November 05, 2020
LUK FU TO DELIVER A MENU OF AUTHENTIC FLAVORS FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA TO SOUTH PHILADELPHIA AT NEW AT LIVE! CASINO & HOTEL SET TO OPEN IN EARLY 2021PHILADELPHIA (November 5, 2020) – Experience the traditional flavors of Southeast Asia paired with an irresistible side of non-stop gaming action at LUK FU, the vibrant new Asian-themed restaurant set to open at the new Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia. From expertly crafted Dim Sum to Wok-fried and Steamed Noodles, Luk Fu (pronounced “Luck Foo”) offers a unique dining experience filled with authentic dishes that span generations.
Luk Fu mixes the fast-paced excitement of a traditional Asian street food markets with an authenticity only Philadelphia could bring. Located by the High Limit Tables Room on the casino floor, the 132-seat restaurant is exquisitely appointed in a broad and dynamic color palette much like the wide variety of foods and the vibrancy of street art. Murals in a graffiti style offer the feel of urban grit, while their composition of sexy, strong women elevate the illustrations with artful sophistication. Splashes of neon add another layer of edginess.
The design centerpiece is a custom screen handmade out of more than 250,000 individual chopsticks. Popular in Asian cultures, screens are used to define semi-private dining experiences. These thousands of chopsticks create screens between booths, while tea crates are turned into dining stools.
Luk Fu will be run by General Manager Laura Kim, a proven operations leader with several years of experience in the hospitality industry. Kim most recently served as the Director of Operation for INDAY in New York City, where she collaborated with team members to set standards and systems for HR, branding, accounting and culinary department. In her new role, Kim will have daily oversight of the food & beverage operations, as well as the staff.
Leading the culinary team is Chef Wei C (Sam) Wu, a passionate and creative chef who brings more than 30 years of professional culinary experience to Luk Fu. Chef Wu has helmed the kitchens at several distinguished casino properties including Resorts International Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, Hilton Casino in Atlantic City, NJ and most recently, Rivers Casino Philadelphia, where he was tasked with developing menu items for each restaurant that reflected current trends and local tastes.
Chef Wu worked closed with Mike Chow, owner of landmark Chinatown restaurant Sang Kee Peking Duck House and Live! Philadelphia restaurant Sang Kee Noodle Bar & Kitchen, to develop a menu of authentic Asian favorites. Menu items include popular appetizers such as watercress shrimp and pork dumplings, Vietnamese spring rolls and crab rangoon, as well as traditional noodle soups, such as fat beef pho and oxtail soup. Cantonese fried rice and wok fried noodles variations along with classic dishes such as General Tso’s chicken, Chinese pepper and steak and barbecue pork and tofu add comforting favorites the menu. Rounding out the menu will be chef specialty entrees including lemongrass pork chop, Hong Kong style clams, crispy Chilean Seabass and more.
A dynamic food menu isn’t the only attraction at Luk Fu. Guests can also head to the back of the restaurant for a night of karaoke or host their own private dining experience in a separate room.
“The Asian community in Philadelphia has been tremendously supportive of our project from the very beginning, so we are thrilled to introduce a restaurant concept that is reflective of the diversity of this community,” said Joe Billhimer, Executive Vice President of Cordish Gaming Group. “We want Luk Fu to be a place for friends and family to gather and enjoy the wonderful culinary offerings Chef Wu has created, while also being in the heart of one the most exciting neighborhoods in the city.”
About Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia
Scheduled to open in early 2021, Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia will mark the beginning of a new era in South Philadelphia, transforming the Stadium District into a nationally unrivaled one-stop destination to enjoy the fast-paced action of four major professional sports teams, memorable entertainment, premier dining, well-appointed hotel accommodations and world-class gaming. Conveniently located off I-95 and I-76, the facility will feature more than 200 luxury hotel rooms, a FanDuel® Sportsbook, over 2,200 slots and electronic table games, 150 live action table games, including poker, plus new dining and entertainment options. The property will also offer more than 15,000-square-feet of meeting space, as well as ample, secure parking. Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia will be developed, owned and managed by Stadium Casino RE, LLC, an affiliate of The Cordish Companies, the premier developer of Live! dining, entertainment, gaming, hotel and sports-anchored destinations in the country. Visit Philadelphia.LiveCasinoHotel.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @livecasinophl
About The Cordish Companies
The Cordish Companies’ origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately-held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Commercial Real Estate; Entertainment Districts; Sports-Anchored Developments; Gaming; Hotels; Residential Properties; Restaurants; International Development; Coworking Spaces; and Private Equity. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. The Cordish Companies has developed and operates highly acclaimed dining, entertainment and hospitality destinations throughout the United States, many falling under The Cordish Companies’ Live! Brand, highly regarded as one of the premier entertainment brands in the country. In gaming, The Cordish Companies has developed among the most successful casino hotel resorts in the world including the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa and Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland. Welcoming over 55 million visitors per year, these developments are among the highest profile dining, entertainment, gaming, hotel and sports-anchored destinations in the country. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family’s core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships, and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created. For more information visit www.cordish.com or follow us on Twitter.
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