Golden Nugget Cuts the Cake
With a slight lull in the Revel casino news cycle, the Golden Nugget stepped into the spotlight with the official grand opening of the casino on April 26, after a year of renovations. Tilman Fertitta, CEO of Landry’s Inc., presided over the official ribbon cutting and told his staff and customers gathered for the ceremony, “I’m thrilled to be here and see what we have created. I always loved Atlantic City, so close to New York and Philadelphia. When I saw [this property, formerly Trump Marina] I saw these great high ceilings and big open spaces and thought we could do something special.”
If you haven’t been to the property since it looked like a rundown hospital, you are in for an eye-popping visual feast, not the least of which is seeing Fertitta’s yacht Boardwalk, complete with a helicopter, docked at the marina as you head for the parking garage.
Seeing the yacht flooded my head with memories of the glory days of the 1990s when Donald Trump has his massive yacht parked in the marina and I had the opportunity to see the lifestyle of the rich and famous up close during a tour.
All the golden accents on the outside of the building, only hint at the opulence on the inside, mostly with a theme of gold and red. Fertitta’s $150 million invested in the renovation has not been wasted.
It was wonderful to see people milling about and enjoying the freshness of the new look and feel of the property. I’ll never forget a July 4 about five years ago when I came to see a show at the casino and was shocked by how empty it was on the July 4th weekend.
Fans of Atlantic City are thrilled that Fertitta is so committed to helping the town regain its glory.