Rise and ‘Shrine’ for MGM Grand at Foxwoods

Dana Barbuto

Boston-area nightclub owner Ed Kane is trading in the surf and sand for sushi and Geisha girls. And, he’s hoping lady luck is on his side. Kane’s latest endeavor is a 20,000-square-foot Asian-inspired nightclub, lounge and dining venue called Shrine and it opens May 17 at the new $700 million MGM Grand at Foxwoods.

Kane runs Big Night Entertainment and owns The Estate in Boston, as well as Hingham restaurants Tosca, Cafe Tosca and Stars. His club WaterWorks in Marina Bay opens May 29 recast as the Marina Bay Beach Club.

With a vibe that is hip and cool, Shrine is like a Tao at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

“Shrine is only a nightclub two nights a week,” Kane said. “The rest of the time it’s a restaurant and lounge. During those two nights we may have dancers and other Los Angeles-Las Vegas-style talent, like DJs and maybe a Geisha girl parade.”

The opening weeks at Shrine will see a star-studded lineup with celebrity hosts Brody Jenner, Dave Navarro and Carmen Electra and DJs AM and Scribble spinning songs, Kane said.

Shrine will accommodate 1,200 patrons on its two floors, which include an outdoor terrace overlooking the pool.

Calling the food “sexy,” Kane said he picked an Asian theme because “it’s the best way to marry a great restaurant and nightclub. Asian food lets you do that. It relates well to group dining.”

Though he said he’s not an Asian chef, Kevin Long, the executive chef at Tosca in Hingham, is the man behind the menu at Shrine.

“It’s just a matter of digging deeper,” said Long, who’s been at Tosca 13 years. “I’ve always been a fan of Asian food. Asian cuisine is some of my favorite things to eat.”

Long said he’ll take the same approach at Shrine as he does at Tosca – using fresh, local ingredients to do creative foods influenced by different regions. Some dishes will be miso soup and rangoon, both with lobster.

“I’ve got this great lobster purveyor in Hingham and I will have the lobsters shipped in twice a week,” Long said.

Having a meal at Shrine, Long said, will be an experience.

“You go to the casino to have a great time and Shrine is going to be an unbelievable tool in that experience.”

Kane said the 225-seat restaurant is on a mezzanine level that sits on top of the nightclub.

“It’s very high-end with comfortable spaces. In the nightclub alone there’s 300 seats to eat or to sit and hang out with friends,” Kane said. “There are lots of retreats. Even going to the bathroom is a Zen-like experience.”

Like a Vegas club, Shrine will have a bottle service. Expect to pay $300 to $500 for a bottle of liquor like Grey Goose or Patron. The most expensive is Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac at $4,000 a pop. A personally engraved bottle of Johnny Walker Blue runs $1,000.

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