A Slice of American History Comes to Mohegan Sun

A Slice of American History Comes to Mohegan Sun
Thursday, July 31, 2008, 4:24:20 PM

One of the oldest pizzerias in the United States, Pepe’s Pizza of New Haven, named as tenant for Project Horizon

UNCASVILLE, CT (July 31, 2008) – During a press conference today, Mohegan Sun named one of the first tenants of the Earth portion of the multi-million dollar Project Horizon expansion: Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana of New Haven, Connecticut, one of the oldest pizzerias in the United States.

Known locally as “Pepe’s Pizza of New Haven,” the pizzeria currently has three locations within Connecticut: New Haven, Fairfield and Manchester, and will be opening its fourth at Mohegan Sun in the summer of 2010.

“We are happy to have the legendary Pepe’s Pizza of New Haven at Mohegan Sun,” said Mitchell Etess, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun. “Project Horizon will offer our guests familiar regional and national brands and there is no other pizzieria in the state of Connecticut more recognizable than Pepe’s.”

Design plans are currently underway to determine the exact layout of the 3,800 square-foot dine-in and take-out eatery that will seat approximately 110 and be located in the eastern half of what is currently known as the Earth Food Court located within Casino of the Earth.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with one of the best names in the industry,” said Francis Rosselli, one of Frank Pepe’s grandchildren. “What makes this moment even more special is knowing that we will open this new restaurant 85 years after the original opening in 1925,” said Gary Bimonte, another one of Frank Pepe’s grandchildren. “My grandfather would be extremely proud of this historic moment.”

About Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
Founded in 1925 by Frank Pepe, Pepe’s Pizza of New Haven is one of the oldest pizzerias in the United States. Known for originating the New Haven-style thin-crust pizza, which is baked in coal-fired brick ovens, Pepe’s Pizza of New Haven is particularly known for its innovation of the white pizza topped with freshly- shucked clams.

About Mohegan Sun
Mohegan Sun is currently in the midst of Project Horizon – a multi-million dollar expansion that calls for a new 920-room hotel, featuring 261 House of Blues-themed rooms and an exclusive members-only House of Blues Foundation Room™. The expansion also includes additional retail and restaurant space, and a new 64,000 square-foot Casino of the Wind. Upon full completion in 2010, Project Horizon is expected to add more than 1.4 million square feet to Mohegan Sun’s existing structure.

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States. Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country. More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or by visiting mohegansun.com.