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MGM National Harbor Announces Complete Culinary Portfolio

Newly Added Venues Include Ginger, TAP Sports Bar, Bellagio Patisserie and National Market to Complement Three Celebrated Chef Concepts Already Announced

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., (April 21, 2016) – Poised to set the bar for a compelling dining experience in the Capital Region, MGM National Harbor announced today four new dining concepts, adding to its already impressive roster of celebrated chef restaurants. 
 
Ginger, an authentic Pan Asian restaurant; TAP Sports Bar, designed with the sports lover in mind featuring a menu of regionally inspired comfort food; Bellagio Patisserie, a European-style pastry shop and National Market, a casual food market experience showcasing 10 unique concepts will join the resort’s dining collection, which includes restaurants by celebrated chefs Marcus Samuelsson, José Andrés, and Bryan and Michael Voltaggio.
 
MGM National Harbor’s newly appointed Executive Chef Jason Johnston played an integral role in the development of TAP, Ginger, Bellagio Patisserie and National Market. Johnston joins the MGM National Harbor team from Las Vegas where he was executive sous chef at the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio Resort & Casino. 
 
“The portfolio of dining options at MGM National Harbor is diverse and comprehensive and very much inspired by the setting around us,” said Johnston. “From the casual options for guests on the go to compelling concepts designed by our celebrated chef partners, the resort will have something for everyone and will become a culinary destination.”
 
Ginger
A Pan Asian restaurant, Ginger will offer authentic cuisine from regions throughout the continent including Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Korean menu selections. The concept was developed by a team of expert chefs from MGM Resorts’ properties in Las Vegas and named for a common ingredient found in all Asian cuisine. Warm organic wood interiors will create an inviting space along with traditional dishes, such as dim sum, congee, curry, fried noodles and kim chee, that will bring memorable dining experiences for those seeking a genuine taste of the Orient.
 
TAP Sports Bar
At this high-energy restaurant and sports bar designed to emulate the popular Las Vegas hotspot, guests will enjoy the latest sporting events while surrounded by memorabilia from beloved local sports teams including the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins and Washington Nationals. The menu will feature American sports bar favorites with a local touch such as lobster beignets, Maryland crab soup, burnt ends BBQ pork baguette and Maryland crab cakes. TAP will offer an extensive selection of bottles and draughts including local and seasonal craft brews and the restaurant will feature an outdoor patio for al fresco dining.
 
Bellagio Patisserie
Paying homage to the iconic European-inspired pastry shop at Bellagio in Las Vegas, this wonderland of sweets will feature pastries, Danishes, gelato, coffee drinks and retail items to take home. The focal point of the space will be a 12-foot-high chocolate fountain circulating nearly two tons of melted chocolate – a replica of famed display at its Las Vegas namesake. 
 
National Market
Inspired by the current trend in fast casual dining, National Market will be a food market dining experience offering approachable cuisine at an affordable price. The first of its kind in the MGM Resorts International culinary portfolio, the market will boast ten unique venues, offering an open floor plan and vibrant indoor and outdoor seating that will overlook the glistening Potomac River.
 
  • Amo Los Tacos
    Bringing the flavors of the Southwest to the East Coast, this modern taco stand will serve up customizable tacos, quesadillas, burritos and tostadas along with salads and authentic sides. Al pastor, carne asada and fresh fish are some of the meats that will be used to fill freshly made flour or corn tortillas, which will be topped with traditional fixings such as house-made guacamole and salsas.
  • Banh Mi Vietnamese Kitchen
    Vietnamese sandwiches served on soft baguettes, salad bowls topped with pickled vegetables, spring rolls and pho noodle soups will be served at this traditional outpost. Guests can expect flavors such as Thai basil, toasted peanuts, chiles and green papaya to add some spice to their visit.
  • Bento
    Everything at this Japanese counter – including sashimi, nigiri, specialty and hand rolls – will be served fresh. Selections of fish such as salmon, tuna, hamachi octopus and halibut will be expertly prepared by a team of skilled sushi chefs. 
  • District Deli
    Named for the nation’s capital, this sandwich haven will be the ideal lunch spot. Sandwiches will feature carved meats roasted on site daily; fresh deli-style breads such as pumpernickel, sourdough and seeded rye; and regional cheeses. Bottled, cold-pressed organic juices made in-house also will be available for those looking to add a healthful boost to their meal. 
  • GWBW George Washington Beer & Wine
    A sure-to-be-social gathering place, this contemporary bar will offer a wide selection of beer and wine with a focus on regional varieties and local craft beers. Varied portions will be available including flights and large pours. 
  • Honey’s Fried Chicken & Donuts
    A Southern-style restaurant designed to satisfy both savory and sweet cravings, Honey’s Fried Chicken cooks up inventive dishes inspired by Southern classics like fried, honey-infused chicken thighs. A mouthwatering selection of doughnuts in homespun varieties also is available. 
  • S’Cream
    Adults and kids alike will delight in this retro, 50s-style ice cream shop. While the vibe will be nostalgic, the flavors such as salted caramel with truffle and farmer’s market strawberry are far from dated. All ice creams will be made in-house by MGM National Harbor’s talented pastry team. 
  • Zizi’s Pizza
    This New York-style pizza hotspot will capture the essence of wholesome Italian cooking    with a homemade flair. Reminiscent of the cuisine that inspired Executive Chef Johnston to become a chef, the menu will showcase his grandmother’s recipes including delicious pizzas by the slice, whole pies, Sicilian-style pies, calzones, meatballs and garlic knots. 
The resort also is finalizing details on two additional culinary concepts for the MGM National Market: a crab shack and raw bar that will feature regional delicacies such as oysters, clams and peel-and-eat shrimp and a fast-casual burger joint will serve burgers, hot dogs, shakes, fries and more. Details on these exciting announcements will be provided in the coming weeks.
 
Chef Restaurants
Creating a true culinary destination for the eastern United States, MGM National Harbor has partnered with the biggest names in the food world to deliver exclusive concepts to the resort. Michelin starred Spanish American chef José Andrés will oversee his first seafood restaurant, Fish, a concept focused on locally sourced ingredients, international cooking techniques and diverse flavor combinations. Ethiopian-born and Sweden-raised chef Marcus Samuelsson, acclaimed for his New York City hotspots, will be at the helm of Marcus, a restaurant offering elegant comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Adding local flavor to the mix are brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, natives of Frederick, Md., who will execute culinary creativity at Voltaggio Brothers Steak House, their first restaurant together. The menu will highlight regional specialties and the design will integrate a host of nostalgic details that is both sophisticated and familiar. 

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About MGM National Harbor 
The newest addition to the MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) portfolio, MGM National Harbor has an unrivaled setting offering stunning panoramic views of the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland. The $1.4 billion LEED® Gold Certified resort, which opened December 8, 2016, sits a short distance from Washington, D.C. to the north and historic sites, including George Washington's Mount Vernon estate across the river in Virginia. The 24-story, 308-room resort features premier amenities and experiences for locals as well as visitors from around the world including a dynamic casino with over 125,000 square feet of space that includes slots, table games and poker; a world-class spa and salon; an entertainment theater with flexible seating for up to 3,000; high-end branded retail; 50,000 square feet of meeting space; and restaurants from renowned local, national and international chefs. For more information and reservations, visit mgmnationalharbor.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  MGM National Harbor has based forward-looking statements on management’s current expectations and assumptions and not on historical facts. Examples of these statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the timing and development of MGM National Harbor. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements include effects of economic and market conditions and competition with other destination travel locations throughout the United States and the world, and the design, timing and costs of the project and additional risks and uncertainties described in the MGM Resorts International Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K reports (including all amendments to those reports). In providing forward-looking statements, MGM National Harbor is not undertaking any duty or obligation to update these statements publicly as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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MGM Resorts International
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