The project is an Italian steakhouse with the working name of Bistecca By Scott Conant, planned as part of the Montreign Resort Casino development on the site of the old Concord resort hotel on Kiamesha Lake, near Monticello.
Parent company Empire Resorts Inc. today made its presentation, including architectural renderings, videos and economic impact statements, to the New York Gaming Facility Location Board in Albany in its push to win one of four Upstate casino licenses the state will award this year.
Another Empire subsidiary owns and operates the Monticello Casino & Raceway harness track complex.
Empire has planned the resort casino as the centerpiece of what its new marketing program calls “A Catskills Destination Reborn.” It is part of the larger 1,700-acre Adelaar project, a proposed $1 billion, four-season destination resort.
The Montreign portion of it is designed to be an 18-story casino, hotel and entertainment complex with an 80,000-square-foot casino containing 61 table games, 2,150 slot machines and 391 guest rooms.
Overall, Adelaar will include an indoor waterpark hotel and adventure park, a Rees Jones-redesigned “monster” golf course, an Entertainment Village with shopping and entertainment venues, and outdoor facilities for snow tubing, zip lines, bike paths and hiking trails.
All it needs before starting construction is, of course, the gaming license. It already has signed agreements with labor unions for construction work, with SUNY Sullivan County to develop a training program to prepare graduates for work at the planned casino and resort, and it has the support of the Town of Thompson board which has recommended license approval to the state.
“I’m excited to be working with Montreign," Conant said, "because our shared vision for the Catskills is to create a dining destination in an area that I have always loved visiting and is just a few hours from my home.
“At Bistecca, we will source our ingredients from the region as much as possible, offer a global wine list, and deliver a dining experience that will delight our guests whether they are looking for classic steakhouse dishes or Italian classics. The menu will be a true testament to the bounty of the Hudson Valley.”
Conant recently ended his involvement with Scarpetta, a restaurant in New York's trendy Meatpacking District. However, he remains affiliated with Scarpetta restaurants in Las Vegas, Miami Beach and Los Angeles.