New casino is set to open at Mohegan Sun
Publicists for Mohegan Sun, a gaming complex in Uncasville, Conn., said that Project Horizon, the facility's third major expansion, is scheduled to debut next week.
Mohegan Sun said in a press release: "On August 29th, one of the largest gaming facilities in the world will get a little bigger as it opens the first portion of its $925 million expansion, the 64,000 square-foot Casino of the Wind, which will offer a 42-table poker room, more than 650 slot machines, 28 table games, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, and Chief’s Deli - a quick-service restaurant."
In other words, as Massachusetts politicians mull over what to do about gambling in the Bay State, a Connecticut rival appears to be evolving into an even more formidable competitor.
The new Connecticut facility broke ground in June 2007, and Mohegan Sun added that Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is set to open Sept. 29. According to its website, Margaritaville appears to be part dining destination, part theme park.
Connoisseurs of strong drink take note: Festivities to mark the expansion's opening include plans to unveil an eye-popping new cocktail.
The gaming facility said in a press release: "During October, Mohegan Sun will also introduce a new signature drink Windswept. The commemorative drink goes for $15.00 and is a blend of two special hand-crafted spirits – Bull Dog Gin and St-Germain Elderflower liqueur – mixed with a dash of Pama liqueur, pomegranate juice, and garnish served over ice with a topping of Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne."
(By Chris Reidy, Globe staff)