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Foxwoods nightclub honored by magazine

14 February 2012

MASHANTUCKET, Connecticut -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- SHRINE Asian Kitchen, Lounge and Nightclub at Foxwoods Resort Casino has made Nightclub & Bar's "Top 100" list, the hospitality industry's only revenue-based ranking of the nation's leading nightclubs and bars.

Owned and operated by Boston-based hospitality leader Big Night Entertainment Group, the 21,000-square-foot restaurant, lounge and nightclub at the Foxwoods Resort Casino & MGM Grand at Foxwoods, made the list for the third straight year. The Asian-themed restaurant and lounge, located in North America's largest resort casino, offers fine dining, Las Vegas-style entertainment, world-renowned deejays and dancing. At number 31, SHRINE is the only venue in New England included on the prestigious list.

"We're thrilled to make Nightclub & Bar's list again and honored to be among the country's most successful and popular venues," said Ed Kane, Big Night Entertainment Group Partner. "The award is a true testament to our hard-working employees, who -- night after night -- strive to create a fun, luxurious and personal experience for all of our loyal customers."

This nod for SHRINE follows a busy and successful year for Big Night, which opened the acclaimed Red Lantern Restaurant & Lounge in Boston in June of 2011. As a provider of top dining and nightlife experiences, Big Night is committed to maintaining their market leadership with high concept entertainment venues, while continuing to build and expand on their strong culinary roots. Shrine and Red Lantern evoke the sights, smells and cultures of Asia through highly stylized environs combined with bold menus designed by Executive Chef Kevin Long that profile unique flavors and the freshest ingredients to create an enticing experience for diners and critics alike.

"Since opening SHRINE in 2008, we've moved non-stop, opening a new property almost every year," Chef Long said. "And we'll continue our growth in 2012, as we look for even more ways to provide our customers with serious dining and unparalleled entertainment experiences. It's so rewarding to see all of our hard work and efforts recognized."

Chef Long, who serves as Executive Chef for all Big Night Entertainment Group's properties -- SHRINE, High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge and The Scorpion Bar at Foxwoods; Red Lantern in Boston; and Tosca in Hingham, Mass. -- will continue to showcase his culinary chops as he leads Big Night in opening two new restaurants in Boston in 2012 with partners Ed Kane, Joe Kane and Randy Greenstein. GEM, a 130-seat European-style restaurant and lounge inspired by the opulence of Jacques Garcia's famed Hotel Costes, will open in Boston's midtown in March. A flagship property for the group will open in Boston's Seaport this summer.

Kane said he looks forward to another stellar year of growth and success for Big Night, which employs close to 400 in its New England properties.

"We thank all of our customers -- and particularly our SHRINE patrons -- for making us one of the country's most successful hospitality companies. Your patronage, loyalty and support make our growth possible, and we look forward to many more years of bringing you exceptional dining and entertainment experiences."

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