SPRINGFIELD, MASS. (February 21, 2018) – When MGM Springfield – the $960 million resort and casino from parent company MGM Resorts International – debuts on August 24, 2018, it will unveil a diverse culinary portfolio headlined by award-winning Chef Michael Mina’s Italian coastal concept Cal Mare. The highly anticipated property also will debut original MGM Resorts’ restaurants including The Chandler Steakhouse, South End Market and TAP Sports Bar. With this delicious lineup, alongside curated retail, indulgent spa facilities, high-energy gaming and a myriad of entertainment, MGM Springfield will become a destination experience for New England.
“When our doors open, guests will find a resort that blurs the line between food and entertainment, and we can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve been working on,” said MGM Springfield Vice President of Food & Beverage Anthony Caratozzolo. “We set out to design a destination where guests will feel comfortable, return frequently and be able to enjoy different amenities each time, from casual lunches to celebratory dinners.”
MGM Springfield’s culinary portfolio will include:
Award-winning celebrity Chef Michael Mina will introduce a must-experience restaurant to the New England dining scene with Cal Mare, an Italian concept evoking the vibrant seaside elegance of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. With accolades including James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage” inductee in 2013, Gayot Restaurateur of the Year 2011, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year 2005 and more, Mina continues to dazzle the culinary world with bold dining concepts. For Cal Mare, Chef Mina and MINA Group are collaborating with San Francisco’s Chef of the Year Adam Sobel, for whom the concept has been a passion project for several years.
Cal Mare will welcome guests with an approachable and convivial ambiance, and celebrate the best of coastal Italian cuisine while featuring bountiful East Coast ingredients. Seafood from the Mediterranean and Pacific Ocean will be essential menu offerings, as well as fresh handmade pastas and brick-oven pizzas. Charcoal grilled fish, crudos and lighter Italian cuisine will inspire the restaurant’s colorful menu, while the beverage program will spotlight coastal Italian wines and an extensive list of Amari including house-made limoncellos and craft cocktails.
The restaurant is largely influenced by Chef Sobel’s journey throughout Italy, visiting the regions of Lazio, Campania, Sicilia and Puglia, as well as the hillsides just outside of Rome.
The Chandler Steakhouse
The name and location of The Chandler Steakhouse hold a special place in Springfield history. The restaurant is located in the former Union House Hotel – later renamed The Chandler Hotel – which was preserved as part of the development of MGM Springfield and incorporated into the new resort. Guests will savor the finest seafood and steaks at The Chandler Steakhouse, which will be helmed by Hell’s Kitchen season 14 winner, Meghan Gill. The restaurant will offer cuts of meat made with 100 percent Midwest Angus beef that has been dry aged in-house for 21 days. Guests will watch their dinner as it is prepared over an open mesquite charcoal broiler through a glass-walled kitchen serving signature dishes such as northwest salmon, whole steamed lobster or a tomahawk ribeye. Before or after a meal, visitors will be invited to grab a cocktail in The Chandler’s chic bar and lounge area, where a curated mixology program will entice revelers with creative libations.
South End Market
Adding a gourmet twist to the classic food hall, the bustling South End Market will feature a variety of quick-casual dining spots that deliver big on quality and convenience. Located off Main Street, the Market will house Wicked Noodles, a pan-Asian restaurant; Jack’s Lobster Shack, offering lobster rolls and New England-style clam chowder; an all-American eatery at Bill’s Diner; and healthy options at the Hearth Grill. Additionally, guests will be able to sit and sip at a Wine & Cheese bar or satisfy their sweet tooth at a Gelato & Espresso counter.
TAP Sports Bar
Building off the success it found at MGM Grand Las Vegas, MGM Grand Detroit and MGM National Harbor, TAP Sports Bar will make its mark on Downtown Springfield and serve up even more entertainment than its predecessors. With a 10-lane bowling alley, arcade and beer garden, TAP will deliver an unparalleled entertainment experience for sports enthusiasts. Fans can keep up with live game action on state-of-the-art HD TVs, as well as a massive video wall featuring 32 screens that can operate individually or as one giant image. Hundreds of hand-selected, vintage memorabilia pieces will be displayed prominently in the bar and dining areas, all carefully chosen to represent the surrounding area’s deeply rooted sports history.
Adjacent to the sports bar, TAP’s arcade and bowling alley will be energetic and eclectic gathering spots for gaming, drinking and socializing. The space also will house a playful area featuring vintage video games, billiards, shuffleboard, air hockey and foosball.
TAP will serve up delicious Springfield-inspired menu items ranging from TAP’s Hall of Fame Burger, signature Wings and Reubens. Beer aficionados will appreciate the vast varietals on tap and draft at TAP’s beer garden, which also will showcase local brewery partners.
MGM Springfield will be New England’s first luxury integrated resort and casino. The property will usher in a new era for Springfield, honoring the city’s rich heritage while introducing a thrilling hospitality destination to the region. Weaved into the fabric of Downtown Springfield, many of MGM Springfield’s dining venues will feature convenient entrances off Main Street.
Additional details will be announced in the coming months. For more information, visit the MGM Springfield Newsroom or mgmspringfield.com.