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New Restaurant at Kennedy Arena Celebrates Private Grand Opening

Live music, drinks and gourmet food were some of the focal points of the private grand opening of Legends 1926 Bar and Grill located on the second floor of the Kenendy Recreation Center.

part owner Ron Marcissuk fought back tears as he raised a glass of champagne in honor of the private grand opening of the new restaurant.

It was December 2010 when with an idea to open a restaurant on the second floor of the .

Legends is owned by Marcissuk, Schroeder, James Milana, Mike Bayoff, and Jason Woolley. Marcissuk sees to the day-to-day operations of the restaurant.

After some , Legends officially opened for business in March.

The restaurant had a soft opening over the last few months to prepare staff for what Marcissuk hopes to be a great deal of business in the great city of Trenton.

"Here at Legends we're trying to support all the people that come here on a regular basis," Marcissuk said. "Those that are playing hockey, figure skating, open skating or even the swimming pool out front."

Guests enjoyed live music, drinks and gourmet food, which was included in the $40 cost for admission to the private soiree, though some tickets were made available to the public.

The entertainment hired for the evening was local band "Reggie Smith and the After Party." The band provided live music for most of the night.

Head Chef Jeff Opalinski said guests were in for delicious menu items, of which he takes partial credit for helping Marcissuk fine tune.

Opalinski spent nearly 15 years at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center before being hired as head chef at Legends.

One thing Opalinski said the restaurant needed above all was good pizza.

"For this place, you need to do good pizza," Opalinski said.

The evening was set to end with that very thought in mind as guests were served Legends' very own stone baked pizzas to close out the event on a high note.

Marcissuk said he is especially proud of the new viewing windows installed on either side of the restaurant area, where patrons can sit and watch the action on the ice while enjoying a meal and a drink.

"You can enjoy the team and enjoy a drink or a dish while you're up here," Marcissuk said. "You can stay warm instead of being down in the cold rink ... We'd like you to come out and visit and take a look at the environment," Marcissuk said.

Legends is open seven days a week. The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Friday and open to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Nate Stemen (Editor) June 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Has anyone tried out the new restaurant yet? We'd like to know what you think.
Ed June 02, 2012 at 01:08 PM
What's the menu? Pizza, hot dogs and burgers?
Nate Stemen (Editor) June 02, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Some of the menu items are referred to in the video, but if you want a true look I recommend heading into Legends and checking out the menu first hand. It's definitely worth a look.
Les June 02, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I do not go to a restaurant unless I have an idea of what the menu is ahead of time. Publish a menu please!
michelle June 02, 2012 at 10:59 PM
No it is better food than just pizza, hot dogs and burgers. They had other items, appetizers, salads, etc.. It is probably typical bar and grill food for places that have any real menu. I had been there once. It was good. Here is a link to their facebook page where the menu is. https://www.facebook.com/Legends1926#!/media/set/?set=a.197042010408597.41010.191450237634441&type=3
Unknown June 03, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I am sure the menu is nice, however it is a shame you had a private grand opening I sure would have hoped it was a grand opening for the residents if you want the support of a CLOSE knit community such as TRENTON...
Mike Gusway June 04, 2012 at 02:35 AM
@Unknown - I'm not sure why article refers to it as a private grand opening. It was open to the public. @Les and Ed - The menu here is not at all what you would think of for a typical bar & grill. They have an array of fantastic burgers and sandwiches, but also some delicious pasta and chicken dishes as well as amazing pizza. You can tell that a lot of attention and care has gone into the food. The menu even has vegan and other dietary options noted.
unknown June 04, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Too bad city of trenton officials did not show up for support of new busines in their city, other than the mayor.......the food is great and the band is fantastic....go visit Legends and enjoy!
unknown June 04, 2012 at 01:16 PM
To unknown....guess u did not read the advertisement that tickets were ALSO available to the public....u missed out!
Nate Stemen (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 03:20 PM
"Guests enjoyed live music, drinks and gourmet food, which was included in the $40 cost for admission to the private soiree, though some tickets were made available to the public."

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