In AC, I see changes

Back from a long hiatus and so much to talk about.

First, the bad, but not the unexpected: Revel is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Since its spring opening, the stunning beachfront resort has been able to figure out ways to produce winning results on the casino floor. There is no doubt in my mind that the high-end amenities and no smoking policy (much appreciated by the way) has scared many customers away. Failing to roll out the high-roller carpet for the whales also backfired, as Revel has since introduced a multi-tiered player card system. Revel needs to quickly reshuffle deck and put their winning hand on the table in time for the prime summer season.

Yeah! That eyesore of a property known as Trump Plaza is finally going to get the $100-million makeover it deserves as the Claifornia-based Meruelo Group is purchashing the property for the bargain-basement price of $20. This is the same Atlantic City centerpiece that cost $210 million to build in the mid-1980s. Rumors are swirling that designers are drawing up the plans that will incorporate an Asian theme.

Tropicana is once again making a splash on the Downbeach side of town with the recent of several new restaurant concepts to be unveiled this spring. Broadway Burger is taking over the former Red Square spot in The Quarter while the Marketplace section of the property will be welcoming the additions of a Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar, Perry Pizza, Tony Luke’s and Casa Taco and Tequila Bar. On a South Philly note, native Dom Irrera is appearing at the Tropicana Showroom March 2.

Also, mark March 3 to 9 on your calendars for Atlantic City Restaurant Week. Lunches are $15.11 while Dinner are $33.11. It’s a great opportunity to try out restaurants.

Finally, the new is slowly, but surely coming in about the 2013 Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival scheduled for July for July 25 to 28. Robert Irvine and the The Neelys have been booked with more announcements to come. Visit caesars.com/acfoodandwine for specific event details and ticket prices.

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