VINTON, Va. (WFXR) — Rosie’s Gaming Emporium is celebrating a major milestone.
For most people, the Vinton facility is a place to meet friends and win big… like Julie Bauman.
“It’s been wonderful. I mean, I’ve done pretty well,” said Bauman.
To Bill Callahan, visiting the business is a longtime tradition for him and his wife.
“We were here on opening day, and we’ve come anytime since,” Callahan said.
For two years, the franchise has brought entertainment to Virginians at all five of it’s locations throughout the Commonwealth — Richmond, Hampton, New Kent, Vinton, and Dumfries.
Staff celebrated the special occasion on Friday, April 23 by offering special player rewards and discounts.
“They’re all amped up about it. It’s ‘R Day.’ It’s our birthday,” said Ernie Dellaverson, General Manager at Rosie’s in Vinton.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the franchise has continued to provide business and jobs.
“Since then, we have employed and continue to employ over 1,000 employees here,” Dellaverson said.
Staff members have also made time to give out donations to community organizations.
“We’ve done about $28,000 in charitable contributions,” said Dellaverson. “Everything from Feeding Southwest Virginia to the Dogwood Festival.”
The facility is loved by residents.
Peggy Callahan says the biggest motivator for her, is their giveaways.
“They’re very good about giving you free plays, and like today, drawings and prizes, and we take that and try to turn it into winnings,” Callahan said.
While Bauman enjoys their friendly employees.
“We know when they’re having their babies. We know what’s going on in their lives. They know what’s going on in our lives, and it’s just a fun atmosphere,” said Bauman. “I don’t know what else I can ask for, just right in our back door.”
The future of gaming in the Roanoke Valley, will soon be expanding.
A $28 million project, including the addition of gaming machines, a live stage, and a multi-level parking garage, is currently underway and is set to be complete by the end of 2021.