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Casino Queen opens restaurants to all ages

EAST ST. LOUIS –  The Casino Queen has changed policies in order to allow guests under the age of 21 more access to the hotel and restaurants at the facility.

The most recent change involved moving the turnstiles from the main entrance to allow guests of all ages to access the various restaurants in the casino. These include the Market Street Buffet, SEVENS Sports Bar and the newly renovated Prime Steakhouse, which reopened to the public on Nov. 28 following a comprehensive makeover.

The turnstiles that were originally positioned immediately inside the main entrance to the Casino have been repositioned at the edge of the gaming floor to ensure that it will remain accessible only to those 21 and older. Other guests of all ages who simply want to grab a bite or a beverage will have easy access to the restaurants that flank the gaming floor. Prime guests are also being served a new menu created by Executive Chef Ken Weicker and recently hired Assistant Executive Chef Ray Wiley, a Belleville native who has returned home to the Metro East from Chicago to join the culinary team at the Casino Queen.

The change in policy at the hotel also opens that venue up to meet additional guest needs. Previously, all guests of the hotel were required to be 21 and over, in keeping with the age requirement to access the adjacent casino. With that restriction lifted, the hotel’s banquet facilities will now be an option for families looking for a place to host events such as wedding receptions or family reunions, without excluding relatives under 21.

“The hotel can now host the entire family’s stay — offering prime access to downtown St. Louis at an affordable price,” said Jeff Watson, president and general manager of the Casino Queen.

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