Issue 131
March 17-23, 2003
Volume 3
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New York-New York Opens New Irish Pub and Restaurant This July

Massachusetts Senator Proposes Gaming Mecca

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New York-New York Opens New
Irish Pub and Restaurant This July

LAS VEGAS - New York-New York Hotel Casino will soon be home to America's most ambitious Irish pub with the July 2003 opening of Nine Fine Irishmen. Imported directly from Ireland, this authentic Irish pub will feature the best of Irish drink, food, music and entertainment.

Inspired by a group of nine extraordinary Irishmen in the 1800s who led lives of great adventure and achievement, Nine Fine Irishmen celebrates their passion for Ireland, joy for life, and sense of adventure. With a location overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, the interior of the 9,000 square-foot pub will be as genuine as the food, by replicating in fine detail the styles of pubs found across Ireland with Victorian bars, cottage areas and shop style snug. Designed by the Irish Pub Company and built by Ireland's craftsmen with Irish materials, Nine Fine Irishmen will literally be a slice of Ireland transported to the Las Vegas Strip

"Our goal was to make it genuinely Irish -- in bricks, mortar, food and entertainment," said Thomas J. McCartney, Sr. Vice President of Marketing for New York-New York. "Nine Fine Irishmen will be a place to relax, have fun and enjoy the Irish spirit and camaraderie."

Nine Fine Irishmen also will showcase the diversity of genuine Irish food and ingredients. The menu is a collaboration of nine of Ireland's finest chefs from restaurants across Ireland. Each chef will provide their signature dish using only natural Irish foods and fresh ingredients. An exceptional variety of Irish stouts, lagers, and creamy ales such as Guinness, Beamish and Murphy's Red will be available and premium Irish spirits also will be offered.

Music and entertainment are an essential part of the Nine Fine Irishmen experience. Uniquely Irish song, dance and storytelling will blend with the hum of lively conversation to create the ideal Irish pub ambiance.

Nine Fine Irishmen is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and drinks. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., the bar is open from 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 24 hours Friday and Saturday, and dinner is served from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Private dining rooms are available for parties and business functions seven days a week for lunch or dinner.

New York New York Hotel Casino

Inspired by the famous landmarks of New York City, New York-New York Hotel & Casino features 12 New York-style skyscrapers showcasing 2,023 guest rooms and suites, a 150-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, a Central Park-themed casino, five fine-dinging restaurants including Gallagher's Steakhouse and Il Fornaio, the new ESPN Zone, legendary comedienne Rita Rudner, the spooky improv comedy BOO! and the thrilling Manhattan Express
roller coaster.

Massachusetts Senator Proposes Gaming Mecca

/Boston Globe/ - BOSTON, MA – With talk percolating of selling the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center and bringing casino gambling to Massachusetts, a key state senator is floating a novel idea: Do both at once, by letting a developer transform the Hynes into a gambling mecca in the heart of Boston.

"If we're really going to maximize revenue for the Commonwealth, then why not do a casino at the Hynes?" said state Senator Michael W. Morrissey, who is cochairman of the Government Regulations Committee, which has authority over gambling-related bills. "You get more money from this one idea, upfront, one time, and they could be up and running in a year."

The state could sell the Hynes and a casino license to the highest bidder, thereby helping the state cope with its fiscal crunch, said Morrissey, a Quincy Democrat. Although casino operators would probably jump at the opportunity, it would mean a vast change in character for one of Boston's toniest neighborhoods, and Morrissey said any such idea would have to be approved by the city's voters.

But Morrissey said the proposal could gain currency due to the budget shortfall and wide reluctance to discuss new taxes. Morrissey said selling the Hynes and a casino license could net the state more than $500 million, with tax revenue from gambling coming on top of that.

"He said the vast floor space of the Hynes would easily accommodate a casino, and with the new convention center in South Boston scheduled to open next June, some lawmakers have said the state should unload perhaps its most expensive piece of real estate. The hotels and restaurants that typically surround casinos are already there," Morrissey said, "and the city would benefit greatly from a piece of the taxes, as well as the jobs a casino would generate."

In addition, the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard, the state's only federally recognized Indian tribe, continues to look for a casino site in southeastern Massachusetts. Even with a deal on a site, however, the tribe will need state approval before opening a casino.

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