BIG NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT GROUP was founded in 2006 by veteran nightclub owners Ed Kane and Joe Kane, along with marketing and entertainment expert Randy Greenstein. The goal of Big Night Entertainment is to bring New England dining and nightlife to a new level. The group’s first success came that same year when they began developing and executing innovative marketing and entertainment programs which propelled a handful of Boston nightlife establishments to a new level of success and critical acclaim.
Shortly thereafter, word spread that Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut was planning to expand its property by building a hotel and casino. When looking for potential venue operators to put together an amazing nightlife venue within the casino, Foxwoods was referred to Big Night Entertainment Group.
In 2008, Shrine Lounge and Nightclub opened at Foxwoods. A dining and entertainment destination like nothing the northeast has seen, Shrine bring Las Vegas to the woods of Connecticut. The award-winning cuisine of Executive Chef Kevin Long (Tosca, Café Tosca, Stars) and cutting-edge nightlife have brought a consistent crowd to Shrine and landed it in the Top 100 clubs in the world five years in a row, placing among the top clubs in Vegas, NYC and LA. Shrine was also named Connecticut’s “Best Nightclub” by Connecticut Magazine.
On the heels of their success at Shrine, Foxwoods reengaged Big Night to open another venue on its property in 2009 and the concept of The Scorpion Bar came to life. A gothic, dark tequila cantina and rock bar, Scorpion Bar has a vibe and atmosphere like no other. Awarded “Best Margarita” by Connecticut Magazine, Scorpion Bar features rock DJs, live bands, Scorpion dancers and more than 100 tequilas on the menu.
Looking for more action, Big Night Entertainment opened High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge at Foxwoods in fall of 2010. The most beautiful bowling alley in the world, High Rollers is a retro chic Vegas-style bowling facility that offers 20 bowling lanes with VIP lanes, three private rooms, two bars, 60 high def TVs, billiards and innovative cuisine by Chef Kevin Long.
In summer of 2011, Red Lantern Restaurant and Lounge in Boston’s South End/Back Bay opened. The group hit a homerun again, garnering awards for design and accolades for food and ambiance. Red Lantern brings its guests on a sleek and sensual culinary journey through the Orient with an open kitchen, full sushi counter and custom wok station. Big Night Entertainment filled a void in the Boston dining and nightlife scene by transporting guests to an exotic escape with floating lanterns, Vietnamese shells and larger-than-life Buddhas.
Big Night Entertainment didn’t slow down. Instead, they took on a new venture, opening GEM Italian Kitchen Nightclub and Lounge in spring of 2012 in downtown Boston. Inspired by the decadence and luxurious aesthetic of Jacques Garcia’s famed Hotel Costes, guests enjoy signature Italian dishes in the intimate dining room or lounge and then transition into a full-throttle nightlife experience with dancing and DJs in the club room.
The expansion of Big Night Entertainment continued into summer of 2012 as Empire Restaurant and Lounge opened in the heart of Boston’s Fan Pier in the growing Seaport District. Empire is the “Innovation District’s” fist Asian locale, a stunning 14,000 sq. ft. Imperial Chinese-meets-contemporary Asian ambiance. The space is divided into nine esthetically distinct rooms featuring exquisite detail in décor and design; the Great Wall Gallery, Bar and Lounge, Salon, Imperial Dining Room, Persimmon Room, three private dining rooms served by a private bar and an Asian awe-inspiring open kitchen at the heart. Bathed in bright turquoise, oranges and gold and punctuated with intricate patterns, plush fabrics and exotic Asian art, the sleek, modern space is designed to give guests an old world feel with a touch of Hong Kong mystery.
The Fall of 2013 brought the installment of the second Red Lantern at Foxwoods in the upstairs portion of Shrine.