Harrisburg-based Arooga's Grill House & Sports Bar has entered into a franchise agreement with The Mohegan Tribe that calls for a minimum of 15 restaurants in New England over the next five years.
Construction on the the first restaurant will take place this summer adjacent to the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut that generates more than $1.2 billion in annual revenue. The 9,000 square foot restaurant will feature more than 100 big-screen televisions, a large outdoor deck and several fire pits.
Arooga's president and co-founder Gary Huether says timing is right for the venture.
"The economy is doing great right now. We just started selling franchises last year," Huether said. "We have been working on this partnership for six months and we are real excited about it."
Huether says they will continue to expand in central Pennsylvania. They hope to open another location in York County and are looking at opportunities in Lancaster and State College.