Gun Lake Casino opens 3 restaurants Friday with fanfare, circus performers

Allegan County

A Sept. 14, 2021 photo shows Gun Lake Casino’s expanded building off 129th Avenue in Wayland Township.

WAYLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Gun Lake Casino near Wayland will celebrate the completion of its latest $100 million expansion Friday with the grand opening of three new restaurants.

Leaders from the Gun Lake Tribe and casino will kick off the celebration at 10 a.m. Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new south entrance.

The nearly 75,000-square-foot addition announced almost two years ago includes hundreds more casino games, a sports booking area, two outdoor patios, an outdoor bar and three restaurants: SHKODE Chophouse, Craft Bar Kitchen, and 131 Sportsbar & Lounge.

The menu ranges from top-cut steaks at the chophouse to locally sourced hamburgers at CBK. Gun Lake Casino is also rolling out six new cocktails at each venue, some of which are smoked, fat-washed or presented with an edible vapor bubble.

Gun Lake Casino will celebrate the expansion’s grand opening Friday and Saturday with promotions, DJs and the following performances:

Friday, Sept. 17

  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Acoustic performance by the nationally recognized local band, Wayland.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Aerialist performances begin.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Cirque strolling performers begin (includes stilt walkers, mimes, magicians, and living statues).
  • 8:30 p.m.: Upside-down speed artist performs.
  • 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Electric performances by Wayland.

Saturday, Sept. 18

  • 6:30 p.m.: Aerialist performances begin.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Cirque strolling performers begin (includes stilt walkers, mimes, magicians, and living statues).
  • 8:30 p.m.: First performance by upside-down speed artist.
  • 10:30 p.m.: Second performance by upside-down speed artist.
  • 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Musical performance by Blue Oyster Cult.

Stay with WOODTV.com for updates. On Friday morning, we’ll take you inside the finished restaurants and show you three features you won’t find elsewhere in West Michigan.

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