Governor, Mohegan tribe mark groundbreaking for restaurant

Mohegan — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy took part in a groundbreaking ceremony here Tuesday, joining Mohegan tribal officials at the future site of an Arooga’s Grille House and Sports Bar, the first of 15 franchised Arooga’s locations the tribe plans to open over the next five years. 

“Thank you for entering into this relationship,” Malloy said, referring to the tribe’s franchising agreement with Arooga’s, a Pennsylvania-based chain. “This is a wonderful way to bring jobs to the state.” 

The 9,000-square-foot restaurant, to be built on part of an employee parking lot near Mohegan Sun, the tribe’s casino, will employ 75 people. 

The building site is at Route 32 and Sandy Desert Road. 

Kevin Brown, the Mohegan tribal chairman, and Gary Huether Jr., president and co-founder of Arooga’s, joined Malloy in addressing a small gathering of tribal officials who assembled under a tent. 

The governor and members of the Mohegan Tribal Council donned hard hats and turned over shovelfuls of earth. 

The restaurant is scheduled to open by early March.

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