Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s name officially changes to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, with the 381-room hotel in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley opening Aug. 18, it was announced.
The 19-story hotel, at 1721 W. Canal St., will celebrate its grand opening with a private ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 1. The hotel is scheduled to host its first contracted events in its new meeting space in August and September. The hotel, which includes Locavore, a full-service casual restaurant, connects with a direct walkway to the casino and entertainment facility. The hotel’s other amenities include a lobby bar, coffee shop and fitness center.
The project, which has a $97.5 million construction budget, broke ground in June 2012. The hotel and casino are owned by the Forest County Potawatomi Community. The hotel will add approximately 230 full- and part-time jobs to the casino. The casino now has just over 2,600 employees, of which about 2,250 are full time. The hotel will expand the casino’s customer draw from what’s now a 25-mile radius to a roughly 100-mile radius, casino officials say. The hotel is being constructed on nontribal land and will be subject to property taxes and the city’s hotel tax.