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San Manuel Band Adds First Restaurant to its Development Project

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The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians added the first restaurant, Mi Cocina, to its 12-acre mixed-used development project, San Manuel Village in Highland, California.

Mi Cocina, the Tex-Mex restaurant owned by the M-Crowd Restaurant Group, served Highland customers in its old Church St. location for 20 years, reported the Highland Community News.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians' real estate development division has gradually turned the land near its reservation into viable commercial property featuring a a Hampton Inn & Suites hotel and conference center, retail space, offices and now a restaurant. The St. Bernardine’s Hospital Urgent Care opened in April, and the SportsWatch Bar and Grill will open in June.

"The coming year marks a major milestone for San Manuel, as we work to bring new businesses to the Village, resulting in new jobs, dining options and services for this region," Chairman James C. Ramos said in a press release.

The tribe’s economic expansion efforts originally began in 1986 with San Manuel Indian Bingo, which has since expanded to a full-blown casino with entertainment, dining, shopping, its membership-based Club Serrano, and many forms of gaming: bingo, slots, poker and table games.

With San Manuel Village, the tribe aims to foster job growth and provide local business and retailers with a convenient, easily accessible, highly visible location for profitable commerce. Its other goal is to increase the economic stimulus in its ancestral territory, which encompasses the majority of San Bernardino County, stated the news release.