Empire Outlets, New York City’s first and only outlet center, announced today that world-class chef and restaurateur Peter Botros will cater Empire Outlets’ Grand Opening event. The local Staten Islander will provide a flavor of the innovative cuisine that has made his restaurants true New York Citydestinations and brought him national acclaim. Botros is the Chef/Owner of several distinguished restaurants on Staten Island, including The Stone House, Chef’s Loft at The Stone House, Violette’s Cellar, Sofia’s Taqueria, and Corner House BBQ. Another Botros restaurant, Sally’s Southern, is coming soon in late Summer 2019.
Empire Outlets’ Grand Opening will be a celebration for all of Staten Island, featuring dozens of designer retailers, local art installations and world-class public space, including the activation of the waterfront. Empire Outlets is expected to draw millions of visitors each year.
“Empire Outlets is going to change the game for retail, dining and entertainment on Staten Island, and it only made sense to work with the man who transformed Staten Island’s culinary landscape for our opening,” said Joseph Ferrara, principal of BFC Partners, developer of Empire Outlets. “Peter is an incredible chef and great friend, and we couldn’t be more excited that he will be providing food for our opening celebration.”
“Empire Outlets is sure to be one of the most economically & culturally impactful developments Staten Island has even seen – Joe is a true visionary and I applaud his resolve and ability to overcome the seemingly countless obstacles in his way to bring Empire Outlets to the people of Staten Island and visitors from all over the globe,” said Peter Botros, Chef/Owner of the Stone House at Clove Lakes.
Botros added, “I’m honored to be catering the VIP event and plan to focus on creating dishes that are innovative and whimsical renditions of classic icons. One example is a Lobster Corn Dog ‘Cup Cake’. The dish will feature Maine Lobster tail in a cornbread ‘cupcake’ topped with a shallot-tarragon whipped cream. We will also feature a Chocolate Chip Cookie ‘Mountain’ in honor of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day.”