Date:April 03, 2017

Rose & Thorn slated to open April 24th, at the new ilani

Ridgefield, WA – Rose & Thorn and the Cowlitz Tribe announced Rose & Thorn, an upscale dining establishment, will open in April, 2017 in the new ilani.  The swanky bar and restaurant featuring 225 seats will be tucked inside the $510 million, 368,000-square-foot casino, located just north of Portland, Oregon on Interstate 5.

Characterized as serving “upscale international street food”, Rose & Thorn caters to the discerning guest with a balance of elegance and modern creativity. The restaurant embraces unique ‘experiential’ dining and will feature six ‘al pastor’ spindles incorporated into one end of the main bar where hand-carved-to-order meats cook over open flame. The other end of the bar features a stylish dessert finishing station boasting imaginative, miniature delicacies.  Patrons will dine on steam-kettle-roasted seafood fresh from the waters of the Pacific Northwest, as well as other fine dishes incorporating locally grown, caught and crafted ingredients.

Widely considered one of America’s most creative restauranteurs Rose & Thorn’s Founder and CEO R. Shawn Ellis states, “It truly is an honor to partner with ilani, the people of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and the fine people of Mohegan Sun Tribal Nation.  Our ‘upscale international street food’ concept sets the standard in food and drink offerings.  The location and setting of Rose & Thorn will allow us to showcase our unique twist on upscale craft cocktails and homemade finished desserts.  The Rose & Thorn community members stand ready to serve both an incredible meal and a memorable experience.”

A focus of Rose & Thorn is its modern, swanky bar, featuring an unparalleled selection of bourbons and fine spirits, ensconced in timeless décor.  Aging, distilled spirits in authentic wooden casks prominently await their time with talented bartenders to concoct signature cocktails infused with local botanicals and fresh ingredients. The bar will also feature 24 beers on draft, including many popular local and craft brews.

One of the distinct features of Rose & Thorn is the Atrium.  The Atrium features an incredible sound system with exciting music and a DJ.   Rose & Thorn will open its Atrium with a private party featuring Country artist Joe Nichols.

“We are elated to have Rose & Thorn as a dining and entertainment option for our guests.  The impressive Chefs they have brought on will set a new standard in dining,” says Kara Fox LaRose, General Manager of ilani.

About ilani
Located on a 156-acre site in La Center, Washington, ilani, developed by the Cowlitz Tribe and Salishan-Mohegan, a partnership that includes Mohegan Sun, one of the world’s foremost gaming and entertainment developers and operators, is the West Coast’s premier gaming, dining, entertainment and meeting destination. With 368,000 total square feet, ilani includes 100,000 square feet of gaming space with 2,500 slots and 75 gaming tables; 15 different restaurants, bars and retail outlets; and a 2,500-seat meeting and entertainment venue hosting nationally recognized performances. ilani is slated to open in late spring 2017. For more information, visit and follow Ilani on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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