Dick Graves opened the Nugget on March 17, 1955 as a 60-seat coffee shop with a handful of slot machines. John Ascuaga had worked for Graves in Idaho and moved to northern Nevada to help Graves open and manage the Nugget. Ascuaga purchased the Nugget in 1960 when Graves retired.
Today, John Ascuaga’s Nugget‘s twin hotel towers illuminate the Reno-Sparks skyline and boast 1,500 rooms, eight award-winning restaurants, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, an 84,000 square foot casino floor, world class entertainment and much more.
John Ascuaga's Nugget, in Reno/Sparks Nevada, is one of the few family-owned hotel casino resorts left in the country. Founded as a coffee shop with a few slot machines on March 17, 1955, John Ascuaga has built the Nugget into a world-class, full-service gaming resort destination. John and two of his children, Michonne and Stephen are intimately involved in the daily operations of the business and set the tone of the quality, caring and fun environment that makes the Nugget the perfect place to take your next getaway, vacation or event.