Mohegan Sun's on-property Mexican restaurant revamped

SolToro at Mohegan Sun features a contemporary feel that is rooted in Mexican culinary tradition. Photo credit: Cornerstone Restaurant Group

SolToro, the Mexican restaurant at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., unveiled a new look with a total restaurant refresh this month. Design changes include an expanded bar and lounge area for socializing while sipping margaritas, updated dining room and event spaces, along with flavor-packed additions to the food menu ranging from creative Queso to Carne Asada.

SolToro’s refresh imparts new energy into the restaurant, which will epitomize a lively cantina that’s contemporary yet rooted in Mexican culinary tradition. The light and breezy new look of SolToro reinforces the restaurant’s mantra: tequila, guac and tacos—no pretense—or as SolToro’s new motto proclaims, “No Bull.” Diners will be able to embrace SolToro’s genuine and unpretentious attitude via the “No Bull Zone,” an interactive spot for guests to play games such as Truth or Dare and pose for Instagramable photo ops. This social hub will feature both lounge and high-top seating, decorative pendant lights along with an art wall depicting a series of bulls, the prime spot for a SolToro selfie.

SolToro’s redesign, led by Illinois-based architecture firm DMAC, begins at the restaurant’s entryway, where rebuilt lighting will provide a subtle inward glow of accent color. To enhance SolToro’s imbibing scene, the bar area will be expanded, allowing guests to be fully immersed in the restaurant. The bar area will also feature decorative tiles and the brand’s centerpiece: bull head wall art.

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The restaurant’s main dining and private event areas will feature a modern Mexican vibe that coincides with the food and drink menu options. Décor updates also include new dining chairs and reupholstered booths, string lighting, lighter color palates throughout, new banquette seat backs lined with fabric inspired by traditional Mexican design patterns, and new artwork, including mirror art. All finishes and furnishings throughout the space will be contemporary, yet comfortable and familiar.

SolToro’s menu of Mexican classics with a modern twist will also get an upgrade. New dishes from culinary director Chip Miller will include Queso Three Ways (chili con carne, roasted corn & bean, chipotle bacon); Mexican Shrimp Cocktail with tomato broth and roasted poblanos; and carne asada of marinated prime NY strip, served with cheese enchiladas, charred onions and zesty chimichurri sauce. SolToro will continue to serve staples like the famous table-side guac, complete with the option to add shrimp, bacon, charred vegetables and more; the East meets West roasted duck tacos with cherry hoisin, crispy noodles and pickled vegetables; sizzling fajitas; barbacoa beef burrito and SolToro nachos.

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