During the Summer of 2020, the Mohegan Sun contacted COST to develop unique water features for their latest dining concept, TAO Asian Bistro and Lounge. Conveniently situated off the Sky Tower Hotel Lobby, TAO boasts a 10,000 square-foot, 300- seat Pan Asian dining experience. The Bistro focuses on Chinese, Japanese, and Thai techniques and ingredients. *
After two successful launches: Casino of the Wind (2008) and Birches Bar & Grill (2007), the owner engaged COST to deliver the architect’s design intent. The water feature scope included the final shop drawings, engineering, fabrication and construction of the features, as well as the mechanical and filtration systems. Having previously worked with both Rockwell Design and JCJ Architecture on past casino projects, COST was eager to collaborate with this team again on this iconic restaurant brand.
The mood and tone are set as guests enter the main dining room under a dazzling water wall portal. Free falling water descends onto red colored glass inlayed with metal wire. The water then cascades down matching wall panels on both sides. Stainless steel troughs double as retention pools to help recirculate water.
Patron attention is quickly drawn to the center of the dining room where a Quan Yin Statue stands on an 8’ x 8’ podium, surrounded by an elegantly lit coy pond. A stainless-steel trough lined with decorative stone complete with granite finishes provide a touch of elegance.
TAO opened to the public on March 23rd.
Photo Courtesy of Cheyney Barrieau/ARTfx.