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AMCR Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Maple Steak & Ale Brewery

 

(L to R) Shane Chatelle from AEDA; Emily Lauzon, Assistant General Manager; Todd Papineau, General Manager; Shelley Jacobs, SRMT Sub-Chief; Michael Conners, SRMT Chief; Benjamin Herne, SRMT Sub-Chief; Toby TenEyck, Director of Food & Beverage; Agnes Jacobs, SRMT Sub-Chief; and Scott Loran of Loran's Construction. Photo by MJKS.

July 30, 2018 – The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort held a groundbreaking ceremony for Maple Steak & Ale Brewery. A crowd of roughly 30 attendees, including employees, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe council members, contractors, and media gathered for speeches and ceremonial groundbreaking.

"Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort is proud to be the entertainment destination of the North Country. Our guests enjoy coming to our property because of the friendly atmosphere that our staff provides. The addition of another amenity brings a new level of excitement for our guests," stated Todd Papineau, AMCR General Manager. Maple Steak & Ale is expected to open mid-December. The 1,400 square foot addition will feature over 8 handcrafted beers on tap that will be served throughout the gaming floor. The four barrel system will be producing 160 half kegs of beer per month with the expectation to distribute to local bars, restaurants and convenience stores.

"We are thrilled to deliver a true local beer experience to our guests and to be the first casino in New York State with a Brewery as an amenity. Guests will be able to view the four-barrel SmartBrew operating system through the dining area. A 12-seat bar will be added for guests to come in and taste some of the signature ales on tap as well as a rotating menu of seasonal ales. The beer will also become a component of some the menu items including braised items, sauces and chocolate cake," added Toby TenEyck, Director Food & Beverage.

From the Casino's opening in 1999, Scott Loran, of Loran's Construction has had numerous contracts with the ground up from the first project to the second expansion to the expansion of the Maple Steak & Ale Brewery.

Loran stated, "We take pride in what we do and we hire as many Mohawks as we possibly can. We hired 86 Mohawks in 2008 and 96 in 2009 for the second expansion. Our goal is to keep the work local, we paid our local people over 4.5 million dollars in payroll to keep the money here. We take care of everything from the ground up when needed, we sub-out to local contractors. I'm very proud of what we do and very proud of all of our workers. We strive to do our best. We live here, this is our home".

 

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