CHEF LUKE PALLADINO TO OPEN HIS FIRST RESTAURANT ON THE MAIN LINE WITH LP STEAK AT VALLEY FORGE CASINO RESORT

King of Prussia, PA – Chef Luke Palladino announces that he will open LP Steak at Valley Forge Casino Resort (1160 First Avenue) this October. The upscale steakhouse will serve classic and unexpected cuts of prime beef, plus chops, veal and seafood. Appetizers and side dishes will feature modern twists on timeless favorites. The full service bar will shine the spotlight on local spirits and craft beers, while also pouring California and Italian wines, and seasonal and classic cocktails. The 4,400-square-foot space will seat up to 205 people in the main dining room, two private dining rooms, main bar and lounge area.

LP Steak will join Palladino’s on Passyunk, Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking and Luke Palladino Catering as part of Luke Palladino Hospitality Group. The new restaurant is part of an ongoing plan by Valley Forge Casino Resort to enhance and upgrade the property and expand amenities. Other recent improvements have included the relaunch of Valley Forge Music Fair and the recent opening of Valley Beach Poolside Club.

Work for LP Steak will start on September 1, 2015 in the current space occupied by Pacific Prime. Chef Palladino is also working on another to-be-announced concept that will open later in 2015 at Valley Forge Casino Resort.

“Valley Forge Casino Resort is excited to partner with Chef Palladino as we bring a world-class, chef-driven concept to the King of Prussia dining scene,” said Chief Marketing Officer Jennifer Galle.

While the partnership with Valley Forge Casino Resort is a breaking development, the story of LP Steak is one that actually goes back to 2013. Chef Palladino had the opportunity to test the LP Steak concept as a pop-up restaurant in Northfield to finish the lease when Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking moved to a larger space to Linwood.

“Over the years, my regulars have been asking me more and more for big steaks,” said Chef Palladino. “I’ve always wanted to have a restaurant concept where I could give them center stage in a non-Italian format. Valley Forge Casino Resort is the perfect place to do this on a larger scale. I am very impressed with every aspect of the property, the hard-working team and the surrounding community. I look forward to opening in the fall, as well as announcing other projects at the resort. Stay tuned.”

When the new LP Steak opens at Valley Forge Casino Resort, Chef will expand the LP Steak concept and bring it to a new, larger audience. Menu highlights will include:

* Classic and unexpected cuts of prime beef, bold and flavorful sauces

* Chops, veal, fish and seafood

* Hot and cold seafood towers

* Appetizers and side dishes featuring modern twists on timeless favorites

* Fresh daily-made pastries

At the bar, Chef Palladino’s team will develop a menu that features craft beers, wine, spirits and cocktails. Highlights will include:

* Focus on local distillers and craft brewers

* Wines from California and Italy

* 12 draft lines for beer, plus extensive bottle and can list

* Classic cocktails and martinis with a Palladino’s twist

The 4,400-square-foot restaurant and bar combined will accommodate up to 205 guests. The dining room and two private party rooms combined equal 2,900-square-foot, and will include seating at two-tops and banquets. The private rooms can seat from 12 to 24 guests for parties, and they can be combined into one larger private space for up to 48 people. The 1,500-square-foot full service bar area will seat 25 at the bar top itself and additional 30 seats on surrounding high-tops and lounge seats.

Gruber Design Associates (Amis, Alla Spina, Mercato, Vallani) has been retained to execute a rustic steakhouse feel with modern touches. The current design palate will be replaced with earth tones and bolder colors. The bar and dining room will be opened up and receive a full overhaul of lights and sound.

When it opens, LP Steak will join several existing fine dining, casual and grab-and-go options at Valley Forge Casino Resort. Other eateries and bars include Viviano, Valley Tavern, American Grill, Asian Noodle, Nosh Deli, Italian Market, Center Bar, Deuces Wild, and the newly opened Valley Beach Poolside Club.

For more information about Valley Forge Casino Resort, visit www.vfcasino.com, like Valley Forge Casino Resort on Facebook and follow @VFCasinoResort on Twitter. For more information about Chef Luke Palladino, visit www.lukepalladino.com, follow @lukepalladino1 @palladinosepx on Twitter, and like Luke Palladino on Facebook. Stay tuned for LP Steak coming soon on Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT CHEF LUKE PALLADINO

Chef Luke Palladino is a graduate of the esteemed Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY and spent many years living and cooking in Italy. From 1997 to 1999, Palladino was executive chef and partner at Venice’s internationally celebrated Ristorante al Covo. Prior to his time at al Covo, Chef Palladino immersed himself in the culture and cuisine of Italy’s varied regions, spending time at restaurants in Rome, Piemonte, Puglia, Fruili, Sicily and Tuscany.

In the United States, Chef Palladino has worked with some of the country’s most respected culinary talent, including Paul Bertolli Jeremiah Towers, Emeril Lagasse and Todd English. Currently, Chef Palladino owns and operates Luke Palladino Hospitality Group, Atlantic City, NJ.

ABOUT VALLEY FORGE CASINO RESORT

Valley Forge Casino Resort is the region’s only full-amenity gaming resort, located conveniently near the Main Line and easily accessible from Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Valley Forge Casino Resort offers an unparalleled guest experience featuring a safe, exclusive gaming environment with 600 of the hottest slot machines and 50 table games; live entertainment including the Valley Forge Casino Resort Music Fair, which brings national headliners to the Valley Forge Casino Resort Convention Center; upscale dining at Tony Clark’s signature restaurants, Pacific Prime and Viviano; bars and lounges that offer a range of experiences from the area’s hottest DJ’s at Center Bar to Valley Beach, a new daytime poolside and outdoor club, to Valley Tavern where sports fans can watch their favorite teams on big screen TVs while enjoying pub fare and a wide assortment of craft and draft beers. Valley Forge Casino Resort offers over 100,000 square feet of recently renovated meeting, conference and banquet facilities, and luxurious hotel accommodations. Valley Forge Casino Resort, Philadelphia’s only premier entertainment destination.