Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa Announces Opening of New Restaurant Concept

The Rez Grill to Offer American Fare Helmed by Newly Appointed Creative Culinary Director, Frank Anderson

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 Tampa, Fla. – (November 1, 2017) – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa announces today their newest food and beverage concept, The Rez Grill, slated to open on December 14, 2017. Tapped to develop the 120-seat American grill concept is the newly appointed Creative Culinary Director, Frank Anderson, whose pedigree includes running the kitchens at James Beard-awarded, Los Angeles-based restaurants, Animal and Son of a Gun.

“This restaurant will set the culinary tone for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and we’re so excited that Frank Anderson will be at the helm,” said Dawn Lazo, Vice President of Food & Beverage. “Frank cooks from the heart, has worked alongside some of the best in the industry and his food is delicious, yet unpretentious. His addition to the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa team further cements Tampa Bay as a true foodie destination.”

Anderson and his team have curated a thoughtful menu that offers diners a wide variety of elevated comfort food favorites.  From a classic lobster roll to an all-American burger, the menu is simple in its approach with locally-sourced and sustainably farmed ingredients acting as the star.  “My cooking style is straight forward and approachable,” says Anderson. “Classic technique, done right by using seasonal, high-quality ingredients.”

Additional menu highlights will include Grilled King Crab Legs brushed with garlic butter and served with a grainy mustard butter sauce, chimichurri and grilled bread; Lobster Thermidor with sherry béchamel, shiitake mushrooms, fontina cheese and served with a watercress salad and grilled lemon; house-made Cavatelli Bolognese topped with an herb ricotta and rapini; and Chicken Liver Pâté served with a lingonberry compote, radish-herb salad and grilled bread.

Equal dedication will be shown to the beverage program with four micro-breweries on tap, three of which are local to Tampa. Mixologists will create made-to-order drinks using house-made syrups and juices.

The 5,000-square-foot interior will be a creative collaboration between designer Lawrence Lee Associates and architect Klai Juba Wald. Modern and rustic details will be juxtaposed with design features including driftwood beams and of-the-moment mosaic tiles. Banquets and communal tables will give way to an open kitchen that will feature a Jade wood-burning grill with burning cherry wood coming directly from Florida.

About The Rez Grill

The Rez Grill will be located in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa at 5223 North Orient Road Tampa, FL 33610 and will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, please call 813-627-7625 or visit us online and via FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the premier entertainment destination of Central Florida. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the property is one of the most successful and largest casinos in the world. Located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa, the casino features high stakes table games, thousands of the hottest slot machines as well as a new smoke free slots area offering more than 850 popular games. Additionally, there is a new state-of-the-art Poker Room featuring 46 tables and a new art deco-inspired Mezzanine Level Casino with more than 500 premium and high limit slots. The hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated and offers six award-winning Zagat-rated restaurants, including the fine dining venue Council Oak Steaks & Seafood. The only place to rock one’s body and soul, Rock Spa® & Salon, is also available along with a plethora of VIP services. For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online and via FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

About Hard Rock International

With venues in 73 countries, including 178 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Phnom Penh, Cairo, Wroclaw and Chengdu. New Hard Rock hotel, casino or hotel-casino projects include Atlanta, Atlantic City, Berlin, Budapest, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York City, Davos, Ottawa, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

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