MGM Springfield continues to reopen with bars and a new breakfast menu

SPRINGFIELD — MGM Springfield announced on Friday that it has reopened its hotel lobby bar, opened a new poolside bar and revamped the breakfast menu at Bill’s Diner — all the final steps in a year-long process reopening and recovery from COVID lockdowns.

The casino is also celebrating its partnership with Hadley’s V-One Vodka and Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Sheffield. The press event took place hours before MGM hosted Brain Damage, a Pink Floyd tribute band, to kick off its Free Music Fridays concert series.

The lobby bar will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and the pool bar from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Dinner breakfast now includes: pancakes, waffles, breakfast sandwiches, hand-cut hash browns, “better than mom’s” bacon and sausage.

The message from MGM Springfield and its parent company in Las Vegas was strong after local officials reprimanded MGM last winter for failing to reopen retail outlets and other amenities and cutting hours of operation. in restaurants months after COVID restrictions were lifted.

MGM Resorts International President and CEO William Hornbuckle and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno during the press conference at the Mayor’s office Friday morning, Jan. 20, 2023. (Hoang ‘Leon’ Nguyen / The Republican)

In January, MGM Resorts International CEO William Hornbuckle came to Springfield and met with Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, City Council Casino Oversight Chairman Michael Fenton and others, and pledged a 2023 vigorous.

“The continued expansion of hours of operation and the reopening of aspects of their operations and amenities is a positive step forward as MGM Springfield continues to improve its facilities and services,” Sarno said.

MGM Springfield president and chief operating officer Chris Kelley said the biggest obstacle to returning amenities — like bars — is a lack of staff. MGM says it is taking steps to recruit and has about 200 vacancies at this time.

Since that meeting, MGM has opened its TAP Sports Bar for lunch, expanded TAP bowling hours, opened the Topgolf Swing Suite on weekends with no reservations required, opened the Costa restaurant on Sundays, and reopened the Indian Motorcycle store on weekends. end. MGM also added entertainment with the free concert series and announced shows next month by pop sensation Bruno Mars.

That list is according to a quarterly report from MGM executives presented earlier this week at a meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

MGM also updated its employment figures this week, indicating that it had 1,488 employees in the first quarter of 2023. MGM Springfield had increased by 106 workers compared to 1,382 at the end of 2023. It had 1,203 employees a year ago. year in the first quarter of 2022, according to reports submitted to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

MGM promised 3,000 jobs before opening nearly five years ago. During his visit five months ago, Hornbuckle said 3,000 is not realistic.

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