Yonkers Daily Voice

The Empire City Casino in Yonkers hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony recently to commemorate the completion of a $50 million addition.

The expansion includes two new restaurants, along with a craft cocktail lounge featuring retro bowling lanes, 30,000 square feet of new gaming space and an expansive new casino entrance.

“The talent that brought this project to fruition is world-renowned,” Timothy Rooney, president and CEO of Empire City Casino said in a statement. “We are proud of our success to date and will work to ensure that Empire City continues its development as a premier entertainment destination.”

The most distinctive addition to the casino is a dramatic curved facade featuring over 45 feet of frameless low iron glass in a 300-foot arc that creates a backdrop to the entry canopy and a window onto the interior of the casino. It is the largest structure of it’s kind in North America.

The two restaurants take up a large portion of the 66,000 square foot addition. Pinch American Grill boasts a significant beer program with 100 New York beers on tap, 25 large format beers including limited releases as well as beers exclusively brewed for the restaurant.

The other restaurant, Dan Rooney’s sports pub was inspired by the original Dan Rooney’s Cafe & Bar built and operated in the early 1900s in Pittsburgh by the family of Tim Rooney, the current owner and operator of Empire City Casino.

“It has been exciting to be a part of the dynamic future of Empire City Casino as it evolves into a fun-filled entertainment, gaming, leisure and dining destination,” Mark Advent of Advent Entertainment said in a statement. “The new restaurants are innovative and exciting and complement the property and its commitment to positively enhance and expand the guest experience.”