If you are on the East Coast, it is impossible not to have June 28 circled on the calendar. That is the date two Atlantic City casinos emerge from the casino graveyard with a new lease on life.
Details of the new properties have been trickling out since the renovation projects began. Everyone is excited to see what they can expect when the two casinos host their respective grand openings.
Today’s detail comes from Ocean Resort and is all about the food. Guests can expect 18 different dining options that range from casual to fine dining. Local and celebrity chefs will be creating menus that will surely please the most discerning palettes.
Frank Leone is proud of the variety of dining options that will be available to guests once the casino opens. Leone, CEO of Ocean Resort Casino, said as much in a press release.
“We worked to create dining experiences for our guests that would offer them a reason to visit Ocean Resort Casino frequently. I believe we have created something for everyone with a wide array of different options in atmospheres that we hope make our guests feel comfortable and at home in our resort.”
Ocean Resort offers a little something for everyone
Ocean Resort will have plenty of casual and fine dining options to quench its guest’s cravings.
Casual dining options are plentiful on the property. It is a beach and gambling town, after all, and sometimes a quick bite is precisely what is needed.
- Café 500: A 24-hour-a-day restaurant serving coffee-shop style fare
- Harper’s: A traditional bistro serving breakfast and lunch with a side of a spectacular view
- Cereal Town: A cereal lover’s paradise available all day long
- The Ocean Buffet: Opening this winter, the buffet will do what buffets do best, offer every opportunity for a guest to get their fill of a variety of foods
- SkyCafe: Soak up the beach experience while enjoying the views with a trendy cocktail, traditional plates, and a seasonal bar menu
There are several dining options that will serve up some fun with great food. If being social is more your style, try one of these great gathering places:
- Topgolf Swing Suite: Reserve one of 11 entertainment bays to get your swing on while enjoying a tasty lunch, dinner, or something to quench the late-night munchies
- Villain and Saint: Enjoy some of your favorite classic rock tunes with live shows in this music hall and eatery offering a simple pub dinner menu
- Pit Boss Beer & BBQ: Find a variety of meats, sauces, and sides for those with a hankering for good barbeque
Fan favorites and Foodies aren’t forgotten
Ocean Resort is proud to offer several dining options for the foodies out there, too. If a combination of unique dishes and memorable experiences is what you are looking for, look no further than:
- Zhen Bang Noodle & Sushi: Noodles and sushi crafted in plain view and is open for lunch and dinner
- Wahlburgers: The favorite Boston burger joint owned by the Wahlberg brothers — Mark, Donnie, and Paul — is ready to serve up an elevated burger and other signature items.
- Distrito: Chef Jose Garces presents an upscale taco truck located in the center of the casino offering a menu of tacos and other Mexican street-fare.
- Dolce Mare at Ocean Resort Casino: A fine dining Italian restaurant with specialties from Executive Chef Paolo Dorigato‘s home in Trentino, Italy.
Ocean Resort has been very thoughtful in its approach to using the things from the past that worked. Staying with that strategy, the casino is thrilled to bring back two of Atlantic City’s favorite restaurants:
- Amada: Another restaurant from Chef Garces, this fan-favorite menu will feature Spanish cuisine including the famous Cochinillio Asado (a whole roasted suckling pig).
- American Cut: Chef Marc Forgione returns to Ocean Resort with a traditional steakhouse, a requirement for any casino.
Just in the nick of time
Ocean Resort Casino was able to secure a special hearing in front of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. The special hearing was required in order to seek approval for its gaming license. The hearing will occur just eight days before its scheduled opening. While not a surety, Ocean Resort expects a gaming license at the conclusion of the hearing.
Additionally, a final building inspection and operations tests must happen before the property can officially cut the welcome ribbon. But officials at Ocean Resort are feeling good a week ahead of the big day.
“We are fully on track with our gaming license to have it by the 28th,” Seth Shorr, an advisor to Ocean resort, said Tuesday to NJ.com. “We are confident we are opening, and we are working very closely and on track to be opened by the 28th.”
For now, though, guests can start making breakfast, lunch, and dinner plans. A reservation at one of Ocean Resort’s new dining venues is a perfect way to make a memorable weekend complete.
“Memories are often surrounded by meals and shared experiences that are so often shaped by dining out. We are proud of the partnerships we have cultivated for our guests, and we anticipate a positive response to the new restaurants and the return of some favorites to Atlantic City,” said Leone.
All that celebrating and gambling can wear a guest out. It is good to know there will be plenty of options to restore the energy reserves for round two.