Gun Lake Casino opens $ 100 million expansion with new restaurants
WAYLAND, MI – Gun Lake Casino, located on US 131 between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, has opened the doors to its $ 100 million expansion highlighted by new restaurants and a larger Sportsbar & Lounge 131.
The new 72,000 square foot expansion includes more seating for live concerts and sporting events, additional gaming space, a fire-lit outdoor entertainment and dining area, improved exterior features and the possibility for a guest to place bets on sporting events.
The Gun Lake Tribe Tribal Council and casino officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, September 17 to welcome guests and media.
The focus of the expansion is new dining options, Gun Lake Casino said in a press release.
“This expansion strengthens Gun Lake Casino’s position as the premier entertainment and gaming destination in the Midwest. Each of these new venues combines the highest standard of dining with a unique entertainment experience that will resonate deeply with every guest, ”said Sal Semola, President and COO of Gun Lake Casino. “We are very grateful for the continued commitment of the Gun Lake Tribe to the property and the team members who make the Gun Lake Casino a true standard of excellence in service, hospitality and entertainment.”
Newly expanded amenities include:
SHKODÉ Chophouse, the Pottawatomi word for fire, honors Gun Lake Casino’s legacy by paying attention to flavor and quality with locally sourced, freshly harvested ingredients. Shkode encourages patrons to indulge their senses with flame-grilled steak and seafood, and a fresh take on American cuisine. Craft cocktails and a carefully curated wine list enhance the experience at Shkodé, the company said.
CBK stands for “Craft, Bar, Kitchen” with over 100 quality beer offerings in bottles, cans and draft. The restaurant serves farm-to-table meals and has a new outdoor fireplace, the Gun Lake Casino said.
The 131 Sportsbar & Lounge will host live music, comedy and sports entertainment. Inside the 131 Sportsbar & Lounge, guests can watch sporting events on floor-to-ceiling LED video walls and 180 ° panoramic views. The 131 Sportsbar & Lounge has an outdoor patio with additional viewing options.
“As a Tribal Citizen and a member of this community, I am proud to see the growth of Gun Lake Casino,” said Gun Lake Tribe President Bob Peters. “With each new equipment and expansion, we increase our ability to contribute to the well-being of the community and our tribal citizens.”
Gun Lake Casino is now a $ 415 million property with the latest expansion adding 450 additional slots and electronic table games. The expansion was built on the south side of the property, making the new dining and entertainment areas closer to 129th Avenue for added convenience while dramatically improving the “curb appeal” of an already vibrant atmosphere, said the casino.
The expansion this summer is part of a larger investment of $ 300 million that the casino announced in 2021 to expand the casino into a well-equipped resort.
As per The Tribe’s gaming contract with the state of Michigan, it shared a total of $ 102.6 million with the state and a total of $ 37.9 million with the local community. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation received more than $ 16.8 million. The revenue sharing funds statewide economic development projects while also providing money to local schools, law enforcement and municipalities, according to the casino.
Gun Lake Casino is located near Wayland at exit 61 of US 131, midway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. The casino offers a variety of gaming options, including 2,500 slot machines, 47 table games, a modern bookie and keno.
Gun Lake Casino is owned by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish group of Pottawatomi. For more information visit www.gunlakecasino.com.
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