January 22, 2015
WHAT, NO watermelon? Excuse the sarcasm, but I'm still looking side-eyed at a laughable attempt by a restaurant inside the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday by serving fried chicken. Wait, there's more: The Metropolitan restaurant also dished up collard greens and macaroni and cheese in honor of the slain civil-rights leader. Advertised as the "Martin Luther King Jr. Special," the $24 meal consisted of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, collard greens and homemade pecan pie. Joe Lupo, senior vice president of the Borgata, told me that the restaurant chose menu items that were among King's favorite foods as a way to honor him and that the menu was put together by the restaurant's African-American general manager.
December 15, 2014 |
VINELAND, N.J. - You could call the Bay-Atlantic Symphony the unlikeliest of orchestras. Operating in deep South Jersey - amid some of most economically depressed and rural parts of the state - the symphony has served a range of audiences for three decades, even though it has no performance home base. The orchestra offers an ambitious calendar of 12 symphonic programs annually, performed by a cadre of musicians hired from throughout the Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore regions on a "per service" basis.
September 29, 2014 |
The renovation of the Rittenhouse Hotel is now complete, with the new Rittenhouse Spa & Club-Hair by Paul Labrecque. Of the nearly $12 million invested in overhauling the hotel, $5 million was spent on the spa and fitness center, which counts among its competition spas at the Four Seasons and the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, the Borgata in Atlantic City, and Woodloch in the Poconos. Even if they aren't hotel guests or residents of one of the 125 condos at the Rittenhouse, spa customers will be able to use the new locker rooms, sauna, and an indoor swimming pool that leads to an outdoor deck and lounge.
September 15, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Inside Boardwalk Hall, Miss Kentucky fiddled. Go ahead, make the joke. Was Ramsey Carpenter and her green fiddle the Boardwalk's version of Nero, fiddling while Atlantic City collapsed? Was the entire Miss America Organization using its collective blinders to soldier on last week, even as thousands of casino workers were losing their jobs and yet another casino went bankrupt before a contestant had even shown one shoe? Never mind. (Contestants who were supposed to stay at the defunct Revel were sent to Borgata.)
September 6, 2014 |
Catch Joel McHale while you can. The hardest-working funnyman in show business is taking advantage of a rare lull in his schedule to bring his stand-up act to the Music Box at the Borgata for two shows (7 and 10 p.m.) on Sept. 13. Soon production will begin on the sixth season of Community , which is moving from NBC to Yahoo Screen this year. The Soup , the weekly show he has hosted for 10 years on E!, will be back in full swing. And he's increasingly active in movies like Blended and Deliver Us From Evil . "I'm one of those people who can't relax very well," says McHale, 42, on the phone from his home in Los Angeles.
September 3, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - As the final guests checked out of the Revel Casino Hotel on Monday morning, some said they were convinced that the $2.4 billion bankrupt property would reopen under a new owner. "I don't think it's going to stay closed," said Paul Hergen, 42, who, with his wife and 3-year-old daughter, was enjoying Revel's two-acre landscaped patio and its wide views of the Atlantic Ocean. "I think it's the most amazing property there's ever been in Atlantic City," said Hergen, of Greenwich, Conn., who said he has been coming to Atlantic City since he was 18. Hergen and other hotel guests were scheduled to check out by 11 a.m. Monday.
August 20, 2014
M ICHAEL PRIFTI, 60, of Wynnewood; Eric Rahe, 56, of Phoenixville; and Michael Ytterberg, 60, of East Falls, are principals in BLT Architects. The second-generation Center City firm works in mixed-use, multifamily, education and hospitality spaces. I spoke with Prifti, who's managing principal. Q: What sets BLT Architects apart from other firms? A: We don't bring preconceived notions to any opportunity. Our higher-education work has informed our hotel work. Similarly, the hotel work is showing up in residential where there's lots of interplay in the amenity space.
August 19, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Revel's waning days stand in stark contrast to just over three years ago, when its chief executive at the time, Kevin DeSanctis, wowed everyone at the East Coast Gaming Congress with his vision. Four months before, in early February 2011, Revel had secured $1.15 billion in new financing to finish construction, which had been halted for more than a year by the recession and frozen lending. In April 2010, Morgan Stanley, Revel's original chief financial backer and operator, had decided to pull out of the project, taking a $932 million loss on it, rather than spending the $1 billion that finishing the casino would cost.
August 2, 2014 |
Borgata's online gambling operations recorded an operating loss of $1.8 million in the quarter ended June 30, but reached a "key milestone" by breaking even in July, said Keith Smith, chief executive of Borgata's managing owner, Boyd Gaming Inc. Smith said during a conference call on the Las Vegas company's second quarter earnings that he expected the recent downturn in online gambling revenue in New Jersey to end when cooler weather returns....
August 1, 2014 |
LOOK! UP in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a lot of planes. They'll be zooming along the shoreline Aug. 13 as the 12th annual Atlantic City Air Show soars back to town. More than just the latest edition of the aerial extravaganza, the exhibition - dubbed "Thunder Over the Boardwalk" - marks a return to the show's longtime August scheduling. In 2013, the daylong spectacle featuring vintage and state-of-the-art aircraft was staged in June rather than in August, as it had been since its 2003 inception.