SEPTEMBER 28, 2018
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GAMEWORKS MINNEAPOLIS UNVEILS THE WORKS KITCHEN,
A CHEF-DRIVEN RESTAURANT CONCEPT INSIDE ITS MALL OF AMERICA LOCATION
Eclectic Take on Traditional Bar Fare to Transform Entertainment Concept’s Food Focus.and Guests’ Food Experience
MINNEAPOLIS … September 28, 2018 … GameWorks, Inc., a full entertainment and dining experience millennials, teens and families with seven locations nationwide, announced today the unveiling of its eclectic, chef-driven restaurant concept, The Works Kitchen at GameWorks, at its Mall of America location.
The Works Kitchen at GameWorks was imagined and created by Chef Tony Leitera who brings a 20-year culinary career to his new role as corporate executive chef. Prior to joining GameWorks in January 2018, Leitera collaborated with Guy Fieri on operating and expanding his branded locations.
At The Works Kitchen at GameWorks Minneapolis/Mall of America, guests can enjoy selections from a varied menu that takes a Modern American spin on bar classics while also featuring hearty specialties and healthy options. The upscale food offering incorporates a contemporary approach to traditional favorites across a large variety of appetizers, handhelds (specialty burgers and sandwiches), salads and desserts.
Menu creationsspan, among many others, The Works’ very own “Twists,” an array of Bavarian pretzels; hand-stretched artisanal pizzas; savory snacks, such as buffalo-fried cauliflower; spiced and seared yellow fin tuna sashimi; and, dry-rubbed wings. Handheld specialties include the signature Works burger, a grilled cheese-stuffed 1.5-pound double burger, complemented with Sam Adams BBQ sauce and the notable plant-basedImpossible™ Burger, a popular gourmet vegetarian option.
To top off the meal, there are several extraordinary, mouth-watering milkshakes, such as the Frozen Brunch, a vanilla milkshake which boasts bacon, a Belgium waffle and maple syrup; the Movie Theater, a chocolate milkshake complete with red-rope licorice, caramel popcorn, chocolate candy and whipped cream; or, the Unicorn, a rainbow sherbet milkshake with rock candy and cotton candy, topped with a sugar cone.
“The launch of The Works Kitchen at GameWorks is an exciting development for our entertainment brand. We are placing a strong emphasis on the food we offer our guests, and with our exciting restaurant concept, we are completing elevating their dining experience. The menu at The Works Kitchen at GameWorks Minneapolis/Mall of America features a large selection of items, all done with a modern twist that makes our offering different and incomparable to the typical, traditional food and bar fare found at most entertainment concepts today. We believe there is something for everyone, and our food-forward fare caters to all ages and tastes,” Leitera said.
“At GameWorks, guests can have a complete entertainment experience in which food plays a major role. With this distinctive restaurant concept we’ve created, GameWorks is fast-building a reputation as an entertainment and eSports destination, and stands to soon become recognized for our food as well. Currently, we serve thousands of meals weekly to guests frequenting our restaurants throughout the nation, and The Works Kitchen at GameWorks will now appeal to an even broader audience,” Leitera noted.
GameWorks’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Philip N. Kaplan, added: “We want our guests to enjoy a complete entertainment experience when they come to any of our GameWorks locations, which includes indulging in our restaurant, participating or watching eSports in our eSports Lounges, playing our wide variety of arcade games, and enjoying some of our specialty entertainment options, such as laser tag or bowling. The resurgence of our food offering will further differentiate GameWorks as The Works Kitchen at GameWorks takes food at entertainment concepts to a completely new level.”
Chef Tony Leitera began his culinary career training at Wolfgang Puck restaurants. He went on to open Cafe Deco in the Venetian Hotel & Casino in Macau, China, which features cuisines from around the world. He also was a member of the corporate training and chef team at The Capital Grille Las Vegas before transitioning into the role of executive chef partner at The Capital Grille Indianapolis. Chef Leitera worked with the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil stadium before being was recruited back to his home town of Las Vegas to open Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen + Bar at the LINQ Hotel and Casino. Between 2014-2018, Leitera collaborated with Guy Fieri and his Knuckle Sandwich Culinary team to open other Guy Fieri branded locations.
About GameWorks, Inc. – Mall of America
GameWorks in Minneapolisis in the Mall of America at 401 East Broadway, Bloomington, Minn., 55425, 952-500-8700. The 31,000-square foot GameWorks Mall of America location features 100+ cutting-edge arcade and video games, including many with ticket redemption options, where winners can choose from a wide variety of exciting and fun prizes. Guests can also engage in a one-of-a-kind 12-lane bowling experience, with a black-lit alley, high-energy music videos, private bar and plenty of screens for sports viewing. The locations signature attraction is state-of-the art sports viewing from a 40-foot high-definition video wall, containing 16 60-inch screens. GameWorks is well-known for its redemption and extensive prize offering, smoke-free environment, spacious and customizable private event possibilities and special areas where guests can engage in play from more than 40 classic board games.
About GameWorks, Inc.
GameWorks, Inc. offers a full entertainment and dining experience for millennials, teens and families from seven locations nationwide, including those in Chesapeake, Va., Denver, Las Vegas, Nev., Minneapolis, Newport, Ky., Schaumburg, Ill. and Seattle. Each action-packed location ranges, on average, from between 20-30,000 square feet and features more than 120 of the latest, most popular arcade and video games. Other interactive activities, ranging from laser tag and state-of-the-art bowling alleys to billiards and attractions, are offered at various locations.
GameWorks is recognized nationally for its electronic sports gaming, which take place in its eSports Lounges, attracting 80,000+ guests annually who participate in or watch tournaments.
GameWorks also operates Table Top Tap House, a top-rated, popular restaurant, sports bar and social game hall serving modern American tavern-style food and drinks in San Francisco.