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MGM Springfield introduces The Chandler Steakhouse

13 Aug 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- As part of the highly anticipated arrival of Massachusetts’ first gaming resort, MGM Springfield will introduce a refined steakhouse experience to downtown Springfield when the resort opens on 24 August. The Chandler Steakhouse – located in the site of the former Chandler Hotel – will be a memorable dinner destination, where guests can indulge in the region’s finest steaks and seafood.

With “Hell’s Kitchen” Season 14 winner Meghan Gill serving as executive chef and MGM Resorts International Corporate Mixologist Craig Schoettler overseeing its cocktail program, the restaurant will offer a contemporary twist on classic dishes and libations.

“The Chandler will be a dining experience that is completely unique to the region yet still reflective of Springfield’s vibrant community,” said Gill. “Guests will have a chance to explore some of the best food this area has to offer in an eclectic, inviting space.”

Honoring the history of Springfield, the restaurant will operate in a space that was once the city’s most popular hotel. After opening in 1846, the Union House was later named Chandler Hotel – a name that would remain until it closed its doors in the 1930s. The property was frequented by many notable officials, including the 11th U.S. President James K. Polk and future President James Buchanan.

The team at Bishop Pass Interior Architectural Design Studio used the stately civic architecture of the nearby courthouse as the inspiration at The Chandler Steakhouse. Oxblood leather-clad seating areas will pay homage to old-world steakhouses of a different era and evoke a comfortable and chic dining room. Upon arrival, a sophisticated bar punctuated by illuminated honey onyx, white marble and rich oak woods will accent an extensive array of hard-to-find spirits.

A Peek at the Menu:

Exceptional Eats:
The Chandler’s menu will bring a little razzle dazzle to steakhouse fare with unique presentations and incredible flavors, all inspired by the surrounding region:
  • Tableside Treatment: The Chandler will serve select menu items through table-side service. From Caesar salads to prime rib cuts aged in-house and fresh desserts made for each individual guest, diners will enjoy a full range of creative courses prepared right before their eyes.
  • Refined Steaks and Seafood: The restaurant’s dinner menu will feature both familiar and nuanced dishes with playful riffs on classic steakhouse meals. All cuts will be aged in-house and locally sourced from New England family farms. Drawing inspiration from the bounty of the regional watershed, the eatery will serve locally sourced seafood such as fresh haddock; bone-in monkfish; a buttery, traditional New England lobster thermidor; and abundant seafood towers with a delectable array of oysters, shrimp, lobster and more.
  • Sweet Treats: Guests can finish their meal with seasonal sweet treats. Local favorites like the Rhode Island-born coffee milk, a combination of sweet coffee syrup and milk, will be transformed into a delicious crispy brûlée. Cherries jubilee will be prepared with world-famous New England cherries and a traditional bananas foster will be prepared table-side for a dramatic finish to the evening.

Creative Cocktails:
Delivering hard-to-find spirits and impressive flavor profiles, The Chandler’s cocktail program will focus on pristinely executed classic cocktails with a modern twist. Guests can enjoy post-dinner decadence by ordering straight from The Chandler’s cordial cart.
  • Dirty Martini Program: The Chandler’s dirty martini program will highlight seasonal vegetables that have been pickled and brined in-house, using the brine as the “dirty” and the vegetable as the garnish. The rustic cocktails will feature different spirits complemented by fresh produce such as heirloom tomatoes, fennel, artichoke, olives, baby carrots and more.
  • Steakhouse Classics: A wide variety of iconic cocktails have been re-imagined for The Chandler. Guests’ favorite drinks will be elevated, such as the Cosmopolitan, using world-famous New England cranberries and Ice Glen Vodka from Berkshire, Mass., or a Lemon Drop Martini with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, Ketel One Vodka and Cointreau.
  • Chandler Signatures: The new spot will serve a selection of creatively designed beverages exclusive to the property. Drinks such as the Maple Old Fashioned with WhistlePig 10-year Rye Whiskey over barrel-aged maple syrup; and a play on a Cable Car using Berkshire gin, fresh lime, mint rose and ice cubes made from cucumbers, will give visitors the chance to sample stunning flavors matched with memorable presentations.
  • Wine: The Chandler also will have a curated wine list, offering one-of-a-kind selections available by-the-glass or by the bottle. A room sommelier will be available to select the perfect complement to the evening’s menu selections.

The Chandler Steakhouse will be open Sunday – Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, visit MGM Springfield online.

MGM Springfield, a $960 million project from parent company MGM Resorts International, marks the first casino resort in Massachusetts.
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