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Former Chelsea Hotel Chef Michael Sokoloski Joins Philly’s Casino Team

PHILADELPHIA — March 25, 2013 — SugarHouse Casino announced today the addition of Chef Michael Sokoloski to lead The Refinery restaurant and other eateries located within Philly’s casino.

Chef Michael is SugarHouse’s executive chef, guiding the food and beverage team at The Refinery restaurant and bar; as well as Jack’s, SugarHouse’s 24-hour grab-and-go café; Lucky Red, a bar in the center of the casino’s gaming floor; the High Limit Lounge, for SugarHouse’s top Rush Rewards members; and The Cube, the casino’s team member dining room.

Prior to joining the SugarHouse team, Chef Michael worked as an executive sous chef at The Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City, where he was responsible for managing two venues—an upscale casual dining restaurant and a ballroom banquet space. He has also been the executive chef of the Woodbury Country Club in Woodbury, N.J. and at Tomasello Winery in Hammonton, N.J.

Chef Michael is putting his own touch on The Refinery restaurant menu, and is in the process of developing new concepts that are tailored to the diverse tastes of Philadelphia’s foodies.

“More than two million guests walk through SugarHouse’s doors each year, so our menu needs to reflect the many types of palettes of those visiting our casino,” Chef Michael said. “Some Philly favorites like the cheesesteak will still be on the menu, but we’re really focused on bringing some new twists that will make The Refinery an even better place to dine and relax.”

The updated menu is expected to debut in April, and guests may already notice some new flavors and items as Chef Michael works with his team to test out the different options.

“While the new menu hasn’t debuted just yet, I already love the fare Chef Michael has inspired,” Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino said. “When he’s done, I think The Refinery will have a great mix of casual and comfort food, as well as some more refined dishes that will nicely complement Philly’s food scene.”

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SugarHouse, which opened in September 2010 as Philadelphia’s first casino, features 1,602 slots, up to 54 table games, fun and unique dining options, riverfront views and free on-site parking. The casino employs approximately 1,000 people, and for two consecutive years has been voted a “Top Workplace” in The Philadelphia Inquirer and a “Best Place to Work” in the Philadelphia Business Journal. For more information, visit



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