Michael Mina is out at the MGM Grand in Detroit: two Mina restaurants, Saltwater and Bourbon Steak, will shutter now that the San Francisco-based chef's five year contract with the hotel/casino is complete. In his place, Wolfgang Puck will open two restaurants, Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina and Wolfgang Puck Steak. Both restaurants will be run by chef Marc Djozlija, who has been with Puck's dining group for over ten years and was on the opening team for Spago Las Vegas. Here's a press release:
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."
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