Bernie Becomes Part of Hard Rock Rocksino Venture

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NORTHFIELD, Ohio-- Hard Rock International is betting it can bring a world class entertainment destination to Northeast Ohio.

And, a former Cleveland athlete couldn't "pass" up the opportunity to be part of this new venture.

The Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park is nearing the finish line.

This $275 million project is turning steel and mortar into more than a casino. “It’s a little bit of gaming with an edge,” Jon Lucas, president of Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park said.

The last beam will soon be put in place.

Former Browns quarterback, Bernie Kosar, was the first to sign it.

The Kosar’s Wood-Fired Grill will be one of four restaurants in the new rocksino.

“Until you really come here and spend time in Northeastern Ohio, you don’t really realize the awesomeness that this area has. I am just incredibly honored to be a part of this,” Kosar said.

Harness racing will remain at Northfield Park. And, there will be gaming, with 2,300 video lottery terminals.

Brock Milstein, CEO of Milstein Entertainment, said the rocksino will have the Hard Rock brand. "There will be over $1 million of music memorabilia on display in the rocksino once it opens,” Milstein added.

And, Hard Rock International promises to make this a real entertainment experience.

"We’ll have a 2,000 seat Hard Rock LIVE, which will bring named entertainment, as well as our Hard Rock Cafe and center bar, which has a stage that will do local bands, DJs. We'll turn that into an ultra-lounge at night and then we'll also have a comedy club,” Lucas said.

The Hard Rock is looking to hire 700 people once the rocksino is built. Many of those jobs will be in the food and beverage area, like bartenders, cocktail and food servers and cooks.

The rocksino will be holding its first job fair on September 12 with a planned opening in mid-December.

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