The Natrona County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution on Tuesday, April 2 approving Wyoming Downs, LLC’s plans to open a new para-mutuel horse race wagering facility in the former Applebee’s building.
“Wyoming Downs, LLC currently holds the necessary and appropriate permits issued by the Wyoming Para-mutuel Commission to operate simulcasting facilities in the State of Wyoming,” the resolution reads.
The Commissioners’ passage of the resolution allows Wyoming Downs to conduct pari-mutuel wagering on live horse racing, historic horse racing and simulcast events at the 359 Miracle Street, Evansville location.
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Wyoming Downs General Manager Eric Nelson said they’re planning to open the facility on June 1.
Wyoming Downs operates nine such wagering facilities in the state, including those inside of Galloway’s Irish Pub.
Nelson said the location will feature 80 vending terminals. The company is also applying for a liquor license with the Town of Evansville to offer a full-service bar at the wagering facility.
Applebee’s Grill and Bar closed their Evansville operations in 2018.