Four Winds New Buffalo Debuts New Kankakee Grille Today

With last month’s closure of the Hard Rock Cafe at Four Winds New Buffalo, the way has been paved for today’s opening of the new Kankakee Grille in that space. The much anticipated restaurant opens the doors at noon today, Friday, November 20th at Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and its Four Winds Casinos have made the announcement that the Kankakee Grille will open at noon today, and will feature “a diverse menu of comfort food with a modern twist including hearth baked pizzas, soups and salads, and hometown favorites along with craft beers and specialty cocktails.”

The Kankakee Live stage will offer a variety of live music and entertainment, with the full schedule available on the Four Winds Casinos website. The Kankakee Grille also features comfortable outdoor seating as well as access to the Four Winds New Buffalo pool bar. It is in the same space that was home to the Hard Rock Cafe, which closed in October.

Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos, tells us, “The Kankakee Grille has been a favorite destination among guests at Four Winds South Bend since the property opened in 2018, and we are thrilled to bring it to New Buffalo,” adding, “Our team has once again done an exceptional job in creating an original dining experience that is unique to Four Winds.”

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Matthew Wesaw, Tribal Council Chairman and CEO of the Pokagon Gaming Authority, adds, “Since  Four Winds New Buffalo opened 13 years ago, we have continually strived to exceed the expectations of our guests. The Pokagon Band is very proud of the work by our Casino Operations Team to develop and establish the Kankakee Grille. We have no doubt it will be well received by our guests that visit Four Winds New Buffalo.”

Opening weekend entertainment includes Dueling Pianos on this evening, Friday, November 20th from 7 pm – 10 pm. Tomorrow, Saturday, November 21st, acoustic solo act Dan Reisen will entertain the crowd from 3 pm to 6 pm and classic rock and pop rock cover band, America Street, will take the stage from 7 pm – 10 pm.

The Kankakee Grille New Buffalo will be open weekly from Sunday through Thursday from noon – 9 pm, with the bar open until 10 pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from noon – 10 pm, with the bar open until 11 pm. More information is available at this link: