ED KANE (of the Estate and the
Marina Bay Beach Club) are opening Shrine, a
restaurant/nightclub in the MGM Grand at Foxwoods on May 17. Investors include
Red Sox co-owner TOM WERNER and KISS
108’s MATT SIEGEL.
Just a month after the new MGM
Grand at Foxwoods celebrated a Las Vegas-style
opening that drew celebs from Alicia
Keys to Kim Kardashian,
local nightlife magnates Ed
and Joe Kane, who own
the Marina Bay Beach Club and Estate in the
Alley, hosted an opening party of their own
Thursday night for their contribution to the MGM
complex, the Asian-themed Shrine.
Their VIP host, "Dancing With
the Stars" beauty Karina Smirnoff,
was in good spirits despite recently confirming
her split with former dance partner
She spent most of the night
greeting fans and hanging near Shrine partner
at the bash were
chefs Ming Tsai and
Herb Chambers with his
McCourt Construction boss
Rich McCourt, Kowloon owner
Stanley Wong, Rain
nightclub owner Anthony Decotis,
Kane brothers cohort Randy
Greenstein, bread guy
Joe Piantedosi, and KISS 108's
Chris Tyler and
The party continues tonight at
Shrine with an appearance by "Entourage" star
Kevin Connolly, who was
linked to Smirnoff's "Dancing" pal
Julianne Hough last year.
Shrine Nightclub at the MGM Grand
Shrine MGM GRAND Investor KISS 108’s
And the Kanes’ WaterWorks club in Quincy
reopens — and goes more upscale — May 27 as the
Marina Bay Beach Club.
Hub players back MGM club
Despite Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to open
three resort casinos in Massachusetts, a group of Hub business leaders is making
a big bet on the success of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods.
Local nightclub impresarios Ed and Joe Kane
have partnered with a who's who of the Hub's most successful business people and
inked a deal to open an Asian-themed restaurant and nightclub at the Connecticut
casino's $700-million MGM Grand project.
The Kanes' partners include Red Sox co-owner
Tom Werner, car czar Herb Chambers, Kowloon's Bobby Wong, Granite City
Electric's Phyllis Godwin and KISS 108 DJ Matt Siegel.
The Kanes have high hopes for the $10 million,
20,000-square-foot venue named Shrine.
"It's great to see a lot of people in the
Boston community have embraced the nightclub," said Foxwoods spokesman Saverio
Mancini. "It's an opportunity to give Bostonians a taste of home at the MGM
Major League Baseball, which has rules
prohibiting team owners from also owning casinos, signed off on Werner's
investment because there will be no slot machines or other gambling at Shrine.
Chambers said he's happy to be partnering with
"He has high integrity, knows his stuff and is
at the top of his game" when it comes to the entertainment business, Chambers
"It's an unbelievable opportunity for us,"
said Ed Kane, who operates restaurants and nightclubs in the Boston area,
including The Estate in the Hub, Waterworks in Quincy and Tosca in Hingham.
"We've assembled a great team. . . . We're trying to reinvent the nightclub
scene on the East Coast."
The two-level Shrine complex will feature a
225-seat restaurant upstairs called the Kitchen at Shrine. The menu, designed by
Tosca executive chef Kevin Long, will have primarily Chinese fare, but will
include sushi as well as dishes with Thai, Cambodian and Korean influences.
The restaurant will have an open kitchen, a
bar, a fireplace and a balcony overlooking the pool.
The downstairs nightclub and lounge will
extend from the casino floor to a patio by the pool area.
"We are the energy for the casino," said Ed
Kane, adding that Shrine will be the only nightclub at MGM Grand at Foxwoods.
"They're bringing a little bit of Boston to
Foxwoods and southeastern Connecticut," he said.
Or maybe a little more than that.
"We're bringing a little Las Vegas to the
woods of Connecticut," said Randy Greenstein, a principal of Shrine.
Shrine will be one of four restaurants at the
MGM Grand at Foxwoods. Michael Schlow's Alta Strada, Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak
and a Junior's Cheesecake will round out the offerings at the 825-room hotel and
Ed Kane said Shrine will try to "piggyback" on
a 4,200-seat theater being built at the MGM Grand. He hopes performers will come
to the club afterward and bring the crowds with them.
Kane and Greenstein said they aren't
particularly worried about competition from Massachusetts resort casinos.
Rise and ‘Shrine’
for MGM Grand at Foxwoods
By Dana Barbuto
Thu Apr 03, 2008, 09:14 AM EDT
LEDYARD, CONN. -
owner Ed Kane is trading in the surf and
sand for sushi and Geisha girls. And,
he’s hoping lady luck is on his side.
Kane’s latest endeavor is a
nightclub, lounge and dining venue
called Shrine and it opens May 17 at the
new $700 million MGM Grand at Foxwoods.
runs Big Night Entertainment and owns
The Estate in Boston, as well as Hingham
restaurants Tosca, Cafe Tosca and Stars.
His club WaterWorks in Marina Bay opens
May 29 recast as the Marina Bay Beach
vibe that is hip and cool, Shrine is
like a Tao at the Venetian Hotel in Las
“Shrine is only a nightclub two nights a
week,” Kane said. “The rest of the time
it’s a restaurant and lounge. During
those two nights we may have dancers and
other Los Angeles-Las Vegas-style
talent, like DJs and maybe a Geisha girl
opening weeks at Shrine will see a
star-studded lineup with celebrity hosts
Brody Jenner, Dave Navarro and Carmen
Electra and DJs AM and Scribble spinning
songs, Kane said.
will accommodate 1,200 patrons on its
two floors, which include an outdoor
terrace overlooking the pool.
Calling the food “sexy,” Kane said he
picked an Asian theme because “it’s the
best way to marry a great restaurant and
nightclub. Asian food lets you do that.
It relates well to group dining.”
he said he’s not an Asian chef, Kevin
Long, the executive chef at Tosca in
Hingham, is the man behind the menu at
just a matter of digging deeper,” said
Long, who’s been at Tosca 13 years.
“I’ve always been a fan of Asian food.
Asian cuisine is some of my favorite
things to eat.”
said he’ll take the same approach at
Shrine as he does at Tosca – using
fresh, local ingredients to do creative
foods influenced by different regions.
Some dishes will be miso soup and
rangoon, both with lobster.
got this great lobster purveyor in
Hingham and I will have the lobsters
shipped in twice a week,” Long said.
a meal at Shrine, Long said, will be an
go to the casino to have a great time
and Shrine is going to be an
unbelievable tool in that experience.”
said the 225-seat restaurant is on a
mezzanine level that sits on top of the
very high-end with comfortable spaces.
In the nightclub alone there’s 300 seats
to eat or to sit and hang out with
friends,” Kane said. “There are lots of
retreats. Even going to the bathroom is
a Zen-like experience.”
Vegas club, Shrine will have a bottle
service. Expect to pay $300 to $500 for
a bottle of liquor like Grey Goose or
Patron. The most expensive is Rémy
Martin Louis XIII Cognac at $4,000 a
pop. A personally engraved bottle of
Johnny Walker Blue runs $1,000.
czar Herb Chambers, Granite City
Electric CEO and Quincy resident Phyllis
Godwin and Red Sox owner Tom Werner are
among investors. For more information,
Big Night Entertainment
Big Night Entertainment was founded in 2006 by
veteran nightclub owners/managers, brothers Ed and
Joe Kane (Marina
Bay Beach Club), along with media marketing and promotions
expert, Randy Greenstein.
In 2007, the partners brought Christie Leigh
Bellany on board as Managing Partner of new venture, Big Night Promotions, which
offers exclusive promotional models and services to our clients.
The groups latest venture, Big Night Venues,
brings in Kevin Long as Executive Chef for their innovative new nightclub,
Shrine, which opens at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in May of 2008.
Proven leaders in their respective fields, the
Big Night team’s goal was to create a new company that would
up the ante…
offering unparalleled level of service, dedication and expertise.
Opening in May of
2008 at the new MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Shrine is a 20,000-square-foot nightclub,
lounge and stylized dining venue, offering a Las Vegas-style nightlife
experience within a classic Asian-designed interior.
Located directly off
the casino floor, with 85 feet of casino frontage, and adjacent to the
Performing Arts Theater and main ballroom, Shrine will accommodate up to 1,200
patrons within a two-story venue. A 3,000-square-foot, two-story outdoor
terrace overlooking MGM Grand’s luxurious, fan-shaped pool will provide patrons
with alternative space for dining, mingling and dancing.
Shrine will also
feature two private dining rooms, accommodating from 20 to 40 people, a
12-person kitchen and sushi counter and a 225-seat dining room. With more than
20 VIP bottle service tables, a state-of-the art Funktion One sound and DJ
booth, stage and multiple bars, Shrine will be an invigorating and trendy
hotspot and restaurant.
MGM Grand at Foxwoods will Redefine
Casual Fine Dining in New England
ASIAN KITCHEN LOUNGE AND NIGHTCLUB TO BRING
ENTERTAINMENT AND EXCITEMENT TO MGM
GRAND AT FOXWOODS
‘Shrine’ to Offer
Modern Asian-Inspired Cuisine and Las Vegas Vibe in Southeastern Connecticut
MASHANTUCKET, CT (February 8, 2008) – From its state-of-the-art and energetic
sound to its authentic Asian design and décor, Shrine is sure to become a
playground for celebrities, VIPs and guests alike when it opens this May at the
new MGM Grand at Foxwoods. Owned by Big Night Entertainment, the company behind
some of Boston’s hottest nightlife venues, the 20,000-square-foot nightclub,
lounge and stylized dining venue, will offer a Las Vegas-style nightlife
experience within a classic Asian-designed interior.
“We are excited to be partnering with one of the most successful entertainment
companies in the northeast to bring a venue like Shrine to MGM Grand at
Foxwoods,” said Gillian Murphy, senior vice president and general manager, MGM
Grand at Foxwoods. “With this unique nightclub on property, guests can partake
in an exhilarating and lively atmosphere where music, dancing and dining go
hand-in-hand to provide an awe-inspiring entertainment experience unlike any
other in New England.”
Located directly off the casino floor, with 85 feet of casino frontage, and
adjacent to the Performing Arts Theater and main ballroom, Shrine will
accommodate up to 1,200 patrons within a two-story venue. A 3,000-square-foot,
two-story outdoor terrace overlooking MGM Grand’s luxurious, fan-shaped pool
will provide patrons with alternative space for dining, mingling and dancing.
Shrine will also feature two private dining rooms, accommodating from 20 to 40
people, a 12-person kitchen and sushi counter and a 225-seat dining room. With
more than 20 VIP bottle service tables, a state-of-the art Funktion One sound
and DJ booth, stage and multiple bars, Shrine will be an invigorating and trendy
hotspot and the number one diversion for guests of MGM Grand at Foxwoods.
Shrine’s menu will present a modern interpretation of Asian cuisine with a
predominately Chinese feel, while also incorporating Japanese, Vietnamese,
Korean, Cambodian and Thai flavors and spices into the mix. With four menus --
lunch, dinner, bar/lounge and late night dining -- guests of MGM Grand at
Foxwoods will find inspiring fare awaiting them at Shrine nearly every hour of
the day. Individual small plates of mouthwatering favorites such as Ahi Tuna
Tartar, Rock Shrimp Tempura and House Fried Calamari will be served as well as
large plates designed for group sharing, including Chinese Barbeque Pork Rack,
American Wagyu Beef Rib-Eye Steak and Roasted Chilean Sea Bass. There will also
be a focus on creative sushi and sashimi offerings.
“Our goal of creating a fantastic space where guests can indulge in dining, hip
music and intimate conversation will come alive when Shrine debuts at
Connecticut’s newest and most sophisticated resort casino this spring,” said Ed
Kane, founder, Big Night Entertainment. “We feel there is amazing symmetry with
our brand and MGM Grand at Foxwoods and look forward to opening Shrine’s doors
to the property’s upscale clientele.”
A mix of high-profile, Boston- and New York-based investors will contribute
greatly to the success of Shrine at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. These include: Tom
Werner (owner/chairman, Boston Red Sox); Matt Siegel (host, KISS 108); Herb
Chambers (owner, Herb Chambers Automotive); DJ Riz (DJ, Crooklyn Clan); Bobby
Wong (owner, Kowloon and president, Mass Restaurant Association), Anthony
DeCotis (owner, Rain and Town Line Ten Pin), Phyllis Godwin (owner and CEO,
Granite City Electric) and Aaron Sells (principal, Trinity One Marketing).