Hump Day Report: Will Tourism District Work?
Rants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.
With Memorial Day weekend coming up, we all start thinking about the summer season. All the gloom and doom about dwindling casino revenues and on-going layoffs of casino employees gets pushed to the back burner. Instead we dream about hot days strolling the beach and boardwalks (in A.C., Ocean City and Wildwood), and sizzling entertainment at night. Everything just looks and smells nicer in the summertime.
Gov. Chris Christie pushed for his tourism district to be run by the state and this summer we will see if it works out as promised, attracting more visitors with the promise of a clean, safe environment.
Christie’s plan did help revive the Revel project, which is back on track, but of course that won’t be a factor this summer.
What will be a factor is the official signing over of Trump Marina to Landry’s Restaurants Golden Nugget brand. It should happen very soon, maybe even this week. Renovations have been on-going at the property for several months and the Chart House Restaurant is scheduled to open on May 26.
Also in upbeat news, Caesars Entertainment will be welcoming three new restaurants from Stephen Hanson and B.R. Guest Restaurants into Harrah’s Resort and Caesars. The upcoming additions are Dos Caminos and Bill’s Bar & Burger at Harrah’s, and Atlantic Grill at Caesars. Later this summer Luke Palladino’s self-named new restaurant will also open at Harrah’s.
Resorts opened the first gay bar at an Atlantic City casino, Prohibition, a great idea that reminds us that before the casinos made things too expensive, there was a vibrant gay entertainment/nightclub scene in Atlantic City.
Summer also sizzles with top tier entertainment at the casinos and throughout the region. Keep track of what’s coming this summer by checking out both the print and web versions of Atlantic City Weekly.