Mark it on your calendar, the much-anticipated Cascades Casino on Pinewood Park Drive will open Wednesday, March 9 at 5 p.m.
It's been a long wait. The groundbreaking took place May 31, 2019 and dice were supposed to be rolling by mid-summer 2020.
But COVID-19 threw a spanner in the works, causing an almost two-year delay in the opening of the $31 million Cascades Casino
"We're pretty much back to normal," Rob Mitchell, Director of Communications told BayToday, adding you won't need to prove vaccination but masks will still be required. "Despite everything, COVID and everything else, we're about to cross the finish line."
Pinewood Park Drive in the city's south end is home to the 39,000 sq. ft. casino which features 300 slots and six live table games of Roulette, Blackjack and 10 electronic table games.
Mitchel says Gateway Casinos, the owner of Cascades, is very excited about the North Bay opening.
"This will also mark the fourth Match restaurant opening in Ontario, a signature brand of ours on the west coast. We're slowly bringing that brand to Ontario. We currently have them in Hanover and Chatham and Point Edward and this is the latest Match Eatery and Public House which is a mix of nightclub and sports bar."
See the menu here.
There will also be live entertainment and a large 'sun-drenched' patio that customers can travel freely into the restaurant and beyond, even onto the gaming floor. The "Summit Bar" runs the entire length of the gaming floor.
"We're very excited about it," said Mitchell. "We think it's going to be very well received by the community."