Celebrated Chef Wolfgang Puck And MGM Grand Detroit to open Two New Restaurants
Detroit, September 4, 2012 – MGM Grand Detroit, the city’s premier entertainment destination, announced today they will once again partner with one of the world’s most celebrated restaurateurs. Master Chef Wolfgang Puck will be rejoining the property with two new restaurants – Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina and Wolfgang Puck Steak.
“It’s great to return to Detroit and to the MGM Grand,” said Wolfgang Puck. “I have a long-standing relationship with MGM Resorts International and strong partnership with MGM Grand Detroit. Detroit has a lot of great restaurants and it’s an excellent place for us to be. We’re looking forward to bringing two new concepts to locals and visitors.”
“This is tremendous news for both MGM Grand Detroit and the city,” said Steve Zanella, general manager of MGM Grand Detroit. “We are constantly listening to our guests, reviewing our product offerings and reinvesting in our property. We are very excited to partner again with Wolfgang for the openings of his new restaurants.
Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina will offer guests a warm and inviting atmosphere in a comfortable setting with an approachable menu. The restaurant will pay tribute to Italy through house-made pastas and specialty dishes and is complete with Italian favorites including antipasti, salads, and enticing entrees featuring meats and fish. The menu will feature nearly one dozen of Puck’s signature oven baked pizzas. The beverage list will complement the menu’s Italian flavors and will include a comprehensive selection of Italian wines, domestic and international beers and specialty cocktails.
Wolfgang Puck Steak is a new concept, developed specifically for MGM Grand Detroit, and will become the place to see and be seen in Detroit. A contemporary steak restaurant, Wolfgang Puck Steak will offer guests steakhouse favorites with Wolfgang’s signature style. The menu will provide broad appeal with a large assortment of grilled steaks and meats, shellfish and roasted whole fresh fish plus a selection of sauces and side dishes to accompany the entrees. The dynamic beverage program will feature an international wine list with robust red wines and vibrant white wines plus artisan, custom-crafted cocktails.
“Both of our restaurants will be led in the kitchen by Chef Marc Djozlija,” said Puck. “Working with a Chef like Marc is great. He’s a talented chef and a great businessman. And, he’s born and raised in Detroit so he knows the people and the city very well.”
Djozlija is the former chef of Wolfgang Puck Grille and a more than 10-year veteran of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. He began his career with Puck in 1992, joining the opening team of Wolfgang’s famed restaurant Spago in Las Vegas.
Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina will inhabit the space that is currently occupied by SALTWATER and Wolfgang Puck Steak will be in the space now housing BOURBON STEAK, both operated by Chef Michael Mina.
“After five successful years and at the completion of their contract, the Mina Group and MGM Grand Detroit have mutually decided to pursue new opportunities,” said Zanella. “We have greatly enjoyed our relationship with the Mina Group and thank them for their contribution to our success.”
About MGM Grand Detroit
The only Forbes Four Star hotel and spa in Southeast Michigan and AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel, MGM Grand Detroit is the city's first and only downtown hotel, gaming and entertainment destination built from the ground up. The hotel features 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 opulent corner suites. Guests enjoy signature restaurants by world’s pre-eminent celebrity chefs, casual restaurants, lounges such as a relaxed piano-style bar, high-energy nightlife, and the only resort-style spa in Southeast Michigan. More than 30,000 square feet of meeting space hosts everything from large corporate events to intimate black-tie affairs. MGM Grand Detroit is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International™ (NYSE: MGM). For more information, visit www.mgmgranddetroit.com or call toll free at (888) 646-3387.
Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group
Wolfgang Puck’s legendary name carries an undeniable cachet, synonymous with a bold, innovative school of cooking that redefined fine dining in America and around the world. His trademark dishes, coupled with his unmistakable panache and passion, have revolutionized the culinary industry. The award-winning restaurants include Spago (Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Maui and Beaver Creek); CUT (Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Marina Bay Sands Singapore, 45 Park Lane London); Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air (Los Angeles); Chinois (Santa Monica); Postrio Bar & Grill (Las Vegas); Trattoria del Lupo (Las Vegas); Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill (Las Vegas and Los Angeles); Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina (Las Vegas); Wolfgang Puck American Grille at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City; The Source by Wolfgang Puck at the Newseum in Washington, DC; Five Sixty atop Reunion Tower in Dallas, TX and WP24 at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. For more information, please visit www.wolfgangpuck.com.
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