BarWest Gaming L.L.C. is a casino development group led by Marian llitch, and Michael Malik. Together, Ilitch and Malik developed the MotorCity Casino in Detroit. Mr. Malik has also worked to develop the Little River Casino in Manistee Michigan (Little River Band of Ottawa Indians) and the Bay Mills Casino Resort in Brimley Michigan (Bay Mills Indian Community). They are also working with the Shinnecock Indian Nation to develop a casino/resort in New York.
Marian Ilitch is now the sole owner of MotorCity Casino, the largest and most successful women-owned casino in the nation.
Marian Ilitch has been recognized as one of the most successful businesswomen in the country.
Marian and her husband Mike Ilitch formed Ilitch Holdings to manage their primary business interest in the food, sports and entertainment industries. These ventures include: Little Caesar Enterprises, the Detroit Red Wings NHL hockey team, Olympia Entertainment, historic Fox Theatre, Olympia Development, and a variety of venues within these entities.
In addition, Mike Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers major league baseball team.
Relationship with Barstow and the Los Coyotes:
BarWest’s relationship with the City of Barstow and the Los Coyotes dates back to 2001. The city was looking for a way to boost their economy with an enterprise that could take advantage of their location on the main route to Las Vegas. The Los Coyotes were looking for a potential location for a casino that would allow them to have an economic enterprise that was close enough to allow tribal members to work but not in an area that would compete with other Tribal Casinos.
Working together as a team, the Los Coyotes and the City selected the best location for the casino and signed a Municipal Serves Agreement (MSA) in 2004. In 2005, they successfully negotiated a compact with the state of California. In 2006, the Tribe submitted their fee-to-trust application with the Department of Interior. In 2007, their compact expired before it could be approved by the state legislature and their application could be approved by the Department of Interior.
BarWest will continue to assemble a team of legal, business, government affairs and communication experts to assist the Los Coyotes and the City of Barstow to receive the necessary state and federal approvals for their casino project. Once approved, BarWest will assist the Tribe in developing and operating the casino resort.