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Foxwoods to Get a Craftsteak, Too

Just a few weeks after David Burke announced plans to open three restaurants in the new MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Craftsteak has planted its own flag. And chef Tom Colicchio predicts a bright future for the new casino. “What’s going on at the MGM at Foxwoods isn’t just a Craftsteak,” he said. “It’s a community of chefs; it reminds me of what was going on at the MGM in Vegas when I first got there. We’re going to put Foxwoods on the culinary map.” The MGM in Las Vegas helped create the current haute cuisine paradise that Sin City has become, but the Craftsteak planned for Foxwoods will be very much in the spirit of the New York original: high-end food with concomitant prices and little in the way of frippery. A chef has not been announced, but current Craftsteak sachem Shane McBride will likely oversee the opening, Colicchio says. Earlier: Why Have One David Burke Restaurant When You Can Have Three?

Why Have One David Burke Restaurant When You Can Have Three?

At the Foxwoods Food and Wine Festival this weekend, we learned that David Burke (one of the event’s headline chefs) is in talks to do not one, not two, but three restaurants for the planned MGM Grand casino. The mulleted superchef, known for his showbizzy creativity, is far along in negotiations to do a David Burke Prime steakhouse, similar in spirit to his place in Chicago; a Burke in a Box fast-food place, twin to the one at Bloomingdale's; and an as-yet-unnamed seafood restaurant, which is the most intriguing of the three. (Despite being a member of the Refined Meathead Hall of Fame, Burke’s most famous creations are his angry lobster and his pastrami salmon.)

Interpretations

20070622heds_small.jpg • Bill Clinton chimes in on the Bloomberg party switch, and he's all smiles about it: "I suppose he just couldn't bear to be in the Republican Party anymore," and he won't affect Hillary's margins. [NYP] • The grad student who drove journalist David Halberstam to his death in a car crash will be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter: The accident happened when he made an illegal turn. [amNY] • Jason Giambi finally admitted to steroid use. He will now meet with MLB steroid czar George Mitchell, thus becoming the only current player to cooperate with the probe. [NYDN] • The Haywards — a wealthy Native American family, who built the Foxwoods casino — say they're being "shunned" and "pushed out" of the 800-person Connecticut tribe. Which makes them the Trumps of the Pequot. [NYT] • And the city credits its "hard-hitting" TV ads (starring Ronaldo the Hole-in-the-Throat Guy) with reducing the local smoking rates to a historic low. Could be that. Or could be the fact that you can't smoke anywhere. [NY Metro]