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Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant announces District Food Hall Grand Opening

September 27, 2023

New restaurants include Velvet Taco, South Hot Chicken and more

DURANT, Okla. (Sept. 26, 2023)- The long-awaited District Food Hall inside Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant is opening to the public on Oct. 1 with five flavorful, new venues.

The food hall features Texas-based chain Velvet Taco (globally-inspired tacos), South Hot Chicken (chicken fingers), Slush’d (daquiris), Italia Kitchen (Italian) and The Pit (barbecue). It is located in the non-smoking Sky Tower near The League and seats 125 people. The hall will be open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

With the exciting addition, Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant now boasts 20 restaurants and 21 bars and lounges for guests to choose from after a night spent on the gaming floor. It is also the first casino and resort to partner with Velvet Taco, the popular concept known for its inventive menu items such as the Nashville hot tofu taco and the Korean fried rice taco. Velvet Taco’s menu also includes a new taco each week, known as their ‘WTF’ or ‘Weekly Taco Feature.’

“We are thrilled to announce the District Food Hall as part of Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant’s incredible dining and nightlife offerings,” says Jeff Penz, Senior Director of Gaming & Hospitality at Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant. “We are committed to continuing to elevate the experience for our guests with new food and drink options and look forward to our partnership with Velvet Taco.”

The District Food Hall was designed as a modern, communal space that’s warm and inviting. Artwork showcased in the food hall is courtesy of Choctaw tribal artists, which includes four large pieces created by Dylan Cavin, Steve Paul Judd, D.G. Smalling and Antonio Belindo.

For a sneak peek at the District Food Hall, click here.

About Choctaw Casino & Resort in Durant, Okla.

Located an hour north of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant is a AAA Four Diamond casino resort, entertainment and convention destination in southeastern Oklahoma. The casino has more than 7,400 slot machines, table games, a poker room, and a large non-smoking casino.  The resort offers more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and convention space and seats more than 3,000 at the Academy of Country Music (ACM) award-winning Grand Theater. The resort also includes more than 1,600 luxurious rooms and suites, 20 restaurants, 21 bars and lounges, six retail stores, two fitness centers, a spa, and two outdoor pools and a water park. The family-friendly District offers guests 20 bowling lanes, a 6-screen premier movie theater, 70 arcade games and dining options. Additionally, guests can enjoy the 30-camper KOA Choctaw RV Park located across from the casino. For more information, visit choctawcasinos.com.


About Velvet Taco
Founded in 2011, Velvet Taco, the Dallas, Texas-based concept, set out to elevate the taco through globally inspired recipes and the freshest ingredients. The acclaimed restaurant provides a broad sampling of international tastes and inventive combinations, delivering flavors that are as memorable as they are delicious. In 2016, Velvet Taco was awarded Nation’s Restaurant News’ “Hot Concept,” and in 2020 it won Nation’s Restaurant News’ MenuMasters Award in the category of Best Limited Time Offer for its Weekly Taco Feature. Velvet Taco has locations in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Austin, Texas; Atlanta; Chicago; and Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, including a complete menu, visit velvettaco.com and follow the brand on Facebook and Instagram @VelvetTaco.



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