Gila River’s Wild Horse Pass Unveils Rooftop Restaurant and Lounge Plans, Part of $143 Million Expansion

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CHANDLER, AZ – Modern decor and grand ambience will take over the rooftop of the new tower at Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass this fall. The rooftop destination will be home to Prime, A Shula’s Steak House, serving up a fresh twist on classic steakhouse dishes with touches of French culinary influence.

Rising 150 ft. over the desert landscape, Prime will be on the 11th floor of the new hotel tower, complete with views of the Estrella Mountains and Arizona sunsets. As guests arrive to the hotel lobby, they will ride to the top floor by a dedicated glass elevator. The interior of Prime will feature neutral earthy tones with leather accents and stone tabletops. At Prime, guests will be welcomed by an invigorating take on the traditional steakhouse experience including bold, craveable interpretations of classic dishes and signature wines paired with attentive service that puts guests front and center. After dinner, the venue transitions to 11ven at Prime, a place where crafted cocktails and lively DJ’s pair effortlessly with fabulous perspective of the Valley.

Celebrity Chef Demetrio Zavala was influenced by his European, Mediterranean and Mexican roots when creating the menu for Prime. The onsite culinary team will be led by Chef Eric Arechiga.

“Chef Eric Arechiga was chosen to oversee all culinary operations of our Wild Horse Pass flagship restaurant Prime due to his passion, skill and quality execution he delivers on a nightly basis,” said Kenneth Manuel, Chief Executive Officer of Gila River Hotels & Casinos. “Chef Eric is a consummate professional and highly respected culinary leader with many years of experience creating memorable moments for our valued guests.”

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“We have been partners with Shula’s Restaurant Group for 12 years and our collaboration on the inaugural Prime concept was natural,” said Manuel. “With our expansion project came an opportunity to place our crown jewel dining venue atop the new tower. Along with our continued elevation of offerings and amenities, we found the perfect synergy of dining and destination. It not only provides an incredible culinary experience to our guests, but will be a Phoenix landmark for food and wine lovers to experience a chic casual, yet sophisticated atmosphere.”