CHANDLER, Ariz. (August 25, 2015) – Residents and visitors alike are invited to Experience the NEW Old West as Rawhide Western Town and Event Center reopens for its 2015-2016 season on Friday, Sept. 4 featuring new Town hours and Steakhouse menu as well as exciting attractions. Admission and parking are free, excluding special events and holidays.

Rawhide’s Steakhouse, which was recently featured on Food Network’s Craziest Restaurants in America hosted by Graham Elliot, features daily live music, hometown hospitality and authentic western fare including Rawhide’s famous fried rattlesnake and Rocky Mountain oysters, prepared by Executive Chef Jonathan Scott, who was also featured on the show.

Guests will enjoy a wide variety of USDA Choice to Gold Canyon Private Reserve Black Angus hand cut steaks and numerous slow smoked apple wood BBQ options topped with Rawhide’s signature Wicked Tango Whiskey BBQ Glaze along with our new endless salad bar option. Also new to the menu are easily identifiable gluten-free menu items, and great new menu pricing for the whole family.

Signature entrees this season include Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf made with ground beef, roasted red peppers, onions, seasoned with Rawhide spices and wrapped in delicious bacon for $12. Sage Crusted Fried Chicken, a juicy chicken breast covered with Rawhide’s famous Cornflake and Sage crust served up crispy and smothered with country gravy for $11. A kids menu with everything from a Mini Top Sirloin to Mini Corn Dogs to good old fashioned PB&J, complete with seasonal fruit or fries and a fountain beverage, is also available.

Fire Roasted S’Mores for $4 and Old Western Apple Crisp for $5 are just two featured mouthwatering desserts from the new menu. The Steakhouse features a variety of domestic, imported and craft beers by the bottle and draft.

Plus, diners can take part in the Steakhouse’s new food challenges. First is the Arizona Reaper challenge consisting of eight wings prepared in one of the hottest sauces in the nation… more than four million scoville units for $10 (all wings must be consumed by the same person).

Second, for those with a heartier appetite - a true cowboy’s hunger that is – they’re invited to chow down on Rawhide’s Ultimate Cowboy Challenge. This massive, delicious 48-ounce, hand-cut, three bone-in Rib Eye comes with choice of two sides for $65 (steak challenge must be finished within 45 minutes). Winners of each completed challenge receive a special ‘challenge conquering’ T-shirt to show off to their friends and a certificate worthy of hanging on any wall.

Steakhouse is open during regular Rawhide town hours of operation. Reservations are recommended by calling (480) 502-5600 or email reso@Rawhide.com.

New general public hours for Rawhide Western Town and Event Center are Fridays from 5 – 10 p.m., Saturdays from noon – 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon – 8 p.m. (excluding special events and holidays). Rawhide now open to the public every weekend for three action-packed days of fun and excitement for adults and kids alike! Rawhide is also available every day of the week for private event bookings.

From the moment the gates open, guests are sure to have a memorable experience with Rawhide’s enhanced, interactive, Western-style welcome as they’re greeted by cowboys and take part in an authentic Rough Rider Shoot Out.

The non-stop entertainment continues with new additions to Rawhide’s famed sites and attractions including new stunt shows by the Rough Riders in the Six Gun Theater. Also new and sure to please is the Rawhide Honky Tonk – a bar and indoor bull ride! Guests can grab a drink and try their luck on The Widowmaker Mechanical Bull.

In addition, Rawhide’s new Pizza Tavern will feature quick and easy grab-and-go food options while guests enjoy the town attractions and entertainment.

Also new this season is the Rawhide Express train ride, which loops and winds through the desert terrain alongside the new Riverwalk and lawn area. Kids can hop into their favorite animal cart as they go for a spin on the Barnyard Express Kiddie Train. At either train, guests can pick up the new Rawhide Town Passport – an interactive adventure collecting free stamps for at a variety of locations around Rawhide to redeem for an exciting gift!

Rawhide's specialty shops and boutiques have also been stocked to the brim for the season offering a myriad of western themed gifts, leather goods, jewelry, apparel and home decor – making perfect gifts for friends and family.

About Rawhide Western Town & Event Center

The Rawhide Western Town & Event Center, located on the Gila River Indian Community, is Arizona’s largest 1880’s western-themed family entertainment venue and steak house. Rawhide Western Town is located just south of Phoenix, is 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at 5700 W. North Loop Rd., in Chandler, AZ. Admission and parking are FREE (excluding special events and holidays). Rawhide is available seven days a week for private groups like field trips, tour groups, corporate and team building events. For more information visit us on line at www.rawhide.com or call (480) 502-5600, or email info@Rawhide.com. Like us on Facebook.

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