by Toni Parker-Johnson
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Saturday, November 21, Bobby Flay, world re-knowned chef, restauranteur, television personality and cookbook author, hosted a private party for more than 200 guests for the opening of his new restaurant Bar Americain. Bobby’s 276 seat restaurant is located at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville. The restaurant features European brasserie fare. Also featured are many spirits reflecting the commitment to all things American, including a variety of bourbons (which is his favorite). Bobby says he now has 10 restaurants, with this being the second Bar Americain. The first one opened in New York in 2005. Mohegan Sun is also home to Bobby’s fourth Bobby’s Burger Palace (BBP) which opened there on July 1, 2009. BBP presents Bobby’s love for the grill in his extensive selection of burgers inspired by America’s regional flavors and traditions. You can also find that the bar list is the only place he moved away from the (All American) theme, by including wines from all over the world.
The menu includes American regional cuisine, with dishes inspired by Native American tradition, a hint of Southwest flair, and a little Southern touch. The guests enjoyed the evening as they sampled the non-stop appetizers that were passed around. These included some of his specialties like lobster-avocado cocktail, tuna tartare on a potato chip, to name a couple.
Mitchell Etess, President and CEO, Mohegan Sun, graciously took time to pose for a photo and stated, “We’re really excited to be bringing this product in now.”
Amongst the many guests, was Bobby’s wife, Stephanie March (an American actress, best known for her portrayal of Alexandra Cabot in the television series (Law & Order, SVU New York), and his mother, Dorothy Flay.
Also in attendance was architect David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group, who designed Bar Americain by incorporating the design of the original Bar Americain in New York City with the theatrics of Mohegan Sun. At 11,500 square feet, the facade of the restaurant faces the hotel lobby, Casino of the Sky, and Taughannick Falls.
Bar Americain’s bar and lounge, also located off the hotel lobby, is open seven days a week from 11:00am until closing. The restaurant is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday from 5:00pm until 11:00pm and Friday and Saturday from 5:00pm until midnight.