Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel will provide guests with an additional culinary option with the announcement that the acclaimed BRIO Tuscan Grille will open at the property in early-2012. BRIO, which translates from Italian to mean “full of life”, is a renowned Northern Italian restaurant that will bring its unique brand to Harrah’s Cherokee as part of the property’s $633 million, three-year expansion program.
BRIO will introduce the attributes of a Tuscan country villa to Cherokee, NC, with decorative interior features like antique hardwood Cypress flooring, arched colonnades, hand-crafted Italian mosaics, antique doors, hand-crafted walls covered in antique Venetian plaster, Arabescato marble imported from Italy, and sizable wrought-iron chandeliers.
Known for its authentic Northern Italian specialties, BRIO will feature a hard wood infused pizza oven and oven-roasted steaks, chops, fresh fish and made-to-order pastas. Small Tuscan “bites” will also be offered, along with an extensive wine list with a large Italian offering served by the glass. Lunch, brunch and dinner menus will be available in a casual, yet elegant environment and an atmosphere reminiscent of an old world Taverna. Designed to seat approximately 400 people, the 12,000+-square-foot restaurant will offer a patio-like environment, main dining room, chef’s table, large bar area, and two private dining rooms.
“Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel is the perfect setting for BRIO Tuscan Grille,” stated Darold Londo, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the property. “In keeping with BRIO’s motto fashioned after the Tuscan philosophy that ‘To Eat Well, is to Live Well,’ Harrah’s Cherokee provides our guests with an exciting, interactive resort environment for enjoying the best things in life,” he noted.
BRIO Tuscan Grille is the third new restaurant announced as part of the Harrah’s Cherokee portfolio of new restaurants to be introduced as part of the property’s expansion roll-out. Paula Deen’s Kitchen and retail shop will open in late-2010, and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse will debut Fall of 2011.
– Source: Harrah’s Cherokee release