An upscale restaurant chain will be one of two new restaurants to occupy the ground floor of Saratoga Casino and Raceway’s new $40 million hotel. The 117-room hotel is slated to open next summer Morton’s The Steakhouse, a nationwide chain - was named by casino executives on Monday as the first of two restaurants to occupy the hotel lobby. The second restaurant has yet to be named.
Morton’s The Steakhouse first opened in Chicago in 1978 and was co-founded by Arnie Morton, who in 1960 had joined Hugh Hefner to start the first Playboy Club. The first Morton’s restaurant featured prime aged steaks and a personal greeting by the owner, though struggled to survive, according to the Los Angeles Times. A chance visit by Frank Sinatra to the restaurant was a boon to business, and Morton began marketing what he called his "steakhouse for the rich" in other major cities. He died in May at the age of 83.