Letters and numbers are now being called at Harmony Bingo’s new location at 330 Entrance Drive in New Haven.
The Tsuleff family had operated Harmony Bingo at New Haven Plaza since November 2017. In September they completed the move to the former American Legion Post 330, which also houses the family’s 330 BBQ.
Mathew Tsuleff, who manages the bingo hall with his father, Pete, and brother, Tom, said, “We purchased the American Legion property earlier this year with the intent to move the bingo hall here after getting the restaurant/bar established. It opened in April and food from the restaurant is available to our players. Food was not served at our former location.”
“This location, though somewhat smaller than the New Haven Plaza building, has a number of advantages,” he said. “There are 173 parking spots dedicated to our restaurant and bingo clients. Food service is available and everything is under one roof. We can seat 156 people, which is about 100 fewer than the other place.”
The new location’s original opening date was to have been Sept. 15, but Tsuleff said staffing shortages at the Indiana Gaming Commission delayed transferring the license. “We’re grateful to Gaming Commission staff for working with us to help fast-track our application so we could open our doors Sept. 23,” Tsuleff said.
Pete Tsuleff has been operating bingo halls in the Fort Wayne area for the past 20 years. He managed the American Legion Post 47 bingo hall before opening the one in New Haven Plaza. His sons Mathew and Tom worked with him.
“Our goal,” he said, “is to cover our expenses and raise money for our Toma Foundation, which has donated $130,000 to community projects and organizations during the past calendar year and a total of $470,000 since November 2017.”
Funds from the foundation have been distributed to Power House Youth Center and St. John the Baptist Church resource room in New Haven; FW22, which is an organization that helps veterans; Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, which also helps veterans; The Shepherd’s House; St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen; Bedrock Youth Academy; Paul’s Place: Support for Families; and Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne.
Harmony Bingo is open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings. Doors open at 3 p.m. and bingo begins at 6:15 p.m. and play runs to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays with two 15-minute intermissions. Sunday play begins at 5:15 p.m. and closes at 8 p.m. Each session includes three special games with bigger cash prizes. In addition to bingo, players can buy a Queen of Hearts raffle ticket for $1 with the opportunity to win $5,000.