MGM Grand Detroit on Thursday celebrated the grand opening of TAP, a sports-themed restaurant offering micro-brew beers, traditional pub fare and Midwest-inspired comfort food. “We’re thrilled to see the vision for TAP come to life,” said Steve Zanella, general manager of MGM Grand Detroit. “Our food and beverage experts have put together a menu that guests will find very satisfying.”

The restaurant’s décor offers a glimpse of Detroit’s past with museum-quality collectables from Detroit’s sports teams while maintaining a lively environment for music and sports enthusiasts. TAPS is the perfect place for game-day viewings with more than 40 HD flat-screen televisions in the restaurant. TAP’s beverage menu is geared to please beer-lovers, featuring a year-round curated collection of more than 30 beers on tap. But there’s something for everyone on TAP’s own specialty drink menu featuring seasonal wines and spirits.

A lively collection of sports memorabilia is artfully displayed in the new eatery, providing a casual, yet captivating atmosphere. The collection includes authentic artifacts not only from Detroit’s baseball, basketball, football and hockey teams, but other sports traditions such as hydroplane racing, wrestling and boxing. The knockout bout between Jake LaMotta and Sugar Ray Robinson at Olympia and the Detroit Lions moment of silence on the field after President John Kennedy’s assassination are just two examples of the one-of-a-kind images guests will find at TAP.

Chef Fershone Steen is the creative force behind TAP’s menu as he brings more than 20 years of culinary experience to the restaurant, including leadership roles in popular Midwest dining establishments such as Bonefish Grille, Buca di Beppo and Romano’s Macaroni Grill. This week, Steen and his culinary team have unveiled a menu that celebrates Detroit’s dining history while serving up a modern twist on pub classics. Highlights include the TAP Classic Burger, savory wings, and comforting fried mac-and-cheese sticks.

TAP’s design concept captures the city’s industrial age with interiors made of concrete, wood and steel. Pressed tin ceilings and reclaimed wine barrel tables add to the distinctive feel of the space. The kitchen, situated near the bar, will establish a connection with guests, allowing them to watch as chefs prepare food as it is served. “Our designers have created an interior that’s reminiscent of the city’s early days, yet hip and modern,” Zanella said. “It’s a recipe for a good time.”

Regular hours of operation at TAP at MGM Grand Detroit are 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. Monday – Sunday. Lunch is available at 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday – Sunday. During football season, TAP will open at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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