CasiNotes: Famed White House Sub Shop opening 2nd diner at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City

The first outlet has been on the northwest corner of Arctic and Mississippi avenues since 1946.
The first outlet has been on the northwest corner of Arctic and Mississippi avenues since 1946.
Posted: September 03, 2010

FORMER PRESIDENT Bill Clinton may have come to the Atlantic City Hilton recently, but the White House is coming to Trump Taj Mahal.

Next spring is the target date for the opening of a White House Sub Shop along Spice Road, the Taj's second-level dining and retail corridor.

That a casual-dining food outlet will be doing business in a gaming hall is generally not that big of a deal. After all, Atlantic City's gambling dens boast a slew of Hooters, Johnny Rockets and the like. But this is huge news because the White House may very well be the most famous and beloved sandwich shop on the East Coast.

The first - and so far only - outlet has been on the northwest corner of Arctic and Mississippi avenues since 1946. It's the local equivalent of Pat's or Geno's in Philly, the place to go for a hoagie whether you're a day-tripping "shoobie" or an international superstar in town for a gig. (The White House's walls are shrines to the likes of Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Bill Cosby and Sammy Davis Jr., all of whom have availed themselves of White House delicacies while performing in AyCee.)

"We've been approached numerous times by other casinos to bring our product into their venues," said White House owner Mary Conley in a statement released to the media. (Conley is a member of the Sacco family, who, along with the Bastile family, opened and still own the eatery.)

"The timing is right and the opportunity to open our second location at Trump Taj Mahal . . . seems a natural fit, pairing two Atlantic City icons together in one location."

It's expected the new store's decor and menu will be based on those of the existing location, with the same vinyl-booth-and-counter-and-stool seating and photos of famous patrons.

The White House news comes alongside recent reports that Scores, the high-end Manhattan "gentleman's club" (read: strip joint) has made it known it intends to open early next year at the Taj in the space formerly inhabited by the Stage Deli.

Arrivederci, Alto Vino?

The casinos give and the casinos take away. While the Taj Mahal is reveling in the White House news, a published report has Tropicana Casino and Resort pulling the plug on Alto Vino, the ultracool wine bar on the 20th floor of the complex's North Tower.

Trop officials haven't officially commented on the closing of what is, in this column's opinion, the coolest public space in the entire city (the panoramic nighttime view is breathtaking), but they did tell Press of Atlantic City columnist Scott Cronick that, at the very least, hours of operation will be significantly scaled back after this weekend.

Despite its obvious assets, the boite-in-the-sky has never caught on with the public. It began life as the Top of the Trop, a sexy, grown-up jazz cabaret. After a stint as a high-rollers' lounge (which it remains part time), it reopened as Alto Vino, the town's sole wine bar.

Girls, girls, girls

If feminine pulchritude is your cup of Jagermeister, then your cup will surely runneth over this Labor Day weekend.

Today at 4 p.m., Shore-based Wyked Kyss Promotions is staging a pageant to select the 2011 Wyked Kyss Girls of Atlantic City Calendar Girls.

The festivities, which include a performance by country-rocker Jimmie "The Jersey Outlaw" Lee, take place at Kennedy Plaza on the Boardwalk opposite Boardwalk Hall.

Tomorrow, the fun moves indoors as The Pool at Harrah's hosts the 2010 REHAB Model Search semifinals.

One young woman will be selected to go to Las Vegas, where she will compete for a modeling contract as well as the $20,000 grand prize. The party, featuring DJ Sophia Lin and a Frederick's of Hollywood swimwear fashion show, begins at 9 p.m.

Rockets' red glare

over Chester

Harrah's Chester racetrack & Casino is saying farewell to the summer of '10 with a free fireworks display scheduled for 10 tonight.

Chuck Darrow has been covering Atlantic City and casinos for over 20 years. Read

his blog http://go.philly.com/casinotes. E-mail him at darrowc@phillynews.com. And listen to his Atlantic City reports

Saturdays at 1:45 a.m. with Steve Trevelise on WIP (610-AM) and 4:05 p.m.

on Atlantic City's WOND (1400-AM) with Marc Berman, and 5:35 p.m. on Gloucester County's WNJC (1360-AM) and at 11:05

p.m. Tuesdays on WIFI (1460-AM) in

Bucks County.

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