Sunday, November 29, 2015

Revel serves up two more eateries

Revel's culinary roster expanded yet again this week with the announcement of two more eateries for the $2.5 billion mega-resort set to open this spring.

Revel serves up two more eateries

Revel Casino in Atlantic City, viewed from the Boardwalk at South Metropolitan. Gaming analysts say Atlantic City´s future rides on the casino´s completion. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)
Revel Casino in Atlantic City, viewed from the Boardwalk at South Metropolitan. Gaming analysts say Atlantic City's future rides on the casino's completion. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)


Revel’s culinary roster expanded yet again this week with the announcement of two more eateries for the $2.5 billion mega-resort set to open this spring.

Azure by Allegretti will offer tastes of the French and Italian Riviera. It will be run by Alain Allegretti, whose La Promenade des Anglais is a favorite of Manhattan epicures. The no-doubt-pricey restaurant, which will be perched overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, will feature handmade pastas and Mediterranean whole fish. There will also be a raw bar and what is expected to be one of AyCee’s top wine lists.

Also joining Revel’s dining scene is a less-formal operation, Mussel Bar. Under the direction of owner Robert Wiedmaier, whose original Mussel Bar is a popular Washington, D.C.-area destination, the restaurant will specialize in the kind of fare found in Belgian pubs and roadside taverns (e.g. mussels, pomme frites). And in a move certain to put a smile on Joe Sixpack’s lips, the joint will offer a selection of 150 Belgian and domestic beers.

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Mussel Bar will also present live music.

 “Casual eateries like Mussel Bar were just the place my friends and I used to go to kick back and relax when living in Belgium and Germany eating  mussels, drinking beer, and listening to rock and roll into all hours, before we had to head back to the kitchen or home,” said Wiedmaier in a statement to the media. “People enjoy that.  It's good, reasonable everyday food. It's comfortable.”  

The two restaurants join the already on-board Village Whiskey, Amada and Distrito Cantina (all from Philly’s Jose Garces), and American Cut, a steak house. More are expected to be added in time for what has on its homepage as a May 9 opening.

Three are reportedly concepts from another D.C.-region chef-entrepreneur, Michael Richard in the works. While nothing has been confirmed by either Richard or Revel, a Washington food blog,, reports Richard’s company has ads on Philadelphia Craigslist seeking employees for three planned Revel projects, one of which seems certain to be a 24-hour operation called Central (pronounced cen-TRAL).

Party with an immortal

Tomorrow, Resorts Casino Hotel will be graced by the presence of arguably the most important, influential and downright awesome woman since St. Joan of Arc.

That would be Nicole Polizzi, known throughout this and other solar systems as the one-and-only Snooki from MTV’s insult to Western civilization, “Jersey Shore.”

The Snookster will be at Resorts to root on “Team Snooki,” the group of boxers she is sponsoring. In all there will be nine matches in the Superstar Theater, three of which will feature Irish pugilists (and brothers), Patrick, Paul and Eddie Hyland.

The fisticuffs begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $200, $250, $100 and $50 and are available by calling 800-736-1420, or by going to

After the action has concluded, Snooki will glide on over to Night Fever (formerly Boogie Nights), where she will preside over the evening’s revelries. It’ll cost you 40 smackers if you wanna bask in her divine presence.

Happy New Year!


If you’re on the Boardwalk Sunday afternoon, you can take in the sights and sounds of the Chinese New Year celebration. The four casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment Corp. (Bally’s, Caesars, Harrah’s and Showboat) are sponsoring the ambulatory bash that will include bands, floats and traditional trappings to ring in the Year Of the Dragon.

The march begins at 2 p.m. in front of Showboat, and concludes at Caesars, where the Palladium Ballroom will be transformed into a Chinese marketplace between 4 p.m. and midnight.

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