Wolfgang Puck Express eatery part of popular regional entertainment destination’s
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack is developing a restaurant concept by internationally known legendary chef Wolfgang Puck as part of the popular regional entertainment destination’s $12 million expansion, set to open in late October.
$12 million expansion to open in late October
The 102-seat Wolfgang Puck Express will feature the chef’s most popular dishes and other classics in a fast-casual setting. The menu includes Puck’s signature, hand-crafted gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, soups, and fresh salads, including his famous Chinois Chicken™ salad.
Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack is the first Wolfgang Puck Express location in New York state outside of New York City.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring the incredible cuisine of Wolfgang Puck to the Rochester and Finger Lakes regions,” said Chris Riegle, president and general manager of Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack.
“The addition of Wolfgang Puck Express is a signature part of our expansion and will help enhance Finger Lakes as a great entertainment destination. It’s the perfect complement to our extremely popular Vineyard Buffet, Platinum Grille and Tim Hortons outlets,” Riegle said.
Also being added is Remedy, a new feature bar, providing seating for 147, an 18-foot (220-inch) high-
definition projection screen, 22 televisions, stage and dance floor. An expanded players club, coat check and back-of-the-house office space round out the amenity additions.
The $12 million expansion represents the largest project at Finger Lakes since the addition of video gaming machines in 2004. The nearly 33,000-square-foot addition will accommodate space for 350 additional machines, bringing the venue’s total to 1,549.
At Wolfgang Puck Express, patrons can place orders at a counter and then relax while a server brings their orders to the table. The menu is still being finalized; however, a sampling of some of the dishes on the menu includes:
- Chinois Chicken Salad – Crispy wontons, cashews, ginger & sesame honey dressing
- Four-Cheese Pesto Pizza – Goat cheese, mozzarella, fontina, parmesan with fresh and sun-dried tomatoes.
- Roasted Turkey Club Sandwich – Avocado jardiniere, bacon, red onions, romaine, tomatoes, remoulade.
- Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf – Mashed pottos, port wine sauce, crispy onion strings.
Finger Lakes worked with LSE Architects of Minneapolis to create a comfortable, contemporary design for the restaurant that complements the Wolfgang Puck Express brand. The expansion includes a new kitchen and brick pizza for the new restaurant.
Delaware North Companies, a global hospitality and food service company that owns and operates Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack through its gaming and entertainment division, operates two Wolfgang Puck Express restaurants at Los Angeles International Airport through its travel hospitality services division. Delaware North Companies is based in Buffalo.
Wolfgang Puck Express Positions Available
Finger Lakes is seeking employees to fill a variety of positions for the Wolfgang Puck Express, including cooks, pizza cooks, bartenders, servers, kitchen supervisors and other back-of-the-house staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply at http://www.fingerlakesgaming.com/Employment.aspx
About Wolfgang Puck
The name Wolfgang Puck is synonymous with the best of restaurant hospitality and the ultimate in all aspects of the culinary arts. The famous chef has built an empire that encompasses three separate Wolfgang Puck entities: Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, Wolfgang Puck Catering, and Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc. For more information, visit www.wolfgangpuck.com.
About Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack
In operation since 1962, the facility added gaming to its offering in 2004 with a $10.5 million expansion. Nearly two million visitors annually now visit the facility highlighted by nearly 1,200 gaming machines, the 448-seat Vineyard Buffet, as well as live and simulcast thoroughbred racing. A nearly 33,000-square-foot expansion featuring additional gaming space, feature bar and new restaurant is currently under construction and slated to open in the fall of 2013. Casino doors open at 8 a.m. and racing doors open at 11:30 a.m. daily. For more information, visit www.fingerlakescasino.com.