40/40 Club Launches Social Dining Experience Following a $10 Million RenovationJuly 5, 2012 By: Kristen Santoro
With a $10 million renovation to the all-American upscale sports bar and lounge complete, New York’s 40/40 Club announces a new Executive Chef, Mike Shand, along with a fresh take on its private events and dining menus.
Mike Shand, Jay-Z’s Personal Chef, is a New Zealand native who has led catering teams for the world tours of many great artists before settling into his new role at The 40/40 Club. He began his culinary apprenticeship in Auckland, New Zealand where he also completed his culinary education. He has toured the world many times over with a-list musicians, and it was through this experience he was requested as a personal chef for Jay-Z during the Blueprint 3 Tour. He continues to work with Jay-Z on and off tour, beyond his work at the Club.
The new dinner menu, developed by Shand, is available daily from 5 p.m. – 4 a.m. It integrates Shand’s signature wings and sliders alongside more sophisticated fare, including lobster crab cakes and 6 hour braised beef short ribs, all perfect for the Club’s lounge-style seating. For private events, Shand’s culinary expertise is showcased, with a vast array of cuisine styles and selections.
“With The 40/40 Club’s new look has come a desire to focus on the food,” said Executive Chef Mike Shand. “I love the challenge of finding a balance between bar favorites and delicious entrees that speak to all manner of palates.”
In January 2012, The 40/40 Club flagship location, owned by Jay-Z and partner Juan Perez, re-opened following a six month, $10 million renovation to reveal modern décor and style by renowned designer Jeffrey Beers. Featuring a new grand entrance, an Armand de Brignac (“Ace of Spades”) Champagne Tower, custom illuminated amber resin bar top, supple leather upholstered wall paneling and marble arena-style seating with plush lounge banquettes, the space reflects a sports luxury perfect for game-watching and casual dining. The five exclusive private lounge rooms feature lounge seating encircling the room, custom billiard tables, multiple large screen HD televisions, custom chandeliers, ceruse oak paneling and stately oak wood floors.