by Lisa A. Grimaldi | November 01, 2017

Local Update

 Documents filed with the Atlantic County clerk's office last month indicate the former Revel casino, renamed Ten, was sold to a Denver developer, but owner Glenn Straub denies selling the shuttered property. Straub, who bought the casino in August 2015 for $82 mil­lion, has yet to reopen it, though he announced two opening dates - now passed - earlier this year.

 The former Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel is being transformed into the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. The 2,010-room property, currently undergoing a head-to-toe renovation, will debut next May. Hard Rock will be majority owner of the gaming resort, in conjunction with two partners.

Earlier this year, the 2,000-room Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa unveiled its 18,000-square-foot Central Conference Center, bringing the property's total meeting space to 106,000 square feet. Created by Avenue Interior Design, the two-story former nightclub space offers five meeting rooms, a boardroom and an office on the lower level, as well as a 6,500-square-foot ballroom on the upper floor. Another recent addition at the Borgata is the 223-seat Angeline by Michael Symon, the first Atlantic City venture for the Iron Chef and The Chew co-host. Among the dishes served up are mom's meatballs; porchetta with mustard fruit; and linguine and clams with pancetta and chili flakes. Symon joins Borgata's other renowned chefs and eateries, including Wolfgang Puck (Wolfgang Puck American Grille), Bobby Flay (Bobby Flay Steak), Michael Schulson (Izakaya Modern Japanese Pub), Geoffrey Zakarian  (The Water Club), and restaurateurs Greg and Marc Sherry (Old Homestead Steak House).

The 942-room Resorts Casino Hotel recently expanded its gaming offerings with the addition of 22 new slot machines on the Margaritaville Casino floor. The resort offers 24 function rooms (14 with natural light and ocean views), including four ballrooms. In all, the property features more than 64,000 square feet for events.

• The Showboat Atlantic City, a casino resort that closed its doors back in 2014, has reopened as the non-gaming Showboat Hotel with 852 guest rooms.

This past July, the CEOs of two rival gaming giants - MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp. - appeared at a  news conference with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to hint at a possible joint Atlantic City venture. At press time, details had yet to be announced.

 Harrah's Resort Atlantic City has invested approximately $30 million to upgrade the 450 guest rooms in its Bayview Tower, near Harrah's Waterfront Conference Center, which debuted in 2015. The resort also unveiled the multimillion-dollar upgrade to its Pool After Dark nightclub, which regularly pulls in top-name celebrity hosts, DJs and performers straight off the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The club now features a new, elevated stage and DJ area, enhanced with eye-catching graphic displays on massive LED walls, as well as a gaming pit on the main floor.