Set to debut in late 2016, the 125,000-sf MGM National Harbor will continue to enhance the expanding National Harbor area, located along the Potomac River outside Washington, D.C. Not only will the 308-room casino resort feature 27,000 sf of meeting space, 125,000 sf of gaming space and a 3,000-seat theater, it will have several innovative dining options for groups and a permanent collection of art on display.
Jose Andres will open his first seafood restaurant, featuring a menu of locally sourced ingredients and fresh seafood, including sushi or tempura bars. Attendees will be able to enjoy views of the interactive kitchen stations seated at communal tables in the main dining room. Marcus Samuelsson will open his first D.C.-area eatery, serving up a menu of Ethiopian and Swedish cuisines inspired by local East Coast flavors; however, his signature whole fried chicken will also make an appearance on the menu. Maryland natives Bryan and Michael Voltaggio will also open a contemporary steakhouse at the new resort.
Created by HKS Architect Eddie Abeyta, MGM National Harbor’s design draws from the nation’s historic monuments as inspiration. It will also feature a permanent collection of art situated throughout the resort’s public spaces. Three, 60-foot stainless steel figures of the Unity sculpture will greet attendees at the hotel entrance, while a 7-foot-tall Cinderella Shoe will provide whimsy in the property’s retail promenade.
The property is the latest in a slew of developments at National Harbor, including the recently opened AC Hotel National Harbor and Capital Wheel—both of which feature group offerings that continue to attract meetings to Prince George’s County, Md.