Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment’s (MGE) flagship Connecticut property, Mohegan Sun, has partnered with TAO Group Hospitality for the opening of its highly-anticipated new venue, TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge. The 10,000 square-foot, 300-seat Pan-Asian restaurant is located off of Sky Tower’s hotel lobby and will open its doors to guests today, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge is a distinctive and memorable culinary destination for all guests looking to treat their taste buds and further enliven their evening.
“We are looking forward to welcoming guests to TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge, where epicureans and thrill-seekers alike who visit our property will enjoy an elevated experience that blends unforgettable food with a dynamic energy that can’t be found anywhere else,” said Jeff Hamilton, President and General Manager of Mohegan Sun. “As the premier entertainment destination in the Northeast, we are constantly looking for world-class partners to up the ante and deliver exceptional entertainment to our visitors – TAO is a brand that does just that, and we are excited to welcome them to the Mohegan portfolio.”
The kitchen is helmed by TAO Group Hospitality Partner and Chef, Ralph Scamardella, who oversees a menu of premium Pan-Asian fare. Guests can dine on offerings from the sea, sky and land, with signature dishes that have become synonymous with the TAO brand, such as the Satay of Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Wontons, Peking Duck, Crispy Snapper in “Sand,” and the highly-lauded Tuna Sashimi Pringle. Curated for Mohegan Sun guests, TAO has added a special Surf and Turf menu item featuring a 32 oz. prime Tomahawk steak, salt and pepper lobster, hand cut noodles and chili garlic sauce. Additionally, TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge’s beverage program caters to Asian tastes with creative, approachable craft cocktails and a robust sake program.
“TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge is our sixth iteration of the renowned Tao Group Hospitality brand, and our new location combines cutting-edge culinary and cocktail trends with the spirited atmosphere of Mohegan Sun,” said Ralph Scamardella, Partner/Chef of Tao Group Hospitality. “Visitors will discover an innovative mix of unconventional fare that guests have come to expect from TAO. We are thrilled to embark on this journey with tremendous partners like Mohegan Sun at our side.”
The new restaurant at Mohegan Sun will feature 300 seats and several notable TAO fixtures that guests have come to expect from the iconic brand, including private dining options, the Ink Lounge, sushi bar, and of course the 16-foot-tall Quan Yin statue anchoring the main dining room. In compliance with Mohegan Sun’s elevated health and safety measures, TAO Asian Bistro & Lounge will open at 50 percent capacity to ensure proper social distancing. Hours of operation will be Sunday – Thursday (5 p.m. – 10 p.m.), and Friday – Saturday (5 p.m. – 12 a.m.).
Furthermore, this newest property will continue to sustain TAO’s ongoing support of City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue operation combatting food insecurity. Through TAO and Mohegan Sun’s partnership with City Harvest, the organization will continue to provide more than 4,800 delicious, nutritious meals to hungry New Yorkers and countless hours of employment to those in need.