Brand Burger Bar at Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Stories Diner at Grand Casino Hinckley

Onamia, Minn. and Hinckley, Minn. – In April of this year, Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley announced plans to make significant property enhancements – mainly in the food and beverage areas at each property – to mark the casinos’ 25th Anniversary.

As of today, two restaurants – Brand Burger Bar at Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Stories Diner at Grand Casino Hinckley – are open to the public.

Brand Burger Bar
This 4,600 sq. ft. 170-seat sports-centric restaurant is an ode to sports fans. Guests can place their favorite burger order and settle into a fun atmosphere where favorite sporting events can be viewed on one of 30 big screen TVs throughout the restaurant.

“When we decided to retire the Woodlands Steakhouse concept, we knew we wanted to replace it with something fun that reflects the energy of the space and helps connect diners in the restaurant with the entertainment spaces that surround them,” said Tracy Sam, general manager of Grand Casino Mille Lacs. “The Brand Burger Bar concept fits so well in this space you’d swear it’s always been there – yet the energy that the new restaurant brings is unmistakable.”

A delicious meal seems much more appetizing when paired with appealing seating areas, trendy finishes and alluring lighting. While the new restaurant makes use of the old footprint of Woodlands Steakhouse, it uses some interesting architectural choices to enhance the dining experience.

A massive, circular LED-changing ceiling element, which was inspired by the rings of a dart board, serves as a beacon for guests on the gaming floor. Other refined sports-related design elements include a basketball net feature wall between seating areas; dimpled golf ball-like textured panels; and textiles on the back booths resembling athletic apparel. The restaurant also features the latest technology, including tablet ordering and USB ports at every table to promote and enhance the fantasy sports experience.

The Brand Burger Bar kitchen is open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday – Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Hours may be extended later depending on sporting events.

On the Menu
All beef burgers feature six ounces of a fresh – never frozen – blend of chuck and brisket, seasoned and seared to a perfect medium for ultimate juiciness.

Staff Favorites:
• Tailgater – crispy pork belly, fried egg, tomato, arugula, roasted garlic aioli on a brioche bun for $10.50.

• All-Star – smoked pork shoulder, sweet and spicy cue, pepper jack cheese, bread & butter pickles, crispy onions on a brioche bun for $10.

• Tie Breaker – sweet Italian sausage, provolone giardiniera, smoked paprika aioli on a French roll for $9.75.

• Pickle Fries – masa battered kosher dill pickles for $5.

To complete any meal, guests may add hand-cut fries or gourmet breaded onion rings to their order for a nominal charge or order a signature Brand Burger Bar Shake for only $5.

Stories Diner
Stories Diner is a 24-hour, 236-seat sit-down restaurant that features classic American diner fare with a twist. This timeless, modern bistro has open dining seating overlooking the gaming floor. Keeping up with the American tradition, Stories Diner will quickly become the hot spot for locals and casino guests alike.

“For many years our brand has related to telling Grand Casino stories. Stories Diner is a play on that – it’s the perfect place for our Guests to take a break from the action, tell stories and enjoy a meal from this newly crafted menu,” said Mel Towle, general manager for Grand Casino Hinckley. “This diner is keeping up with the American tradition of good food, friends, and fun.”

Design elements pay homage to Hinckley’s history as a lumber and rail town which is reflected in the diner’s abstract art murals and rich wood ceiling detail.

Stories Diner is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

On the Menu
Stories Diner menu will feature breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees.

Staff Favorites:
• Short Rib Melt – braised short rib, crispy onion straws and provolone cheese on grilled cheddar cheese bread for $10.49.

• Hot Turkey Commercial – roasted turkey, served atop mashed potatoes and wheat bread with gravy and chipotle cranberry sauce for $9.99.

• Buttermilk Fried Chicken – a double breasted, boneless chicken breast and thigh served with mashed potatoes and gravy for $11.49.

• Morning Poutine – fresh cheese curds and triple smoked bacon served with our crisp hash browns with sausage gravy and two eggs for $8.49.

Upcoming Projects
The property improvements continue at Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley.

The next project at Grand Casino Mille Lacs is the 1991 Kitchen, which will begin January 2, 2017. The 1991 Kitchen will take the place of the Grand Northern Grill at Grand Casino Mille Lacs. This 7,075 sq. ft. casual 24-hour restaurant will be sit-down service and will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. On January 2, the Grand Northern Grill brand will retire and renovations will begin to transform the space into the 1991 Kitchen.

At Grand Casino Hinckley, the Grand Buffet has closed and work continues to transform the space into Grand Provisions, a food hall concept that will feature multiple kitchens offering a variety of American, Mexican, Italian and Asian inspired meals, along with home-made pastries and dessert selections. Diners will roam from station to station and select their desired food and are able to pay for it in one transaction.

What separates this concept from other food halls is the restaurant’s ability to flip to a unique all-you-care-to-eat experience on Fridays, Saturdays and special occasions that allows Grand Casino Guests to enjoy their favorites like the popular Seafood theme night.

About Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley
Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley are owned by Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures. The casinos feature gaming, accommodations, dining, conference and banquet facilities, live entertainment, and The Grand Harmony Spa and Grand National Golf Club at Grand Casino Hinckley. The casinos directly employ more than 3,000 people and cover more than 4,000 people with their insurance plan. The Band taxes these entities at 100 percent and utilizes the revenues to provide health care, education, and other programs and services to Band members. The Band also invests in infrastructure and economic development that directly benefit the entire community.