I can feel that pandemic corner being turned. Massachusetts has seen a big jump in revenue and visitation. CT’s two casinos have seen an uptick as well. Casino weekend crowds are growing, and our casinos are opening up more and more in line with state recommendations. Restaurants are reopening and new ones are opening. Four examples are the New Dining Options at the Sun and Encore.
Mohegan Sun Introduces Tao
According to Christopher Arnott of the Hartford Courant, “Everything about TAO, a 10,000-square-foot pan-Asian restaurant at Mohegan Sun, is larger than life. There hasn’t been this much anticipation for a restaurant opening since Encore Boston Harbor opened. TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge offers a distinctive culinary experience in the most dramatic setting Mohegan Sun has to offer. Guests can choose from a selection of Asian-inspired specialties, focusing on Chinese, Japanese, and Thai techniques and ingredients.
If interested, TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge is open 7 nights a week at 5:00 pm. Reservations are highly encouraged. TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge accepts reservations 30 days in advance. For parties of 5 or more, a credit card is required to secure your reservation. Tables are restricted to 8 or fewer guests.
“Nothing we’ve ever done has been on this scale. From a restaurant perspective, people will come from all over the region to eat at TAO. This is a world-class offering.”Mohegan Sun President and General Manager Jeff Hamilton.
Artful Asian-influenced modern design, its pan-Asian menu, and a modern upbeat dinner-party atmosphere have made it well-known across the country. There are five other TAO restaurants, all in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Now the Mohegan Sun Resort Casino in Uncasville has one.
Related Hartford Courant Article – TAO restaurant is now open at Mohegan Sun
Under the Radar at Mohegan Sun – MEZZE MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE
Mezze Mediterranean has opened across from the winter escalator in Fidelia’s Food Court. It’s a “fast-casual” concept offering various Mediterranean favorites, including Gyros, Bowls, Platters, Fresh Pita Bread, Grilled Chicken, Pork Souvlaki, Roasted Lamb, Salads Fried Falafel, and Baklava. Click here for their menu. Momentum members can use Choice Credits can at this restaurant.
Encore Adds Two Dining Options
As Encore Boston Harbor continues to expand its resort offerings, the company has opened a new dining and lounge venue. The Harbor Lounge will feature small plates, shareable dishes, and nightly entertainment.
The cocktail menu will include Boston-inspired drinks such as The Charles and the Dirty Water. The lounge will also feature and rotate signature drinks seasonally. The beverage menu also includes abundant wine, beer, and spirit options.
Harbor Lounge will be open Thursday from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 3:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Phase two, planned for this summer, will expand the dining area and menu options, as well as include a stage, allowing for a more robust entertainment lineup. For the full menu, click here.
Night Shift Brewing Kitchen & Tap
You will find elevated interpretations of classic pub fare created by executive chef Kyle Bradish. Also, this venue will offer an extensive list of Everett-based Night Shift Brewing’s locally crafted beers. Add hot onion rings, pork belly banh mi, and steak tips to round out this menu, and you have a winner.
The craft beer list includes more than 20 beers on tap and an extensive selection of canned beers and seltzers. For more information, click here.
Related Post – New England Casinos Support the Local Food Industry
Summary – New Dining Options at the Sun and Encore.
Additional dining options are reopening, such as Ox Pub at the Oxford Hotel & Casino in Maine and TAP Sports Bar at MGM Springfield. More will follow.
As the song goes, “The sun will come out tomorrow…” and you can start right now with a napkin in your lap and food in your tummy. Remember, Mother’s day is just around the corner.
Binbin and NETimeGambling.com
Robin T. Aubin (AKA Binbin at NETimeGambling) has been a guest on Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast, The Bettor Life Podcast, The Art in the Game Podcast Springfield, Massachusetts. as well as ZorkCast with Michael Trager.As the founder of NETimeGambling. He has tried to provide a resource for recreational gamblers featuring New England’s expanding casino market events, gambling promotions, and entertainment. Additionally, as a professional musician for over 50 years, he has performed in some New England’s best venues, namely Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den, Foxwoods’ Atrium Lounge, and Twin River’s Lighthouse Bar & Lounge.
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