Seven Clans Casino

Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Project Objectives

The Red Lake Tribe wanted to update their gaming floor and restaurant to better reflect the tribe's culture and local Minnesota surroundings. The casino gaming floor was to represent the warm lodge style of the area, while the restaurant was to be transformed into a vintage "Malt Shop" theme with a unique modern influence.

Casino Design - Seven Clans Casino gaming floor design, by I-5 Design.

Design & Planning

A lodge-style theme was developed for the gaming floor, using a color palette of terra cotta and midnight sky blue, which were then instilled into the decor elements. Using 21st century technology, the original '50s-style design for the Malt Shop was preserved and revitalized.

Gaming Floor:

A massive, internally illuminated octagonal ceiling feature set in a medallion, custom internally illuminated mica chandeliers, two-toned birch tree mural bands with stained wood trim and accent lighting, rustic river rock columns, and wood grain wall coverings, directional and area signage

Triple Sevens Malt Shop:

Vintage car bodies converted into signature sofas, a vintage jukebox and “gas can” gumball machine, custom printed and framed artwork and menu boards, retro upholstery with polished chrome accents, a new curved front counter with specialty wood and metal facing, two-toned checkered flooring


Build & Install

I-5 performed the transformation in phases, to make certain there was little interruption to the casino’s operations.

Many of the specialty décor, lighting and signage elements were prefabricated in I-5’s production facility. Collaboration among the project manager, shop foreman, and install supervisor ensured that each phase was transitioned with ease. The manufacture phase was complete in just under a month, and the elements were shipped on-site to be implemented throughout the space.

The existing location had a very dated look with white walls, faded carpet and bright white lighting and lacked warmth and efficiency. As the new casino design plan was executed and the decor elements installed, the casino started to become the welcoming destination that the Red Lake Tribe had envisioned. Each phase included a complete transformation of the walls, ceilings, columns, lighting, HVAC and electrical modifications, along with specialty décor elements.

Restaurant Design - Photo of the renovation of the Malt Shop at Seven Clans Casino.
Casino Design - Seven Clans Casino new Malt Shop entry, by I-5 Design.

Finished Project

With an exciting new vitality and elegance, Seven Clans casino has enjoyed increased customer flow and revenues. The manufacture and on-site installation were completed in just three months.

While each area of the gaming floor was being upgraded, specialty partitions were put up to hide the construction and maintain a clean environment, enabling patrons to continue gaming throughout the entire project. In addition, the “Malt Shop” restaurant was completely transformed to provide a classic 1950s-era, classic car-themed dining venue.

From “concept to completion,” the I-5 team designed, manufactured, and installed the décor plan on-site in less than three months, ensuring the integrity of the design vision throughout.