Published January 14, 2018
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ Four Winds Casinos hosted a Media Tour this past Tuesday at its newest property—Four Winds South Bend. The 175,000-square-foot f casino opens to the public at 4 p.m. on January 16.
Located at 3000 Prairie Avenue in South Bend, the casino’s tour included stops at many of the facility’s key locations: The Grand Rotunda, the gaming floor, its restaurants—The Buffet, Kankakee Grille®, Copper Rock Steakhouse® and Timbers®—its three bars and White Birch Market coffee shop, as well as the Player’s Lounge and Outfitters retail store. Four Winds Casino South Bend will have 1,800 games, including progressive machines linked to a 16-state Native American progressive gaming network. The entertainment complex will employ approximately 1,200 people.
“This is an exciting time for all of us and we’re so pleased to have you here today for a preview of what our guests will enjoy beginning on January 16—our opening day,” said Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos. “It’s amazing we broke ground on this project in December 2016, just over a year ago. We are opening as planned. A special thank you goes to all the construction and planning crews—they do incredible work as you will see.”
“Reflected in this beautiful building are elements of copper rock, birch trees, all elements native to our region and are important to the Potawatomi,” said Bob Moody, Vice Chairman of the Pokagon Band. “This casino’s location near the head of the Kankakee River is historically significant to the Potawatomi as well; it was our area for trade and was called Zenba Odanek—or Ribbon Town—because of items that were commonly traded along the St. Joseph River in what is now South Bend. You’ll see in the rotunda how we’ve incorporated some of these features in our design.”
South Bend’s Copper Rock Steakhouse is a premier dining, white-tablecloth steakhouse featuring prime USDA dry-aged steaks and over 450 wines. Kankakee Grille, Four Winds’ newest restaurant concept, offers casual fine dining in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Its menu ranges from hot-stone tableside dishes to rustic shared plates. The Buffet at Four Winds South Bend features cuisine from around the world, fresh seafood and delicious desserts. Guests at Timbers Fast Food & Deli® can choose from an array of menu items including flatbread pizza, deluxe burgers, jumbo hotdogs, fries, hand tossed salads, and oven-baked deli sandwiches all in a casual atmosphere.
Four Winds South Bend will open to the public at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16.