Little River Casino Resort

This casino, owned and ran by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, originally opened in 1999 and underwent its first renovation in 2007. During this renovation and expansion, the goal was to increase customer satisfaction by reconfiguring the casino floor to have better access and achieving a AAA 4 Diamond rating. The Manistee, Michigan property now has over 1,300 slot machines and dozens of table games on the gaming floor, an indoor and outdoor pool, gift shop, nearly 300 guestrooms, and full-service spa.

The food and beverage venues include a renovated buffet and VIP lounge, new 24-hour bistro, casino floor feature bar, and sports bar. The buffet includes incredible desserts, hometown favorites, international flair, and sauté live cooking stations. The VIP lounge underwent a major renovation and houses a small bar and amazing fireplace. The new sports bar, with local Michigan sports memorabilia and theme, offers wings, burgers, and two bars to help you enjoy the big game. Rapids Bistro is open 24-hours a day, providing pizza, deli sandwiches, coffee, and ice cream, and has its own kitchen and storage area.


Location: Manistee, MI
Opening Date: May 2016
Equipment Cost: $1,407,000


Foodservice Facilities Design
Sports Bar Restaurant Kitchen
Sports Bar Equipment
Feature Bar Equipment
Spa Juice Bar Equipment
VIP Bar Modification
Deli Kitchen Expansion/Remodel
New Steakhouse Kitchen
Buffet Serving Line Expansion/Remodel
Conference Center Kitchen Renovation
Relocate Laundry Equipment
Beverage & Popcorn Station

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