Kosar and others partner up for parts of new 'racino'

NORTHFIELD -- The Ohio gambling scene seems to get more crowded by the month. Today the newest addition opened its door -- The Hard Rock Racino Northfield Park. Located next to the Northfield Park Racetrack, this 200,000-square-foot facility is made up of a lot more than just 2,200 slot machines.

Bernie Kosar has opened his first restaurant ever in Northeast Ohio. Kosar's Wood-Fired Grill is an upscale dining experience that the former Browns quarterback says is part of a newly minted Cleveland experience.

"The story of Northeast Ohio growing with the Convention Center and Medical Mart -- all of that downtown -- plus this project? It's really terrific," Kosar told Channel 3. "That said, I am not exactly the best cook in town!"

He's also not the only value add-on to the new Hard Rock facility.

True to the Hard Rock image, more than 200 pieces of rock 'n' roll memorabilia are on display.

"Over $1 million worth of amazing rock antiquity," says Jon Lucas, president of Hard Rock Racino Northfield Park.

There's also a 2,000-seat concert venue -- that Joan Jett inaugurated at a Wednesday night concert and a separate stage for comedians and magicians.

The facility, which was constructed in just one year, employs 750 full- and part-time employees.


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