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Mohegan Tribe Inks Franchise Deal, to Open 15 Restaurant Locations

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The Mohegan Tribe will open 15 locations of an award-winning grill and sports bar throughout New England over the next five years.

Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar debuted its first restaurant in July 2008 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and currently counts eight locations in central Pennsylvania. The tribe will launch the first location, in partnership with Arooga's, on the Norwich-New London Turnpike, adjacent to Mohegan Sun, in Uncasville, Connecticut.

“We are thrilled to bring this incredible sports bar concept to the New England area,” said Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe. “Arooga’s reputation for being the next great restaurant franchise is well-earned and we are privileged and pleased to have them as an important part of our organization.”

Arooga’s at Mohegan Sun will span 9,000 square feet, offering a large outdoor deck for dining and firepits for social gatherings. The sports bar's 100 big screen televisions and 40 domestic and craft beers on draft are expected to draw crowds.

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“The first location will be like no other restaurant and sports bar this region of the country has ever seen,” said Michael Chaney, managing creative director of Cincinnati-based FRCH Design Worldwide, whose firm is designing the restaurant. “We are bringing a design that represents the ‘best of the best’ of the current Arooga’s locations.”

The menu ranges from chicken wings with "signature wing sauces" to gluten-free salad options, reported

Arooga’s was selected as America’s Next Top Restaurant Franchise, beating more than 250 entrants from 36 states in a program co-sponsored by Sysco Foods and The Franchise Edge in a nationwide search to find an independent restaurant to become the next great franchise.

“Even from our humble beginnings, we knew we were building a world-class sports bar and restaurant that would thrill guests everywhere,” said Gary Huether, Jr., president and co-founder of Arooga’s. “We can’t wait to bring the Arooga’s brand to the greater New England area.”