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Last week’s reopening of the Jackpot Restaurant for curbside service at Glacier Peaks Casino resembled the facility’s grand opening years ago as hundreds of vehicles lined up for meals they didn’t have to cook themselves.

After nearly a year, the Blackfeet Tribe’s casino and hotel reopened last week for limited services. The Jackpot Restaurant, Glacier Grind Coffee Shop and Glacier Peaks Hotel were included in the reopening, with the eatery offering curbside service on the first evening, Thursday, Jan. 14.

“It looked like the Grand Opening of the whole casino,” said Jostin Lawrence, Marketing Manager/Director at Glacier Peaks Casino. “The picture doesn’t do it justice – they were lined up to the traffic circle. There were more than a thousand orders, and that was a problem because our output capacity is limited.”

For now, the Jackpot Restaurant and Glacier Grind are open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday while the Grind is open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

Online ordering is available at www.glacierpeaks-casino.com., and while Jackpot is curbside service-only, the Grind will accept up to two customers, wearing masks, at a time inside.

Jackpot and Grind officials also ask that customers doing business in their vehicles also wear masks to ensure the safety of the service personnel.

The Glacier Peaks Hotel is now open 24/7 and is introducing a new online booking system at www.glacier-peakscasino.com for making reservations. Visitors are asked to wear masks, and their temperatures will be taken at the door.

“It’s a new technology,” Lawrence said, “and we’re learning as we go. There’s lots of changes to adjust to and to correct, and we’ve been working all day to get back to people who had problems.”

Rough spots aside, the Browning community is clearly pleased to have one of its iconic locations begin to return to normalcy.

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