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Plans for South Bend casino take shape as construction stays on schedule

Construction is on schedule at a new South Bend casino. // WSBT 22

New details are being released about the Four Winds Casino and restaurants coming to South Bend.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians announced the first details of the Kankakee Grille. That's just one of the restaurants that will go in the casino at State Road 23 and the Bypass.

Four Winds Casinos Chief Operating Officer, Frank Freedman, says it will include a wood-fire pizza oven, rotisserie and hot stone for table-side food preparation.

There will also be a Copper Rock Steakhouse Buffet, Timbers Fast Food and Deli, Players Lounge and three bars in the casino.

Construction is pretty far along there. Trucks come in and out of all day. The parking garage is coming together, it will include about 4,500 parking spaces.

A spokesperson for the casino says they are right on track with the project.

They say phase one of the project, which includes the casino and parking garage, is going to be completed on time.

The nearly 175,000 square foot structure is bigger than the casino in Dowagiac, but smaller than the one in New Buffalo.

It has already created 700 construction jobs. When it's complete, the casino itself is going to employ about 1,200 people. They have already started filling positions.

When the casino is complete it will include 1,800 slots and a coffee shop and retail outlet.

According to the spokesperson, the casino is still set to open in early 2018.

For more details on applications, construction and more visit their website: http://www.fourwindscasino.com/southbend/overview.php

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