News for the Hospitality Executive
Famed New York Eatery - Junior's - to Open
at MGM Grand at Foxwoods in 2008
|MASHANTUCKET, CT (September 12, 2007) – A new culinary
destination is rising in southeastern Connecticut with today’s announcement
that Junior’s Restaurant, the landmark New York eatery famous for its legendary
cheesecake for more than 50 years, will open at MGM Grand at Foxwoods in
spring 2008. The first Junior’s to open outside of New York City
is just one of four highly anticipated restaurants set to debut at the
luxury resort casino, a group that also includes celebrity chef Michael
Schlow’s Italian restaurant, Alta Strada.
“Junior’s is an iconic brand, synonymous with New York, and we’re delighted to bring it to MGM Grand at Foxwoods,” said John O’Brien, president of Foxwoods Resort Casino. “This is just another example of how we are raising our culinary profile at Foxwoods while also elevating southeastern Connecticut to the forefront of the East Coast dining scene.”
Located off the resort’s main lobby, the 250-seat, 8,100-square-foot Junior’s, will accommodate guests for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A full bar, take-out counter and bakery will also be available. For those guests seeking a quick fix while gaming, a 600-square-foot Junior’s Coffee Bar will be conveniently located on the main casino floor.
Upon entry into Junior’s, diners are greeted with a wealth of Brooklyn imagery, Junior’s artifacts and a showcase of the restaurant’s legendary desserts. Taking a “little bit of Brooklyn” into southeastern Connecticut, architect Jay Haverson of Haverson Architecture and Design has created an homage to Junior’s home borough. Depicted in oversized murals along the walls are iconic images from Brooklyn past and present, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Ebbets Field, the Dodgers and the famed Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island. A pave of crystal ball lightings hang from the ceiling at varied lengths, illuminating the dining spaces and enhancing the retro-1960s décor.
“We’re thrilled to open our first restaurant outside of New York City at such an exciting destination as MGM Grand at Foxwoods,” said Alan Rosen, third generation co-owner of the storied restaurant chain. “This venture is a great opportunity for us to expand the Junior’s brand by partnering with another iconic institution.”
Junior’s landmark restaurant located in Brooklyn, NY has been known as the “home of New York’s best cheesecake” since its founding. Junior’s at MGM Grand at Foxwoods is the fourth location of this coveted restaurant establishment and will serve the same menu that consumers have craved since 1950. Not only will patrons delight their taste buds with tempting cheesecakes, but they will also find a menu of hearty comfort food. From Brooklyn Style Buffalo Wings and Colossal Shrimp Cocktail to traditional sandwiches, reubens, steaks and salads, there is something on the menu for everyone. “Junior’s Famous Barbecue” menu of chicken, seafood and ribs will also be available along with the “Most Fabulous Chef’s Specialties” such as Hungarian Beef Goulash, Brisket of Beef, Baked Meat Loaf, Chicken or Shrimp Parmigiana and Linguini with Jumbo Italian Meatballs. Just remember to leave room for dessert!
Founded by Harry Rosen in 1950, Junior’s is now a third generation family-run business with grandsons Alan and Kevin at the helm. The Brooklyn institution, renowned for cheesecake so rich and creamy it makes tough men swoon, has been dishing out its overstuffed deli sandwiches, cheeseburgers, blintzes and skyscraper desserts from the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb Avenue since 1950. The 440-seat space serves 4,000 customers a day and sells approximately 5,000 cheesecakes per week, ranging in weight from 5 ounces to 5 pounds. To celebrate its 50th anniversary a second location – in Manhattan’s world famous Grand Central Terminal – opened in May, 2000, to cater to the millions of commuters who travel through this famed transportation hub. In 2006, Junior’s made its Broadway debut, opening its Times Square location. In addition, more than 2,000 cheesecakes are sold per week via mail order (1-800-9-Juniors), and Junior’s World Famous Cheesecake is currently the #1 selling food product from New York on the QVC Shopping Network.
In March of 1999, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani honored the founder, who passed away in 1995 at the age of 92, by renaming DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues Harry Rosen Way-Cheesecake Corner. Over the years, a cavalcade of actors, politicians, athletes and royalty have savored Junior’s cheesecake. For more information, visit www.juniorscheesecake.com.
About MGM Grand at Foxwoods
The highly anticipated MGM Grand at Foxwoods will feature 825 luxurious guest rooms, 115,000 square feet of meeting space, a 4,000-seat Performing Arts Theater, 21,000-square-foot spa, celebrity chef restaurants, high-end retail and a state-of-the-art casino when it debuts in May 2008. Adding another distinctive gaming and entertainment destination, the new MGM Grand at Foxwoods will be Connecticut’s third largest resort casino, evocative of the Las Vegas landmark: grand in every sense; classically elegant and refreshingly one-of-a-kind. The must-see MGM Grand at Foxwoods will enjoy the same amenities as Foxwoods Resort Casino, including access to Lake of Isles™, featuring two, 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Rees Jones and a state-of-the-art Golf Academy. The property is easily accessible from Boston, New York, Hartford and Providence. For more information, call 1-866-MGM-0050 or visit www.mgmatfoxwoods.com.
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|Also See:||Chef Michael Schlow Planning a 2nd Alta Strada at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods / July 2007|