Ocean Casino Resort Debuting Makai, Nola’s This Month

Written By David Danzis on October 21, 2021 - Last Updated on April 26, 2023
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Ocean Casino Resort is bringing the flavors and island vibes of a Hawaiian island to Atlantic City.

The casino announced that Makai, a casual restaurant serving Pacific Island-inspired cuisine, will open on Oct. 29. Makai is located in the former player’s lounge space off the casino floor between TopGolf Swing Suites and Amada.

“As we evolve our culinary offerings, Makai will introduce American classics with an island twist,” said Warren Richards, senior vice president of food & beverage for Ocean Casino Resort. “Our ability to present more diverse food and beverage options is paramount to Ocean becoming the premier destination in Atlantic City.”

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Also debuting next weekend at Ocean Casino Resort is Nola’s Bar & Lounge, a 2,800-square-foot live entertainment venue with a 35-foot long bar and 210-square-foot stage.

“Nola’s will introduce a true Las Vegas-style lounge to Atlantic City,” Richards said. “It’s not just another bar or just another stage. Everything from the interior design to the curated entertainment lineup will make Nola’s an unmatched destination.”

The $2.5-million venue will open on Oct. 29, as well.

The new amenities are part of a larger $15 million reinvestment plan. A reconfigured casino floor, new players’ lounges, and high-limit gaming areas are now open.


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But, wait. There’s more.

Just this month, the reinvestment plans got a significant financial boost. Another $75-million project was announced after state gaming regulators approved a new operating partner for Ocean Casino Resort.

Construction on 12 unfinished floors of hotel rooms will start sometime in the next year, the casino said. In total, 464 guest rooms and suites will be added to Ocean’s existing 1,399 rooms.

“Over the last year, Ocean has worked to strengthen its position in the market,” said Bill Callahan, executive vice president of hospitality & gaming for Ocean. “We are excited to advance Ocean’s achievements. The ability to meet growing demand in our hotel experience will create new energy throughout the resort – from our casino floor and award-winning restaurants to our renowned nightlife and entertainment venues.”

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David Danzis is the lead writer for PlayNJ. He is a New Jersey native and honors graduate of Rutgers University. As a newspaper reporter for the New Jersey Herald and Press of Atlantic City, David earned statewide awards for his coverage of politics, government, education, sports, and business. Today, he is PlayNJ’s Atlantic City “insider” and gaming industry expert on casinos, sports betting, and online gambling. David lives in Atlantic County, NJ with his wife and two children.

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