Former workers bid farewell to Henderson casino set to be demolished

Former employees of Fiesta Henderson reunited one last time to say goodbye before the hotel and casino is gone.
Published: Aug. 24, 2022 at 11:26 PM PDT
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - Former employees of Fiesta Henderson reunited one last time to say goodbye before the hotel and casino is gone.

This year, Station Casinos announced Fiesta Henderson and two North Las Vegas properties will not be reopening after being shuttered during the pandemic.

Angie Johanson, a cocktail waitress at Fiesta, thought of the idea to coordinate a group photo.

“You know five days a week in this building for 18 years I mean more time with the people I worked with than my actual family,” Johanson said.

Just over 40 people showed up Wednesday evening to reunite.

Teresa Slattery worked at the location as an account room manager where they counted all the money from slots and the machines.

“I was here day one when they opened up with The Reserve,” Slattery said.

Fiesta was formerly The Reserve, a safari and jungle-themed hotel and casino that opened in February of 1998.

“When Stations took over it was great it was nice they were good to us they kept all us employees and everything and we were able to keep our seniority and all that,” Slattery said.

When the pandemic shuttered doors Slattery was pushed into retirement but she said she would’ve liked to put a few more years in.

“I had a fantastic crew, and we got a long so great and I we worked all hard together no problem with coming in on overtime or staying overtime just everybody,” Slattery said.

Chad Anderson also worked through the transition from The Reserve to Fiesta. He was there for 17 years as a floor slot attendant and worked his way to manager.

“There was always a lot of opportunity and it was just a great place to work in all my jobs this was the only place that felt like we were a family. It was just fantastic,” Anderson said.

Former employees emphasized it was not only the people they worked with that made it a special place to work, but the guests as well.

“We probably saw the same people two or three days a week you know so we really got to know them everybody knew everybody’s name. It was the locals place to come,” Anderson said.

Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station will also be demolished.

FOX5 reached out to Station Casinos for a timeframe on when Fiesta Henderson will be demolished - they said they do not have information to share at this time.