Gun Lake Tribe and Gun Lake Casino released details of a $76 million expansion that broke ground in January 2016. When it opens summer 2017 the casino will be almost twice its current size, and include a premiere buffet restaurant, a high limit gaming room, and a new Stage 131 entertainment lounge that will double the current size to offer enough seating to attract regional entertainers.
“This $76 million expansion will produce economic growth and more career opportunities for our tribal citizens and our friends and neighbors here in West Michigan,” said Ed Pigeon, acting chairman of the tribe and casino board. “We are proud to make a significant investment in our property for the enjoyment of guests, which in turn will bring increased benefits to the local community.”
The $76 million expansion will add 73,000 square feet of space to the existing 83,000 square foot facility. A 300-seat multi-station buffet will offer upscale dining choices that include American, Italian, Mexican, and Asian cuisines. A completely new and relocated Stage 131 entertainment lounge will be twice its current size to offer enough seating to attract regional entertainers while continuing to showcase the best local musicians.
The expansion will bring the total number of electronic gaming machines to 2,050 while bringing the total number of table games to 42. A new high limit gaming room will offer high stakes excitement in a spacious setting to cater to high rollers.
Gun Lake Casino team members will benefit from a new dining room and lounge. This area will include a break room, café, and personal lockers. Each team member will continue to enjoy a complimentary meal on every shift.
“This is a major step forward in the development of Gun Lake Casino as a top-tier gaming entertainment venue,” said John Shagonaby, CEO of the Gun Lake Tribal Gaming Authority. “The addition of more gaming space, premiere buffet dining, and headline entertainers puts our property on par with any in the Midwest.”
Upon opening, the expansion will employ 100 new team members, bringing the total number to over 900 total team members. The construction phase will employ over 300-400 positions.
“Our guests are going to be thrilled with the new gaming, dining and entertainment amenities we will offer here at Gun Lake Casino. An already lively, yet comfortable and fun place for the best entertainment just got better,” said Brent Arena, vice president and general manager.
Clark Construction has been hired to serve as the Construction Manager on the project. Preliminary site work was completed this winter, and construction crews have started demolition work, as well as footings and foundations for the building expansion. The northwest parking lot will be closed during construction.