Restaurant Openings

Michael Mina Is Opening Cal Mare at MGM Springfield

The coastal Italian restaurant is one of a dozen culinary concepts debuting at the resort casino this fall.

Chef Michael Mina. / Image provided.

For the second time in less than two years, chef Michael Mina is replicating one of his California restaurants in Massachusetts.

Mina, who opened an outpost of his San Francisco izakaya, Pabu, in Boston in late 2016, is expected to debut a second location of his Los Angeles Italian spot, Cal Mare, at MGM Springfield this September. It’ll serve as the $960-million resort casino’s culinary flagship.

Created with chef-partner Adam Sobel, the original Cal Mare opened last November in the Beverly Center, an upscale mall located between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. Citing its noteworthy interior, including indoor greenery, angular bar, and barreled ceiling, Eater Los Angeles described it as perhaps “the most dramatic restaurant to land in this part of town in some time.”

The Amalfi Coast-inspired menu focuses on seafood dishes such as grilled fish and crudos, housemade pastas, and brick-oven pizzas, paired with a large selection of coastal Italian wines.

Mina’s coast-to-coast restaurant empire includes some 30 concepts, ranging from an eponymous fine dining concept at the Bellagio, in Las Vegas, to a steakhouse in D.C. He also recently opened a brasserie in Dubai.

Cal Mare is one of a dozen restaurants set to open in the resort casino this fall. The Chandler Steakhouse, inside the former Union House Hotel (preserved as part of the development), will serve dry-aged beef under the direction of executive chef Meghan Gill, who won Hell’s Kitchen Season 14.

Additionally, the sprawling resort casino will be home to a TAP Sports Bar location outfitted with 32 TVs, a 10-lane bowling alley, arcade, and beer garden.

All of the restaurants will face the outside streets, making them “more accessible to those who are casually exploring downtown Springfield,” according to MGM Springfield spokesperson Saverio Mancini.