New Casino on Main St.
Posted by Patty O. (+220) 11 years ago
What does everyone else think about the new casino...I mean by the size of the building? It's blocking The Main Streest Grind, as you drive down Main you wouldn't have a clue there's an eating/ coffee shop on the other side until your ready to pass by. It's a beautiful building now being blocked by yet another casino.
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Posted by souix (+301) 11 years ago
It looks similar in size to the building that was there before the fire.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
I agree Patty. Compared to the plans that were drawn up a few months back and placed on the forums... This new building is basically the old cellar. Just with a deck.
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Correction, I am wrong. This building IS the render we saw earlier this year...



[This message has been edited by Josh Rath (11/19/2010)]

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Posted by Steve Allison (+981) 11 years ago
Actually it is the Main Street Grid that is breaking with traditional placement of Main Street building. If you look at the rest of the buildings, they all are set just off the sidewalk. I believe the new building itself is less square feet then the old Cellar. New one now two stories all the way to the back, no basement and it doesn't go as far back as the old building.
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1437) 11 years ago
In places around here, where the eatery is set back so far like the Grind is, a fenced-in patio during nice weather is often enjoyed by most patrons. I wonder if they couldn't build something similar out front? At least during the cold months you could still see a fence, planters, etc.?
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Posted by David Schott (+17044) 11 years ago
Main Street Grind does have outdoor seating in front with a fence that is at the sidewalk line.
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Posted by Steve Allison (+981) 11 years ago
I hope no one thinks I am saying the Main Street Grid is wrong to be where it is. I just meant that they were the ones to to break with tradition and move back. The front patio may be very good for business and I doubt the new building will hurt their business. Really good food speaks for itself and brings in the crowds.
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Posted by BD (+330) 11 years ago
Like we need another Casino, I think as far as the Building goes it will be fine, it will give the Grind some need shade. But who wants another casino, anything but a casino.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 11 years ago
It is replacing the Casino that burned down. shrug
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Posted by Steve Allison (+981) 11 years ago
Just a reminder, it is a replacement casino not a new one. That spot has held a casino for, I think, at least 20 years. And no I am not saying we need casinos, I don't patronize and would love to see other businesses come to town. This is just a bit of history reminder.
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Posted by Carol S (+247) 11 years ago
From what I understand, the replacement "Cellar" will be serving food, the original "Little Big Man Pizza." It will be nice to have another place downtown to have lunch.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14950) 11 years ago
From what I understand, the replacement "Cellar" will be serving food, the original "Little Big Man Pizza."


Hopefully that includes canadian bacon and tomato topped pizza's. Yum!
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Posted by Skye (+380) 11 years ago
They are trying to bring back the historic Cellar Casino. Not damage any business's. Every one was upset when the fire occured. I think it's a nice idea to bring back the history. But is it really bringing back history like they intended or just bringing back a business. They can't make the Cellar the way it used to. No underground tunnels or basement. And I think it's more along the lines of really being unnecassary, kindof like Stockman Bank buying all these buildings and expanding. What do they need 4 buildings for?
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
Don't forget Stockman also owns a lot on Haynes for a Drive Up.
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Posted by spacekace (+895) 11 years ago
Did you know that Miles City is the main hub for all Stockman Bank's in Montana? Most everything is ran out of Miles City.... There is much more to a bank than what you see on the outside, it's quite amazing at all of the "stuff" that goes on, and the people required to operate a bank...besides loan officers, and tellers...

I think at one time and possibly still, Stockman Bank employed the second most people in Miles City, with Sanjel being #1?
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Posted by miles town native (+48) 11 years ago
No, I believe Holy Rosary is the largest employer in Miles City with 300 to 400 employees. Sangel only has around 100.
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Posted by spacekace (+895) 11 years ago
Yes, forgot about Holy Rosary. I did some research, and found this flyer to be interesting...

http://www.ourfactsyourfu...Custer.pdf

It shows the top 15 private employers in Custer County on page 4. Although it does not show exact numbers, puts them in classes. It looks like Holy Rosary does come in at number 1, with a class size 7, meaning 250 to 499 employees. Stockman Bank and Sanjel both are class size 6, meaning 100 to 249 employees. Walmart is also class size 6.... There are also many places class size 5, which is 50 to 99 employees (McDonalds, Town Pump, Comfort Inn, EMI etc...) (This info from 2009)

Also, I found this article which was published in the Miles City Star explaining what all those buildings at Stockman Bank are used for....

https://www.stockmanbank....ort%201010

They are expanding, and I believe it's great that it's happening in Miles City. They could have chosen to build and move operations to a larger town, like Billings, but operations, training etc. for all of Stockman's bankers is happening right in Miles City.

I never realized there were so many places that employed as many people in Miles City....until you think about it!
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Posted by Former (+186) 11 years ago
The Cellar Casino isn't "just another casino" to those of us who have frequented the restaurant portion of the establishment over the past few decades...

I'm glad to see it being rebuilt. I'm no friend of the Miles City Casino Phenomenon, but I give the Cellar a pass.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2305) 11 years ago
Former... You realize the "food" part of the cellar is now just a Pizza Parlor, right?
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Posted by Former (+186) 11 years ago
Well, I guess I did not realize that. I've been out of the loop for some time. Where is the pizza parlor located? (same building?)

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Posted by Dustin Lynam (+188) 11 years ago
Casinos are not a "bad" thing.. I and several of my co workers are employed full time because of casinos.. and Mr. Leidholdt. People will gamble..1 casino or 9 casinos its here to stay. I work during the day shift and it is a good social time for seniors to have coffee and visit while playing their dollar.
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