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Posting date: July 13, 20,23, 07h43.

Last updated: July 13, 2023 at 07:43h

Mohegan is bringing one of the world’s most recognizable and popular sports stars to South Korea by way of its forthcoming integrated casino resort called Inspire.

Michael Jordan Mohegan Inspire South Korea
Guests at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut wait to be seated at Michael Jordan’s Steak House. Mohegan will bring MJ’s Steak House to South Korea as part of its Inspire resort, which is expected to open by the end the year. (Image: TripAdvisor)

Mohegan, formerly Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, is the commercial business arm of the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut. Mohegan also operates two casinos in Ontario. Mohegan additionally operates two casinos in Ontario.

The company’s biggest and most significant investment to date outside of the US is in South Korea where Mohegan for several years has been constructing an integrated resort at the Incheon International Airport — the primary air hub for Seoul.

Expected to open before the end of the year, Inspire will feature three five-star hotels with 1,275 guestrooms, a 15,000-seat multipurpose arena, meeting and events facilities, retail shopping, an abundance of entertainment and dining, and a foreigner-only casino.

MJ to South Korea

Mohegan announced this week its initial restaurant lineup for Inspire, and the portfolio is highlighted by one of the biggest sports superstars on the planet.

Mohegan says Inspire will offer a Michael Jordan’s Steak House and MJ23 Sports Bar & Grill. Both concepts come from the Cornerstone Restaurant Group, a longtime partner of Mohegan in Connecticut.

Jordan, a six-time NBA champion and five-time MVP, has steak house locations at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and at the Ilani Casino in Washington, the latter also being run by Mohegan. Cornerstone will also bring two original concepts to Inspire – Hi-Fi Chicken & Beer, and Brasserie 1883. The Brasserie 1783 concept is French-inspired and features a hot air balloon bar. It also has a large patio. The “1783” refers to the first hot air balloon flight occurring that year.

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Mohegan has enjoyed such a remarkable and productive relationship with Cornerstone Restaurant Group and we’re so thrilled about this new venture we’re working on for Mohegan Inspire,” said Ray Pineault, president & CEO of Mohegan.

Pineault added that Michael Jordan’s Steak House and the MJ23 Sports Bar & Grill are two of the most popular restaurants at Mohegan Sun.

“To bring these two concepts to South Korea, along with brand-new concepts as well, is very exciting,” Pineault added.

Inspired Amenities

Mohegan officials hope to attract more than four million guests each year to Inspire. Along with the hotels and casinos, Inspire will feature a year-round indoor water dome, an outdoor family park, a spa, a fitness complex, a family park, and an immersive “digital street” that illuminates every half-hour.

The indoor aquatic playground spans more than 100,000 square feet and will feature “an exotic, nature-filled pool environment under a glass dome.”

More restaurant announcements are also expected. The integrated resort at Mohegan Sun has over 40 dining options, ranging from quick casual to fine dining.

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