When it comes to birthday parties, the man who is hard to beat is Shelby McAdams. He is the owner of the Club Colonial, which just marked its 32nd birthday.
The business, which is much more than just a casino, is on Avenida Primera in San José downtown. The building also hosts one of the city’s better restaurants, the Magnolia. The Sleep Inn hotel is adjacent.
Since 1982, McAdams has prospered despite an uncertain world and national economies and whatever surprises the central government can send his way.
Typically those who gamble there also can take advantage of a buffet each evening. But for the Sept. 20 birthday, the casino also served free drinks and brought in a combo to perform on stage and throughout the establishment with video feeds.
The buffet was not the usual. The menu included Greek and Mediterranean salad, gorgonzola steak, trout stuffed with sea bass mousse and stuffed chicken in passion fruit sauce.
Carlos Alegria, club manager, said that from 450 to 500 persons were served. Special guesses included off-duty casino employees, business people, athletes, and Costa Rica artists.