make healthy dietary choices
  • Increase physical activity
  • Manage your blood pressure
  • Avoid smoking

“We all have a stake in improving the lives of generations to come,” said Erica Pinto, Chairwoman of the Jamul Indian Village. “I hope Americans, both native and non-native, take special attention to caring for their own health and of those in their family and communities.”

Diabetes resources for Native Americans are available through the Southern Indian Health Council.