On a hot Tuesday afternoon Winners Bayonne the first off-track wagering facilityÂ Â built and operated by Jeff Gural’sÂ New MeadowlandsÂ Racetrack LLC opened toÂ a very enthusiasticÂ and jubilant crowd including Former NJ Governor Richard Cody,Â Mayor Smith of Bayonne,Â The Bayonne City Council, Senator Sandra Cunningham, Assemblyman,Â Jason O’Donnell and otherÂ dignitaries. Driver Brian Sears,Â Â famousÂ Â Jockey ChuckieÂ Lopez and â€“ 2000 winnerÂ Gallo Blue Chip, the biggest earning horse in standardbred racing history winning 4.2 million.Winners BayonneÂ branded as aÂ sports Â bar with action , the 25,000 square-foot venue boasts two large simulcast areas, a VIP room and a 38-seat bar and full-service restaurant operatedÂ by McLoone’sÂ with more than 150 television screens, he facility aims to pleaseÂ horse playersÂ Â and sports fans alike.
Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith when asked by theÂ RiverÂ View ObserverÂ Â “What this project means toÂ Â Bayonne,”Â said, “The off-track wagering facility is a positiveÂ development for Bayonne. That is why our administration has been so supportive of this project from the beginning. The construction phase created jobs and generated local economic activity. The New facilityÂ will offer an attractive wagering operation and restaurant to the community. TheÂ off-track Â wagering will provide much-needed employment for our residents.”
Built on a vacant lot on Route 440 in Bayonne. The Venue is an $18 million new constructionÂ that brings 100 jobs and an estimated $200,000 in property taxes to the city ofÂ Bayonne.Â The location was originally selected byÂ the New JerseyÂ Sports and Exposition AuthorityÂ because of robust lottery sales, a large player database of hors players in the Staten Island market (Winners Bayonne is minutes from the Bayonne Bridge) and strong community support.
Also at the grand opening was restaurateurÂ Tim McLooneÂ owner of McLoone’sÂ Bayonne Grille located inÂ Winners Bayonne.Â Tim McLooneÂ also operates McLoone’sÂ Rum Runner in Sea Bright his first restaurant and the brand operates eight locations with the addition ofÂ Bayonne. Other McLoone’sÂ properties are McLoone’sÂ Pier House in Long Branch and National Harbor, Maryland, McLoone’sÂ Asbury Grille, Tim McLoone’sÂ Supper Club and McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange.
SOSHÂ Architects of Atlantic City , NJ designed Winners Bayonne. The firm’s myriad credits in the entertainment sector include Harrah’s Chester CasinoÂ & Racetrack in PA and Tropicana – The Quarter in Atlantic City.
Wagering information, menus are available online at WinnersBayonne.com