by MIKE CHAIKEN
MASHANTUCKET—A week after her 25th birthday, Sports Illustrated and Maxim model Nina Agdal surrounded herself with all sorts of sweet temptations at the grand opening of Sugar Factory in Connecticut.
Agdal accompanied entertainer Nick Cannon to Foxwoods Resort Casino for the red carpet and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new restaurant.
Sugar Factory, which has locations around the globe, opened an 8,000-square-foot location consisting of a full service café and confectionary shop, retail shop, indoor dining room, and full service bar at the Connecticut casino.
For most passers-by, the brightly colored candy shop with huge, ceiling-high glass tubes filled with everything from gummies to sugary-bursts in the shape of yellow rubber ducks (the icon for the chain) was the main attraction.
Agdal was making her first ever visit to Foxwoods for the event at Sugar Factory. “It’s so pretty,” she told press. “All these streets and everything. I want to come back.”
“This was kind of just an in and out experience,” said Agdal of her visit to Foxwoods and Sugar Factory. “I got the call last night (in New York while I was hanging with friends) and said, ‘Let’s do it.’… We only have an hour to check out stuff.”
The previous weekend to her visit to Foxwoods, Agdal had celebrated her birthday, she said. And inside Sugar Factory, Agdal got to continue the birthday celebration as she was photographed with Sugar Factory’s trademark “Lollipop Passion” 60 ounce cocktail served up in a huge goblet with dry ice so the ice vapor cascaded over the sides as the waiter delivered it.
Agdal also was served The Signature Sugar Factory burger, one of Sugar Factory’s “Insane Milkshakes,” and a humongous sundae delivered with sparklers shooting off—an appropriate sweet delicacy for the birthday girl.
Cannon also took advantage of the visit to the woods of Connecticut to stock up on candy—specifically his favorite, jawbreakers.
Cannon, who released the remix album, “The Gospel of Ike Turn Up: My Side of the Story,” last year, played guest DJ for the VIP crowd.
Appropriately enough considering he was accompanied by an SI model, Agdal, Cannon’s next release will be called “Model Music,” which he said will make every woman feel like a super model.
Sugar Factory Foxwoods is located at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket, Conn. Sugar Factory American Brasserie is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Thursday starting at 11 a.m. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9 a.m. The restaurant will remain open until 2 a.m. Fridays through Sunday. The café is open daily starting at 7 a.m. Reservations and large-group bookings are available by calling (860)312–SUGR, directly at the Foxwoods concierge desk or through OpenTable.com. The restaurant is located in the main concourse of the Grand Pequot Tower on the casino level. Parking is available in the Grand Pequot Garage.
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