BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Mint Gaming is in the process of expanding with a satellite gambling site near the Greenwood Mall in Bowling Green.

What You Need To Know

  • Mint Gaming, a popular entertainment venue in Franklin, is expanding to Bowling Green

  • Original proposal to build a standalone gaming site was denied

  • The new proposed site will be around half the size of the Franklin site

  • The plan is to have it up and running by the end of the year

Simulcast sports betting and new slot machines will be part of the expansion. The original expansion plan was denied earlier in the year by the Planning commission of Warren County.

Director of Marketing John Wholihan is looking forward to the now potential new move.

“We’re excited to be there with a physical presence having a building a little smaller than in Franklin," Wholihan said. "Most importantly, it will bring a lot of new employment opportunities.”

Around 100 or so new jobs will be part of the expansion, which will also feature a bar and restaurant. Bowling Green Mayor Todd Alcott said he's a little concerned about the move for the city. 

“Local matters the most and what people want and what they desire," Alcott said. "So we will see if we can meet with them see how they want to grow in our community how they want to contribute towards our infrastructure where it is good growth, not just growth overall."

The new site will be around 45,000 square feet. Wholihan said Bowling Green is home to a large consumer base that could benefit from Mint Gaming. 

“Bowling Green is important to us already, and we know that from the customer base that comes down to Franklin," Wholihan said. "Our team member base many of us live in the Bowling Green area it’s the third largest metropolitan area, so it makes sense to be there.”

Alcott said local officials didn't have much say in the matter. Despite that, his goal is to have a positive working relationship with the casino. 

"You can be upset over what happened, or we can look forward and try to make this thing work," Alcott said.

The site is expected to be up and running potentially by the end of the year.