Big $$$ for Grambling

Grambling’s Bingo Palace is on the road to success! Conveniently located in the Old Grambling Plaza, it is an environment for individuals seeking a place to relax or seek excitement.
Owners Kyle Kershaw and Brett Sulzer have not only created an establishment where adults ages 21 and older can pass time pleasantly, but also an environment that allows adults ages 18 and older to enjoy a bingo game.
Mayor Martha Andrus said the Bingo Palace brings in more revenue for the city, additional people, and gives the residents a place to go for enjoyment without traveling far.
A woman at the neighboring motel expressed her joy for the place that is “friendly, has a staff that is eager to help.”
“There are no fights,” she said. “It offers pleasantries to not only the younger crowd but the elderly, and it pays off well.”
The “pleasantries” not only include the bingo and casino rooms, but there is a room for the concession stand. There are multiple tables for lounging, eating and playing card/board games. This room is equipped with a pool table and TV.
The hours of operation for the casino are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
The regular call bingo sessions are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and at 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Bingo call sessions are also available outside of the listed times for charities hosted by Pi Tau Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Pinkie C. Wilkerson Life Development Center, Grambling National Alumni Association, Greater North Louisiana Development Center, and Ludley McCall Williams American Legion Post 593. The times for the charity sessions are posted on the bingo room’s wall.
Call Bingo is $5 for a pack, including a bingo dapper ($1) and the sheets to play ($4).
A regular attendee, Toni Smith, says, “It’s a lot of fun. It’s sociable. We come for the fun not the money.”
Mayor Martha Andrus, when asked about past businesses that have closed in the city of Grambling and whether the Bingo Palace would follow the same path, she stated that she certainly hopes not and that the city of Grambling doesn’t need to lose any more businesses. She said that while the previous lost businesses are truly missed, she wants other businesses to become available in the community.
She noted that the profits for most businesses will increase when students return to Grambling State University for the fall semester.
Since its official grand opening on July 4, the Bingo Palace is off to a great start.